Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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Sounnd Blaster Z series
Randy S., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Pros: card rocks...have it powering a set of Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1 speakers. made all my music new again. the onboard sound I switched from was on a Crosshair v formula z...which doesn't actually suck for onboard sound. but this card screams bloody murder. can't say nuff good things bout it. games are super clear and perfectly separated on this system. so far so good, we'll see how long it lasts, but for now...get you one if ya ain't already gots one!!!!!!
Cons: none..only typed here cause it forced me to......
Summary: I had to replace originally received card. Red light was on, but BIOS and OS could not detect it, I tried different solutions and already thought that this is my Asus P67 motherboard's issue. But I decided to replace the card and the second one was immediately detected by OS and it now works like a charm!
Pros: I definitely hear the difference between on-board Realtek and Creative Z. Much better music and gaming sound quality! Buy this one and you would not regret! Absolutely compatible with Windows 8.1, no issues with drivers.
Pros: WOW ... ! This card is nothing short of amazing ... ! I can't believe how great it is. The bass is almost heart-stopped. The treble can be glass shattering. By far, this is the best sounding card I've ever owned ,and also the most POWERFUL ... ! I can only turn my volume up to 6% while using my Bose headphones before it's just to loud. The control panel is also very nice with almost every setting adjustable. Drivers were also great, with no bloatware. Installed in a s...
Excerpt: I'm not a huge audiophile, but I know quality when I hear it. This sound card replaced my (near six year) old X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card, also from Creative, and it's a huge improvement. If you're upgrading from onboard sound, then be prepared to have your mind blown. Of course this doesn't mean anything if your speakers or headphones are low quality ones.
Summary: Length:: 5:03 Mins Yes this is a very powerful sound card, yes it is crystal clear, and the options you get with it are plenty. But one of the many things this baby has that i love is the dedicated 600 Ohm headphone jack amp. see i have a set of Sennheiser Game Zero's professional gaming headphones and they have a impedance of 150 ohms. they are very powerful and clear but most sound cards don't have the power to push them to what they can fully do.
I thought the SB Audigy 2 ZS sounded great but when I installed the SB Z and had ...
David Siegel, Amazon
18 January 2015
Summary: I was very wary of the drivers for Creative cards for years, my old Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS was still working in Windows 7 but just barely. So for years I held on to my old card but I really wanted an upgrade for my Sennheiser HD 558's and a driver that had full and proper support in Windows 7. Even with crippled drivers, I thought the SB Audigy 2 ZS sounded great but when I installed the SB Z and had it configured I really was very impressed.
Summary: I picked up a new Sennheiser headset a couple months back (PC 350 SE) after my old Steel Series headset died. I have been a fan of Sennheiser products for a number of years and found a super deal for a high end headset. The audio was very underwhelming and, frankly, disappointing on my mobo audio ports. That is largely because standard computer hardware is not set up for high impedance headphones (the Sennheisers are 150 ohms).
Pros: Solid build quality. Awesome sound. Headphone out is superb for high impedance cans.
Cons: Software not as clear as I might like. I was somewhat mislead by the headphones/speakers setting that I thought was going to let me choose the output with the click of a button in the software. I was really hoping that I would be able to turn off my headphone out while using my stereo receiver and speakers, but no such luck.