Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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Awesome card, slight problem with optical out
Chris S., Newegg
4 April 2014
Summary: I would like to pat Creative on the back for a bit. Creative's drivers have historically been horrible to bad when it came to installation and setup. I have Windows 8.1. The driver CD doesn't include win8.1 drivers. So, I downloaded the drivers from Creative's website. One download included all software and the drivers. Installed the drivers and everything worked like a charm the first time. No fuss. The way it should be.
Pros: - sounds fantastic
Cons: - Card can encode all sound (including games) to DTS or Dolby Digital Live using the optical out. Hook an optical cable up to a home theater and you should get great sound. Good thing is it sounds fantastic. Bad thing is there is a very noticeable amount of latency. Optical out is worthless for me. Luckily I have the option of using the analog 5.1 on my system. It worked like a charm. If it hadn't been for this issue, I would have given this card 5 eggs and said it wa...
Summary: I think this is OK for music, works well with Windows 8, and has a nice desktop icon to switch back and forth from earphones to toslink connection to amplifier. Easy to install. Their less expensive audio cards would likely be as good for music.
Summary: Audiophiles might shrug it off for lacking clarity compared to higher end alternatives, but for a HTPC that is primarily used for watching movies and gaming, it is more than adequate. I have it connected to an older Yamaha receiver via optical spidf which allows for full playback in 5.1 DTS/Dolby from all multimedia sources. The 5.1 channel separation is spot on for gaming and really elevates the immersion factor.
Summary: I bought this soundcard to replace a very old Creative X-Fi sound card. I must say the sound is alot louder than my old one. I had to turn down the volume on my speakers considerably. The background noise in games really come alive with this soundcard. The beamforming microphone sounded great in terms of the description with noise cancellation, but the volume did not compare to my USB microphone when used during gaming through Ventrilo.
Exceptionally louder than Asus Xonar DG I've had before
Garland Fairchild, Amazon
4 August 2013
Summary: When I was using Asus' Xonar DG, my volume level on media player was set at 16, now with this sound card, I set it at 10 and it still sounds a little too loud on my headphones, that's how much different it really is. I use Audio Technica ATH-M50 cans so maybe it only sounds loud with decent headphones, but there's no doubt that it sounds much louder than Xonar DG.
Summary: Purchased this to upgrade my audio output on my Dell XPS 8500 desktop rig. Installed easily (I have Windows 7) and I could tell the difference in audio almost right away. I haven't used it for surround sound gaming, but have used it with headphones and the digital inputs and its definitely a quality product. My only issue is that it takes nearly a minute for the device menu to show up when I click on it in the task bar.
Summary: This card is pretty good. I had a XFI Xtreme Gamer sound card for 6 years until there was a slight static on my headphones. Then I decided to get this card and honestly, I miss my Xtreme gamer sound card but this is a suitable replacement.
Summary: Purchased for HTPC. Using 5.1 analog output. Software setting for bass redirection, crystalizer, and EQ all work wonderfully. The software also does a good job converting 2 channel audio such as music into 5.1. I have not used the digital output in any way shape or form so can't really comment. For the price, you can't beat it.
Pros: Clear sound, good software/drivers, as advertised
Cons: No bass boost option on analog outputs 5.1 other than a check box so no true bass level adjustment when using analog outputs.
Summary: Very good sound card. Overall I'm pleased. I've used sound cards from multiple manufacturers for years. Creative still puts out a great product, and has very good support. I'm knocking one star off for simple asthetics. The card has an extremely bright built in red LED that I can not find a way to disable. Other than that, everything else performs exactly as I would expect.