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Audiphiles this is the soundcard for you. Do NOT even think of the Z series
on 21 March 2014
Basically, to cut a long story short:
- Bought the Z series, disappointing overly processed sound. Only output options: stereo, direct stereo, headphones and 5.1. In direct stereo, the sound was best for my setup, but no way to output that unprocessed on more than front out.
- Returned the Z series, bought the RX
- Result: you can select: 2, 2.1, 4, 4.1, 5.1, 7.1 outputs, AND you can choose 4 speakers out using 'unprocessed stereo upmix', i.e. sharp clear unprocessed sound out of each 3.5mm plug. A feature more or less every Creative soundcard has since the 1990s (even my crappy onboard Realtek sound card has this!!) So why the Z series left this out is unforgivable.
Z series sound used to stutter in my brand new i7 4770, 64 bit windows, SSD and 16Gb of RAM... Go figure. But this Audigy RX has ZERO stuttering. Now this might be linked to the fact Audigy RX uses harware processing vs the Z series which is software processing. There's a reason the hardware chip has been used in almost all creative produces since the 1990s...
Anyway, highly satisfied, sounds better than the Z series and plays audio from all sources to ALL speakers.