Xitel HI-FI Link Review
have come across many people in the past who have asked me how and if
they could connect their home theatre/sound system to their computers.
In the past you couldn’t really do that unless you had a sound
card capable of that or you would have to split the audio to your sound
system. Right now, where technology has evolved and sound cards are
better, some still can’t do that.
Today we are going to look at a product that could very well change the way PC Audio will become. Something that obviously changes the way in which we connect our home theatre to our PC.
We are talking about the Xitel HI-FI Link.
Xitel Pty Ltd. has a 26-year history of developing and marketing technically advanced electronic products and solutions. Over the years, we have designed, developed, and manufactured more than 50 products and product lines and millions of units for an elite list of OEM marketing partners, including Sony, Siemens, HSBC, Telstra and many others.
The Xitel HI-FI Link comes in an attractive box, the size of a software boxes like Windows. It is colorful and very easy to read. In the back there are useful information on what the Xitel HI-FI Link is and what it offers.
The Xitel HI-FI Link is a small unit that allows the auxiliary-to-RCA composites to plug in the audio connectors of your stereo.
What is kickass about the bundle is that it comes with a free-shielded audio cable.
What’s in the box?
The package includes a 30” auxiliary-to-RCA composite cable that connects to your receiver/boom-box, etc. The unit is operated via USB cable. This ensures a clean source and requires fewer cables to plug in. When you think about it, everything is USB these days!
Another great benefit is that the Xitel HI-FI Link fully supports users who use Mac’s!
The HiFi-Link's total harmonic distortion plus noise to signal ratio is less than 0.005% with channel unbalance better than 0.05dB, and channel separation exceeding 90dB. It runs a 20-bit precision DAC that easily exceeds the necessary headroom for all compressed and standard audio formats including MP3, CD, and WAV running at nominal 16-bit resolution.
On top of this, the HiFi-Link supports all compression bit rates from 8 kbps through to 320 kbps across all formats including MP3, WMA, RealAudio, LiquidAudio, and even the emerging MP3Pro standard. It's output runs at 1vrms line-level and has been impedance matched with the included shielded studio audio cable ensuring full dynamic response with no high frequency roll off.
Installation takes very little time and effort. Just make sure you have your audio system in front or in a distance to you. Let’s see what we have to do…
1. Plug the auxiliary jack in the HI-FI Link unit.
2. Connect the audio ends to your receiver/speakers. Remember which line you connected them to if applicable.
3. Connect the USB cable to the unit and your computer. Xitel recommends not connecting the USB into a USB hub, as it may not have enough power to operate.
4. At this point, your computer will automatically detect something. The drivers will install and enjoy high-quality sound. From here the HI-FI Link should automatically set the HI-FI Link as your preferred multimedia device. It is recommended that you restart first too. Enjoy music coming out of your stereo at full blast!
If for any reason you want to change or view that the HI-FI is selected, go into your control panel under Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices, then under the section that says Pick a Control Panel icon click on Sounds and Audio Devices, then go to Audio tab and under Sound Playback, you should see Studio HiFi Link.
To control the sound you can either 1) change it by the standard volume control, will be either Wave Balance/Speaker Balance or 2) change it by your speakers.
Performance: As predicted, home theatre systems kickass. They are much better than the best offering PC audio rival. One thing I found when testing was that the sound was excellent but was kind of flat. It needed a little more bass. However, you can easily fix that in your sound control panel, and in your receiver.
Why It Sounds So Good - Update: Taken from Xitel
Studio Audio Cable
The Xitel HI-FI Link changes the way we connect our stereo to our PC’s. Now we can hook our stereos to our PC’s with ease, flexibility and functionality.
I know most of my friends and colleagues who have cheap 2.1 speakers that were included with their systems. If you are in that position, do not settle for cheap sound, put your existing stereo set-up to use.
Or put it this way. Why spend $500 on PC speakers while you can use your own stereo and purchase a Xitel HI-FI Link for only $49.99? Think about it. ($49.99 is Xitel’s price)
And you thought your Logitech Z-540’s sounded good…Think again!
I highly recommend the Xitel HI-FI Link to everybody looking for bloody good portable sound. They will not disappoint.
For all you audiophiles, Xitel offers the Xitel HI-FI Link PRO that houses many improvements and features than the Xitel HI-FI Link.
Here is one of the possibilities of the Xitel HI-FI Link...
Portable, clutter-less and CD-less. Kickass sound quality. Talk about instant gratification!
I rate the Xitel HI-FI Link a…
Pros and Cons
Changes the way we connect our stereo to our PC
Let me thank Xitel for making this review possible. Visit them for more information and pricing.
Alternative pricing: PROVANTAGE ($38.92 U.S.) - The lowest price found.