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Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Headset with NFC

  • 3.5mm/ USB Connector
  • Bluetooth
  • 33 ft. Distance
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A new era of the legendary Sound Blaster audio experience has begun. The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR changes the once passive headphone or headset experience into a fully customizable audio delivery platform. The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR headset is now able to work with PS4 with USB connection.

With the SB-Axx1™ multi-core audio processor integrated into the core of the headset and an advanced beam forming microphone array, the EVO ZxR dramatically enhances the clarity and detail of your audio and calls while delivering massively powerful audio. With a folding yet durable design and stunning looks, the EVO ZxR integrates well into your everyday style and entertainment use with your PC, Mac, tablet or other smart device. You can even customize every aspect of your audio on the fly with the Sound Blaster Central app available for iOS and Android devices and benefit from Active Noise-cancellation technology ideal for use while on planes, trains or in loud environments.

Unleash the full power of your mobile device, PC or Mac and step up to the Sound Blaster audio experience with a Sound Blaster EVO ZxR headset today.

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Sound Blaster EVO ZxR
Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Awesome Audio, Powered by SB-Axx1™ Audio Processor

The built-in SB-Axx1 advanced audio processor enhances all your audio in real-time before playing it back to you. You'll be amazed by what you hear, even if it's from the most compressed sources.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Keep Talking

Want to hear someone without taking off your headset? Simply press the TalkThrough button and continue conversing.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Noise Isolation

The headset's ear cups cover your ears entirely, effectively shutting out external noise, while the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature detects and cancels out the ambient noise electronically. So, whether you're on the plane or subway, what you hear is only the audio that matters most to you.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Bluetooth Wireless Technology with NFC (Near Field Communications)

The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR features Near Field Communications (NFC), which allows for easy, one-touch pairing by simply tapping your NFC-enabled Bluetooth smart device on the headset.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Massively Powerful Audio

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR's FullSpectrum™ 50mm audio drivers area capable of reproducing the full audible range of the audio spectrum, so you never miss a beat.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Sound Blaster Central App

Use the Sound Blaster Central app on any smart device to customize your audio playback settings without having to connect to your desktop or laptop. Easily access the full SBX Studio Pro profiles and CrystalVoice technologies, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and even battery life indication from your smart device.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

SBX Pro Studio™ Audio Technology

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.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Crystal Clear Communication

Experience crystal clear communication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice™ suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (CrystalVoice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you move near or further away from the microphone.

Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Sound and Connectivity

Besides Bluetooth pairing via NFC or the conventional way, you can also connect the headset to your PC or entertainment devices using the USB 2.0 connection, or the analog 3.5mm jack.

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Benefits for Existing PS4 Gamers

Able to enjoy both SBX and CrystalVoice technology with USB connection for clear voice chat and audio precision. Able to adjust volume directly on the headsets instead of pausing the game to go to the PS4 menu for audio adjustment.

Features Sound Blaster EVO ZxR Sound Blaster EVO Wireless Sound Blaster EVO
SB-Axx1™ Audio Processing Y N N
Headset Connector Type 3.5mm Stereo Input 3.5mm Stereo Input 3.5mm Stereo Input
Wired USB Wired USB Wired USB
Bluetooth Wireless Bluetooth Wireless -
Audio Drivers 50mm FullSpectrum 40mm FullSpectrum 40mm FullSpectrum
Voice Focus Beamforming Microphone Y N N
Dual Microphone Array Y Y Y
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) Y N N
Bluetooth Multipoint Connection Y Y N
Near Field Communication (NFC) Y Y N
Sound Blaster Central Compatible Y N N
Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel Compatible Y Y Y
PC / Mac-based Software Processing Y Y Y
SBX Pro Studio Y Y Y
Crystal Voice Y Y Y
Built-in Battery Life Up To 8 Hours Up To 8 Hours -
Included Accessories Carrying Case Carrying Pouch -

Learn more about the Creative Labs EVO ZxR


Sound Blaster


Wireless Type
33 ft.


Driver Unit
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling


Engineered for Exceptional Audio

The highest fidelity in audio

Clarity in voice communications

Absolute Ease And Convenience


Package Contents
Sound Blaster Evo ZxR
Micro USB-to-USB cable - Length: 1.8m (5.91ft)
4-pole analog cable - Length: 1.2m (3.94ft)
Cable length: 1.2m (3.94ft) plus splitter adapter 0.6m (1.97ft)
USB Power Adapter and plugs
Airplane Adapter
Portable carrying case
Quick Start leaflet (Software installation with user guide will be available via online)

System Requirements

System Requirements
Intel Core2 Duo processor 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core or equivalent processor
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit
Macintosh OS 10.5.8 and above
Powered USB 2.0/3.0 port

For Sound Blaster Central:
iOS: version 5.0 and above
Android: version 2.2 and above

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs EVO ZxR

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  • Paul J.
  • 12/8/2014 7:48:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuild quality issues

Pros: Good sound quality, NFC makes bluetooth connectivity easy on enabled devices.

Cons: The plastic arch that connects the two earpieces together is cracking and pieces of plastic continue to fall off at a regular rate. I have emailed support about this several times over the past two weeks and have not received any response.

Sound Blaster Central android application is slow to load (on both Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition) and doesn't always "see" connected devices. Usually a restart helps.

