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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface

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Learn more about the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum

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  • James C.
  • 2/6/2007 12:18:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Sound Card

Pros: This made a difference in being able to hear where people were in games. The quality is superb and you can hear everything that is meant to be heard.

Cons: It may be somewhat tricky to have both the front and back speaker and mic ports work simultaneously.

Other Thoughts: I am using this with Plantronics Audio 350's and Logitech Z-230's. I can only imagine what 5.1+ would sound like.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2007 10:05:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat sound card, but don't rely on the firewire..

Pros: Highly configurable. The 5.25" control unit is absolutely wonderful. Remote is handy. Optical audio? Oh yeah... It can drive pretty much any pro speakers you want to use with it.

Cons: Gizmos can compromise its capabilities. I hooked a LaCie firewire HDD to it, which I run torrents to. This would make the sound card eventually stop playing sounds, or emit loud whining when sound was attempted to be played. When I eventually moved the drive to USB2, it returned to being reliable. Use the 1394 for iPods and DV cams only when you have to. Not for constant use.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card in Nov 2004. I still love it.

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  • James S.
  • 1/23/2007 10:35:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None

Cons: Noisy, terrible s/n, white noise hiss @ 62dB while idle.

Other Thoughts: Purchased to get away from horrible onboard audio. This card is almost as noisy. This is one of the few cards that support x64, hence the purchase. Even with the rebate , this card is over priced from the quality.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2007 12:31:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI LOVE IT

Pros: This truly is a great product. I love so many things about it. The 5.25" bay adapter for putting so many ports on the front where they are so accessible is great. I love all the different inputs and outputs that it supports. Installation was a snap and it came with 3 games. I consider it a great buy.

Cons: None at all.

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  • Carlo A.
  • 1/13/2007 5:06:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for MIDI recording

Pros: There are MIDI ports on the front panel and they also included adapters to connect regular MIDI cables to it. Multiple inputs to connect multiple devices at the same time. There's a mic in at the back (mini jack), a mic in on the front panel (big jack), and an auxiliary in at the back (mini jack) aside from the other options like optical and RCA.

ASIO allows for low latency recordings which means that there is virtually no lag between when a soudn is created and when it gets recorded. You'll appreciate this when you're trying to record along with an existing track.

Cons: Cables, cables, cables. And they're the ugly, flat kinds.

Other Thoughts: MIDI cables have to be unplugged for the remote to work.

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  • Alex J.
  • 1/12/2007 1:26:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This is an amazing sound card. I have had no trouble with it at all. The software is highly configurable. The front I/O bay is also very handy.

Cons: None that have seen so far.

Other Thoughts: There are a lot of extra cords, but if you have a roomy you should have no problems.

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  • Thomas P.
  • 1/10/2007 7:25:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lots of fine tuning options..7 band graphic equalizer, sound mixers, THX setup, diagnostics, alotta stuff I havent even looked up yet..Easy install

Cons: Front bay panel..Not a huge fan on it

Other Thoughts: Was having some problems with sound for a week or so..Trying to hook up the sound card to a home theater receiver and wasnt getting good sound out of it, so picked up a pair of 5.1 Creative speakers and am pretty happy with it

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  • Shawn T.
  • 1/8/2007 5:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT PACKAGE!

Pros: EASY to install, great product, never got to hear the sound quality because i built it for someone, but worked great!

Cons: I wish i knew more to take advantage of the sound quality.

Other Thoughts: Great package and easy to install!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2007 5:15:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsincredible.

Pros: upgraded from a live! card. difference is noticable. level of control over every individual setting is very very high on the card. lots and lots of ports.

Cons: remote only works with creative software. card has a lot of extra cables inside my pc..since its got a window its gotta look pretty. got a cable for firewire, live drive, and midi.

Other Thoughts: paired with logitech z-5300e. VERY good.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2007 7:29:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Hardware

Pros: Lots of possibilities. When it works, it's got bells and whistles.

Cons: The software is absolutely horrid. Beyond Horrid. On XP Home basic system, you'll do okay. Forget Media Center (The tech support denies the drivers on their site). I can only imagine the nightmare in Vista.

Other Thoughts: New system . . . all Newegg . . . and it's too advanced for Creative's software. If you've got an old system, it'll work. Nwer system . . . stay away!

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