It was somewhat difficult for me to judge the sound of these headphones comprehensively. The Creative SXFI Air sounds discreet and underwhelming in normal operation, falling more in the midrange. Certainly, when it comes to this mode of operation, there are cheaper available alternatives that deliver sound with a finer resolution and crisper transients. If you also consider the Super X-Fi function, evaluating these headphones becomes even more tricky. The resulting audio is too disparate, with pieces sounding too different, depending on the genre. Admittedly, telephoning with the technology enabled is great, while the 7.1 surround capabilities deliver a more immersive experience when watching movies or playing games.
What remains is a headphone that has implemented an exciting new piece of technology, with a slew of functions that work better in some instances than in others. If you’re interested in the technology on offer here, it’s definitely advisable to listen to the Creative SXFI Air over a longer period of time than the length of this test, allowing you to decide whether it fits with your own individual listening preferences and usage behaviour.