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9.7 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Z

An ideal all-round audio & gaming solution 116dB Signal-to-Noise Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z

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Overall 2
2.0

Good sound, but swaps 5.1 audio channels

Nic, Amazon
28 August 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Nothing But Problems

Opheliana, Amazon
8 May 2014
  • Summary: I had ordered this sound card for a new PC build I had done, and I was pretty excited about it. My on-board audio left much to be desired, and I figured a headphone amp would vastly improve my listening experience. Ever since I plugged this into my motherboard, I have had nothing but problems. I am using the driver provided for Windows 8.1 and so many things have gone wrong. The unit itself seems fine, but the drivers that Creative provide are downright awful.
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Overall 2
2.0

software and setup a big fail!

Paul H Chang, Amazon
26 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 2
2.0
Performance 2
2.0
Overall quality 2
2.0

Linux users beware

Darkstar, TigerDirect.com
18 January 2014
  • Summary: Wow, was about to buy this card because I have always had good experience with Creative Labs in the past. But a Google search quickly revealed that Creative Labs no longer cares about Linux and does not provide drivers or support for this card on Linux systems. Some engineers are trying to reverse engineer this card, but after a year of trying still no joy. So Linux users beware, I for one am looking elsewhere!
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Overall 2
2.0

Poor Customer Support!

Joseph Still, Amazon
16 January 2014
Overall 1
0.5

THE Pro Gamers Choice!

Fieldsweeper, Overclock
26 April 2013
  • Excerpt: The Sound Blaster Z is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs. It comes complete with the Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone for crystal clear voice communication. The beamforming mic allows me to play without a head set, and still get excellent sound quality and the ability to hear everything going on around me (with the proper speaker set up) the Mic can be used even with your volume up, it does an excellent job of canceling out the...
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Overall 0
0.4

A Great new Soundcard from Creative Labs

Nemesis158, Overclock
20 November 2012
  • Excerpt: I Ordered This SoundCard as soon as it was available on Newegg. It had been listed for about a week but was shown as being Out of Stock. Newegg Used OnTrac to ship this item and got it to me today.
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Overall 2
2.0

Terrible software

DaveS, Amazon
19 November 2013
  • Summary: This card seems indicative of many products today. A step backwards. The software is ugly, arcane, less than useful, and step down from the previous software that controlled Sound Blaster cards. Had the card actually worked, I'm sure I could have found more fault with the less than intuitive software. The software seemed more like change for changes sake than an upgrade or improvement. Developers, stand your ground when something works for crying out loud.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Yandex
2 September 2014
  • Excerpt: Потратил 3.850 рублей ни за что. Ничего от этой банды никогда не покупайте, разве что только наушники. У Creative совершенно паршивые аудиокарты, конечно, я это давно знал, но купился на рекламу, вот и получил низкопробную вещь.
  • Pros: - Подсветка. Всё...
  • Cons: - Ужасный треск при прослушивании на максимальной и близкой к ней громкости. Так же треск проявляется при проигрывании низких басов; - Совершенно кривое ПО и драйвера, которые чуть ли не каждую неделю слетают; - Намного хуже встроенных аудиочипов от Realtek. - Цена за такое завышена. - Ничем не отличается от адаптера, который входит в комплект наушников Creative (то бишь Creative Tactic3D Alpha).
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

denis-vosk, Yandex
5 August 2014
  • Excerpt: Не ожидал что Creative может сделать звуковуху хуже чем встроенные в материнскую плату. Один! Всего один вход! - он же либо линейный, либо микрофон. Нет слов. А если мне и микрофон нужен и линейный вход одновременно? Собственно брал ради функции записи What you hear, принёс домой, распаковал - ожидал большего. Брал не глядя, с полной уверенностью, что плата будет куда лучше штатного встроенного в мать контроллера.
  • Pros: Светит красный светодиод ;)
  • Cons: Используется один вход - он и линейный, он же и под микрофон. Драйверы работают неудовлетворительно, треск в звуке. Панель управления очень тормозная.
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