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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


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  • Rick S.
  • 9/5/2015 4:07:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound Blaster ZXR

Pros: Features are good and meet my needs

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Wife told me I was making too much noise, and needed to use a headset. This device allows you to hook up the headset and switch it via the program, makes it easy to do. I used this as a good excuse to upgrade sound card. :)

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  • James J.
  • 8/9/2015 5:23:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems

Pros: Works great, when it works. Took a little tweaking but had my Klipsch 5.1 system sounding stellar at the end of the day.

Cons: The card works for a bit, then the drivers can't find it. In the 9 or so months I have had it is has worked far, far less than half the time. I have spent hours on forums and am able to get it to work occasionally after great effort- until the next power cycle. Then it's gone again. Now after spending over 200.00 I am back to onboard audio.

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  • Juan D.
  • 7/20/2015 6:37:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt works great when it works

Pros: Sounds great when you use 600 ohm headphones and you can really tell the difference between it and onboard sound.

Cons: This sound card has a nasty habit of not being recognized. When you attempt to install it, the drivers won't recognize it is in the machine. When you put the PC to sleep, the soundcard magically disappears itself and the computer can't find the product.

This is a known issue and you may be unlucky and experience what I had to for the last 2 years where I had to wrestle with my pc to get it to not do that. It was frequent enough that it made me come here and post this review.

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  • Chris A.
  • 6/8/2015 3:01:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGlad I bought

Pros: Good packaging, everything hooked up as it should have. The software is very professional and is setup to get the right sound, for whatever you are doing. I listen to music, video and do gaming, and I have a set of 5.1 Logitech Z5500s.
Granted, you do have to tinker with the settings a bit to get the most out of it, but you truly will, it's worth the time. For instance switching from an HD movie to gaming, I might have to go back in and turn my surrounds up, etc, but I can really get exactly the sound I want UNLIKE stock sound. I have a good onboard card, its a top Asus board, and I used Optical on my onboard AND on the ZXr so that wasn't a factor. I don't use headphones much so it was all about getting the best sound out of my speakers.
**If you don't have a good quality set of speakers, this is probably not going to make a huge sound difference but you can still get the surround settings perfect, which I never really could with my onboard like I can with the Soundblaster software. I can tell a big difference in sound quality, and no it's not perceived, but it's because I am taking the time to tweak everything I watch. If you are one of those who want to set and forget, this card is not probably for you.
**If on the other hand you are willing to spend 1 minute each time you switch from watching a movie, to music, to gaming, then this card will pay off for you if your using decent or above speakers. Don't expect your $20 speakers to come to life due to a sound card.

Cons: Headphone jack. So it's on this controller now right? Well my Sennheiser cord that comes out has a Red and Black wire. I have those going into a headphone splitter as is common. Well, due to the way they made this controller (with the volume nob), I cannot plug in my headphones, AT ALL. The stupid plastic around the base keeps my splitter from actually plugging in. I can't fix that!!! And there is no way to plug in headphones from the back of the soundcard that i could see (why can't they give us a label to put over this metal, it is SO hard to read like they mark it). SOOOO, I can't plug in my $150 wireless headphones in because of a stupid design in their base. So, even if I could plug it in on the back of the card, it now makes this $30 controller for volume WORTHLESS. So, I rated it 4/5. This needs to be fixed, did you guys really not try to plug in mainstream headphones into it before mass producing it??

Other Thoughts: Worth it if you're a gamer with decent speakers and willing to tinker.

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  • GiGI V.
  • 5/27/2015 11:51:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot better than onboard sound

Pros: External mic and headphone controller works great. Also came with a USB sound driver that works fine. Nice box.

Cons: To be brief, it doesn't sound better than the onboard sound card on the two different motherboards I used it with. In my opinion it sounded worse. I fiddled with the settings, and nothing seemed to make it better. I really would have liked it to work better, but it just doesn't. For something that requires so many connectors it just wasn't worth the time, effort, or money that it costs. If you really, really need it, then maybe, or maybe you can spend the money buying a better mic or other auxiliary input/output accessory.

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 5/16/2015 10:16:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAn update

Pros: Fancy box

Cons: I wrote a lengthy review of this card a bit ago and I have to give an update.
Clean format - Fresh install of Windows 8 and the card works at the moment. BUT
Yes there is a but...
Finally figured out how to plug a musical instrument (guitar) in and the latency is horrible!
Ran a test and found it around 112ms!
Totally annoying and impossible to record in real time.
Another email to creative and this is the best response yet.
"Thank you for contacting Creative.
Latency is a common behavior for most audio applications"

Are you kidding me! The advertisement boasts about having "ultra low latency ... as low as 1ms"

Its YOUR application!
Nothing else is running.

