Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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A little disappointed
Pedro C., Newegg
15 August 2014
Pros: I've been a Sound Blaster happy customer for 20+ years since I had the Sound Blaster AWE32, Live!, Live! 24-Bit, Audigy 2, Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and now the Sound Blaster Z. The Sound Blaster Z has a great quality and excellent OpenAL hardware acceleration on games, I see the Sound Core3D processor does a good job. SBX Pro Studio is excellent for a home theater PC, the crystalizer and the SBX surround gives life to your speakers, comparing to the internal Realtek sou...
Cons: Creative, what happened to you in these last years? There is a known issue with the Sound Blaster Z and MSI motherboards when you use UEFI boot. I read on forums that happens as well on ASUS motherboards. The card sometimes isnt detected at every boot, even on legacy mode. I have to reseat the card everytime this happens. I tried to contact Creative customer support. No answer, awful service recently. I would go back to my X-Fi card, but its PCI and I dont have any PC...
Summary: I like the equalizer and some of the other control features, but the sartup and shutdown noises is nearly a deal breaker. Have installed the card in different slots and reinstalled the drivers to no avail.
Pros: sounds good for music and netflix streaming.
Cons: Makes a very loud thump from the subwoofer when I log off, even if the volume is at zero. Also makes some popping noises during startup, but not as loud as shutsown noise. If my wife is asleep before me, when I shut down the computer it wakes her up.
Summary: You can't use Scout Mode if you have SBX pro Studio activated. I have tried scout mode on a lot of games, and I cant tell any difference. I think this was a selling ploy for FPS gamers.
Pros: -Works better then onboard sound processor. -Bright red Light Emitting Diodes for Red lighting enthusiasts - Had NO issues with drivers , nor did I have to disable onboard sound or delete drivers.
Cons: -Card has issues initializing and being recognized after starting windows on occasion. -Microphone port on the back panel will stop working occasionally
Summary: Great product for the price. Just don't be surprised if it doesn't last.
Pros: Finally a creative soundcard that delivers. Sound is superb, directional 5.1 is awesome on the right setup and drivers are finally smooth after the last two gens....
Cons: Card died after four months. Tried all pci slots, moved to another computer and software won't recognize it. Figures since I've never had a creative product that actually works like it should. I never have any other troubles with my components except maybe a hdd or two after building multiple gaming machines in the past fourteen years.
Summary: Since SBX works fairly well, and I already installed my old card in another machine, I guess this one is staying. I'm not at all impressed that a product from Creative of all people should crash during mundane tasks. Unless there is a REALLY specific defect, I don't think the hardware is bad. If I'd paid more than $60 for it, I'd take the time to RMA the thing and not replace it.
Pros: Bought the card here, on sale for $60. I only use digital out, so I bought this card exclusively for the use of SBX Pro Studio surround in games with my headphones. The SBX woks well, and sounds far better than CMSS-3D. I do not like it for movies. It does make special effects sound really cool, but voices still sound a little off. Less noticeable in games where the real time placement of characters makes the sound signature less intrusive. My Auzentech Prelude based ...
Cons: Since installing the card, I get hard system crashes during playback of certain video formats, triggering an instant reboot and junk noise outputting via digital during the boot process. Also CoD: Ghosts cinematic cut scenes will play normally for maybe half the duration and then the sound tends to start turning on an off. Game play is not effected.
Cons: this is my second card, a few months back, the sound would out of the blue start sounding tinny and sound like in a echo chamber and just sound terrible, checked for new drivers and still the same, the only way to correct it was a reboot and for a while it worked fine, after this kept occurring I bought a new card and same thing, I think it is the drivers, can't be sure, replaced card and speakers with the same problem, think I will try one of the Asus high end cards ...
Summary: I have all my sounds in Windows disabled, but I'm going to try enabling the StartUp sound in hopes to correct the problem of no sound off the bat within browsers.
Pros: The sound is superb to my old xtreme gamer fatality pro.
Cons: One big issue I have with this card is that whenever I first start my computer, if I start up any of my browsers (typically Chrome) I have no sound within it. But now if I leave Chrome open, play an mp3 music file (which works) and go back to Chrome... then the sound works in Chrome. Got me scratching my head on this one as I have no experienced anything like it in the past. Second problem is no big deal but had to comment on it... on my old xtreme gamer... I liked ha...
Pretty nice card, more customization would be nice
Robert Regan "Robert", Amazon
7 February 2014
Summary: I've owned the previous model (Creative X-Fi). I owned the previous model for at least 5 years. It provided my z-5500 system with nice quality 5.1 sound. Only issue is the card would cause random lockups on my computer, regardless of what computer it was installed in. I have 3 I tested it on. It would mainly lockup when using itunes or youtube, and randomly. Regardless I thought it was time to upgrade to this. Installation was a breeze and setup as well.
Pros: From what I've noticed, the sound quality does improve, and I do like the software that comes with it that would allow me to adjust the sound to what I prefer. I especially noticed a different after months of using it and then switching back to the built in sound card on the motherboard.
Cons: The sound card seemed to have failed after 9 months of using it. I'm not sure if it's because something on the sound card died or if Windows 7 is just being goofy, but it just started trying to install the wrong drivers meant for a different sound card made by Creative. For whatever reason, it would keep trying to install the drivers for Blaster Recon3D PCIe instead of the Sound Blaster Z driver. Because the wrong drivers would keep getting installed, the sound would ...