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Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card

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

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 Z 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 Z packs a serious audio punch.


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Sound Blaster Z

Sound Blaster Z

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"The Sound Blaster Z offers crystal clear sound that allows me to
completely focus on the game."
- Joshua "Trimaster" Niven

"The Sound Blaster Z is prefect for all gamers. It allows us to focus on what's most important. Winning."
- Kevin "qxc" Riley

"With SBX Pro Studio, the Sound Blaster Z has everything a gamer needs."
- Michale "goswser" Dobler

"Gaming with the Sound Blaster Z is truly a spectacular experience."
- Chad "Minigun" Jones

"The Sound Blaster Z has great sound quality and is ideal for casual
and hardcore gamers alike."
- Brendon "ryze" Walker

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  • newegg 116dB SNR OF SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE Sound Blaster Z has been designed to meet the expectations of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DAC’s delivering 116dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp, and customizable SBX Pro Studio™ enhancements, this sound card packs a serious audio punch.
  •   newegg 3D Surround Sound SBX Pro Studio technologies allow you to control the level of audio immersion in music, movies, and games. Go 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 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.
  • newegg Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone The bundled beamforming microphone is optimized for use with CrystalVoice technologies. The dual microphone array enables implementation of advanced noise cancellation, creating superior recordings, and provides a voice transmission platform over a standard single mic solution.
  • newegg Sound Core3D audio processor The quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor was 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 High fidelity surround sound Connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.
  • newegg Never unplug your headphones again With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.

Sound Blaster Z


Product Name 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
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 : 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out : 2x RCA (L / R)
2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
Microphone In: 1x 1/4" jack
Headphone : 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3 x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Headphone : 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3 x 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 Beamforming Microphone Built-in) Audio Control Module (with Beamforming Microphone Built-in) 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 70SB150000000

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster Z
Model
70SB150000000

Audio core

Channels
5.1
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt, @ 24-bit, 96kHz
Front Channel Out : 116dB
Headphone (33 ohms): >105dB
Headphone (600 ohms): >105dB

Ports

Line In
Shared 1/8" mini jack
SPDIF In
Optical
SPDIF Out
Optical
MIC In
Shared 1/8" mini jack
MIDI/Joystick
No

Spec

Interface
PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16)
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit) ; Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
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)
1GB 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

Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone

Sound Core3D audio processor

Advanced home entertainment audio

High fidelity surround sound

Never unplug your headphones again

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Christiaan P.
  • 7/4/2014 5:56:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsrecording via line-in jack not good

Pros: Superb playback on output sound For Windows 7 64 bit OS system

Cons: Recording sound tracks produce unusable sound tracks for Windows 7 64 bit OS system. The software used for recording were Cubase 6.5, Audacity, AVS Audio and they all produced the same results. Various emails with manufacture didn't produce a solution for this problem.

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  • Jonathan G.
  • 7/3/2014 2:17:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Works good, Has Optical in and out.

Cons: One Microphone/line in port on back, so you must ether set it up with a mic or set it up as line in. wont be a problem after i get my toslink optical cable in for my Xbox and playstation but at the moment its a little annoying

Other Thoughts: Bought this because my Realtek on board audio quit working on my asus M5a99x Evo rev 2.0 Board.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 6/30/2014 2:17:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSound Blaster Z

Pros: Just about everything about this sound card is great. The sound quality is very crisp and clear. So much better than the on-board audio on any motherboard especially on my Gigabyte UD4H.

The crossover frequency for the bass is really nice in the control panel to adjust how much bass I want for the different times of the day.

The included microphone is really nice for how cheap it feels. I can have my music blasting, and a person on the other end doesn't hear a thing. Also good so you don't hear the voices of people talking at you from another room haha.

Works great for my Astro A40. The dedicated headset port works really great also. Sounds very clear, and not scratchy at all.

For some people, the red LED's on the card might be disruptive, annoying, or just plain ugly, but the card looks great and matches the rest of my build very nicely.

The sound blaster control panel is very nice, and has a lot of adjustment features to get your sound to fit the environment you are in.

Cons: There are only a couple things that slightly bother me with this card.

1. The card sometimes doesn't initialize with Windows 7. Only has happened like 3 times since owning the card. Nothing a quick reboot doesn't fix though.

2. The sound is VERY loud when using headphones in the headset port. I need to have the volume at like 6, and even then it is loud.