Tried all the suggested responses with no change and its really disappointing and frustrating.

Other Thoughts: Going to rip this thing out and either use the onboard audio or the prior sound card I had.
So disappointing and so frustrated that you wait forever for a response from their tech support..

Save your hard earned money. I am surprised I made it this far without loosing it.

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  • Jeffre C.
  • 4/25/2015 9:09:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPaid 248.00 too much!

Pros: Fancy box
Looks good on the pictures

Cons: Where the start..
Installed under Windows 7 - OK it worked and seemed good.
Upgraded to Windows 8.1 oh this is where the nightmare begins folks! You can search the net for issues with this card and find endless amounts of people crying for help. I wish I had seen these issues and I am usually good about searching out the products.
Windows will not initialize the card. No sound.
Uninstalled drivers, reinstalled drivers - Nothing
Uninstalled drivers, removed card, changed positions of the card - Nothing
It sometimes displays as unknown, sometimes it shows up as the proper name. Either way no sound!
Contacted support and got the typical robotic answers.
Followed all directions and uploaded all specs as requested.
Wait and wait and wait and wait until I have to reply back to and ask what is going on! Again, robotic answers.
Finally had to format and wipe everything and reinstall Windows 7 so I could have sound. Works fine under Win7.
Of course since tech support don't understand that we like sitting around after paying a small fortune for a card and need to use our computers they have us wait more and even AFTER you advice them that you formatted and installed Windows 7 they give you some half a**ed response...
"Thank you for contacting Creative.

We can try to check on that info from Windows 8 as this is the current operating system used by our soundcard.

Best Regards,"

Yeah I have to keep it PG here but I wanted to put my foot through the monitor and toss the computer out the window.

"We have tested the soundcard using the our latest driver and was unable to see the same behavior as what you experienced on your system. This leaves us an impression that it can be a compatibility problem right after updating the operating system. May we check where did you originally purchased the soundcard?"

Uh yeah you tested it, that's all I keep hearing about is it being tested and it works. I know I am making this whole thing up! I have nothing else to do but sit here and write a review. I don't know whats worse the card or the tech support. Then to ask where I purchased it...well I purchased it right from here! Going to blame them next?

UGH Since I cant return Windows 8 (which I bought at the same time) looks like I'll have to return this card.

Other Thoughts: While trying to keep it clean...
I noticed the card doesn't light up. Is it supposed to?
How are you supposed to record? I see RCA inputs but no option to control the levels as Ive seen in pictures when searching around!!

It keeps getting better!

Please is Creative is reading all this and is still awake if you decide to reach out to me here please talk to me in a normal manner. I don't want to speak to a robot. I want to speak to someone who wants to see this issue fixed and will work to get it done!

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  • CARL S.
  • 4/11/2015 12:26:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sounds good when it works

Cons: Causes crashes at random even while just moving the mouse. Also prevents CROSSFIRE X from working. Had to remove this audio card in order to restore crossfire.At first I thought it was the graphics cards ,but they both worked individually just not in crossfire. Am highly disappointed in CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY.I never had issues with there products in the past.

Other Thoughts: Seems like there would be a software fix for this issue.

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  • LARRY M.
  • 3/19/2015 6:02:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Everything.
This is the first time I have ever bought a sound card. Am I glad I did.
The huge difference in sound quality and the hearing of things never heard before in games, movies and music. Good build quality, excellent sound, pleasing to the eye. Well worth the money.

Cons: None to list at this time. And doubt there will be later. Only time will tell.

Other Thoughts: system build:
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition.

MoBo: MSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4).

Pioneer 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner.

CPU: AMD A10-7850K Kaveri.

RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133.

O.S.: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM.

P.S.U.: Rosewill PHOTON-750 - PHOTON Series 750-Watt Fully Modular.

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB
G.P.U.: MSI Radeon R9 270X GAMING 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card.

Sennheiser Black HD 280 PRO 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Professional DJ & Studio Headphone.

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

Monitor: ASUS VN247H-P Black 23.6" 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor.

Keyboard: Logitech 920-004967 G510s Keyboard.

speakers: Klipsch - ProMedia 2.1 Speaker System (3-Piece) - Black. from "Best Buy"

Mouse: Logitech mouse.

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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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