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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have built my own PCs for many years and always used to use Creative Labs sound cards. For some reason though, I have just settled for using on-board sound for the last couple of PCs that I built.

Recently though, I have been rediscovering the pleasure of good quality sound and have been listening to a lot more music than I have done for many years so the timing of having this sound card to review was pretty much perfect.

Installation was simple and trouble free. I remember years ago that Creative drivers used to be a bit bloated and unintuitive, but I am glad to report that this no longer seems to be the case.

The sound quality through my speakers was immediately noticeably improved. Not only did it sound clearer and brighter, but it also seemed to have significantly more power.

Connecting a set of Sennheiser Momentum headphones to my front audio jack connection was a mixed experience though. The first problem was that there was still significant cross-talk. I had presumed incorrectly as it turns out, that this problem was caused by the onboard sound card. After quite a bit of research online I discovered that this is a common problem when using front audio connections on desktop PCs. Almost all front audio connections are totally unshielded against electrical interference. There were various suggestions as to how to fix this ranging from insulating the cables in metal tape (such as gaffer tape), or far more simply to using a 3.5mm jack splitter on the audio out connection on the sound card itself rather than connect to the front audio conections. I chose the second solution and it worked a treat.

The sound still wasn't quite as good as I hoped, but fiddling around in the Creative software, I found that Creative CMSS was enabled by default. This is a software enhancement that is supposed to improve sound on stereo speakers, but to my ears it just made the sound mushy and confused. Turning it off had a dramatic effect, especially on stereo separation.

I have also taken to using an open source media player called Foobar2000 rather than running through Windows Mixer and Windows Media player. The Audigy card was recognized and worked happily in both WASAPI Push and Event modes - and it sounds great!

Overall I am extremely pleased with this card - I am now enjoying music again more than I have done in many years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered the Audigy soundcard to replace the propriety one in my desktop PC, as the sound quality from (and into) this left a lot to be desired. It's been many years since I a) bought a soundcard or b) fitted one. Back in those days, Creative were known for being the best, hence my decision to go with them this time around.

Fortunately, this choice has been vindicated. It took no more than 15 minutes to fit (it would have been faster, but for my seeming lack of ability to put down small screws without losing them shortly afterwards). The improvement in sound quality is excellent, and I'm a very happy camper. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
ive not notice any sound improvement from my built in sound card on the motherboard, and for a dedicated sound card there should be, as always creative software sucks big time, on windows 7 on my system the audio control panel that comes with the drivers says its unable to find a supported card on my system so fails to load, but this is typical of creative i didont expect it to work, its no big deal as i use this card primarily for its ASIO so that i can compose music, it works fine there is very little delay and no sound defects, so like i say it dose the job but its not amazing..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 December 2013
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Easy to install, and far better sound quality than the current sound off the motherboard. The recording via the microphone input is very good, and has allowed me to improve the quality of a couple of MP3s from previously copied vinyl records.
I haven't got the necessary set up to check the 7.1 surround as my PC is in a box room, so I cannot vouch for how effective it is in that respect.
All in all, an impressive upgrade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It was a stroke of luck that I got this sound card. I had a load of Vinyl that I wanted to digitize, I was also getting fed up with the restraints that I felt from the on board sound from my desk tops' motherboard. I have had Creative sound cards etc in the past but not for quite a few years, I remember them as being solid, well built with always excellent support software. I understand that Creative went through a bit of a fallow period but this sound card puts them right up there again. It's an excellent piece of kit, it appears flawless to me, both the hardware and the software. It was very easily installed, I'm still playing with the software and I think I'll be doing that for quite a while, fine value and I thoroughly recommend it.
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on 18 July 2015
Pros
+ Nice build quality with gold sockets
+ Extra mic socket
+ Moderately small size (will fit directly under a NZXT Kraken with a Corsair H90)
+ Audio quality is good for the price

Cons
- Software is adequate but not great
- Packaging is basic but again adequate

Over all this card is really quite good, looks nice and performs well considering its price point. Over all I'm happy with this product.
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on 2 June 2014
I've been a user of Creative cards for as long as I can remember. After reading reviews I chose the RX for it's 7.1 speaker ability. It works just fine so no complaints. The card was delivered on time so all round recommended.
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It's not a bad card, but disappointed with the Midi sound, but it's a good buy for the price and better than most.
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on 27 November 2013
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This sound card is a superb upgrade for a desktop PC. The improvement in sound quality is really big. And it won't break the bank. Highly recommended!
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