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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe 124dB SNR Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module

  • PCI Express x1 5.1 Channels
  • 124dB SNR of Superior Experience
  • 600 OHM Headphone Amp
  • Sound Core3D Audio Processor
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Sound Blaster ZxR

One card to rule them all. The Sound Blaster ZxR embodies the design and engineering philosophy of "Total System Performance" that Sound Blaster has employed by combining audiophile-grade componentry with exclusive audio playback and recording technologies into a technical masterpiece. The Sound Blaster ZxR has refined audio playback and staggeringly high-fidelity recording capabilities that few if any other PC audio cards can even dream to aspire to.

Sound Blaster ZxR

Sound Blaster Z Sound Blaster Z

"With the Sound Blaster ZxR, my game audio is crystal clear and no sound goes unnoticed."
- Chad "Minigun" Jones


  • newegg 124dB SNR OF SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE Sound Blaster ZxR has been designed to meet the expectations of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DACs delivering 124dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp and customizable SBX Pro Studio™ technologies, Sound Blaster ZxR is the most advanced PCIe sound card ever made.
  •   newegg Ti Burr-Brown Digital Audio Converter The TI Burr-Brown Digital Audio Converter (DAC) converts digital signals to analog while preserving digital purity, and delivers an audio signal rated at an incredible 127dB SNR (DAC output).
  •   newegg 600 ohm Headphone Amp Sound Blaser ZxR delivers the power needed to drive even the highest end headphones, allowing these headphones to reach their full playback potential. With its built-in 600 ohm, 80mW TI TPA6120 headphone amp, the sound card boasts a dynamic range of more than 120dB. This ensures no audio is lost from the amplifier as it exceeds the range of hearing for the human ear.
  • newegg "Multiple Layer Super Grounded" PCB design with EMI shielding With multiple layer super grounding, layers of PCB and materials are dedicated to shielding signals that are travelling across the board away from possible interference points. EMI shielding adds yet another level of protection from analog interference by shielding the card from potential outside signals. This yields an extremely pure analog output signal.
  • newegg True Audio Customization The Sound Blaster ZxR main board is equipped with top-of-the line swappable Op Amps that allow users to further optimize their listening experience by customizing their sound coloration at the hardware level.
  • newegg Nichicon "Fine Gold" Capacitors These are used throughout the card, allowing for a rich and full base register without sacrificing clarity of high end tones.
  • newegg DBPro Studio-quality Daughter Card While the main board of Sound Blaster ZxR focuses on audio playback, the DBPro daughter board focuses on pristine recording and input. The DBPro board connects via a header on the main board and does not require an additional PCIe slot nor additional power.
  • newegg Sound Blaster Audio Control Module (ACM) The Audio Control Module (ACM) provides convenient desktop access to the powerful Sound Blaster ZxR 600 ohm, 80mW headphone amp, which allows any headphone or headset to reach its maximum potential in audio delivery. Rotary volume knob allows for smooth volume control. 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 Sound Core3D Audio Processor The multi-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 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 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.

Tech Information

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
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™
- Noise Reduction
- Smart Volume
- Acoustic Echo Cancellation
- FX
- Focus
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
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 ZXR (70SB151000000)


Sound Blaster Z Series
ZXR (70SB151000000)

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sound Core3D
Sample Rate
Digital Audio


Line In
Line Out
CD/Aux In


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
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available I/O slot opening on casing
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive


Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 124dB

Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency

24-bit / 192kHz audio output

SBX Pro Studio technologies

Studio-grade content creation

High-quality DBPro daughter board

Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)

Sound Core3D audio processor

Crystal clear communication

High fidelity multi-channel surround


Package Contents
Sound Blaster ZxR sound card (main card)
Sound Blaster ZxR sound card (daughter board)
Audio Control Module (ACM)
Quick Start leaflet
Installation CD containing:
- Drivers for Windows
- Creative software suite

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs ZXR (70SB151000000)

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  • David N.
  • 12/25/2014 8:30:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSB ZxR - YES PLEASE!

Pros: Have been an avid user of dedicated sound cards for a very long time - primarily for gaming and sometimes music. When I built my last pc, I carried over my SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatality Platinum because I was so happy with it. Decided it's been a long seven years or so and while I wasn't having any problem with the old card it was still time for something new. Right out of the box, I was blown away from the improvement in sound quality. Like very noticeably different, not just a little. I'm also using the audio control module instead of plugging into the card directly; I read a lot of reviews that said the module is muddying the sound and maybe mine is and I just don't realize it but I really enjoy the module so I'm using it - Can't believe the sound would be even that much better without it but I cannot judge having gone right to the module out of the box. Overall, so pleased and have no complaints, not even the ones some of the reviews include because all of those reviews note things that are totally adjustable to user preference so I don't get the problem there with the complaining.

The gaming Recon mode definitely makes a difference too. I've only tried it in a couple of games so far but it is noticeable.

Cons: Pricey I admit, but I'd pay for it again (without hesitation) now that I've used it.

Other Thoughts: Buy it.

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  • Dominic S.
  • 12/13/2014 5:34:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the Best

Pros: Love this Sound Card, quality is outstanding.Always bought Creative and always had no issues. NewEgg delivers fast.Sound is clear and crisp, bass is plentiful. Lots of connections due to having two cards, one a daughter board other PCI-E Card. Audiophiles dream , but even great for games and movies. Along with having such a good speaker system, takes great advantage of this card, Logitech Z906 5.1 Speakers system.