3. The back ports are hard to figure out which port is for which channel in 5.1 audio. I always get it wrong, even when I think I have it right.

None of these points even together are worth taking an egg off for though.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a good all around sound card with excellent sound quality, look no further than this card. You will not be disappointed.

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  • CEZAR C.
  • 6/27/2014 7:44:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Alternative to Motherboard Integrated Sound Chip

Pros: excellent specs for the price

easy to install and configure

low profile, thus less obstruction to air cooling of video card

software and driver easy updated

with optical in and optical out

supplied microphone is good

improved sound quality of my 11 year old Logitech Z 680 5.1 speaker system,

used rca direct 6 channels to bypass speaker's Dolby and DTS decoder

Sound quality- low noise, improved bass and high frequency response, excellent soundstage with good separation. very clear voice during gaming

ready for online games with DD and DTS live

useful equalizer for tweaking speakers output

Cons: red led light can not be turned off

rca connection not colored coded, may confuse some users

only 5.1 on both DTS and Dolby Digital, not for a 7.1 system

materials used are standard, not high grade but good enough to enjoy good sound, durability still to be seen given the quality of the hardware

Other Thoughts: Users need to disable first onboard sound card using device manager ( on windows 7, system/device manager/sound/ Realtek on Asus motherboard) before installing sound card.

Follow instructions and update software and driver accordingly

Got this sound card as a gift from a friend

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/19/2014 2:16:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Blows the doors off anything onboard. Has no problems pushing good sized cans too. Easy to use software with awesome sound quality. Best card I've used.

Cons: Only thing that I dont care for is that you need the software to swap between headphones and speakers.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2014 9:22:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card - Ignorant people

Pros: best bang for the buck hands down.

EVERYONE having issues with this card are failtastically ignorant. first thing you need to do is uninstall ALL LEGACY DRIVERS FOR YOU OLD SOUND CARD... be it onboard or separate. THEN go into your bios and disable onboard sound if you hadn't done so prior. complete your reboot. double check your device manager to be sure old sound hardware isn't there and check your install/uninstall to make sure the drivers were removed. do so if they haven't. shut down your machine and install awesome new card and reboot. install drivers and reboot every time they tell you to... NOT when you feel like it. bing bang boom and youre in business!

failure to do the above will result in nonfunctional hardware... just like every other nug posting they can't get it to work and want to blame CL instead of taking responsibility for their ineptitude.

Cons: none. anyone claiming problems are ignorant about system building and always use failtastic shortcuts then blame everyone else for their mistakes.

Other Thoughts: do as I instructed in the Pro section and you will have zero issue. do anything else and you will fail.

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  • Gery B.
  • 5/29/2014 5:27:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfect

Pros: Works like a charm.I think it's better then the older ones.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: no need to worry about space,it's small enough to fit on the palm of your hand.

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  • Maxim B.
  • 5/25/2014 11:13:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing sound !

Pros: This soundcard can drive my Sennheiser HD 558 very well and makes them shine ! For the SBX technology, I think personnally that it's better than Dolby Surround itself. I have the SBX on all the time and I talk on skype with it and I'm not annoyed by a big reverb effect that Dolby does.

Cons: None for now!

Other Thoughts: I recommend to buy this soundcard, it's worth it !

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  • Ryan S.
  • 5/23/2014 7:33:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Soundcard

Pros: Blows away onboard in terms of sound quality. Rich feature set. Included microphone is good quality. Comes with some nice bonuses like Creative Alchemy (fixed EAX support in older titles on Win 7 and up). Not much else to say, really. It's definitely the best add in sound card in the hundred dollar range. I got it when it came out, and it's still being awesome.

Cons: The software is much better than standard Creative offerings, and I've generally had no problems, but there are still niggles here and there. Recently had a problem where the input would switch back and forth at random. Fixed by re-installing the software. Also had a weird issue where the sound quality would take a dump (I'm talking like 8-bit NES quality sound) and the volume increased to 100% until a system restart. May have been a motherboard incompatibility though, as that's not happened since changing PCI-E slots.

Other Thoughts: Having a dedicated headphone amp is great, although it really can't handle the resistance it claims. Anything up to 250Ohm resistance should work perfectly however.

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  • Brian F.
  • 5/13/2014 12:41:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound

Pros: Great sounding card. I upgraded my speakers to go with it. It Sounds amazing.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Some people have had issues with the drivers. As others have stated, you need to un-install all of your old drivers that may conflict with the drivers for this sound card.

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