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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone

  • 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

Audio Chipset
Sound Core3D
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
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 with mic in
Line Out
3 x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
TOSLINK
SPDIF Out
TOSLINK
MIC In
Shared 1/8" mini jack with line in
Other Ports
Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/8" mini jack

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
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

Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency

24-bit / 192kHz audio output

Advanced home entertainment audio

High fidelity multi-channel surround

Never unplug your headphones again

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster Z sound card
Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
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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  • Brian W.
  • 11/18/2014 1:38:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy

Pros: Only had this one day but its clearer and better sounding than even my old Auzentech Prelude 7.1. The sound is amazing and the included cone mic is great. It sits over on my monitor and still picks up clearly and loud without me yelling,. The red LED in this thing is so bright all my other LEDs in case look like they are off lolz. Great price too and got to me in 2 days.

Cons: None yet. Hope it holds up. The drivers were huge but installed fine.

Other Thoughts: Im very happy to be back to Sound Blaster after being away for years. This card ...so far....seems an amazing piece of hardware. Glad I got it. Well actually its an early Christmas gift from my wife. She's already warned me my keyboard(Razer Chroma Stealth) WILL be wrapped :)

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  • David R.
  • 11/17/2014 11:03:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: The sound is awesome! I am using the Sabertooth Z77 motherboard.
With this mobo I had to put the sound card above the primary video card due to the fact that I am using SLI.

Cons: The only con would be the tacky installation. It could confuse some inexperienced Windows users. CL should have some instructions to help out with the installation. I'll report back if I have any problems.

Other Thoughts: I diabled all the sound drivers show in the Device Manager for the onboard sound and nvidia, then did the SBZ installation with its available updates. In the mobo bios the HD audio is still enabled, and it doesn't seem to be a problem. I did not use the dvd that came with the SBZ, I downloaded the version from CreativeLabs.

I also have the Sennheiser G4ME One headset. This headset with the SBZ is a fantastic match.

Oh, and these two pieces of hardware work in TeamSpeak without any problems.

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  • Ross B.
  • 11/1/2014 7:51:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCould be better

Pros: Sounds pretty good if you can get it to work.Pretty red aluminum housing.

Cons: Drivers.Duh. Bad drivers and creative go together like cookies & milk.
If your installing from a blank slate,driver installation seems to go somewhat smooth.If uninstalling drivers from a older card,it's a borderline nightmare. I mean really creative,make software that can completely be removed with no problems.Me giving you 3 stars is only because i'm in a good mood.

Other Thoughts: I updated from a soundblaster x-fi titanium..and really believe the options are far better than the Z.Though the Z does sound good with a slightly higher SNR.
I'm using the digital out to a mcintosh MHT100 with B&W CDM SE speakers for music & gaming...and it sounds excellent.
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  • Michael D.
  • 10/31/2014 4:54:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsCreative Sound

Pros: yay it works, it used a PCI-E slot that I could have used for something useful like HDMI Capture Card, It hogs a entire slot to be not much better then onboard

Cons: Creative Labs lost something over time, they had great quality before with MIDI AWE32/64 wave table, now all there new sound cards are really no better than a glittery on board realtek without that wavetable it’s not really a gaming sound card it’s just tagged as gaming to sell, but you play a retro game that supports Creative AWE32/AWE64 and with this new card all you are going to get is fancy Adlib beeps, from creative latest and greatest over time unlike video cards they lost something

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  • MARK S.
  • 10/20/2014 9:27:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage.

Pros: I might be able to get an RMA, Go newegg!!

Cons: This sound card is horrible, my onboard sound card is way better. Why did I just shell out an extra hundred dollars for this garbage?

Other Thoughts: I've been shopping at newegg for over a decade, and will continue to do so, but to be honest I don't know why you're carrying this model. I've never been more unhappy with an item, ever.

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  • Warren R.
  • 10/8/2014 3:40:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Low noise.

Cons: Everything else - output 20dB way to hot. front panel switching glitches, cant set mic in for line in - can't use a stereo mic per Intel HD protocol they say they use. In the case of the card I got, the front panel, when it works, has no headphone output and the mic in is garbled (digitally distorted). A piece of junk - what happened to Soundblaster - they used to be great!!

