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Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116 dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module

  • PCI Express x 1, 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core 3D Processor
  • Beamforming Microphone

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Sound Blaster Zx

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 Zx 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 Zx packs a serious audio punch.


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Sound Blaster Z

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"Onboard audio can't touch this."
- Kevin "QXC" Riley

"The SBX Pro Studio surround sound makes me feel as if my ears are inside the game."
- Brendon "Ryze" Walker

"With the Sound Blaster Zx I can clearly hear the cries of my defeated enemies."
- Joshua "Trimaster" Niven

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  • newegg 116dB SNR OF SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE Sound Blaster Zx has been designed to meet the expectations 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 customizable SBX Pro Studio enhancements, this sound card is easily the best-in-class solution around.
  •   newegg Sound Core3D Audio Processor The quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor is 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 3D Surround Sound SBX Pro Studio technologies allow you to control the level of audio immersion in music, movies, and games. Go far 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 Sound Blaster Audio Control Module (ACM) The Audio Control Module (ACM) provides convenient desktop access to the powerful Sound Blaster Zx's 600 ohm, 80mW headphone amp, which allows any headphone or headset to reach its maximum potential in audio delivery. Equipped with a stereo beamforming microphone and coupled with exclusive Sound Core3D hardware-accelerated CrystalVoice voice enhancements, such as noise reduction and echo-cancellation technologies, the ACM lets users communicate or record even while audio is playing through desktop speakers.
  • 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.

Sound Blaster Zx


Product Name Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Blaster Zx Sound Blaster Z
  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
Digital Audio Convertor (DAC) TI BURR-BROWN Cirrus Logic Cirrus Logic
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 : 1x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out : 2x RCA (L / R)
2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
Microphone In: 1x 1/4" jack
Headphone : 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Headphone : 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3x 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 built-in Beamforming Microphone) Audio Control Module (with built-in Beamforming Microphone) 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

 


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5 out of 5 eggsWow...I'm truly blown away by the sound quality.

Pros: I have been building my own gaming rigs since the late 80s. Usually use Asus and other well known cards. Used to avoid Creative for some problem I had back in 1991 I cant even remember. I fried another Asus Xonar DSX card.....tried to replace it with an external Asus card...huge install problem and conflicts. Went to Best Buy and bought this card today for 91.00 with tax. Have not used the little knob control that comes with it. What I can tell you is the sound is like nothing I have heard on a PC yet. Its ....there just are not enough surpurlativves to cover what the sound is like. Clear....angelic, warm, deep...bass on bass with amazing highs. It's like having a whole new computer. I have all this high end gear...head phones and 7.1 Klip speakers....equalizers and great mics (I do live streaming of games on a high end rig on Twitch TV)....and this sound card made all that sound like its finally using its full potential. I'm can't stress enough. The sound quality is at LEAST double....probably more. If you think your getting a good deal out of a 35 or 60 dollar Sound Card with high end gear .....you have a huge bottleneck you wouldn't believe till you hear the difference. I like Newegg and have been a customer here a long time so I preferred to write this here instead of Best Buy.....the price here is cheaper too btw...if you take free shipping.

Cons: Little large for a card.....chunky. Takes a PCI Express ONLY and its own power plug from the power supply obviously. Not to big to cause install problem but in a tiny case it may cause a bit of a headache.

Other Thoughts: Has a super cool Red glow on it.....light effects. I have a blue system inside with blue lights and liquid cooled blue fluid pumping inside the case. Really adds a great effect. Looks very High End. Like a 1000 dollar Graphics card or something. Nice addition to a Modded case. Again....just cant say enough about the sound quality. Brought my kids in to hear their fav games over the headphones after installing and they just couldn't believe it. You could get the model without the little controller knob if you want to save a little. I didn't even install mine....not exactly sure what its for to be honest. My mics and all components are already plugged in and it seems to be redundant as well as bulky and not easy to find a spot to put out of the way.

