Excerpt: Very happy with this product. Been using onboard sound for so long i forgot what a difference a sound card makes. Picked up sounds in my fav games that i couldn't before, and the sound quality is so much better which you will notice straight away. Definitely worth the money. Just make sure you have a good set of speakers to fully enjoy the experience.
Summary: The price was the best I found on all the major vendors websites It sounds better to my tired old ears than the Xfi did and it sounded pretty good. The only 'con' I've found is with the software. The 'Control Panel' does not have the same capabilities as it's predecessor, Creative Console Launcher. With it, I could independently control the bass and treble settings which I cannot do in the new version. Overall, good card for the money.
Summary: Really a awesome card!! Putting together a new box I should have a X-FI packed away somewhere but could not find it so ordered a Z, glad I did as I like it better than I do the X-FI and have stopped looking for it
Summary: this was a perfect step up from my Audigy 2 zs. excellent sound,decent price,5 minute install for hardware and software. The 3d aspect of this card will blow your mind, it took songs of mine that I thought the 3d sounds I put in were gone. nope it was all there extra crisp, clean and clear. So if you a gamer, you work on music or even if you just watch movies.... this is the card for you.
Summary: I would like to pat Creative on the back for a bit. Creative's drivers have historically been horrible to bad when it came to installation and setup. I have Windows 8.1. The driver CD doesn't include win8.1 drivers. So, I downloaded the drivers from Creative's website. One download included all software and the drivers. Installed the drivers and everything worked like a charm the first time. No fuss. The way it should be.
Pros: - sounds fantastic
Cons: - Card can encode all sound (including games) to DTS or Dolby Digital Live using the optical out. Hook an optical cable up to a home theater and you should get great sound. Good thing is it sounds fantastic. Bad thing is there is a very noticeable amount of latency. Optical out is worthless for me. Luckily I have the option of using the analog 5.1 on my system. It worked like a charm. If it hadn't been for this issue, I would have given this card 5 eggs and said it wa...
Summary: I recently acquired a Sound Blaster Z via a brick and mortar retail chain, but feel compelled to write a review here. There is a LARGE NOTABLE difference in sound quality even when upgrading FROM an existing Sound Blaster. My old card was a PCI-E X-FI if I recall. The Z offers such a clean and refined sound it is unreal. Haven't tested mic inputs much, but I was able to get decent gain for recording.
Summary: Pros: I am going to write an in-depth review. This new Creative card deserves it. I have used Creative Sound Blaster cards in the past, starting with the original Sound Blaster 8 bit card, all the way to the X-Fi series. I have experienced the driver foibles, hardware issues, and you name it. I have also owned the ASUS Xonar DSX, Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1, and others. Creative blows them ALL away. First, the box.
Much better than onboard audio, even if you have a modern motherboard.
3 March 2014
Summary: After upgrading to a Z87 motherboard from MSI that includes the latest Realtek ALC1150 codec, I thought a new sound card wasn't needed (my old motherboard had no pci slot for the audigy 2). The audigy 2 card was excellent and the sound in games were phenomenal. With games such as Final Fantasy XIV, the background music was clear, the audio positioning was great for surround sound, and the bass was hitting strong in time with the action as well.