Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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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...
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?)
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...
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....
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...
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...
Summary: I have trusted this company for my audio needs for my whole life and never once had this kind of experience from them until now. I fear the current CEO will drive the corporation into the ground with his current management practices.
Pros: best card out there. flexible software allows for configuration to any 5.1 and smaller system. EAX support. superior surround sound distribution. ultra durable beamform microphone. this card outperforms every 7.1 card with similar specs.
Cons: if you use the 3.5mm jacks it will die within a year. first one had a resistor melt off the board and embed itself in the plastic. the second had a massive short after months of leaking unusual voltages to ground (7.5~12VAC) also their support people are worse than used car salesmen. first they d...