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Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116 dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: the soundcard itself provides significantly clearer and more focused audio output that my onboard sound chip (Realtek ALC898)

Cons: headphone output is terrible, both with headphones plugged into the external volume control, and connected to directly to the cards headphone output. I RMA'd the first card and just received a brand new card which has the EXACT SAME quality issue with the headphone output. I've tried 3 pairs of headphones and all work great when i enable onboard sound, but all are terrible when plugged into the soundblaster.

the Pro Studio software that controls the card features/settings looks like it's from 1995. Terrible UI, not self explanatory for the novice.

Other Thoughts: the lack of headphone output on a card that costs around $100 is inexcusable. I'm sending this back and will probably avoid SoundBlaster cards from now on. I was always a SoundBlaster fan and have had many cards previously, but there is no sign the company has addressed quality control issues that have plagued them for so many years. Shame.

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Display Name: Matthew K.

Date Joined: 08/13/12

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 03/02/14
  • Last Review: 03/02/14
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