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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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  • Chris D.
  • 2/12/2015 4:50:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful!

Pros: ASIO support, high-quality components, and separate DSPs for input and output!

Cons: NONE!!

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy this for 1337 gaming or 17.9 Surround Sound, I had audio production and live performance in mind. This product increased my performance so much, that I can get crisp playback on all channels with all my tracks and sets! I am yet to find how far I can really push this card!

After mAudio went south, I had been struggling to find a card that would satisfy my needs without having to pay for an RME or something similar. I am very happy with how the card handles the processing of input and output in tandem, it was just what I needed!

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  • VISA .
  • 1/24/2015 11:44:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Card

Pros: Been using this card for about a month now and I love it. The sound quality is extremely impressive, hitting very clean deep lows and on top of that the software that comes with it is very nice. This is a very feature packed card, and for someone who listens to lots of music on a nice stereo as well as records audio for YouTube videos this card surpassed all expectations

Cons: The website where you get the drivers from *unless you use the CD) is ugly and not very easy to navigate. Also the wires for connecting the daughter board are very long, which I understand why it is, but for setups where the cards are very close together it makes the wires bulge either out or in putting some stress on them as well as simply looking bad. It doesn't bother me all that much, but its something to consider for someone building a very clean looking PC.

Other Thoughts: After having owned an Asus card that I really liked, and owning a very old Sound Blaster Audigy 2 that was a nightmare it was tough to go back to Creative, but I'm glad I did. Asus's software doesn't offer very many features and is in a small panel which makes adjusting sliders a pain. I had lots of issues with another Asus product as well and hated dealing with their support, so although I haven't gotten a chance to try the Asus Essence sound card I would easily recommend the Sound Blaster ZxR or Zx to someone looking for high end audio playback and recording, as well as some awesome features for gamers.

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  • Kevin E.
  • 1/3/2015 12:45:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA cut above the rest? You decide!

Pros: Excellent sounding system! Be sure to read cons for Windows 7 below. The separation of the channels in scout mode with DTS are very good surround in the game(Far Cry 4). Very much improved bass on all channels including sub woofer. Cleaner sounding than the X-Fi by far! Cymbals are crystal clear! All of these comments are based on a YAMAHA receiver HTR5750 digitally connected 5.1 surround.

With this card you will be experiencing the highest quality sound that a computer can provide. The gold capacitors make a huge difference in the clean clear sounds in a game or just listening to music. Whether you have mp3's, wma or m4a this sound card will make them sound real!

Rock & Roll/Hard/Metal, Jazz, Orchestra, Folk, Country, Electronic all sound excellent!

Cons: One of the most important components on the sound card is the bracket. A formed bend in the wrong spot can lead everyone down a road to disaster. *IMPORTANT if you're experiencing problems of any kind that you bend the top of the bracket where the screw secures it so that the card seats completely in the socket. *IMPORTANT if you owned a creative card X-Fi or Audigy be sure to uninstall all programs, drivers etc... You may have to edit the registry to completely remove anything to do with creative. You may have to delete folders or rename them if they have anything to do with creative. Only take these steps if you run into trouble installing drivers/apps.

Other Thoughts: I installed the card upon it's arrival. I had X-Fi installed prior to installing the ZXR. I never gave it a thought to remove the software's, drivers etc... Once installed I had troubles getting sound from the system. Once I did get sound I had like a snow noise distortion appear while playing Far Cry 4. Could not get that to stop so I shut down the system. Once rebooted lost the Cinematic button on the control panel which you lose the dolby, dts and sound when that happens. Sounded great for a few days then that happened. After trying to get it working I decided to remove the card that's when I realized that the card did not appear to be seating deep enough into the socket. Reformed the bracket securing tab to allow the board to seat deeper in the socket. WALA!!! No distortion, snow noise and the drivers installed with ease once I removed all of the creative registry entries and renamed folders.

Hope this helps some of you that have been having bad experiences with this sound system.
Not looking back this sounds great!

Learn to tweak the settings to your liking. Many ways to do that with the control panel.

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  • Richard O.
  • 12/31/2014 11:20:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPadoogi

Pros: I recently purchased an MSI x99 board which promised this awesome audio with the Realtek driver. The digital didn't work at all (crackling) and the analog was just meh.

Finally dug deep and spent the last of my cash on this. Totally well worth it! It took me some time to learn all the controls associated to manipulate Windows, VLC, games, etc... Specifically, switching between the headset breakout and my Z5500 wasn't as easy as I thought, but now that I know the process it'll soon be second nature.

The sound is AMAZING! Didn't know I could get my ATH-PRO700 headphones to sound any better... and ummm... they do.

Cons: If you're used to out-of-the-box audio that just plugs in and does it's thing, there's a small learning curve associated with this purchase.

Other Thoughts: If you're on the fence with buying this, go ahead and make the plunge.

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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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