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Creative Sound Blaster Z
9.6 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Overall 2
2.0

Caused Massive Problems and Headaches.

Cole G., Newegg
1 week ago
  • Summary: No, do not buy this card.
  • Pros: Initially this card performed well. See cons.
  • Cons: After about 4 months I started having intermittent problems with this card. I shrugged them off. They started getting worse. Fast forward one more month. Any microphone plugged into this card becomes 100% unusable do to an electronic garbling sound. None of the fixes online were able to make it f...
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Overall 2
2.0

Great card, too many driver issues

Alexander A., Newegg
30 October 2015
  • Pros: Amazing sound quality
  • Cons: Apparently Creative has some of the worst sound drivers in the market. I didn't know this until about a year ago when the sound started spontaneously cutting out on its own. It went from once a week to now almost once every day. The problem seems to be a conflict with Skype, which I use quite oft...
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Overall 2
2.0

win7 issues

Kadir S., Newegg
14 August 2015
  • Summary: After seeing bugs in performing simple tasks, I'm scared to plugin my guitar to this thing. I'd probably have to spend 2 weeks trying to get a sound out... Last SB I own for sure.
  • Pros: None so far. Old Audigy was better
  • Cons: Why does soundblasters always with driver issues? The Control Panel takes literally 5 minutes to start after clicking on it. There is no intuitive way to set up for headphone jack detection.
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Overall 2
2.0

SAVE your Money

Harry C., Newegg
26 July 2015
  • Summary: The red Led is a stupid idea and does nothing for the Performance of the Sound Card! If ya keep putting out cards like this Ill go elsewhere for my Soundcard needs.
  • Pros: None that are any different from the Audigy card I replaced
  • Cons: No 2.1 configuration ( I was told there would be by support) no volume control in program? have to manually crank down the Volume using knob on speaker? In program like online video its either Full blast or no sound at all. ( never had this issue with the Audigy?)
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Overall 2
2.0

Card Died 2 weeks after warranty expired.

Steven H., Newegg
17 May 2015
  • Summary: Not going to buy another one.
  • Pros: Was a really nice card. Pretty good software.
  • Cons: Headphone stereo jack started flaking out ONE WEEK after the (one year) warranty expired.
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Overall 2
2.0

A Piece of Junk

James P., Newegg
13 April 2015
  • Summary: I think I'm done purchasing from Creative. Hell, I'm done with Astro too.
  • Pros: Sounds great, if it ever worked.
  • Cons: I have had nothing but trouble with this card since the moment I got it. I purchased the Astro A50 headset to use with this card. The problem is the sound only works through the USB of the headset most the time. I have it connected using a TOSLINK (fiber optic cable). But no sound comes digitally...
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Overall 2
2.0

Hardware fine, Software very bad.

Steven S., Newegg
9 April 2015
  • Summary: I spent more than a few days actual time (not entirely all at once) trying to figure out how to fix this junk. I'd fix one issue, find another. All of it stems from Creative disabling the most basic Windows OS sound control features in favor of their software in which they left out said features.
  • Pros: Hardware is fine. I like the EMI shielding. Love optical-in for my PS3 (though has to be PCM audio selection, 1 less cable visible just for audio) to output over PC speakers. Monitor does not have speakers to use HDMI (oddly does have that new ethernet port based plugin that isn't used yet which ...
  • Cons: Creative control panel install removes the bass and treble controls Windows has by default. Worse still is it also disables other Windows audio controls, simple things that have worked for decades such as headphones plug in automatically swapped over to 2 channel audio instead of anything higher....
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Overall 2
2.0

Does not support linux.

Derek H., Newegg
22 March 2015
  • Summary: Devs are hostile towards open source community and state "ONLY Linux developers have the responsibility to provide a fix for Linux users.", but fail to provide technical information on their products to make such a thing possible. No Creative, it's YOUR responsibility to make YOUR card work.
  • Pros: Probably would sound good if it worked and Devs would support their hardware
  • Cons: Creative devs have made it clear that they will not support linux because "Linux is a lost cause. After 20 years market share is only STILL about 2%. No wonder vendors support is very often of lower priority. It is common sense - which business would lose much money & effort because of 2% of mark...
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Overall 2
2.0

Dont waste your money

Harry C., Newegg
21 March 2015
  • Summary: creative is going downhill for sure.
  • Pros: Got some better electronics on the card.
  • Cons: Nothing special at all and there is a volume control problem with this soundcard. (either there is no sound or its full blast, no in between?) there is no 2.1 speaker settings either? cmon everyone doesnt have a 7.1 speaker system on their desktop! I since reinstalled my old Audigy card and it so...
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Overall 2
2.0

Dirty Sound

Lance P., Newegg
17 February 2015
  • Summary: New drivers, grounding triple checked... ASUS OnBoard sound is clean. Added card, crud sound. Booooo
  • Pros: None that I have found so far.
  • Cons: The card added a terrible buzzing/whistle to the sound chain.
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