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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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  • 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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  • Igor T.
  • 9/9/2014 2:43:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice little sound card.

Pros: 24 bit.
116dB.
Loud.
Improves gaming experience.
Glowing red matches red/black themes.
Imexpensive with much better sound then unboard audio.
Does what it's suppose to.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: -Even listening to music improved a lot. By far every game sounds much better, looks very good with my red theme.

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  • JENNIFER B.
  • 9/3/2014 6:31:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Software is simple and has no bugs. Sound is excellent.

Cons: none

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  • Jeff L.
  • 8/29/2014 8:31:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Sound Card!!

Pros: This card has everything I wanted and far more. Basically I wanted to get a reasonably accurate reproduction of what was going on with songs on my Pro Tools rig as well as listening to music the way it was meant to be heard. Not only does it do a great job of that out of the box, I'm just starting to figure out some of the many other features this has.

I love the "never have to unplug your headphones again" feature.

I have had several sound cards trying to get what I'm getting here and this was easy to install and worked like a charm immediately.

I would recommend this card to anyone. Great buy.

Cons: None that I can see so far.

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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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