Other Thoughts: Sticking with my Audigy 2, I thought it's late driver for Windows 7 was broken as it was extremely loud, but that seems to be the state of the Soundblaster drivers of late. Extremely disappointed!! I'll have to change the settings in the registry as it's driver doesn't give a padding option in the UI like the Z model does, Guess that's a "positive" for the Z.

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  • Deanna L.
  • 9/29/2014 9:09:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCreative Sound Blaster Z

Pros: Creative, PCI Express x1 ,Software control panel ,Outstanding and Inexpensive

Cons: None Really

Other Thoughts: Well when the Card Arrived , I put it in my System and boot and it recognized the card right way that good news

to make a long story short

I contacted Creative cause I was getting pooping and sound dropping and breaking up bad , I tried two headsets and two 5.1 speakers and it was still doing it , so I uninstalled everything and started over , still did the same thing

anyways when I contacted then I told then and this is what was said

Thank you for writing to Creative Labs.

Thank you for the MSINFO file.

Please ensure that the High Definition Audio as shown in this list is disabled.

IRQ 16 PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
IRQ 16 Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
IRQ 16 Sound Blaster Audio Controller (*refers to the Soundblaster Z)
IRQ 16 High Definition Audio Controller
IRQ 16 Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller

It is important that the OS sees only the Sound Blaster Z soundcard as the audio device when the computer boots up.

Also, the latest BIOS Version/Date is American Megatrends Inc. V1.3B6, 4/22/2009.

Make sure that you have installed the latest updates for your computer especially the chipset drivers for your motherboard. An update of BIOS is
also recommended.The BIOS and chipset drivers are responsible for communications between the basic hardware components and therefore it
should always be updated for a stable system performance. You can download the updated drivers for the chipset in your motherboard from the manufacturer.

Make sure also that you have installed the latest updates for your operating system from the Microsoft website.

For more information about your BIOS settings, please contact your computer and motherboard manufacturer for further technical assistance.

Please let us know if disabling the High Definition Audio and updating the BIOS helps to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Please retain all the previous correspondence when replying to this email.

Best Regards


So I said to myself what the **** does my Bios have to do with the sound card , I said the heck with it and flashed it , well guess what it worked , and I thought I knew about PC's well Creative just taught me something new

all in all everything is working great not going to take no eggs nor going to say anything bad about the Card , it was all my Mother board

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  • Gerald Y.
  • 9/20/2014 12:11:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat sound with usual driver issues

Pros: Awesome sound.

Analog connections.

Software has everything you need to tweak the sound. Works great with a full sized 5.1 setup.

Cons: Typical buggy creative drivers/software.

Other Thoughts: Most of the time the software works as it should but it's not without it's faults. Usual issue is it locking up when I go to change a setting, any setting. A quick end task and relaunch usually fixes it.

I've been a customer of Creative for years now and I will say that this has the most stable drivers I've seen yet, but perfection it is not.

Receivers are tough to come by with multi-channel in's now without spending your life savings on one but if you can make use of the analog connections there is a pretty noticeable difference in the ability to balance your low/mid/highs and get that tight bass and clear sound everyone wants. I used the optical for awhile so I could get used to the sound before I switched back to the analogs and it was like night and day difference. Just my subjective opinion but if ya got the opportunity to compare them don't pass it up.

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  • Stan B.
  • 9/14/2014 4:42:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBlaster z

Pros: Clean warm audio. Great price to performance ratio. Good drivers and software. Drives my akg 702s perfectly.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Great step up from on board audio. "Have supreme fx iv on mobo and it doesn't even come close to the z" paired with my akg 702s it's a monster fps rig that is very directional and very accurate for positioning. Also works well with music. Movies. Etc

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  • Art H.
  • 9/11/2014 2:25:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound card xtreme

Pros: POW. this little card packs a punch and drives my 5 and 1 system. has lots of features and you can configure it like crazy. Hooked up my guitar and music editing software and no lag at all sound tight

Cons: none so far, maybe the red light on the card is bright , but if your running a red light color theme like I was then you will be happy .. looks cool

Other Thoughts: This thing Rocks make sure you buy some Bose or you wont do it justice.

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