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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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  • Andrew L.
  • 12/26/2014 8:40:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome sound card

Pros: Solid build quality. Awesome sound. Headphone out is superb for high impedance cans.

Cons: Software not as clear as I might like. I was somewhat mislead by the headphones/speakers setting that I thought was going to let me choose the output with the click of a button in the software. I was really hoping that I would be able to turn off my headphone out while using my stereo receiver and speakers, but no such luck.

Other Thoughts: I picked up a new Sennheiser headset a couple months back (PC 350 SE) after my old Steel Series headset died. I have been a fan of Sennheiser products for a number of years and found a super deal for a high end headset. The audio was very underwhelming and, frankly, disappointing on my mobo audio ports. That is largely because standard computer hardware is not set up for high impedance headphones (the Sennheisers are 150 ohms). I noticed an significant and immediate improvement when I plugged these cans into the Sound Blaster card. I will never go back to low grade or stock audio cards, this card is worth every cent!

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  • Samuel L.
  • 12/24/2014 8:03:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: My favorite part about this card is the pro studio software. If you enjoy tweaking things like myself, you should enjoy this very much. I'm really liking the surround effect. It works surprisingly well and is fun to use in games. Another great feature is the preset profiles and equalizer settings. You can choose from options such as 'first person shooter' or 'real time strategy' and it will load accompanying settings. There's even an option to set and save your own profiles.

Cons: Not much of an improvement over x-fi, but I'm happy because I got a good deal and very much like the software.

The led's are poorly implemented. I made a "cap" and placed it over the rear led, solving the problem without having to alter any hardware.

Other Thoughts: Aside from arguably only being a side-step from an x-fi, this is still a great card, with some great features, at a reasonable price.

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  • Gregory L.
  • 12/23/2014 7:31:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStudio quality on the cheap.

Pros: High Signal to Noise Ratio

600ohm Headphone amp

Optical TOSLink in port

Separate Headphone / Speaker jacks

Cons: Don't really have any at this point.

Other Thoughts: I do voice over and voice acting work and I bought this card specifically for the TOSLink in port so I could use the TOSLink on my ART Voice Channel box instead of the USB connection because of the USB has some self noise and it limits the hz I can use.

This is the first sound card I have bought in a long long time. The last time I bought a sound card was a first gen Audigy years ago, since then I have just used the built in sound most motherboards come with, in addition to the USB sound of my Logitech G930s.

I can't speak to the gaming options this card boasts but I have been highly impressed so far. With the TOS link I have NO self noise coming in and a rather nice bonus was the 600ohm Amp headphone output I use for my monitor headphones - be careful, it will likely blow your headphone drivers if you're not careful!

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  • David B.
  • 12/15/2014 8:23:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I have it hooked up to my 5.1 surround sound and it has been working pretty well I must say. So far my surround sound is the only feature I have used so I cannot give any comments(yet) on any other features.

Cons: Knocked one egg because the setup is rather stupid and not very smooth, even if you know what you're doing you will still have to mess with it.

Other Thoughts: Even though it is a hassle to get it started it is worth it in the end, I bought mine on sale for like $64 so that was a plus. Wish I knew how to turn off the red l.e.d. considering it doesn't fit with my color scheme.

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  • chris m.
  • 12/13/2014 2:11:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this card

Pros: The base is phenomenal. Keep the crossover around 80Hz, and the bass around 30-50%.
Here's the deal. People are having issues with this card, or rather the software. This is how you make it run stable.
First: download the driver and software directly from creative. IMPORTANT (do not install the driver yet.)
Second: uninstall whatever sound drivers you currently have running your rig and wipe all registry keys. (Probably Realtek.)
Third: Turn off your system and Install the card in your mobo. (make sure to leave breathing room between it and your gpu. If it is to close, your gpu will run between 5 to 10 degrees hotter.
Fourth: Boot your system back up and Install the drivers and software you downloaded, the cd that came with should only be used as a beer coaster, or Frisbee.
Fifth: and most important, enjoy the he&# out of this thing.

Cons: none

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  • Rene A.
  • 12/11/2014 9:27:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsForget On-board sound....

Pros: -Easy install
-DTS/Dobly Digital 5.1 ready (If you have an AMP or 5.1 PC system)
-Optical input and output
-Disable onboard sound through BIOS.. install care.. install the SB Driver.
-Software is easy to use, and explains things well.
-Using the Sound Blaster Z control panel, you can enable DTS and Dobly Digital.... this is how you get 5.1 surround though -EVERYTHING you do on the PC... and it sounds amazing....pounds.
-Dramatically increased bass and volume levels.

