Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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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. And dumping on the OS that will be taking over all markets soon (steamOS) is not a good way to keep afloat. I won't be purchasing any more Creative products.
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 market?" Stay far away from this 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 sounds 100% better that this junk.
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. I've talked to others who own these cards and they have had many similar experiences as late. this is truly disappointing as this is the best product on the market today and may be for several years.
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 demanded all interaction be in PDF format. next they nit picked data. then on approval they refused to send the RMA address for two weeks. now they are saying we have 15 days t...
Summary: Creative, you are a horrible company, and every product that I've owned from you has been a disappointment because of your terrible software and support. The hardware might be top notch for all we know, but we cant even use it properly. My friend was also a long time user and ended up just taking his out and throwing it in the trash because he was so fed up with the blue screens. Try a ASUS Xonar if you want something that works.
Cons: As always creative sells a shiny piece of trash and then falls apart when it comes to support. If you would like to buy an expensive gadget and then never get software updates, never get support, use terrible bloatware and generally have little to no control over your device. Then this is great, i was a previous X-Fi Titanium Fata11ty Pro owner, and it was a nightmare. Want to do a software update? Get used to seeing the "unable to contact the server. Maybe the server...
Summary: Sticking with my Audigy 2, I thought it's late driver for Windows 7 was broken as it was extremely loud, but that seems to be the state of the Soundblaster drivers of late. Extremely disappointed!! I'll have to change the settings in the registry as it's driver doesn't give a padding option in the UI like the Z model does, Guess that's a "positive" for the Z.
Pros: Low noise.
Cons: Everything else - output 20dB way to hot. front panel switching glitches, cant set mic in for line in - can't use a stereo mic per Intel HD protocol they say they use. In the case of the card I got, the front panel, when it works, has no headphone output and the mic in is garbled (digitally distorted). A piece of junk - what happened to Soundblaster - they used to be great!!
Summary: The sound quality was pretty good, better than my old Sound Blaster XtremeGamer. However, no matter what I tried I couldn't get it to stop swapping my channels at random intervals (I have a 5.1 setup). Sometimes when starting or minimizing games, or just at any time, it would swap my audio channels. My front left sound would be coming from the rear right speaker, the center through the rear left, and my front right would just be silent.
Summary: I've had this product for nearly a year, and it has finally gotten so bad I have uninstalled it. It worked fine for the first month or two, until sound channels would start dropping. That could be fixed by restarting the computer. Then sound started jumping around channels and distorting badly. That would be fixed after a restart. With every driver update, those issues have gotten worse, and worse.
Pros: Sorta worked for a year. See other thoughts.
Cons: For the year I've had it, it's always had problems that have gotten progressively worse. See other thoughts. Hundred dollar (at time of purchase) paper weight.