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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe Audiophile Grade Gaming Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe Audiophile Grade Gaming Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module.
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High Performance PCIe Sound Card
The flagship of the ultra high-performance Sound Blaster Z-Series of sound cards, Sound Blaster ZxR elevates the standards of technology and performance for the future of PC gaming and entertainment. Boasting an unbeatable SNR of 124dB, it includes a DBPro daughter board and Audio Control Module for unrivalled audio playback and content creation.
Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)
Take control in style and ease with the ACM that incorporates a built-in microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections. The knob on the ACM lets you conveniently adjust the headphone levels. The multi-core Sound Core3D audio processor is 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.
Crystal Clear Communication
In gaming, if you're not communicating, you're not winning. Experience crystal clear communication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (Voice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you are near or further away from the microphone.
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 124dB
- Pristine Audio Recordings with Ultra Low Latency
- SBX Pro Studio Technologies
- High-quality DBPro Daughter Board
- Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)
- Sound Core3D Audio Processor
- CrystalVoice Technology
- Dolby Digital and DTS connect
High-quality DBPro Daughter Board
The DBpro is another reason why Sound Blaster ZxR delivers only the best audio playback and creation. It offers optical output for outstanding audio playback, plus professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for studio-grade recording quality.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 124dB
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is over 89.1 times better than motherboard audio.
High Fidelity Multi-channel Surround
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.
SBX Pro Studio Technologies
SBX Pro Studio sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.
|Sound Blaster Z||Sound Blaster Zx||Sound Blaster ZxR|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||116 db||116 db||124 db|
|Compatible with SBX Prostudio||✓||✓||✓|
|Connectivity options||Headphone, Speaker Out, Line / Mic In, Optical Out, Optical In||Headphone, Speaker Out, Line / Mic In, Optical Out, Optical In||Headphone, Speaker Out, Microphone In, DBPro Daughter Board, Line In, Optical Out, Optical In|
|Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament||Sound BlasterX Siege||Creative T4 Wireless||Sound BlasterX Katana|
|Characteristics||Professional Analog Gaming Headset||Precision Gaming Mouse||2.1 Wireless Speaker System with NFC||Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar|
|Description||The BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition is an upgrade from the BlasterX H5 with improved drivers for better sensitivity and more accurate sound reproduction. This gaming headset also features an upgraded microphone to help you ace your games with better voice pick up and noise cancellation in loud gaming environments.||Crafted from the ground up utilizing years of research and surveying the habits of pro and everyday gamers worldwide, the Sound BlasterX Siege is a combination and improvement of some of the best ideas found across various types of gaming mice. From the aesthetics and ergonomics, down to the intricate technical details... We've engineered a world-class gaming mouse to rival all others||A major part of getting the best sensory experience out of your entertainment lies in the quality of your audio. The Creative T4 Wireless is specially engineered and designed to meet - and perhaps even go beyond - all your entertainment audio needs.||The Katana gives you an immersive audio experience for your games and movies with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Dolby Digital 5.1 Decoder. Equipped with a plethora of connectivity options, you can trust the Katana to be one of the most versatile and most powerful speakers to ever grace your desktop.|
|Gaming Audio Remastered||Perfection Re-Imagined||Indulge your senses||Under Monitor Audio System: So Sleek, Yet So Powerful|
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So i formatted and started again twice! both times using different versions of creatives drivers.
I don't doubt that this was a great card prior to windows 10 but i think driver support is lacking or none existent since the release of creatives new sound card (which from the reviews is also plagued with driver issues) .
I have sent mine back for a refund today, time to look for another.
Perhaps you don't really care about the quality of sound from your pc and did without? Or maybe since motherboards more recently offer half-way decent sound chips, opted for that instead?
One thing is clear, if you are reading this then you are considering to go up a couple of notch's with your sound (just want more out of life perhaps?). And the good thing is, you are at the right place.
This card is amazing; whilst I have to say that I have been disappointed in Creative for the last 6 years (likely more). Especially when it comes to their sound drivers. Because they always seem to pull of at least acceptable hardware...
This card is different in many ways. Whilst the drivers could still have been better yet (in my world there's almost always room for improvement), the card delivers on all fronts. Here's what you really care about and what should swing you to buy this card:
- premium components inside and out, Creative did not use inferior parts. Everything is on point - there is a lot of gold plating used. A lot of high capacity employed. A lot of the good stuff you'd expect if you really go the extra mile for clear, crisp, 3d sound
- there is no static. 0%
- peripherals are exactly what I was always missing, an external headphone control unit with premium feel. Two cards inside, one for inputs and one for outputs but you only occupy one slot; typically Creative. The outputs are separated into Mic and Surround Sound output jacks; the ins include optical, which is nice
- The drivers work, they just do. Once installed you can tweak the sound to what you like. Enough bass. Enough highs. Tender mediums
- A gaming monster. Period!
- Exceptional surround sound for high definition movies, et al...
I have a range of headphones as well as a Yamaha sound set up: AX 1080 + Tune and CD/DVD with very decent speakers. I have the Logitech Z top of the range surround sound 5.1 set up for gaming. The sound is jaw-dropping on all:
- regardless of headphone type: razer blackshark and a couple of other razer ones; Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica and AKG, the sound fills and impresses
- amps are sufficiently/efficiently powered, bass is deep with heavy pressure
- mediums are clear. classic music sounds completely clean and full; I can hear all the instruments individually and can locate the source direction precisely
- tweets are round and present, never overpowering the delivery but present
I cant fault this card as yet. I do not understand how they could pull it off at Amazon to sell this at the price. Else where you easily see it for > GBP 200 - 350
If you can, buy this card. If not get the little brother but get away from on-board mediocre-ness. If you have an Asus, stay put. You would not justify the move to this unless you produced music.
Would I buy it again, in retrospect? Regardless of from no-sound, on-board sound or from another board? Yes. Please :)
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