Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster Z
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Value for money 10
Overall quality 10
Awesome Sound Card!
1 August 2015
Summary: I've always used Creative Labs in my computers and this one sure takes the prize! The sound!!! WOW!!! Crisp, clear deep bass, my CD's and movies never sounded so good! This is by far the best sound card Creative Labs has made! I highly recommend it.
Summary: So here's the thing, make sure you work on your sound settings to get the optimal experience. Not really a drawback, but I have a Razer headset, which required some adjustment to the microphone sensitivity. Serious power in the card.
Pros: A workstation used for AV was having sound problems. I replaced the motherboard, RAM, and the sound card. Sadly none of this made any difference. That being said the sound card works really well and sounds awesome! When we build a new system this sound card is going with it. The software has a fe...
Cons: It didn't solve my unsolvable audio problem, but that is another story all -together.
Summary: It is a small card and even right next to a GPU should not be a concern to hinder cooling. A lot of people don't realize this card will not only work in a PCIe X1 slot but also in the x4 & x8 so there are more mounting options.
Pros: A Lot of features and a great sound for the price.Superior to on board sound in every way. I don't have to turn my volume up as much to hear even more sounds in games,
Cons: That red LED inside is rather annoying and bright. There should be a software option to disable it. You can take the shield off and either wrap it with electrical tape or dull it a bit with a black sharpie. The instructions are weak. My surround sound speakers actually plugged into different hole...
Anyone who tells you a soundcard is a waste, its not.
Justin R., Newegg
9 June 2015
Summary: When buying a soundcard its definitely one of those things you have to try for yourself and experience since there simply isnt anything like benchmarks for soundcards. There are a lot of mixed reviews on whether you should own one or not but i truly believe anyone who says its a waste of money and...
Pros: Coming from someone who has never had a soundcard before this was great. Ive used a program called SRS Audio Sandbox for years and have always thought it was good enough for my needs because it was able to improve onboard sound quality by a lot but it wasn't until i bought a 5.1 surround sound sy...
Cons: I really don't feel there are any cons for this since i've had no issues with it so far but some have reported bad drivers or software issues as well as interference but luckily for me i've never experienced any of these in the time that i've owned it and it appears problems with this soundcard a...
Summary: Overall, this is a slight improvement on the two greatest cards by Creative: The X-Fi Extreme Music and the X-fi Extreme Gamer. Those two both absolutely blew onboard sound out of the water. This card, the leap is not so great, but it is still very discernible to me.
Pros: Clear, crisp sound, that is well-boosted. This is the feature that even the ALC1150 motherboard sets can't replicate. Very affordable, especially for the experience you get.
Cons: None. I bought the OEM, reasoning I didn't need the shroud or extra software. I haven't regretted it.
Summary: One thing I did notice my old 5.1 setup had a odd buzz in them but not in the headphone plugs. It could be related to my 5.1 age of the hardware. But my cheap headphone can't handle the output so I had to turn it down or risk destroying the cheap headphone. My Sony works fine but it's a Sony.
Pros: Very small and works in my PCi express x16 slot. Sounds are more crisp and clear and louder then on-board. Same look but less expensive to buy and use. Less distortion from the sounds.
Cons: Con if you plug into your x16 slot make sure there is enough power in your system to work. I found that out my board told me to add more power to run the PCi 2nd x16 slot. Once I did that it powered up with no problems. This is for some board that have the extra power adapter for their 2nd GPU x1...
Pros: Works very well as an amp and 5.1 virtualizer for video games. The crystalizer works surprisingly well on music, as well as the bass booster. Very clear sounds for music with out dampening or distorting any sounds.
Cons: In settings, make sure to manually turn on the surround sound and set the 5.1 up to 100%. I have no idea why you would want surround to be less than 100%.