Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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Pretty, but a huge pile of $#!^
2 days ago
Summary: I would definitely NOT recommend this card. $100-$120 is 4X what it's worth.
Pros: -Pretty in my case (Even though the nice looking part faces down, so you can't really see anything except the PCB back anyway)
Cons: I've had this card for a couple years now.... but only because I'm too lazy or too nervous to spend another $100+ on a sound card after this one. The program used with this device is the worst I've ever used. 99% of the time I try to open it to make some adjustments it freezes and crashes. If i w...
Card stopped reading less than a month after installation
Matthew S., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Pros: Great card, my sound was great, no EMI from my video card, and the microphone is fantastic
Cons: It broke in less than 30 days, my computer no longer detects the card in either of my two PCIE slots so I know it's not my computer. Not sure what to do about a replacement or return because I no longer have the packaging.
Summary: - If this issue is not resolved I will not be recommending Creative products.
Pros: - It looks pretty
Cons: - The thing is overpriced for what it is - The drivers have some weird channel swapping issue, at least on Windows 8.1; the front/rear channels, and the left/right channels and the sub-woofer channel are all jacked up. Right now my games sound horrible and the voices in videos are playing on the ...
Summary: I like the company, and have purchase several of their products over the years, but would be hesitant to recommend their products in the future
Pros: This is a very good looking card, the beam forming microphone is a good idea
Cons: When it made sound the sound that came from it was so distorted that it was painful to listen to. I do not recall the microphone ever working at all. At first I thought that it was because I had purchased a re-furbished motherboard, however after purchasing a brand new motherboard there was no ch...
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...
Summary: If you have a fast booting PC with SSD's, do not purchase this item. The soundcard will not initialize in time before windows starts and it won't recognize it. This is a known issue with Creative and they haven't bothered to fix it.
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?)