The ideal versatile sound card to suit all digital entertainment experiences, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum sound card includes an internal drive bay with additional, convenient front-facing input/output connectivity for headphone listening, PC gaming and audio creation. Delivering 109dB SNR audio quality, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum includes the X-Fi IR remote, for easy access to the Entertainment Center software console, which enables access to music, movies and picture slide shows through a slick, streamlined interface. The Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum also includes all of the standard features, application software, power and performance capabilities of the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic. Harness the full power of Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum by selecting one of its 3 usage modes: Entertainment Mode - For Xtreme Fidelity Music and Movies X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer enhances MP3s and movies to sound better than they do on their original CD or DVD. Utilizing the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor your music and movie audio is sent through a two-step quality enhancement process. First the processor converts the audio into 24-bit/96kHz quality using its virtually transparent SRC (Sample Rate Converter) engine. Then it remasters and selectively enhances the audio by analyzing and identifying which parts of the audio stream have been restricted/damaged during the compression stages to 16-bit and then to MP3. The result of these enhancements is music that sounds cleaner, smoother and has more sparkle, and movies that sound more realistic than ever before! X-Fi CMSS 3D allows you to upgrade your MP3 music and movies into surround sound with headphones or multichannel speakers. Enjoy your stereo MP3s and movies in surround sound with X-Fi CMSS-3D technology. Instead of performing a basic upmixing of stereo content, the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor intelligently remixes the audio into surround sound to match the speaker system you have (including headphones). It also uses advanced techniques to extract specific audio elements, like voice to the center channel and ambience to the surrounding channels, so your music and movies sound more alive than ever before! SuperRip allows you to rip your CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality. The X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D features allow you to ?SuperRip? CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality so you can now enjoy permanently enhanced music instead of low-quality MP3 files! Enjoy the latest cinematic technologies for the ultimate PC movie experience! Experience incredible audio with THX certified quality and unbeatable movie sound with DTS-ES? and Dolby? Digital EX decoding! Audio Creation Mode - For Pristine Audio Recording Quality Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum offers the highest quality, most feature-rich recording available in a consumer solution Utilizing the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor, you'll get the most advanced features and effects of any audio processor for music and audio creation delivering pristine audio playback quality. Advanced Audio Conversion Engine The Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor features an SRC engine that is 300 times more precise than the previous Sound Blaster solutions and can convert any audio to any resolution at near transparency with 136dB THD+N. Lowest Latency ASIO Recording Experience the most precise audio recording capabilities in any class with ASIO recording that has latency as low as one millisecond with zero CPU load.