Creative finally launches the SXFI Carrier soundbar (Updated with test drive details)
Creative finally launches the SXFI Carrier soundbar
Note: This article was first published on 9 Apr 2021.
More than a year after its debut at CES 2020, Creative has finally announced the availability of the SXFI Carrier, its latest soundbar and the world’s first to feature the company’s Super X-Fi Headphone Holography technology.
Jointly developed with Dolby, the SXFI Carrier is an impressive piece of kit that packs in numerous features into a compact body of just 88cm in width.
Despite its modest footprint, the SXFI Carrier is capable of delivering three-dimensional Dolby Atmos audio thanks to an “innovative acoustic design” developed in partnership with Dolby.
This makes the SXFI Carrier one of the smallest soundbars in the world to offer Dolby Atmos. Most other Atmos-certified soundbars typically stretch to more than 100cm long.
Each of the seven drivers within the soundbar has its own DSP-controlled amplifier, and Creative claims that it can produce the same sound signature as its acclaimed 15-driver Sonic Carrier (which measures 140cm-long, for reference).
The SXFI Carrier is also the world’s first soundbar to support Super X-Fi, but only through compatible headphones. This means you’ll be able to play games and watch movies with the added soundstage magic created by Super X-Fi, which promises to sound exactly like a surround speaker system.
Completing the package is a 10-inch wireless subwoofer that you can place anywhere in your living room.
Connectivity-wise, Creative thankfully didn’t make any changes to the prototype we saw at CES 2020.
You can connect to the SXFI Carrier through Bluetooth, USB-C and USB-A ports. A HDMI eARC port provides uncompressed and lossless HD audio, and two HDMI 2.1 inputs will allow rich sound and high-resolution picture quality to pass through from an 8K video source.
Combined with Dolby Vision compatibility, the SXFI Carrier promises to provide a complete theatre audio experience without the bulk and the cost.
Indeed, at a S$1,499 recommended retail price, it’s not as expensive as we expected it to be given its feature set.
Will the soundbar shape up to be the cinematic experience that apartment dwellers hunger for?
Dive into our full review and verdict here. We also have a video overview:-
Availability and auditioning details
For those who have faith in Creative expanding their soundbar offerings, you can purchase one right now through the Creative Store (at their Jurong office and audition it at the same time) or click away to place your order online.
Meanwhile, for a limited time only (until 30th April 2021), you could even stand a chance to win one Creative SXFi Carrier just by auditioning it. Here's how you can snag a chance:-
- Sign up for the Creative SXFI Carrier demo at HOLO soundhub@creative using this link: https://bit.ly/SXFICarrierHOLO
- Head down to HOLO soundhub@creative for your demo
- That's it! You will then be entered into a lucky draw to win the Creative SXFI Carrier. You will also be given 10 free spins Creative's SXFI Challenge jackpot to win even more SXFI powered products.
So give it a shot and you might just win one.