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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx soundcard

  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core3D Processor
  • Beamforming Microphone
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Sound Blaster Zx

Designed around the powerful Sound Core3D™ audio processor, the Sound Blaster Z-Series once again raises the bar for the industry standard of PCIe sound cards. Sound Blaster Zx has been designed to meet the standards of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DACs delivering 116dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp, and massively customizable SBX Pro Studio™ technologies, Sound Blaster Zx packs a serious audio punch.


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Sound Blaster Z

Sound Blaster Z

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"Onboard audio can't touch this."
- Kevin "QXC" Riley

"The SBX Pro Studio surround sound makes me feel as if my ears are inside the game."
- Brendon "Ryze" Walker

"With the Sound Blaster Zx I can clearly hear the cries of my defeated enemies."
- Joshua "Trimaster" Niven

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  • newegg 116dB SNR OF SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE Sound Blaster Zx has been designed to meet the expectations of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DACs delivering 116dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp, and customizable SBX Pro Studio enhancements, this sound card is easily the best-in-class solution around.
  •   newegg Sound Core3D Audio Processor The quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor is designed to offload SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice™ effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality.
  •   newegg 3D Surround Sound SBX Pro Studio technologies allow you to control the level of audio immersion in music, movies, and games. Go far beyond ordinary 5.1 and 7.1 solutions with an enhanced sense of audio depth and spaciousness by creating virtual surround sound channels via SBX Surround.
  • newegg Sound Blaster Audio Control Module (ACM) The Audio Control Module (ACM) provides convenient desktop access to the powerful Sound Blaster Zx's 600 ohm, 80mW headphone amp, which allows any headphone or headset to reach its maximum potential in audio delivery. Equipped with a stereo beamforming microphone and coupled with exclusive Sound Core3D hardware-accelerated CrystalVoice voice enhancements, such as noise reduction and echo-cancellation technologies, the ACM lets users communicate or record even while audio is playing through desktop speakers.
  • newegg Crystal Clear Communication The CrystalVoice suite of technologies ensures you’ll experience crystal clear communications while using VOIP services, chatting, or gaming as well as providing a set of enhancements to ensure that recordings are of studio quality.

Sound Blaster Zx


Product Name Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Blaster Zx Sound Blaster Z
  Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Blaster Zx Sound Blaster Z
Newegg Part No. 29-102-050 29-102-049 29-102-048
 
General  
Audio Processor Sound Core3D Sound Core3D Sound Core3D
Audio Resolution 24-Bit 24-Bit 24-Bit
Digital Audio Convertor (DAC) TI BURR-BROWN Cirrus Logic Cirrus Logic
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
(20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt),
@ 24-bit, 96kHz
124dB 116dB 116dB
Maximum Playback Quality 5.1 Mode : Up to 96kHz
Stereo Direct Mode : Up to 192kHz
5.1 Mode : Up to 96kHz
Stereo Direct Mode : Up to 192kHz
5.1 Mode : Up to 96kHz
Stereo Direct Mode : Up to 192kHz
Frequency Response @96kHz Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Rear Channel Out : 15Hz to 45kHz
Center Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Headphone (33 ohms) : 10Hz to 45kHz
Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Rear Channel Out : 15Hz to 45kHz
Center Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Headphone (33 ohms) : 10Hz to 45kHz
Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Rear Channel Out : 15Hz to 45kHz
Center Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Headphone (33 ohms) : 10Hz to 45kHz
Frequency Response @192kHz (Stereo Direct Only) Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz
Maximum Recording Quality Up to 96kHz Up to 96kHz Up to 96kHz
I/O Ports (Main Card) Headphone : 1x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out : 2x RCA (L / R)
2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
Microphone In: 1x 1/4" jack
Headphone : 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Headphone : 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
I/O Ports (DBPro card) Line In : 2x RCA (L / R)
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Not Applicable Not Applicable
Connection PCI-Express PCI-Express PCI-Express
600ohm Amplified Headphone Output Y - 80mw TI TPA6120 Y - Maxim MAX97220A Y - Maxim MAX97220A
Swappable OP-AMPs Y N N
Included Acesssories Audio Control Module (with built-in Beamforming Microphone) Audio Control Module (with built-in Beamforming Microphone) Beamforming Microphone
 
Audio Technology  
SBX Pro Studio
- Surround™
- Crystalizer™
- Bass™
- Smart Volume™
- Dialog Plus™
Y Y Y
CrystalVoice™
- Noise Reduction
- Smart Volume
- Acoustic Echo Cancellation
- FX
- Focus
Y Y Y
Speaker/Headphone Switch Y Y Y
 
Music & Movies  
Dolby Digital Live Encoding Encoding Encoding
DTS Connect Encoding Encoding Encoding
Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-Channels SBX Surround SBX Surround SBX Surround
 
Gaming  
Scout Mode™ Y Y Y
EAX EAX 5.0 HD EAX 5.0 HD EAX 5.0 HD
Max. No. of 3D Voices 128 128 128
Creative ALchemy Y Y Y

 


Learn more about the Creative Labs 70SB150600000

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster Zx
Model
70SB150600000

Audio core

Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
Front Channel Out: 192kHz
Headphone: 96kHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
Front Channel Out: 116dB
Headphone: >105dB

Ports

Line In
1 x Amplified 1/8" mini jack
Line Out
3 x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
TOSLINK
SPDIF Out
TOSLINK
MIC In
Shared 1/8" mini jack

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
System Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended.
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit); Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
1 GB RAM
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Features

Features
116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio

SBX Pro Studio technologies

Crystal clear communication

Advanced home entertainment audio

Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)

Sound Core3D audio processor

High fidelity multi-channel surround

Never unplug your headphones again

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster Zx sound card
Audio Control Module (ACM)
Quick Start leaflet
Installation CD containing:
Drivers for Windows
Creative software suite
User's Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Harold M.
  • 4/20/2014 9:30:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI'm sure it's great...

