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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone

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  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • TOSLink Optical Input and Output
  • Sound Core 3D Processor
  • Beamforming Microphone

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Sound Blaster Z

Designed around the powerful Sound Core3D™ audio processor, the Sound Blaster Z series once again raises the bar for the industry standard of PCIe sound cards. Sound Blaster Z has been designed to meet the standards of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DACs delivering 116dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp, and massively customizable SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Z packs a serious audio punch.


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Sound Blaster Z

Sound Blaster Z

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"The Sound Blaster Z offers crystal clear sound that allows me to
completely focus on the game."
- Joshua "Trimaster" Niven

"The Sound Blaster Z is prefect for all gamers. It allows us to focus on what's most important. Winning."
- Kevin "qxc" Riley

"With SBX Pro Studio, the Sound Blaster Z has everything a gamer needs."
- Michale "goswser" Dobler

"Gaming with the Sound Blaster Z is truly a spectacular experience."
- Chad "Minigun" Jones

"The Sound Blaster Z has great sound quality and is ideal for casual
and hardcore gamers alike."
- Brendon "ryze" Walker

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  • newegg 116dB SNR OF SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE Sound Blaster Z has been designed to meet the expectations of those who want a vastly superior experience over motherboard audio. With external DAC’s delivering 116dB SNR, a 600 ohm audiophile-grade headphone amp, and customizable SBX Pro Studio™ enhancements, this sound card packs a serious audio punch.
  •   newegg 3D Surround Sound SBX Pro Studio technologies allow you to control the level of audio immersion in music, movies, and games. Go 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.
  • newegg Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone The bundled beamforming microphone is optimized for use with CrystalVoice technologies. The dual microphone array enables implementation of advanced noise cancellation, creating superior recordings, and provides a voice transmission platform over a standard single mic solution.
  • newegg Sound Core3D audio processor The quad-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 High fidelity surround sound Connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.
  • newegg Never unplug your headphones again With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.

Sound Blaster Z


Product Name Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Blaster Zx Sound Blaster Z
Newegg Part No. 29-102-050 29-102-049 29-102-048
 
General  
Audio Processor Sound Core3D Sound Core3D Sound Core3D
Audio Resolution 24-Bit 24-Bit 24-Bit
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 : 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out : 2x RCA (L / R)
2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
Microphone In: 1x 1/4" jack
Headphone : 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3 x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Headphone : 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3 x 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 Beamforming Microphone Built-in) Audio Control Module (with Beamforming Microphone Built-in) Beamforming Microphone
 
Audio Technology  
SBX Pro Studio
- Surround™
- Crystalizer™
- Bass™
- Smart Volume™
- Dialog Plus™
Y Y Y
CrystalVoice™
- Noise Reduction
- Smart Volume
- Acoustic Echo Cancellation
- FX
- Focus
Y Y Y
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
 
Gaming  
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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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
worked great....for a while 8/17/2020 9:54:47 AM

Pros: pcie….lots of features....easy to understand software

Cons: after a few months this thing will ramdomally disappear from windows and I have to uninstall it and reinstall it to get it to work......works fine for a while and then it does it again...I am beginning to wish I would have went with a different card

Overall Review: I would not recommend unless you enjoy uninstalling and reinstalling software

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
This thing is awesome !! 6/30/2020 5:51:47 PM

Pros: The fast shipping and the help i got from this company also the seller its like a whole another level !!

Overall Review: If u ever consider buying this sound card do not hesitate :)

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Good Quality but with some annoyances 6/19/2020 11:39:26 AM

Pros: Works as intended

Cons: -Pricey for a 5.1 card
-Software is filled with unnecessary bloatware that is listed as "critical" update class, tricking newer people into installing more garbo than they need.

Overall Review: It's.... fine? It's got this Hideous red monochrome design with red LED's that cannot be toggled off, making it only viable for people with a closed case or 12 year olds who are actually building a red scheme. I'll be finding a way to disassemble mine to clip them or paint over them or something. Yikes.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Decent sound card with 2.1 surround support 6/16/2020 4:38:39 PM

Pros: Decent sound. Hard to find a sound card with 2.1 surround sound support and this card has it.

Cons: Microphone doesn't work even with the latest drivers, I have to use front microphone jack on the case. If I plug the microphone directly to the soundcard it won't recognize it. Contacted Sound blaster and they said is a known issue. Using Windows 10

Overall Review: I had a Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7 motherboard that had amazing onboard sound with Sound Blaster software included that sounded better than this card. I upgraded the Motherboard to Z390 and lost the sound quality I had with my Z170 motherboard so I decided to upgrade to this sound blaster Z card and even though its not as good as the onboard on my old Z170 gaming 7 the sound is pretty decent. The software is nice also! just wish the microphone would work on the back.

This is like the only sound card that supports 2.1 surround sound all other cards are 2.1 stereo. All other cards no matter how expensive only support 5.1 or 7.1 surround not 2.1 so I had to go with this. The surround at 2.1 sounds pretty nice for this card, its a plus in games like Rust, Rainbow Six Siege and Modern Warfare. Really mostly all games benefit from it.

The Microphone that comes with this card is not good at all I just stored it in my drawer. Overall a good buy! just wish more cards had 2.1 surround instead of 2.1 stereo only. I don't have enough room on my desk for 5.1 speakers.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
A computer without a sound card is not a computer 6/12/2020 12:42:51 PM

Overall Review: After knowing the vast difference between the sound with the motherboard and the sound card like the difference between the sky and the earth, Creative Company created this card

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Good most of the time. 6/12/2020 12:58:02 AM

Pros: - Sounds better than onboard audio until it doesn't. (MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max)
- Dolby digital/DTS encoding seems fast. I don't notice any delay.
- TOSLINK out

Cons: - After 1-4 hours the audio becomes increasingly more distorted with an increasing number of pops and crackles. Only "solution" is to restart the pc. This is a known software issue which has not been fixed.
- The microphone is a joke. The mic on the HyperX Cloud 2 is much better.
- Keyboard controls for volume and mute no longer work due to how Creative handles the sound... Volume has to be controlled through the game or program options or through Windows Volume Mixer.

Overall Review: I can't recommend this item unless Dolby Digital or DTS encoding is an extremely high priority.

You will be sacrificing PC run time (gotta restart every few hours) and volume controls, but sound quality and surround sound is nice.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
WOW, easy setup. 5/15/2020 9:06:59 AM

Overall Review: A Great sound card for

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Works but Wonky 5/11/2020 8:12:57 AM

Pros: Slick look. Thin profile. Works.

Cons: The software tries to optimize the sound while watching movies or playing games but sometimes, particular while watching movies, all the sound for a particular channel is stick to one speaker can requires a restart of the video or game to get it to work correctly again. Sticking to just gaming seems okay, it really happens when going between one or the other.

Overall Review: If i had to do it again, I'd look at one of the other newer cards.

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