Creative SXFI Carrier Soundbar Review & Comments

Lloydy92

Member
Thanks for the review 👍🏼 HDMI 2.1 is a nice little addition, one of the first soundbars I’ve seen with that. I would throw in the JBL 9.1 as an alternative too, similar price with those wireless rears too.
 
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flashf1

Active Member
Nice review, seems decent for the price but a shame you can't add a pair of surrounds, that would definitely stop me purchasing. One correction, the Sonos full set up provides 5.1.2 (or 5.2.2), but not 7.1.2.
 
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Steve Withers

Reviewer
Nice review, seems decent for the price but a shame you can't add a pair of surrounds, that would definitely stop me purchasing. One correction, the Sonos full set up provides 5.1.2 (or 5.2.2), but not 7.1.2.
Thanks, I meant to type 5.1.2. I'll correct it now.
 

peahead

Well-known Member
Wow never thought i would see a Creative product under a TV they must be branching out into other areas of the market.

Seem's like a good start reading your review.
 

Mister_Tad

Well-known Member
Does anyone else pronounce SXFI as "Sex-Fi" in their head?
 

dion 6

Well-known Member
Nice to see a soundbar manufacturer giving us more than one HDMI input and HDR10 + pass through as well
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
Creative actually released in Asia a full on weird looking atmos soundbar about 3 years ago that was using the carrier name as well , it was a heavy duty jobbie about the ambeo in size and cost from memory about $5000, got very good press but never made it over here.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Creative actually released in Asia a full on weird looking atmos soundbar about 3 years ago that was using the carrier name as well , it was a heavy duty jobbie about the ambeo in size and cost from memory about $5000, got very good press but never made it over here.
Not surprised, would you buy a five grand Creative soundbar?
 

keithwiggins

Well-known Member
Not surprised, would you buy a five grand Creative soundbar?
nope , but who would have thought sennheiser would release a top end soundbar for 2k plus.
 

The_Wierd

Well-known Member
Wow never thought i would see a Creative product under a TV they must be branching out into other areas of the market.

Seem's like a good start reading your review.
My first DVD and surround system in about 98/99 was a Creative DXr2 card inside my PC and Creative Soundworks 5.1 speakers all plugged into the old Trinitron. Don’t think I was alone in using PC speakers because stand alone players and surround AVRs were really expensive and that was the best entry level option.
 

rtype

Standard Member
My first DVD and surround system in about 98/99 was a Creative DXr2 card inside my PC and Creative Soundworks 5.1 speakers all plugged into the old Trinitron. Don’t think I was alone in using PC speakers because stand alone players and surround AVRs were really expensive and that was the best entry level option.
Same here, mine came with 1 dvd I think it was the witches of eastwick. Hooked up to 25” CRT :) fondly remembered.
 

peahead

Well-known Member
My first DVD and surround system in about 98/99 was a Creative DXr2 card inside my PC and Creative Soundworks 5.1 speakers all plugged into the old Trinitron. Don’t think I was alone in using PC speakers because stand alone players and surround AVRs were really expensive and that was the best entry level option.
Yeah i remember those also but this seem's mainly focused on the home cinema tv market. had many of there sound cards in the past and the odd set of speakers.
 

Mister_Tad

Well-known Member
You're not going to believe this, but that is how it's pronounced!

Huh.

I guess they're going for online sales only then?
Because I'm not sure who is going into John Lewis or Currys and asking for the latest sex-fi kit.
 

rmcdmg

Novice Member
Great review, thanks for taking the time. Stupid question if I can? Would this work with a projector setup? I am trying to set up a "cinema room" for the kids and am wondering what type of setup to go for? Using an Optoma projector but haven't worked out how the audio is going to work. Don't what to go nuts with cost with equipment that will be accessible to inquisitive little people. New to this forum so any help/guidance/recommendations gladly welcome. Cheers - Dave...
 

The_Wierd

Well-known Member
Great review, thanks for taking the time. Stupid question if I can? Would this work with a projector setup? I am trying to set up a "cinema room" for the kids and am wondering what type of setup to go for? Using an Optoma projector but haven't worked out how the audio is going to work. Don't what to go nuts with cost with equipment that will be accessible to inquisitive little people. New to this forum so any help/guidance/recommendations gladly welcome. Cheers - Dave...
Main issue with a sound bar and a projector is where to plug in your stuff. Most soundbars, like this one, only have a couple of inputs. If using a TV, it’s not a problem as they assume you plug all the kit into the TV and use one cable back to the soundbar. That‘s more difficult with a projector where it is at the back of the room and the sound bar is at the front, and most projectors don’t have that many inputs either. If you only want to hook up two devices, no problem, but add another console or Apple TV or similar, you then have to look at messy HDMI switches, and it becomes hard for the family to use.

Also just personal preference, but I would want real rear surround speakers, especially if you have a dedictated room with space for them, so probably wouldn’t go for this particular model anyway.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Great review, thanks for taking the time. Stupid question if I can? Would this work with a projector setup? I am trying to set up a "cinema room" for the kids and am wondering what type of setup to go for? Using an Optoma projector but haven't worked out how the audio is going to work. Don't what to go nuts with cost with equipment that will be accessible to inquisitive little people. New to this forum so any help/guidance/recommendations gladly welcome. Cheers - Dave...
To reiterate the previous post, if you're planning to build a cinema room with a projector then I'd go for a 5.1.2-channel receiver like the Denon AVR-X2700H (£679). You'll obviously need to buy speakers as well, but the Focal Sib Evo 5.1.2 package at £699 will do the job nicely. The outlay is obviously more but the performance will be significantly better, plus the addition of rear speakers makes a massive difference. Trust me, once you've got the room set up properly, the kids won't get a look in!
 

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