Performance Testing - Continued
That's not all, though, because part of the restoration suit included an Expander, which works much like you might fathom such a thing would. Basically, it takes the left and right channels and moves them out more to the left and right. Or a better way might be to say that the soundstage gets widened.
In all seriousness, though, the Expander works well with the Crystallizer as part of a formidable arsenal of dynamic restoration tools given to us, the listener to make our music whole again.
Great job on that one, Creative!
Now, that's the meat and potatoes of what's inside the Zen Style.
There is, of course though other key areas of performance a media player must have. And the Zen Style delivers with much more to found by digging a little bit deeper into this featherweight media player.
Before that, though, let me make mention of the provided headphones which include a built in antenna for FM radio listening.
Depending on where you are listening from will decide how strong the FM radio signal is. Overall, though, it's better to have an FM radio make it in then get thrown out.
Second to last, there is a built in organizer and date/time facility which is handy and can be synced with the right Windows desktop software.
Lastly is the system subheading in the menu, which allows for control of many different features of the Zen Style from one handy place, the most important of which is the audio configuration settings, which is also where the EQ is stored. Although I found the EQ was almost not needed when the X-Fi crystallizer was enabled.
During my evaluation of the Zen Style I found performance in key areas such as visual performance with the built in TFT LCD to be quite impressive to say the least. I also discovered the actual playback of the Zen Style during my testing of digital music scored very well with my ears; only boosted by what is arguably the devices most impressive feature, the X-Fi processing facility.