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  • Rodrigo D.
  • 4/5/2016 11:20:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: I did some research before buying this product. Basically I am running a 2013 Astro A40 setup with a 2013 Mix Amp Pro with Optical Out. So what made me really decide to invest was, the mixamp was only getting so much power from on-board audio of my AM3 Fatality Motherboard. I wanted more... Just the boost in power is freaking amazing!!! I didn't really need the 3.5 mm dongle, bot oh wells the price was $10 difference so why not. You have to go through the settings and set it to Dolby digital live. Then go to your audio playback and make sure it is set as creative speakers. The dolby live digital will send a optical out signal. Just I'm hearing thing's I've never heard before using the mixamp with the 600 ohms amp. Google how to setup
Astro A50 with creative sound blaster Zx. Works same for A40s. Enjoy!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Maybe should have got it without the dongle, just the card by itself to save $10.

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  • Ken B.
  • 3/16/2016 4:16:43 PM

5 out of 5 eggsVery good card for the price.

Pros: -Decent Price
-Red LEDs (I guess some may not like them)
-Good software package
-Very good sound compared to onboard
-Control module is handy

Cons: none...

Other Thoughts: I haven't been buying sound cards for the past few builds I've done, but when at a close friends house he showed me this card which he just bought on a whim. I was impressed and bought it the next day. Unless you have spent $500 on a motherboard, your board will not have sound of this quality. Really excellent! I see some complaining about drivers and the Creative software, but I had no problems. I am using Windows 10 and it was painless and perfect. I really like the Pro Studio sw too. It's simple yes, but works just fine and really does enhance the sound. If you are making a new build, you need this card.

BTW my Audio Technica ATH-M50x's sound really incredible using this card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/12/2016 7:49:05 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsThis is what ive been missing?

Pros: Clear sound, easy installation, works great with Windows 10, loud without distortion.

Cons: The driver CD is junk and doesn't work, get drivers off the internet

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  • Lee W.
  • 2/8/2016 12:10:11 PM

3 out of 5 eggsDo not buy this setup! Stick with the just the sound card!

Pros: The sound card is awesome. Has great sound.

Cons: The Audio Control Module is a joke. Useless, unless you always use headphones. I was under the assumption that you could use your computer speakers UNTIL you actually plugged in a set of headphones into the module, WRONG. To do so, you must unplug the module from behind the computer. Stupid design.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend the SOUDBLASTER Z, but not the Zx.

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  • IAN G.
  • 1/9/2016 10:41:05 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card

Pros: - The module is really nice compared to front audio jacks
- The mic in the module is really good imho
- Smooth volume knob
- Sturdy construction; doesn't feel like you're going to break the I/O when you plug something in
- The red glow was a nice touch
- Great sound

Cons: - As most have eluded to at some point or another, drivers can be...an adventure, we'll call it. Still fairly straight forward after simply being able to find the right one on the web page. Not worth losing an egg over imo.

Other Thoughts: - Would definitely recommend
- I found a quick email to Creative support was, unlike some companies, actually worth it to help in a timely manner. Quick response and a link to just what I needed. Sad to say I was pleasantly surprised, given some of my other interactions with company support emails/calls. Good on you, Creative.

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  • Zachary F.
  • 1/5/2016 7:27:58 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNearly 3 years of use here are my thoughts

Pros: excellent software lets me do everything I could ever want to do.
The include microphone works better than any of my headset mic booms ever have
If you want all of the pros just look at their marketing material there's no need to repeat it all, it's a good product and it works

Cons: I have used 4 different headsets extensively with this card over the years I've also had it in 2 different pcs with 5-6 different configurations of hardware in each and if you don't update the drivers when prompted upon install you're going to have a bad time. the most random stuff you would never think of, such as a usb wifi card, can cause an absolute meltdown of your soundcard so have everything you'll ever use plugged in when updating drivers it will detect and do it's magic to work... Listed this because this is a bit rediculous it's just a sound card. if you install new hardware and the soundcard starts flipping out uninstall and reinstall and update.

output impedence is about 10ohms so it's best suited with headphones of at least 100 ohms (maybe not a con but something to note)

Other Thoughts: treble and mids are subdued with every headset i've used with this card takes a bit of eq tweaking but always turns out well

reinstillation of drivers is necessary if you change pcie slots

i've spilled coolant on it and it still works... granted my warranty now though.