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  • Jonathan D.
  • 5/21/2014 9:59:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent sound, but very fragile

Pros: The sound quality is rather good, and I did enjoy using the android control software. Bluetooth connectivity works well between my laptop and tablets. Noise cancellation seems to be pretty good. ( I live next to a train yard, so there is always a constant hum in the background the headphones did a decent job of blanking out).

Using it for voice chat wasn't a problem, either synced to my desktop or my tablet.

Cons: Durability. I found that the plastic support pieces between the ear pieces and the headphone have cracked and broke. Even after patching that back together, the battery now seems to not take a charge or last longer than a few seconds.

Other Thoughts: Pretty pricey, but if you are very careful with it, you might get some value. But I would recommend reading or looking at other reviews before deciding.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there. We had a limited quantity of headsets that were affected by a production issue that would produce the kinds of cracking problem you experienced. Please contact us directly at with your headset serial number so we can address this for you immediately.

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  • Amanda P.
  • 3/16/2014 3:41:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot sure what the problem is really.

Pros: When plugged up by themselves through the mic and headset port these sound fine.

Cons: The first pair I had just stopped being recognized by my computer out of nowhere. Now this pair I cannot download the software because it says there is no recognized set on my computer. I will be returning these.

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  • Wayne O.
  • 3/4/2014 9:47:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsCeeative Sound Blaster EVO Zx & ZxR

Pros: Works with Ubuntu right out of the box. analog, digital & USB Bluetooth capable Sound Blaster not needed. "Thank You UBUNTU Linux Team!"
Works in Windows if your Laptop has a built Bluetooth
Works with all Hand held Devices
Nice fit over ears Great built in Microphone

Cons: Windows has absolutely no USB Bluetooth Support for anything older than Windows 8.1

Other Thoughts: I always Loved Creative Sound Blaster Products and used them since 1997, but Creative Sound Blaster needs to spread their wings much more to accommodate a broadening business.
You slammed the door on older Sound Blaster Products, made exclusively for Windows Computers. Then years later you started writing software for Apple/Mac to broaden your sales.
Creative labs wake up start writing software for LINUX. Just like all the other big names like AMD or HP.
"Aim small, miss small."

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  • Zachary L.
  • 2/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent

Pros: Excellent sound quality, great durability, I had a pair of astro A50's and they were ok other than needing their own transmitter to be able to use them. I don't really consider that as wireless. these work great straight out of the box yes you have to plug them in to play computer games but... it is definitely worth it also another website they won't let me name has them cheaper by about 40 bucks and they are brand new also.

Cons: sound begins to distort if you use crystalizer and turn the volume up high.

Other Thoughts: Definitely better than the A50's in my opinion, won't be going back to them just so you know I sold the astro's for a loss of 100.00 just to get rid of them.

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  • Wendell H.
  • 1/23/2014 1:43:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very versatile, feels great over the ear. Very easy to connect and the product feels good overall.

Cons: The sound quality is disappointing. This headset is useless. I could not make it sound acceptable using the equalizer in the iPhone app, and it sounds just as bad on a laptop. It sounds like the sound is coming from another room and all you get is the deep bass. I'm returning this today.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there. The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR has been specced to deliver an amazing audio experience. The issue you've run across sounds like there is an issue with either a cable (if you are using it in wired mode) or an issue with the Bluetooth connection. This is definitely not the listening experience the ZxR is designed to deliver. If you haven't returned yet, please contact us at and we will make sure we get the problem resolved for you.

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  • nigel m.
  • 1/9/2014 4:44:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCould be great

Pros: 1 good sound
2 look great
3 easy to use
4 good with smartphones and tablets

Cons: 1 mic for gaming even when plugged in USB gets me yelled at for how bad I sound.
2 open these on Christmas and today while simply adjusting the headband to put them on the left side falls apart.
3 you CANNOT use the bluetooth for gaming, you have to plug them in
4 no bluetooth dongle comes with the headphone (so your pc better already have bluetooth)
5 false advertising (they are marketed as wireless gaming headphones) and you can't use them wirelessly to game.

Other Thoughts: I have babied these things like a new born child because they cost $300 and they just fall apart after two weeks. Shame on you creative. The side walls for the adjustable headband is way too thin. These things are expensive. So Newegg will be getting my call first thing tomorrow.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there. This sounds like you have a defective headset as the EVO ZxR has been designed for travel as well as home use and definitely should not have the issue with the build that you have experienced. In regards to Bluetooth we openly recommend that for PC gaming a USB or Analog connection is recommended as the Bluetooth spec may not provide the ideal listening experience for two way communication and listening while gaming. The Bluetooth connectivity is primarily intended for use with mobile devices such as Smart Phones and Tablets for music, movies and games.

Please contact us at so we can get you replacement unit.

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  • gregory m.
  • 12/5/2013 6:40:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLove them but.....

Pros: Great sound
Ok Mic
Good battery life (6 to 8 hours)
Feel good

Cons: After about few weeks the right side started to come apart. I try to contact Creative about the problem. Waited a week no email back. I went ahead and super glued the part that was falling part so i could use them once more. I love them but be careful.maybe i just got a bad unit. I also never step or drop the. Keep them in the case they came in and in my laptop backpack if wasn't in use.

Other Thoughts: really wish they where made little better. Maybe better support. hate to spend 300 on headphones that have fallen apart and have to super glue together to have them useable

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there. You definitely should have received a response from our support team regarding this. Please contact us directly at so we can address this for you immediately.

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