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

  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core3D 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

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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  • Andrew C.
  • 5/4/2015 10:31:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: built well and delivers great quality sound for gaming.

Cons: n/a

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  • Joshua S.
  • 4/21/2015 4:16:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: sounds great and boost audio a lot into my gaming headset

Cons: had to use default mic plug on game, mic sounds like im in a tunnel when i plug it into the sound blaster. tried to setup many different ways and gave up on it

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  • Mark S.
  • 4/16/2015 7:05:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Soundcard

Pros: This is quite possibly the best soundcard I have ever owned to date. I absolutely love the sound quality that you get from using this card. I'm so glad that I no longer have to do with the intermittent crackling and popping sounds associated with creative's last flagship soundcard. The audio control module is very useful with not only 3 1/2 inch headphone and microphone jacks but also quarter inch.

Cons: The LED light on the card is a nice touch and even though I had read about how bright it was you really can't comprehend it until you own it. Thankfully I do not leave my computer on 24 seven anymore and it isn't a problem for me but if you're the kind of person that leaves you system running 24 seven you might want to try to think of a way to cover up the light


Not really a con but when I was first thinking about buying this card I was disappointed to see that a front panel bay was not included. My sadness however vanished when I saw that creatively included an HD audio header for front panel connections on the card

Other Thoughts: I bought the soundcard to replace my six-year-old creative X FI titanium champion series card because the software kept crashing when I tried to use Windows 8 and with Windows 10 looming I figured it was time to finally upgrade. Every time creative releases a new card they seem to outdo themselves and as long as you have a good set of speakers and a pair of headphones you can definitely reap the benefits

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  • mark t.
  • 4/5/2015 10:20:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The Sound is fantastic. Great price!

Cons: Not really a con. Having issues with the control panel of the card's software. I think it's more of an OS problem.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2015 5:01:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSOUND BLASTER

Pros: This the way to go. Sound blaster sound card. It is the only sound card I go with when I build a computer. I have always used Sound Blaster and you can not beat the sound quality that Sound Blaster puts out. It even sounds better on Creative 5.1 speakers. This sound system ROCKS your SOCKS OFF. Like all Sound Blaster Cards.

Cons: No Cons from me on Sound Blaster..

Other Thoughts: The best sound ever...

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/23/2015 8:24:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscreative soundblaster zx

Pros: I can notice the difference between this and onboard sound it is great with headphones especially when playing fps

Cons: n/a at this time

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  • Derrick B.
  • 2/16/2015 12:32:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot a reliable long term sound card.

Pros: Sounded great for the first 9 months

Cons: After about 9 months the card can't keep its speakers in the right order ! Front left is front right, center is Sub #1, and so on. The only way to fix this is to switch to stereo then back to 5.1 which then breaks the sound on any game you were playing.

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  • Jesse S.
  • 2/15/2015 11:30:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLoving this card.

Pros: Where to start? This sound card is phenomenal when compared to on-board sound. I use JBL 4434 monitor speakers and this card really lets them shine. The difference this card made to my overall sound was amazing.

I use FL Studio a lot for my guitar and piano recordings and this card has not let me down. ASIO ready!

Desktop control module is nice. I can use my 3.5mm to RCA for my monitors, 1/4" output for my AT M50x headphones. 1/4" input for my guitar and mic preamp. Pretty versatile unit. Highly recommended

Cons: Some of the software control isn't the best but does give you some options. I don't use it because I need a very flat frequency response for most of my work. I have used some of the EQ stuff just to test it out and you can really get the bass pumping out and highs singing through the mix.

Other Thoughts: Really great overall card. Not ideal for DAW work but it still does the job very well. Will make a huge difference for anyone wanting better sound out of their rig. Highly recommended.

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  • William G.
  • 2/12/2015 10:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card.

Pros: Give all that is promised and more. Easy to work with interface, controls and functions. Improves your sound by far. I used to have a SB a while back it is great to hear how far they have come from then.

Cons: None yet.

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  • Daric K.
  • 2/5/2015 3:25:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat sound card - stopped buzzing noise from EMI

Pros: Apart from looks being very cool - this sound card is built really well with an obvious attention to detail.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This sound card cured my PC from emitting a buzzing noise in my headset when playing games with SLI'd (dual) graphics cards. I believe it works so well due to the EMI shielding casing around the card. Great purchase if you absolutely hate buzz noises caused by EMI.

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