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Creative Sound Blaster Z 5.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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  • 5.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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Learn more about the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z

Model

Brand
Creative
Model
Sound Blaster Z

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sound Core3D
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
116dB

Ports

Line In
Shared 1/8" mini jack
Line Out
3 x 1/8" mini jacks
SPDIF In
Optical
SPDIF Out
Optical
MIC In
Shared with Line-in
Other Ports
1 x Amplified 1/8" mini jack

Spec

Interface
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
Microsoft Windows 8 (32/64-bit) ; Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
1GB RAM
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Features

Features
116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio

SBX Pro Studio technologies

Crystal clear communication

Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone

Sound Core3D audio processor

Advanced home entertainment audio

High fidelity surround sound

Never unplug your headphones again

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


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  • Aliaksandr P.
  • 10/11/2014 8:57:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFinaly

Pros: Was hunting down a deal on it for a while, finally got it here. works well, looks like new. cant tell it is refurbished.

Cons: Should of got two of them.

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  • Gabriel B.
  • 10/10/2014 9:01:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDefective?

Pros: Sounds great when it works.

Cons: Starting to think the item I received is defective. The sound will start to go bad and create a never ending echo with static. After this happens it causes my system to hardlock. The only solution to fixing this is literally opening my case and reseating the sound card. It's becoming absurdly annoying and I may just return it instead of dealing with RMA's and what not.

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  • Warren R.
  • 10/8/2014 3:37:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Low noise.

Cons: Everything else - output 20dB way to hot. front panel switching glitches, cant set mic in for line in - can't use a stereo mic per Intel HD protocol they say they use. In the case of the card I got, the front panel, when it works, has no headphone output and the mic in is garbled (digitally distorted). A piece of junk - what happened to Soundblaster - they used to be great!!

Other Thoughts: Sticking with my Audigy 2, I thought it's late driver for Windows 7 was broken as it was extremely loud, but that seems to be the state of the Soundblaster drivers of late. Extremely disappointed!! I'll have to change the settings in the registry as it's driver doesn't give a padding option in the UI like the Z model does, Guess that's a "positive" for the Z.

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  • Tara S.
  • 10/7/2014 2:57:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnice/junk

Pros: looks awesome, red light glows inside cabinet, looks nicely made, worked awesome while it worked

Cons: all recording went out, squealing sounds, human voice is not even recognizable , even tried different microphones, uninstalling, re installing,,, it just poof didn't work.. PC was left on,, went to store, came home, didn't work anymore

Other Thoughts: wish I would have bought a cheapo and lived with just normal sound period

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  • charles L.
  • 9/15/2014 7:23:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssound blaster zed

Pros: easy installation, great sound, nice feature set, and the microphone works better then excpected. Also great price for a refurb!

Cons: nothing as of yet. card works 100%

Other Thoughts: I bought this card to replace a asus xonar dg. I usually use headphones and for gaming this card provided a better quality sound as far as spacial positioning over my older dg. It also has a headphone amp that has more power then my DG. Soundblasters sound panel has also improved alot. Much better then there old style and better then asus too.

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  • Rodrick A.
  • 8/12/2014 2:32:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssigh....

Pros: good quiet[no hiss] amp, good software compatibility

Cons: its just a soundcard...

Other Thoughts: i am soooo tired of people saying soundcards are worthless because onboard audio is just as good, if you in any way think that try skyrim with a realtek chip and then try it with this, oh and having a really really great headphone amp is awesome.

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  • Yousef A.
  • 7/15/2014 1:35:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, even as refurbished

Pros: Wonderful, rich sound quality
Easy install
Good brand
Great price

What's not to like?

Cons: None

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  • Michael J.
  • 6/25/2014 9:10:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than my old x-fi card.

Pros: Love it...so much btter than my old x-fi card.

Cons: none at all.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/4/2014 7:53:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap, sounds great over the X-FI, Supports up to 600 Ohms for headsets.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Just a headsup on anyone worried about the refurb. This one comes factory refurbed with all the plastic and packing in the right placed. If it wasnt white boxed i would have thought it was new.

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  • Jason J.
  • 3/4/2014 9:10:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsZOMG!

Pros: Creative finally goes back to its roots in producing remarkable sound without all the excess. Driver support has definitely improved and the TruStudio THX controls really help the card make the sound of everything pop. Being a refurbished unit I believe I lucked out on what I got because it truly works out of the box and sounds great. Headphones (I own a Plantronics Gaming Headset with open ear architecture and a hideaway mic) sound fabulous (JAZZ HANDS, lol!) and the crystal clear voice really makes a difference (even with the sound filtering quality of the headset itself). I am overall impressed with this sound card as I have been using onboard sound since I gave my brother my old Audigy 2 Fatal1ty card my wife bought for me from C-USA store closing sale.
This takes me Logitech Speakers (Wally World 5.1 piece they sell with the older design but still sound great) and makes them sing and actually works better than ASUS/Realtek onboard sound/software for creating surround sound.

Cons: Red light coming from the center plastic covering of the sound card. That is annoying and goes against my whole white-black theme for my case. The gold back slot with just icons and arrows to distinguish what is what is a bit annoying when it makes it hard to distinguish what is what even when the area is lit.
Have noticed (and this is probably my sub) that high/hard bass (if the sound is jacked) tends to distort a bit. That may be more a reflection of my speakers than the card.

Other Thoughts: I am glad to have returned to Creative and their new cards (even this refurbished one) is a great comeback. They truly are audio experts and their drivers have come a long way. Still a ways to go but (I rather miss their Cambridge SoundWorks speakers because those were some of the best cost effective speakers ever) definitely a big improvement and noticeable difference from my last card of theirs (audigy 2 fatal1ty edition).
I thought about spending for the Omega Clario or choosing from ASUS' offerings for their excellent cards but decide price was the deciding factor and so far the purchase seems justified.

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