Creative Labs recently announced its new Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook a next-generation add-in sound card for notebooks utilizing the newer ExpressCard format. The new card features Creative's XFi Crystalizer which is supposed to restore vibrancy to compressed audio tracks such as MP3 DivX formats. It also features X-Fi CMSS-3D which creates a simulated surround sound effect for headphone use that centers voices in front of the listener and ambient sounds all around.
Adding to the experience is a free download for PowerDVD featuring DTS and Dolby-Digital-EX that allows the user to enjoy cinematic surround sound while watching DVDs. An optional speaker docking module enables you to connect to an external 5.1/7.1 speaker setup. The package also includes a set of earphones with integrated microphone, installation CD and a travel carrying case.
Creative labels its card as "designed for the modern notebook" which means it must come equipped with a 54mm ExpressCard slot and not the older PC Card format (like my relatively new Gateway tablet).
The X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook is currently available online for around $75US.
Creative Press Release