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  • marc h.
  • 11/28/2015 6:32:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsI had no idea.

Pros: Small. Looks quite nice and produces excellent audio for cinema and games.
The design of the card is high end and the added ACM is pretty convient with how long the cable is. The audio representation really took my Denon beyond what I had thought were its limits. The software suite allows many possibilities for those that take the time to get to know it on speaker at a time.

Cons: Ok, this is where this thing falls flat and why I knocked an egg off. Rediculous install issues and DRIVERS!!! Come on Creative Labs. Get with the rest of the world and make drivers that just work. A company as old and big as Creative labs should not allow things like thos to happen and If I was not a pc tech this card would be back at the vendor in blue and yellow. It seems in some cases you need to have extensive knowledge just to get this card to work.

This was on my Asus Sabertooth 990FX. First it shows up as a Sound Blaster Z and a Recon3D. Seriously. Windows actually had seen it as though it were 2 different cards. If this happens it is frustrating to get going. This card is not a simple plug and play card. It is top notch but Creative needs to make Unified software based of hardware codes or firmware IDs. The way it is now is bad. Also you absolutley must use creative labs software for full feature set.

Other Thoughts: Where to start. I have had a discrete audio card before. I have had external usb driven cards like the SB1290, a few c-media boxes and an old SB Xfi Titanium SB 0880 I never got to use due to MB compatibility issues on 2 different Asus boards. I really did not know what to expect since I believed my onboard alc892 was great and the SB Xfi GO SB1290 did wonders for my Polk audio headset. I had no idea how wrong I was. This card has beought new life to my audio gear. You can hear the difference after doing the needed tweeking which can take quite a while. My onboards was 7.1 and I prefer this card due to how more dynamic and how the clear the sound is.

The SB Zx SB1506 is a solid product but that is only if you can get it to work. You need to check and see if it is compatible with your MB before buying. Even if it is you may still encounter issues installing. Creative requires you to disable all other onboard, USB or GPU HDMI audio device due to conflict with software and hardware. Do this first. Then the next thing to do, to not encounter issues as many others have like the Recon3D issue, disable windows update for drivers and just leave it off. You will need to update all drivers manually from the moment this card is in your system as long as you have it in there. Then when or if windows installs the card and it shows,in the device manager uninstall the card and be sure to check the box to delete the drivers. Restart then open device manager and scan for hardware. You need the card to show as and High definition audio device nothing more. if it is,showing Hogh definition audio device down load the most recent drivers from Creative Labs website for the card. For windows 10 it will be the august 2015 driver, other versions use the last 2014 driver. Install the driver as admin and you should be good to go. After all is installed Hook up all connections and the ACM to the card and restart. This should help many and is probably the best way to ensure the card installs properlt with no driver conflicts or mistaken idenity of the card.

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  • mark t.
  • 9/26/2015 9:01:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBe wary of remote - update

Pros: got an email from Creative Labs in reference to my "problem" with the remote's sound quality. It turns out it was MY problem. They directed me to the Sound Blaster Control Panel to change the mode of the sound output to headphones -- stupid me. Kudos to Creative for their pinpoint solution and indulging my brain fart.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I should have read the directions more fully.

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  • mark t.
  • 9/21/2015 6:32:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBe wary of the remote

Pros: Direct output of sound through speakers is great. The same for headphones.

Cons: The remote is partially dead. When plugged into the jack for head phones, initially the sound was great for both large and small jack sizes, volume control too. Now the head phone jacks put out sound best described as underwater on dope. Volume knob still functions. To get sound out of the remote, I have to plug into the jack that is marked MICROPHONE to get quality sound whose volume CANNOT be varied by the remote. This is barely five months after purchase. I have a 12 year old Sound Blaster Audigy, with the front panel, that is still going strong. Depending upon how Creative Labs responds, will either raise or lower my current rating.

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