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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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  • Daniel H.
  • 7/8/2014 2:02:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI'm a gammer

Pros: looks good sound good just as long you have good or better pair of speakers.

Cons: worked for 4 months . Sounds great , looks great . but none of that matters unless it works.

Other Thoughts: I wish Creative had a phone number instead of e-mailing it seems like people don't talk anymore.
I sent an e-mail just now lets see what kind of a response I get.

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  • Dale L.
  • 6/21/2014 4:35:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSoundBlaster Zx

Pros: Cleaned up Creative drivers & software pack.
Packaged very well.
Solid product design & feel.
EXCELLENT SOUND--WOW!
Good looking product EMI shield & ACM module....love the red LED's!
Got it on sale!

Cons: The beamforming mics in the ACM module are very touchy & are hard to set up & adjust....pick up too much acoustical background feedback for my taste but this may be due to where I have the module placed in relation to my speakers & so I won't dock an egg because of this as the mics DO work..

Other Thoughts: Creative has come a LONG way since the SB Live! series cards (last time I owned a Creative product) as I was sick of the driver/software bloatware which caused SOOO many issues w/ using the product so I switched to Asus Xonar series as soon as I could. This product is the REAL DEAL! You got me back now Creative! Newegg is just the best.......nuff said.

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  • Ruth M.
  • 5/21/2014 2:28:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not work properly

Pros: Bought this card the 21 of April 2014, which today makes it a month, I received it the 23.04.2014, very happy well packaged and happy of the speedy delivery. Happy to have spend that amount of money on a good soundcard.

Cons: the list is too long so I will try to keep short:
My current speaker/subwoofer system is not compatible with it (although is it also Creative brand name), Channels go dead, and the surround sound will get the speakers out of order, they make a shrieking noise combined with statics and to top it all of, the little red device worked only on the left ear. The headphone output is terrible both with headphones plugged into external volume control...I have to stop don t have enough place to write the rest!

Other Thoughts: Now when I started to prepare the package to request a RAM, would you not know it, they say I passed my 30 days guarantee I just order it the 21 of April had it delivered the 23 I still have two days to send it back...what s with Newegg policy.. .I want someone from the head office to get in touch with me because I am pretty mad as it is! This is the fourth item I return to Newegg all the others were either DOA, or incompatible with my system. My specs: MB:Asus Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition, Case: Cosmos II CoolMaster, CPU: Samsung840 EVO 1TB 2.5 SATA III, PSU: Seasonic 1250, Water Cooling: Corsair Hydro series H105 liquid cooler, RAM: 8gb x 4, Crucial Ballistix 240 pin, DDR3, 1600, 1.5 volts, HDD: 2 x 3TB, 2 X 2 TB. 1 X 1TB, and one external 3TB, Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster zx, 116db, ....all I want is another card and the system won t allow me the request of RAM

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  • M M.
  • 5/15/2014 5:43:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsFinally good sound!

Pros: The the onboard Realtek ALC1150 chipset on my Asus X79 Deluxe sounded like an old and dirty LP. This card cleaned everything up. I don't use the mike at all so can't comment on that. On my setup, this card outputs to a (brand name redacted) A/V receiver driving some old but sweet Polk SDA's.

Cons: You must go to Creative's software to change output from headphones to another sound system... should have a manual switch on the mike/headphone gizmo to make it one step.

Other Thoughts: These are going on sale these days, so check many sites.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2014 5:10:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat Sound

Pros: Has a great sound. I believe it was 600 ohm headphone amp. I have had it for about 5 months and it's been a huge improvement over on board. I can hear people creeping up on me in battlefield with Scout mode. It cancels a the other sounds out except for footfall sounds and gives them to you from the proper direction with the 3d sounds so you can Orient to where the attack is coming from. I like listening to music as well, these are making that sweet sound in my ear holes much crisper and deeper, The way it's supposed to be.

Cons: I cut the red led out, there is a video on how to do it, I Removed the shroud and snipped off the lights. Other than that... It's a great sound card. I would have liked to have a manual, analog switch on the controller itself instead of going into the software to change it between speakers and headphones.

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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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