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Creative Sound Blaster Z Series ZXR (70SB151000000) Sound Card
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Product Reviews

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zxr PCIe Sound Card
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 9.14/10
With 7 User Reviews

Review Date: 01/14/14
Cons: - RCA only for the Front but not really a big cons.- EMI Shield can prevent the use of some custom opamps.- Regular price I guess. I paid only 205$ and for me that is cheap considering it's the best PCI-E soundcard. The better it is the better it feels well invested so it's great value even at this price but you obviously gotta have speakers/headphones of AT LEAST the same price else it's overkill.- Overkill packaging. If for cereal boxes you pay ~20% on average for the fancy box, here it's easily 15-20$.- Useless "Pro Recording sister card" for most people, yet you're forced to pay for it even if you will never use it.

Pros: - Even though the software isn't perfect it is still the very best and most complete among Auzentech/Asus/Creative.- The beamforming microphone is highly customizable in the software, it's stereo unlike all other cheap microphone which are omni-directionnal and mono. It's better than nothing even if it doesn't replace a 100$ XLR/USB professional microphone.- The volume pod is awesome, the dial is super smooth and the jacks for the headphone/mic are pretty much just extensions but it's much nicer to plug ur things on a very grippy/steady pod than behind the computer or in front of your computer case on the loosy front panel "lower quality".- EMI Shield.. maybe marketing bs but prolly better than nothing and it does look good.- High Quality outputs, RCA for the Front.- Possibility of customizing your opamps.- Best sound quality for a stock card, very good layout.
I already had one of the best soundcard, I had the (Auzentech X-Meridian 2G) with 100$ of custom opamps on it but it was the best PCI card, yet my new motherboard has only PCI-E slots so I was force to change my soundcard. Is there really a difference with what I had before, not really to be honnest so for now the enhancement is mostly software-side I'd say but at least I didn't lose any SQ and I've gained a very nice microphone, volume pod/hub and an amplified headphone jack that I didn't have.

Review Date: 12/15/13
Cons: Too much base

Pros: Top sound card,
The best sound card you can buy but the base setting is too high but you can reduce it.If you need a sound card this is a excellent choice.

Review Date: 12/05/13
Cons: a bit bass heavy out of the boxribbon cable to daughter board

Pros: easy installno pcie power neededeasy to use softwareDon't have to use daughter board
I bought this sound card to replace my on-board solution, and have not been disappointed. My headphones actually get loud enough to use now, and my mic actually works without having a +30 db boost.The card comes a bit bass heavy out of the box, but anyone with a couple minutes to explore the software can tune the sound to just how they want. The daughter card that comes with this product is does not have to be installed for the main card to work, which is a bonus if you're tight on space in your system. But at the same time, the daughter board does NOT require a PCI/PCI-E slot so I'm guessing you can come up with some creative(ha) ways to mount it in your system as long as the ribbon (boo) cable reaches.On that note, I would have much preferred if Creative Labs had found a better way to connect the daughter board than having two OFFSET connections and a ribbon cable...its not the prettiest setup although the EMI shields do look good (if you could see them once installed)In the end I definitely recommend this product, was easy to install and is very easy to update the drivers, Creative has come a long way since I last purchased a sound card from them. I give this product a very tidy 9/10. The only reason I'm not handing the Creative Labs Soundsblaster Zxr a complete 10/10 is the daughter board almost feels like an after thought because of the poor connection design.
The Great Gazoo@NCIX

Review Date: 08/12/13
Cons: PricePackaging over the top and unnecessarily wasteful

Pros: Breakout hub for headphones has both 1/8" plug or 1/4" plug and also has handy volume controlOutputs for surround sound
I am very happy with the Zxr. Sound is upgraded over my older X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty. I had to upgrade my older card because my planned new mobo does not have PCI. At any rate, the sound on this card is noticeably better than the older card, but I did need to do some tweaking in the software to get the EQ I prefer. I normally leave the EQ flat but with my speakers (Edifier S5) I required the EQ settings to be slightly higher in a few frequencies. Being able to adjust the crossover frequency for the sub is a nice touch - gives me more options for my setup.I've played music, movies and played games with this card and they all sound great. I couldn't be happier.I have yet to pair this with a good set of headphones, but plan to do that very soon. I'm excited to hear the experience that will deliver.The breakout daughter card that has inputs is kind of useless for my setup though. I got this card over the ZX because this card had better specs. It is not the same card as the ZX but just has the daughter input card added.I highly recommend this for anybody looking for an upgrade of an older card and especially over onboard audio (although that seems to be improving all the time).

