Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster ZxR
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Stunning upgrade -- once you get the settings right...
1 January 2014
Summary: By bradenbru With (some) effort, you'll get the sound you like. I was disappointed at first listen on this card, as the sound was all over the place--weak bass in some songs (even those normally mixed to emphasize the low end), with distorted bass in others. I also suffered ear fatigue quickly with headphones that are normally fine for multiple-hour listening sessions.
Summary: I bought this sound card to replace my on-board solution, and have not been disappointed. My headphones actually get loud enough to use now, and my mic actually works without having a +30 db boost. The card comes a bit bass heavy out of the box, but anyone with a couple minutes to explore the software can tune the sound to just how they want.
Pros: easy install, no pcie power needed, easy to use software, Don't have to use daughter board
Cons: a bit bass heavy out of the box, ribbon cable to daughter board
Summary: By Audioslave You get what you pay for. If you don't have your PC hooked up to a surround system and just use cruddy desktop speakers, what's the point? Stick with onboard for that. If you want to watch blu-rays, play video games, etc. through a nice set of speakers, then this is a great card to consider. Like another reviewer mentioned, there are other "lower" models which are cheaper. If you don't need the extra features, save a few bucks.
Summary: I am very happy with the Zxr. Sound is upgraded over my older X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty. I had to upgrade my older card because my planned new mobo does not have PCI. At any rate, the sound on this card is noticeably better than the older card, but I did need to do some tweaking in the software to get the EQ I prefer. I normally leave the EQ flat but with my speakers (Edifier S5) I required the EQ settings to be slightly higher in a few frequencies.
Pros: Breakout hub for headphones has both 1/8" plug or 1/4" plug and also has handy volume control, Outputs for surround sound
Cons: Price, Packaging over the top and unnecessarily wasteful
Summary: I got X-FI Pro for same price in 2011. Specs are same (PRO means PRO. But ZXR has two (2) synth plugs. To accomplish what ZXR can do with my X-FI, I would have to spend twice as much on conversion equipment and wires. Like all PRO cards from Creative, absolute guarantee that ZXR will be performing faultlessly long after sound file technology of today is forgotten. If you are into music production (or want impeccable sound), buy this product.
Summary: By jaramill "gjaram" My old SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium sound card was doing just fine but because I upgraded from Logitech ClearChat Pro Wireless-USB headsets/mic to Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition High Performance Gaming Headset, then a sound card with AMP was needed as my Senns are rated 150 ohm impedance.
Summary: By khaito ZXR is by far the best card i had, BASE is ACcurate and clean, Optical is perfect for my 9.2 or 11.2 surround sound system with , I had not really tested 5.1 because i use optical most of the time to utilize my 9.2 .. but all i can say is you won't regrete if you do buy this card its much better then my previous HT OMEGA eCLARO 7.1 Channel PCI .
Summary: I am upgrading from a Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer and Realtek ALC898 (on-board). First off, this card absolutely destroys the onboard audio and is a substantial upgrade over the X-Fi. Everything just sounds so much better. The level of detail and clarity is excellent. You will want to pair this bad boy with a good set of speakers and headphones.
Pros: -Very crisp, clean and detailed sound in all applications (Games, Music, Movies)., -Great positional audio for games. Immersive details., -Speakers/headphones software switch and ACM come in handy., -Plenty of connectivity options for input/output., -Control panel is well layed out and has many features., -Integrated headphone amp to power high end headphones., -Built with quality components., -Pretty good drivers, but still some issues.
Cons: -It did not work on my PCIe x4 slot, but works with x1 and x8 slots., -Unable to decode and output DTS through analog., -DD Live and DTS Connect encoders not working properly and swapping channels randomly. (SPDIF pass-through works fine)., -I sometimes get crackling sounds when using VOIP in BF3.
The best audio sound card but overkill if just for gaming
24 April 2013
Summary: By Canopus72 "canopus72" I originally purchased the creative Z sound card in November 2012 (see my Amazon review of creative Z). I have been waiting since then to upgrade to the ZXR. After having on order for several months, I finally received this card a few days ago. Physical installation was straight forward. You also have the choice of installing the DB Pro soundcard (if so, you need to attach it by supplied cable to the main audio unit).