Cons: NONE YET...........................

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  • Ace P.
  • 10/14/2014 4:09:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsBunch of Frills

Pros: - Sound quality as expected
- Wasn't difficult to install the drivers despite what other's said about difficulty of driver installation

Cons: - Part of the reason I chose those this SC was because their ACM and the fact that the mic was connected to that. Their focus cone was not at all working how it was supposed to
- Creative representative clearly stated that music can be "blaring" from speakers and it would void the feed.
- It voided the feed for a lesser amount of the time, but usually it just goes back into the mic like any other microphone w/ o these supposed features.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure i'll get excuses as to mic placement and things of that nature but with the all of these supposed noise reduction features along with the rep clearly stating that music can be playing from speakers without the mic picking it up, makes it unacceptable. They shouldn't have made it sound so surefire if it's actually undependable.

Conclusion: for the pricerange, you'de be better off buying another product that focuses on sound quality and puts all of the money you spend assurance of that. All of these mic features from what I've experienced are just gimmicks and should in no way factor into a purchase considering how poorly they actually apply.

I am not a paid reviewer, if you'de like to see my receipts and set up and talk to me about it more, i'de love to help

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  • GiGI V.
  • 10/12/2014 3:37:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Lot of connectors, nice mic on the external controller, good movement for volume control

Cons: Weird artifacts from the card when using now, the integrated sound card sounds much better.

Other Thoughts: I really liked this card when I first got it, but it's very flaky now, and the software isn't impressive.

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  • Geen G.
  • 9/18/2014 5:09:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow

Pros: compulsively got sound blaster zxr and glade i did. it sounds great, especially with a good pare of head phones.

Cons: drivers would seem like it crashed when updating but if you wait i does work just really inconvenient.

Other Thoughts: price was a bit high but can notice the difference from on board audio.

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  • Ian M.
  • 8/29/2014 3:57:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsExcellent Hardware Bad Software

Pros: - Great Hardware
- High Quality Hardware
- 1/4 inch jack's and external unit
- Good Quality parts

Cons: - Horrible software which causes the excellent hardware not to work

Other Thoughts: The card is great and sound is amazing (when it works). If you plan to use digital out to connect a device your run into a lot of problem with the device DBPro "vanishing" and have to constantly reboot tell it returns. There is still no driver fix to it and there has being a ton of people having the same issue. I'll rate higher if they come up with a fix.

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  • Osama A.
  • 8/17/2014 1:44:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Sound Card!

Pros: -Amazing surround sound.
-Feels high build quality.
-Good sound quality.
-Very stable software.

Cons: -None (Maybe! see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: I purchased this sound card along with 780 Ti, Corsair Platinum RAM, Crucial 500GB SSD, and an I5 3570K.

Sometimes my PC freeze randomly, I don't know if it's because of the sound card or something else.

It doesn't happen very often though so it's not a huge problem.

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  • James H.
  • 6/23/2014 7:33:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it

Pros: Excellent sound card. Install was very easy and straight forward. Works like a champion and the sound quality is great when paired with a good set of headphones.

Cons: None

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  • Brent T.
  • 6/1/2014 10:40:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbetter than expected

Pros: They power my Beyer DT990 Premium 600ohm's just fine. Sound beautiful. I ordered Schiit Asgard 2 and ended up returning it because this alone sounded better to me. Powers my bass's deeply and loudly in my DT990's. Surprised me.

Cons: none, because it has native 5.1 outputs AND it has the premium headphone jack, plus a digital SPDIF out so you can also connect it to surround that way. Premium audiophile headphone support plus native pc surround setup, there are no cons!

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  • Eagle G.
  • 5/26/2014 9:40:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The design of this thing is really striking, if maybe a little superfluous.

The control panel software is pretty easy to navigate and understand.

Easy to install. I was able to get it into my HAF-X case without any power cables passing anywhere near it.

The sound coming out of my Logitech Z906 speakers, connected via optical digital, is phenomenal. Way beyond anything I've ever gotten from onboard audio chipsets.

Cons: Somehow, Firefox seems to do something that causes the sound card to start sending pops and crackles to the speakers. Their frequency escalates and will not stop until I either shut down entirely, reboot, or put the system to sleep and wake it back up. This happens at least once a day, sometimes twice. Only when browsing in Firefox so far, but that may be a statistical anomaly.

The ribbon cable can be awkward. I had to coil it up to keep it from touching my video card, even though I had both parts of this card at the very bottom of my motherboard, with the second actually hanging below my motherboard entirely. My video card is in the top PCIe slot on my Z87 Sabertooth.

Other Thoughts: Does the thing that looks like second processor chip actually serve a purpose, or is it just a decorative design feature?

After many years of avoiding Sound Blaster because of their repeated failures to make cards compatible with the latest operating systems, I figured I'd give them a try again since HT|Omega doesn't have any updated cards for PCIe x1 slots. Besides the cracking and popping, I'm pretty happy with this thing's output so far.

I've owned it a few months now and mostly listen to high-bitrate music, DTS-or-better movies, or high quality games.

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