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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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  • Ronald A.
  • 7/29/2014 8:39:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice looking but don't buy

Pros: easy to install

Cons: I play Battlefield 4, I could hear loud surround sounds with that annoying bass that reverbs but the guns had like no sound to them very tinny sound. I could hardly hear the deliberator or even my footsteps.

Other Thoughts: I put my X-FI Extreme back in way better sound.. So sorry I wasted my money on the Sounder Blaster Z and "Z" as in Zzzzzz for sleeper.

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  • Catherine S.
  • 7/29/2014 4:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBetter but still needs improvement

Pros: -Works better then onboard sound processor.
-Bright red Light Emitting Diodes for Red lighting enthusiasts
- Had NO issues with drivers , nor did I have to disable onboard sound or delete drivers.

Cons: -Card has issues initializing and being recognized after starting windows on occasion.

-Microphone port on the back panel will stop working occasionally

Other Thoughts: You can't use Scout Mode if you have SBX pro Studio activated.
I have tried scout mode on a lot of games, and I cant tell any difference. I think this was a selling ploy for FPS gamers.

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  • Fengtong H.
  • 7/26/2014 10:00:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsJust loud

Pros: With fixed sitting amplifier this sound card is very loud evening at very low volume.

Cons: can't tell the difference between the SB and on board sound card with all sound effects off.

I am using Shure SHR 440 headphone.

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  • Carolyn T.
  • 7/23/2014 8:14:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works great
Easy install and set up

Cons: directions don't say this but got advice this (but should) make sure to uninstall or disable your onboard sound (and/or any other sound card) BEFORE you install this card or it will not work

Other Thoughts: See con above -- had I not read a tech board about how to avoid problems with the installation of this, I probably would have run into major problems.

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  • Brian D.
  • 7/19/2014 7:32:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy !

Pros: It makes sound come out of your speakers.

Cons: Its supposed to support both Dolby Digital and DTS Live, but the drivers for the card will not install either the Dolby or the DTS packs. It shows in my control panel that the "extras" were installed, but they were not. Ive gone to the Creative forums and found many a posts(some over 6months old, with 0 creative responses) where people are having the exact same problem I am.. but Creative has not responded to anyone, they never do, on the forums about how to fix this. Creative does not give technical support, you buy their products and if you have issues.. your on your own !

Other Thoughts: Never again Creative, your lack of support for anything is incredulous.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/18/2014 5:28:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCrisp Clear sound

Pros: 1. extremely clear. sounds great with headphones or speakers. great bass if your speakers support it.
2. great audio settings, can adjust anything.
3. microphone settings are legendary. noise reduction, acoustic echo cancellation doesnt make you sound like a robot. smart volume so you don't ruin peoples ears on skype/other VoIP. voice changer for the microphone options that doesn't sound horrible.
4. 100x better audio sound than the z87-a onboard audio.
5. easily switch from headphones to speakers with a switch.
6. supports almost any headphones ohms requirements.
7. very unique features such as amplifying voices. does wonders in movies that have very quiet voice while the ambient noises drown them out.
8. price

Cons: 1. the LED red light is so blinding it could be a laser light. 2.first time plugging everything in, you may have to play around with the settings to actually make it work.
3. LOUD. 100% sound levels WILL blow your ears out. recommend keeping it below 25%. personally found 14% is the best sound level.
4. if its front panel cable, touches ANY cables inside your case, you WILL get cracking/static sound. the back panel on the other hand, is 100% clear. no static, or background sound.
5. scout mode. doesn't work too great and sort of a useless feature. was overly advertised.
6. microphone isn't that great. you have to have a VERY quiet room or it picks up everything. not as clear as your average microphone.

Other Thoughts: Great buy. its from Creative, of course it'll have great sound.

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  • David S.
  • 7/17/2014 1:47:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnbelievable difference

Pros: I'll state right up front, this blows away any sound card or onboard motherboard chipset I have ever owned or heard. Absolutely crystal clear and the greatest 5.1 sound separation between the channels. Excellent

Cons: Jacks are not labelled. Why can't F, R, C be used so you don't have to use the manual. sheesh

Other Thoughts: This is installed on an ASUS 990FX R1 motherboard, AMD 8350 and 32GB memory. I uninstalled the RealTek sound from device manager. Uninstalled the drivers. Downloaded the lastest drivers from the SB website. Restarted into bios, disabled the onboard sound. Restarted, then shutdown. Installed the SoundBlaster Z, swapped over the speakers cables and restarted. Installed the new drivers from the website. Perfect install. Use the SB app to tweak the sound to your liking. What sweet sound.

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  • Louis M.
  • 7/16/2014 10:52:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage on 8.1

Pros: looks cool

Cons: everything else,
snaps, crackles, and pops but you can't eat it.
support is non existant, and apparently they've had this problem since inception but hey, who wants to fix things anyway.

Other Thoughts: I can't understand why it has such a high rating on new egg.

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  • Scott S.
  • 7/14/2014 8:54:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCreative Flop!

Pros: (See Other Comments)

Cons: (See Other Comments)

Other Thoughts: I have owned Creative products (Sound Cards) for years and I've never encountered an issue like this. With a recent computer build I was curious to see if the Sound Blaster Cinema 2, which came on the motherboard purchased, would finally be enough to no longer need a dedicated sound card. Boy was I wrong... the on-board audio of my board was horrid. So like any audio enthusiast, I looked to Creative to provide me with “Top notch” sound like they have in the past. In fact, my old X-Fi Fatality card was nothing less than STELLAR. However, it was PCI only and not compatible with my new machine.

After a large amount of research I landed with the Sound Blaster Z. It had good reviews and I trust the judgment of others. Newegg’s shipping time was super fast, as usual, and I couldn’t wait to hear my new PC roar!!! The truth is, my computer started to whimper. The sound from this card made me scratch my head in disbelief, but that’s okay… it just needed a little tweaking, right? Wrong! After hours of maneuvering settings and reading set up reviews, I was left in awe. The card sounded extremely hollow and lacked polished/vibrant sound.

For those thinking it’s his speakers? I tried this sound card with my Logitech z5500 5.1 speakers as well as my Logitech z623 2.1 speakers. Both are THX certified and able to BOOM with the best of them.

I consider myself an avid gamer and overall audio enthusiast so needless to say I was very disappointed with this product. While playing Battlefield 4, I could hear loud surround sounds but my gun lacked the hard hitting ‘warlike’ feeling I have been used to with previous Creative cards. The Sound Blaster Z lacks in too many ways to count and doesn’t even have a dedicated bass/treble setting.

I cannot recommend this for anyone looking for a dedicated sound card. I am VERY displeased with this product and will likely be looking elsewhere for future audio needs. Learn from my $100 mishap and consider another brand (Asus Xonar?).

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  • Tony M.
  • 7/11/2014 10:47:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat soundcard that dies...

Pros: Finally a creative soundcard that delivers. Sound is superb, directional 5.1 is awesome on the right setup and drivers are finally smooth after the last two gens....

Cons: Card died after four months. Tried all pci slots, moved to another computer and software won't recognize it. Figures since I've never had a creative product that actually works like it should. I never have any other troubles with my components except maybe a hdd or two after building multiple gaming machines in the past fourteen years.

Other Thoughts: Great product for the price. Just don't be surprised if it doesn't last.

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