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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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  • Pedro C.
  • 8/15/2014 8:54:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA little disappointed

Pros: I've been a Sound Blaster happy customer for 20+ years since I had the Sound Blaster AWE32, Live!, Live! 24-Bit, Audigy 2, Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and now the Sound Blaster Z.

The Sound Blaster Z has a great quality and excellent OpenAL hardware acceleration on games, I see the Sound Core3D processor does a good job. SBX Pro Studio is excellent for a home theater PC, the crystalizer and the SBX surround gives life to your speakers, comparing to the internal Realtek sound card from the motherboard. Plus it has Dolby Digital Live and DTS Neo.

Cons: Creative, what happened to you in these last years?

There is a known issue with the Sound Blaster Z and MSI motherboards when you use UEFI boot. I read on forums that happens as well on ASUS motherboards. The card sometimes isnt detected at every boot, even on legacy mode. I have to reseat the card everytime this happens. I tried to contact Creative customer support. No answer, awful service recently.

I would go back to my X-Fi card, but its PCI and I dont have any PCI slot on my new motherboard. Please check with your UEFI motherboard brand first if there is known issues with the Sound Blaster Z before buying it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/12/2014 3:34:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSound Blaster Z

Pros: Nice sound and good looks.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Installation was simple and software seems pretty smooth with good features.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 7/31/2014 7:49:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks no problems

Pros: PCE-1 just what I needed. sound is good crisp and clear. really pushes my Sony MDR-v6 and HD 280 pros.

Cons: None really. I knew what I was getting.

Other Thoughts: Some have complained about boot issues with drivers or the card not being recognized. No dedicated bass treble. Do what others have suggested. Remove all audio drivers and disable sound on motherboard. I did this and worked at first boot with new Z card installed. You can use the equalizer to adjust any bass treble you need. I had bass treble on my old fatality pro. I think I adjusted it once or twice. Don't miss it so far.

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  • David B.
  • 7/31/2014 6:01:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOne year updated

Pros: Sorta worked for a year.
See other thoughts.

Cons: For the year I've had it, it's always had problems that have gotten progressively worse.
See other thoughts.
Hundred dollar (at time of purchase) paper weight.

Other Thoughts: I've had this product for nearly a year, and it has finally gotten so bad I have uninstalled it. It worked fine for the first month or two, until sound channels would start dropping. That could be fixed by restarting the computer. Then sound started jumping around channels and distorting badly. That would be fixed after a restart. With every driver update, those issues have gotten worse, and worse. Here recently this product has cause my computer to lock up multiple times, and has also caused my system to blue screen. After tacking my system apart and rebuilding it from the ground up, I traced the blue screen to this sound card.

What has happened to Creative Labs quality? This is the third product of theirs that I have had problems with recently.

Also come to find out it was not taking advantage of my 5.1 surround sound head set. Head set sounds better with the integrated realtek audio, sadly.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there!

We're very interested in hearing more information on this issue you have come across.

Please contact us at socialmedia@creativelabs.com so we can get some more information from you and help resolve the issue.

The Z series sound cards are our flagship products for the sound card space and definitely should not be performing as you noted above.

Best Regards,

The Sound Blaster Team

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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.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there!

We'd like to get some more information on your experience.

Are you referring to the Scout Mode technologies in our product with the audio noise you are mentioning above?

Please contact us at socialmedia@creativelabs.com so we can get some more information on your experience!

Best Regards,

The Sound Blaster Team

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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.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello there!

We're very interseted in hearing more on this issue you've come across and the user support item you noted above and absolutely are committed to providing support for our user base.

Please contact us at socialmedia@creativelabs.com so we can get a resolution for you and get you up and running.

Best Regards,

The Sound Blaster Team

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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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