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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

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If you're looking into or have already built a high-end desktop setup, the aural experience is just as important to get right as the visual one. For the ultimate immersive experience in PC gaming and entertainment, Creative's flagship ZxR sound card is a feature-packed gizmo that comes ready to level up your audio straight out of the box Read More

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Jigpo
8
Jan 3, 2018
Hi, What is the warranty period on this card? I have had the card for 18 months and the Centre/Sub output has just died(I suspect). I am still trying to determine possible causes, but initial testing says output failure. Thanks
aditxman
34
Dec 27, 2017
any chance after this creative Z ? i don't have 2 slot as i have lot add on in my mobo slot lol
We actually just finished a drop on that last week.
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/creative-sound-blaster-zx
If you click the request button it will help bring it back faster and will notify you when its live again!
aditxman
34
Dec 28, 2017
i mean Z not zr that have suck audio dongle
Kbhaskar
0
Dec 27, 2017
No Linux support\drivers, if anyone is wondering.
Calis
75
Nov 1, 2017
I need a new soundcard and I was thinking to buy an AE-5 Pure Edition when they become available. Is the ZxR better or worse than the AE-5 in terms of audio quality?
waremon
19
Nov 1, 2017
Some say AE-5 shows DNR instead of SNR for a reason...
selvakumar
2
Dec 31, 2017
far better then AE-5 Pure Edition go for ZXR
yeet12
0
Oct 27, 2017
So can i use this with my msi labtop ?
liteon163
Oct 28, 2017
HaVoCTzu
278
Oct 30, 2017
No. You need an external (USB) DAC/Amp.
bonbon525
2
Aug 20, 2017
i bought this sound card many years back. its pretty pricey and i was hoping that it was able to do what intended. if the creative team member can help...... can you use this to sing karaoke? i initially bought this thinking i can hook up a microphone and turn on karaoke on youtube to sing with the music.
You definitely could use this for Karaoke. The audio inputs are incredibly clean. You will though need an adapter if you are planning on using a microphone with an XLR connection.
Jigpo
8
Aug 16, 2017
I bought this card about a year ago from this drop. The build quality is really solid. Sound quality is a definite step up over the motherboard sound card or a laptop sound card. I have used this with HD439 Headphones, a 5.1 setup and 5.1 over optical and all have sounded great. The biggest feature that I would like to see if being able to play two seperate audio streams over two different devices. It is not possible to use the speaker out if you are using the headphone out, this is done via a toggle in software. The software options are fairly solid but you will find that each device requires some tweaking in software to get it sounding perfect. The microphone is not jaw dropping but still very solid.
I would not recommend getting this card if you are not prepared to go diving through your windows playback devices menu frequently if you are changing outputs, or going through the creative software.
I would recommend this for audiophile gamers, or streamers that need inline audio processing. This is also really good for CS:GO on default settings with my HD439's there is exceptional spatial awareness and I find I can hear footsteps really well.
I have had issues with windows updates messing with the creative software and requiring a software reinstall.
I am part of the HD6XX drop and will post how it handles those later in the year.
LFaWolf
9
Dec 30, 2017
Hmm, I think it could be a matter of personal taste. I have the EQ set and the bass about one third the way, and I love the music (classical, yoyo ma and pop songs)., and find the balance is great.
Jigpo
8
Oct 30, 2019
Hi Cambo. A bit late on the reply but here goes. Overall the ZxR goes really well with the HD6XX, I have had zero issues when using it plugged in to the control Pod. I initially started out with the Classical EQ and a couple of the other enhancements but have since moved to zero enhancements and EQ.
Critical50
31
Aug 16, 2017
I owned the smaller card for about a year. It did break on me, but someone pointed out to me that it may have broken because I had it positioned right above my PSU. Which wouldve been blowing warm air directly into it. But in my defense, I only had one slot for it. I dont know if thats really something that would break it. But I did want to say, it gave pretty good surround sound, drove my AKG K7XX pretty well with no problem. Im not an audiophile, but after these broke, the audio sounded underwhelming with the onboard card. It also made my mic much clearer sounding than onboard, and no background static. Audio also picked up no hissing noise, which was something I was greatly concerned about. But everyones system is different. But my experience was no hissing with audio.
SkipPp
278
Oct 27, 2017
Unless it is fanless. Then you must position it upwards. Similarly, if you have an old-fashioned top-mounted case, then you need to suck air in from the case and out the back.
Drewing101
21
Oct 27, 2017
either way my point still stands, psu's don't blow inward, they blow outward, thus, it couldn't have produced the issue
jmbrysk
0
Aug 15, 2017
A big issue that I'm dealing with in my PC setup is using a wired headset and mic with latency-free mic monitoring. Does the ZxR handle that with zero latency?
zer0cool
3
May 14, 2017
When the product is supposed to be shipped?
Estimated ship date is Sep 8, 2017 PT.
hmmm. Forgot to update the page I think. lol maybe it's meant to be 2018?
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