Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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17 August 2014
Summary: overall a good buy if you like your music and games to sound the way they were recorded. audibly better than the on-board sound of my motherboard. dedicated headphone spot is also a nice thing since i dont have to unplug my speakers to use my headsets
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 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.
Summary: I think this is OK for music, works well with Windows 8, and has a nice desktop icon to switch back and forth from earphones to toslink connection to amplifier. Easy to install. Their less expensive audio cards would likely be as good for music.
Summary: It has been extremely testing to set up this product and make it to good use. First off, physically the card itself is beautiful and solid, and I believe is quite capable of producing good sound. I haven't yet tested out the microphone for gaming but it seems to be the only good thing that came with this package. The major, serious flaw with this card is the software package that comes with it, and how the sound card integrates with windows 8.