Review Date: 05/27/13
Cons: None

Pros: Plugs. Production.
I got X-FI Pro for same price in 2011. Specs are same (PRO means PRO. But ZXR has two (2) synth plugs. To accomplish what ZXR can do with my X-FI, I would have to spend twice as much on conversion equipment and wires. Like all PRO cards from Creative, absolute guarantee that ZXR will be performing faultlessly long after sound file technology of today is forgotten. If you are into music production (or want impeccable sound), buy this product.
BassMan 69@NCIX

Review Date: 04/25/13
Cons: -It did not work on my PCIe x4 slot, but works with x1 and x8 slots.-Unable to play DTS through analog outputs.-DD Live and DTS Connect encoders not working properly and swapping channels randomly. (SPDIF pass-through works fine).-The ZxR makes you want to spend more money ($$$$) to buy even better speakers/headphones to match the quality of the sound card. hehe ;)

Pros: -Very crisp, clean and detailed sound in all applications (Games, Music, Movies).-Great positional audio for games. Immersive details.-Speakers/headphones software switch and ACM come in handy.-Plenty of connectivity options for input/output.-Solid drivers.-Control panel is well layed out and has many features.-Integrated headphone amp to power high end headphones.-Built with quality components.
I am upgrading from a Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer and Realtek ALC898 (on-board). First off, this card absolutely destroys the onboard audio and is a substantial upgrade over the X-Fi. Everything just sounds so much better. The level of detail and clarity is excellent. You will want to pair this bad boy with a good set of speakers and headphones. Here are my impressions of how my gear sounds with the ZxR:Logitech Z-5500 - Sound is good and better than before, but the ZxR made me realize how limited these speakers are in recreating the proper sound spectrum. They simply can not reproduce accurate bass and details that full range speakers can. They are still the best bang for your buck for PC/home theater speakers. However, they just are not comparable to more expensive speakers that would make better use of the ZxR. So, the ZxR sounds great with speakers, but you have to spend a lot of money to take full advantage of the sound card.SteelSeries 5H V2 - Definitely sounds better than X-Fi and Realtek. The ZxR's headphone amp and DAC have breathed new life into this headset. The bass and overall sound got a good kick in the pants with the ZxR. The best they have ever sounded. You will notice a worthwhile improvement in sound with average headphones.AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition - The ZxR really has a chance to shine with these headphones. Music is much more lively and natural. Games such as Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, etc., feature excellent soundstage, details, and immersion. Movies sound good too, but I don't really watch movies on my PC. Not much more to say... K702 65th + ZxR = WIN. Now, if only I had speakers that could match the quality of these headphones...OverallThe ZxR is the best all around sound card for Games, Music and Movies. If you pair a good set of speakers/heaphones with the ZxR, you will be rewarded with amazing sound that will satisfy both hardcore gamers and audiophiles.

Review Date: 04/15/13
Cons: -Poor mic-Mic sounds awful when run through the ZxR

Pros: -Excellent sound from your speakers and headset
I don't know who would buy a sound card for the mic and or mic sound improvements, but seeing how much it costs, the poor performance in that area stand out all the more.Almost everything else is as advertised, greatly improves sound when upgrading from plain on board audio (which is what I had)and all that.The "never unplug your headset again" feature, which I found very attractive, is rendered moot if you do a lot of online gaming using Vent or the like. Perhaps its my mic, Tatic 3D sigma, which is made by the same company. It sounds great, yet quite a bit worse when run through the ZxR
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Product Features

Sound Card PCI Card

Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card
Experience exceptional audio playback when you have this spectacular Sound Card from Creative Labs. Using this awesome sound card, you'll be able to experience unprecedented levels of audio realism along with stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets. It's 89.1 times better than the standard motherboard audio as it has a signal to noise ratio of 124dB. Plus, the PCI Express interface allows a fast and secure installation to your PC. Order the Creative Labs Sound Card right away!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • Sound Card; delivers superior audio and voice quality
  • PCI Express; ensures secure connectivity to your PC

Product Specifications

SeriesSound Blaster Z Series
ModelZXR (70SB151000000)
Audio core
SPDIF InOptical
SPDIF OutOptical
CD/Aux InYes
InterfacePCI Express x1
FeaturesSNR 124dB
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than the average sound cards.

Crystal clear communication
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.

Studio-grade content creation
Add studio quality audio sound tracks or voice tracks to your video clips or home videos created with hardware that uses only audiophile-grade components such as 123dB analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for outstanding recording quality. With the 600 ohm headphone ampflier, you can do studio-grade monitoring as well.

High-quality DBPro daughter board
It offers optical output for outstanding audio playback, plus professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for studio-grade recording quality.

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.

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.

Sound Core3D audio processor
We designed the quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor 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.

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.
Package ContentsSound Blaster ZxR sound card (main card)
Sound Blaster ZxR sound card (daughter board)
Audio Control Module (ACM)
Quick Start leaflet
Installation CD containing:
- Drivers for Windows
- Creative software suite

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