Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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18 March 2013
Summary: Sound Quality:
First, the on-board sound on my PC was lacking in fidelity. With it I could not tell the difference between 128 Kbps mp3 and FLAC (I did ABX testing on both set ups to determine whether this was the case.
Pros: Good shielding, Pre-packaged software is good enough, Headphone Jack on the back, 600 ohm headphone amp internally.
Cons: Red LED, No shielding on front panel connector (not much of a gripe.), a little too much bass (but this can be adjusted in the equalizer.)
Summary: I got this sound card to replace my Asus Xonar DG which died on me. The difference in sound quality between this card and the Asus is quite noticeable. Much more clarity and crispness in the high end. Bass seems punchier and more detailed.
Pros: Great sound, Excelent gaming and music performance, great software
Cons: Plugs on the back are poorly labeled. You need the manual to know what's what. No option for a front CD drive panel.
Summary: Creative managed to create a solid sound card that sounds great across the board. While it does not have an immediate wow factor, it is a solid performer and the bundle is perfect for most at-home gamers.
Pros: Good set of features, Great in-game performance, Usable 11-band equalizer, Headphone amplification stage can drive fairly demanding headphones well, Quality microphone included, Driver suite is easy to navigate
Cons: Driver suite is memory intensive at over 80 MB RAM, Scout Mode preset not that effective, Headphone output gain is a tad high