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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
  • $149.99
  • $126.99
  • Save: $23.00 (15%)
  • $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)


I can only liken this upgrade over the built in Realtek
ALC892 sound as the difference between a good solid FM radio and a separate component receiver. Teamed with a set of Logitech Z623 spoeakers, this makes a solid combo sound wise. The increase in sound stage depth, clarity, instrument separation and quality is noticeable. Headphone hookup is very nicely done and accepts a full size headphone jack, has a built in stereo microphone. Volume knob is large and easy to use. Have not used the built in stereo microphone as yet.


A minor caveat regarding the software, not a glitch... when having headphones plugged into the accessory headphone you must switch between speakers and headphones via the Speakers/Headphones tabnone a

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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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