Cons: -Not a Con.. but buy an optical cable if your going to run this from your PC to an AMP or 5.1 PC system that has and optical Input and supports 5.1.

However... you get amazing sound with the Analog or the optical...so you CAN'T lose.

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  • david r.
  • 12/11/2014 2:28:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!

Pros: Does What it does
Amazing sound.
Drivers where EASY TO INSTALL!
ALL around OP
Price
Quality

Cons: Aimbot not included.

Other Thoughts: First time purchasing a sound card EVER, so i decided to get this card regardless of all the negative comments.
Installation was easy and the automatic update did everything for me.

sound is crystal clear and the volume is so OP that my razer black shark can keep up with it.
it does get confusing at times while playing FPS because you hear everyone foots steps

The red LED light is strong as sun light ,how ever i have it inside my pc so i dont worry much about it.

The setup was easy. Menu is easy to understand , so easy that Matt damon can do it.

if you want a cheap but amazing card that is way over the top

i recommend 100%

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  • Colleen Z.
  • 12/11/2014 3:20:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsReview:Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone

Pros: Looks fancy, quality sound, some interesting options in the control panel, definitely geared towards online gamers with some cool features to enhance voice.

Cons: With the headphones plugged in, there is a louder than desired "static noise" audible. Also, the control panel lacks the EAX effects options of my last sound blaster.

Other Thoughts: I was hoping that the "shielding" advertised with this SB product would have done a better job preventing static noise coming through speakers. Regardless, the fact that the noise is there, combined with the lack of EAX controls, and some issues trying to download updates with Creative's auto updater, I'm giving this product 3 eggs. I got this on sale, but I wouldn't recommend this at full price.

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  • Marcia P.
  • 12/9/2014 6:45:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow big difference from onboard

Pros: Great Sound - I was constantly debating whether to pull the trigger on getting a sound card because my motherboard (Asus Maximus VI) already had pretty good onboard, but when plugging my headphones and speakers into this sound card is was i'd say 100% difference. I have a good headset (sennhiesers g4me ones) and my heaphones were being nerfed so hard by my onboard. With this soundcard I now see the full potential of this headset.

Good Software - Lots of things to customize, the scout function isn't bad it pretty much dims the other sounds in the game so the footsteps stand out a lil bit more, not a huge difference tho

Plug and play - really easy, just installed on board, installed software from creative website and it was working


If you're debating and wondering if it is worth getting a sound card. I'd say just get the soundcard (this is my first sound card purchase ever). The sound coming out of my speakers and headset are much better.

Cons: The card was a bit loose inside the box it comes in from Creative. It was easy to rattle around so I was a bit concerned if maybe all that vibrating and constant movement would be bad for the card. So far no problems with the card at all.

NOTE: It is better if you disable your onboard audio so that the windows sound properties knows the soundcard is now your default audio.

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  • jan p.
  • 12/8/2014 8:46:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasily worth $55 if you're not an audiowrench, I mean audiophile

Pros: Probably Uses Technology derived from Aureal Semiconductor
Sale Price
Free 4 Day Newegg Shipping
Installed in a snap, Hardware and Software
Cool Red Light and Red EMI Shielding Cover
HAS ability to record WHAT YOU HEAR

Cons: I had to purchase something from creative
Not an Aureal Vortex AU8830 (known as the Vortex 2)

Other Thoughts: It sounds great.
I am pushing some BOSE COMPANION 2 SERIES II speaks and I knew they had to sound better then what I was hearing.

I have owned more sound cards then I can count. creative, Asus, Aureal and Realtek onboard. After creative forced Aureal from business because Aureal had better tech I swore off creative. But, all three of the ASUS cards failed and no longer content to deal with sub par onboard sound I forced myself to buy the Z. After all 15 years is a long grudge


If you want good sound for games/music for around $55 (and it does sound very good) then you can't go wrong with this card. Included is a beamforming (whatever that is) microphone which I left in the box.

Windows 7 found drivers straightaway. On the creative disc is the usual software and drivers. They work but a lot of guys want the latest so maybe go to creative an dl all the newest. The stuff on the disc is from May 2014...hmmmm as is the stuff at creative

Not a bad website

Though I will forever have negative feelings toward creative's due to their treatment of a better tech company (Aureal) the card is worth the money.

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