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Creative-sound-blaster-z.33741812
9.5 out of 10

Creative Sound Blaster Z

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

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Love this card

chris m., Newegg
1 week ago
  • Pros: The base is phenomenal. Keep the crossover around 80Hz, and the bass around 30-50%. Here's the deal. People are having issues with this card, or rather the software. This is how you make it run stable. First: download the driver and software directly from creative. IMPORTANT (do not install the driver yet.) Second: uninstall whatever sound drivers you currently have running your rig and wipe all registry keys. (Probably Realtek.) Third: Turn off your system and Instal...
  • Cons: none
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10

I love it

Wayne S., Newegg
1 week ago
  • Summary: My 1 PCIe x 1 slot is blocked by my Video card so I used the 1 open PCIe x 4 slot and all went well. I didn't go into BIOS at all but went into Windows 7 Control Panel>Sound>Playback Tab and Disabled motherboard onboard sound devices before installing this new card. I had downloaded this cards software drivers from the Creative Web Support page prior to installation and didn't use anything from the included Disc in the box.
  • Pros: I like the gold plated ports Install was easy, card slipped into a PCIe x 4 slot nicely, no issues
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Forget On-board sound....

Rene A., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Pros: -Easy install -DTS/Dobly Digital 5.1 ready (If you have an AMP or 5.1 PC system) -Optical input and output -Disable onboard sound through BIOS.. install care.. install the SB Driver. -Software is easy to use, and explains things well. -Using the Sound Blaster Z control panel, you can enable DTS and Dobly Digital.... this is how you get 5.1 surround though -EVERYTHING you do on the PC... and it sounds amazing....pounds. -Dramatically increased bass and volume levels.
  • Cons: -Not a Con.. but buy an optical cable if your going to run this from your PC to an AMP or 5.1 PC system that has and optical Input and supports 5.1. However... you get amazing sound with the Analog or the optical...so you CAN'T lose.
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Overall 10
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Amazing!

david r., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: First time purchasing a sound card EVER, so i decided to get this card regardless of all the negative comments. Installation was easy and the automatic update did everything for me. sound is crystal clear and the volume is so OP that my razer black shark can keep up with it. it does get confusing at times while playing FPS because you hear everyone foots steps The red LED light is strong as sun light ,how ever i have it inside my pc so i dont worry much about it.
  • Pros: Does What it does Amazing sound. Drivers where EASY TO INSTALL! ALL around OP Price Quality
  • Cons: Aimbot not included.
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Overall 10
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Wow big difference from onboard

Marcia P., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Pros: Great Sound - I was constantly debating whether to pull the trigger on getting a sound card because my motherboard (Asus Maximus VI) already had pretty good onboard, but when plugging my headphones and speakers into this sound card is was i'd say 100% difference. I have a good headset (sennhiesers g4me ones) and my heaphones were being nerfed so hard by my onboard. With this soundcard I now see the full potential of this headset. Good Software - Lots of things to cust...
  • Cons: The card was a bit loose inside the box it comes in from Creative. It was easy to rattle around so I was a bit concerned if maybe all that vibrating and constant movement would be bad for the card. So far no problems with the card at all. NOTE: It is better if you disable your onboard audio so that the windows sound properties knows the soundcard is now your default audio.
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Overall 10
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Easily worth $55 if you're not an audiowrench, I mean audiophile

jan p., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: It sounds great. I am pushing some BOSE COMPANION 2 SERIES II speaks and I knew they had to sound better then what I was hearing. I have owned more sound cards then I can count. creative, Asus, Aureal and Realtek onboard. After creative forced Aureal from business because Aureal had better tech I swore off creative. But, all three of the ASUS cards failed and no longer content to deal with sub par onboard sound I forced myself to buy the Z.
  • Pros: Probably Uses Technology derived from Aureal Semiconductor Sale Price Free 4 Day Newegg Shipping Installed in a snap, Hardware and Software Cool Red Light and Red EMI Shielding Cover HAS ability to record WHAT YOU HEAR
  • Cons: I had to purchase something from creative Not an Aureal Vortex AU8830 (known as the Vortex 2)
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Overall 10
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Great upgrade to most amy system.

Roger D., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: A very good worthwhile product when offered at the sale price. Easy software installation. Auto software update. Certainly a big upgrade from onboard audio chips.
  • Pros: Sound output is tighter and more defined than my Creative X-FI Extreme audio card from a couple of years ago. Software control panel is easier to navigate. Sound adjustments are fined tuned and much more subtle when compared to the X-Fi extreme. I use a simple Bose 2.1 desktop media speaker system. Probably 50-75w per channel with subwoofer. I installed The Soundblaster Z in my backup system with 5.1 speaker system. 90w per which is powerful. .Produced great sound the...
  • Cons: Microphone does not have a manual on/off switch..It should have had one.. Red LED light is not for me. Prefer the color coded plugins for the speakers
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Sound Great

Gerald C., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: This is a home built computer system using a i7-2600K chip, a 660ti video card, and ancient Altec Lansing stereo speakers with a sub-woofer. These speakers rival the latest from Bose and the like. Of course they don't have the sound of a great many $K home stereo system, but for a computer system they are way above average. I've listened to them for some time without tiring or getting irritated.
  • Pros: Compact Installation. Good software interface & controls. Microphone included that easily sits on top of a thin monitor.
  • Cons: Haven't found any yet.
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Outstanding

Daniel E., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Summary: I have had my Z since early 2013 and have had no problems. As to those people that leave negative comments: 1. This is not the older, bad hardware that was sold before the Z series came out, please do not leave comments if you do not own this sound card. 2. Make sure you have a good power supply and motherboard and keep the motherboard drivers up to date.
  • Pros: Produces great sound - and for a great price. $60 this weekend. Limited but effective software bundle.
  • Cons: None
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Very happy

Brian W., Newegg
18 November 2014
  • Summary: Im very happy to be back to Sound Blaster after being away for years. This card ...so far....seems an amazing piece of hardware. Glad I got it. Well actually its an early Christmas gift from my wife.
  • Pros: Only had this one day but its clearer and better sounding than even my old Auzentech Prelude 7.1. The sound is amazing and the included cone mic is great. It sits over on my monitor and still picks up clearly and loud without me yelling,. The red LED in this thing is so bright all my other LEDs in case look like they are off lolz. Great price too and got to me in 2 days.
  • Cons: None yet. Hope it holds up. The drivers were huge but installed fine.
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