Pros: Hardware and software installed with no issues (except below)

Cons: Con 1: The 'seating' of the card wasn't 'flush' with the motherboard / back of the case. When it was flush with the motherboard (pushed all the way in), it had a small space from the back of the computer case (coolermaster HAF 932). When it was fastened correctly into the back of the case, the seating lifted slightly from the PCI slot. After screwing it it, it was pushed back down into the card which created a small open space in the back of the card.

Con 2: My current speaker/subwoofer system apparently wasn't compatible because I'm not able to use any of the Zx functionalities. Have to get new speakers I guess...

Con 3: The small red device didn't work with my headphone set up because my headphone was USB and this device had no USB adapters to plug into it.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure it'll all sound great...when I buy supporting hardware to go with it...

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2014 10:41:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: Great sound, easy controls and the ability to have both headphones and speakers connected simultaneously is a boon for me since I'm lazy.

Cons: None

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  • James B.
  • 3/14/2014 1:00:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound Blaster ZX

Pros: Great card and especially love the Audio Control Module. Finally, Creative realized people don't want to be plugging and unplugging speakers/headphones all the time. The ACM is a great way to fix the problem, plus its volume control specifically for headphones is great. Frame rates actually improved in my games after installing this card. That really surprised me, but Creative does make that claim as all audio is processed on the card.

Cons: Scout mode seems to be a gimmick, but I need to experiment with it in more games.

Other Thoughts: Replaced a SB X-Fi Titanium Fatality with a 5.25" front module, which I couldn't use due to my computer's "5.25" expansion slot being only big enough for an optical drive. The ZX audio is easily superior to the X-Fi for gaming. The realism of weapons in Call of Duty Black Ops has to be heard to be believed. The 3D positioning of everything in the game is amazing. The only thing that confuses me is that the card supports EAX, but there's no software to control it. I'm assuming it's all automated and that is why. I've been used to tweaking EAX with older Creative cards, plus having Entertainment and Game modes, which don't exist for the ZX.

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  • Mark U.
  • 3/11/2014 4:29:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice card

Pros: Nice looking card with a red LED if you have a windowed case. It's pretty compact also. It replaced a Soundblaster XFi Exteme Gamer. I have notice a little more detail and crispness in the sound of my music and games.

Cons: None

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  • Matthew K.
  • 3/2/2014 7:09:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood sound, poor headphone output

Pros: the soundcard itself provides significantly clearer and more focused audio output that my onboard sound chip (Realtek ALC898)

Cons: headphone output is terrible, both with headphones plugged into the external volume control, and connected to directly to the cards headphone output. I RMA'd the first card and just received a brand new card which has the EXACT SAME quality issue with the headphone output. I've tried 3 pairs of headphones and all work great when i enable onboard sound, but all are terrible when plugged into the soundblaster.

the Pro Studio software that controls the card features/settings looks like it's from 1995. Terrible UI, not self explanatory for the novice.

Other Thoughts: the lack of headphone output on a card that costs around $100 is inexcusable. I'm sending this back and will probably avoid SoundBlaster cards from now on. I was always a SoundBlaster fan and have had many cards previously, but there is no sign the company has addressed quality control issues that have plagued them for so many years. Shame.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2014 8:10:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCould be better

Pros: Amazing audio output. The sound I get from this card compared to onboard is jaw dropping.

Cons: After owning this card for 10 months, the mic port went out on the card and I am having a hard time getting Creative's customer support to send me an RMA to send the product to them for an exchange.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2014 10:45:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The desktop module is awsome gives me a place where I can plug my head phone in and out without dealing with the frount ports. The light really looks good in my case.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 1/30/2014 12:48:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Volume Nob, included software

Cons: Beam forming mic does not appear to work in regard that it pics up everything in the room, regardless of angle setting

Other Thoughts: Bought this as an upgrade, not for the beamforming mic, so no big deal on it not functioning properly, for my Stereo Headset

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  • Sean M.
  • 1/28/2014 12:49:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood card!

Pros: Good software, easy install, great sound! Tons of jacks!! I use this card with a headset from Pysko Audio and the surround output is fantastic!

Cons: The voice altering features do not work very well unless you are using the "beamforming mic" on the plug in ACM.

Other Thoughts: This model comes with the ACM satellite volume control and headset interface. Very Cool, looks awesome and is useful! The card itself has a super neat red glow when the PC is on. Its the same light color and quality as a certain Sith lightsaber. :)

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  • Steven A.
  • 1/19/2014 11:59:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDOES Work With Windows 8.1

Pros: -exceptional sound compared to onboard
-scout mode for gaming
-feels solid and well built
-LED lighting

Cons: -not worth the extra money for this version with the knob thing
-LEDS too bright and no way to adjust them
-you will never go back to on board again

Other Thoughts: I was a believer in the "on board sound is good now" hype, until I finally took the plunge. I will NEVER go back to on board sound again

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