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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

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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
any chance after this creative Z ? i don't have 2 slot as i have lot add on in my mobo slot lol
aditxman
We actually just finished a drop on that last week.
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B.Hutch@AKRacing
i mean Z not zr that have suck audio dongle
No Linux support\drivers, if anyone is wondering.
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?
Calis
Some say AE-5 shows DNR instead of SNR for a reason...
Calis
far better then AE-5 Pure Edition go for ZXR
So can i use this with my msi labtop ?
yeet12
No
yeet12
No. You need an external (USB) DAC/Amp.
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.
bonbon525
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.
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.
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Yup, my EQ is set to flat, and the bass was turned way down. I find that the card is just very bass heavy by default, regardless of settings (I've had my ZxR for about two years, by the way). I heard that you can switch out the op amps for better results, although, I haven't tried it.
TekkamanRain
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.
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.
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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.
either way my point still stands, psu's don't blow inward, they blow outward, thus, it couldn't have produced the issue
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?
When the product is supposed to be shipped?
zer0cool
Estimated ship date is Sep 8, 2017 PT.
hmmm. Forgot to update the page I think. lol maybe it's meant to be 2018?
IS there an external version of these? Please respond.
Soko
Hey there Soko,
The closest to an external version if the ZxR that we make is the X7. It matches almost 1 to 1 on features and also includes an amp to power desktop speakers as well.
DigitalRonyn
Cool can i drive them with my reloop mixon 4 and sh-1 reloop studio monitors?
I am no audiophile by no means I bought the Zx version just to drive my headphones. The onboard audio that came on my ASUS board gave a hiss sound (interference?) plus the sound level was just was not what I expected. I bought the Zx version due to the fact I didn't plan to hook up to components or speakers. I'm loving it and glad I made this investment.
I would suggest the Z version of this card as the extra features you get with this are superfluous. the analog section is pretty terrible. The mic is noisy, and the HPA is weak as well.
That said there is still good reason to buying this card if you're a gamer(Z version is the same as ZxR for this). SBX Pro Studio works through Optical out, which imo sounds better then CMSS2. Meaning you can reap the processing without the nasties of its analog outputs. You could also play with its candy features which change the sound in a fun way when you're bored.
Ritz_Cracker
Ritz_Cracker, the mic portion is actually rated higher than the Z series card. I'd be interested in hearing about your configuration as you definitely should not be experiencing a noisy mic with the ZxR. If you get a moment please drop me a line at socialmedia@creativelabs.com.
Get an external DAC/amp for cheaper. External audio hardware keeps the important bits away from noise motherboard circuits.
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It's not that deep. That's called a snob. Your typical audiophile is more interested in power output, channel separation and how flat the output frequencies are than all of this garbage you mentioned. Resolution isn't quite important. Very rarely do I come across someone that is concerned about the sample rate of their DAC.
NeenerMan
But external audio is also usually vulnerable to the weaknesses of using a USB path for audio. So using an external USB device instead of internal PCI-E device is just trading one set of problems for another (unless the USB path is bypassed, or an additional device is added to correct for USB's weaknesses).
This is the best internal sound card, I have one in my PC it works great. There are some small things that I would change, but for the most part it has great sound. I would recommend if you are more of a audiophile and less of a gamer and a amp is an option to you then get the external. But if you need an internal sound card that I built with gamers in mind this is where it is at. Also this soundcard is terrible if you want to record an instrument onto ableton, fl studio, logic, etc. too much latency unless it's a mic.
Orad, I'd love to hear your suggestions for improvement and am curious about the latency you're experiencing. Can you fire me a mail at socialmedia@creativelabs.com so I can get some more information from you (and to convey to our dev / QA teams)?
I have the SoundBlaster Zx, SoundBlaster ZxR, Asus Essence Stx II, Aune X1S(external), and Fostex HP-A4BL(External) The soundblasters are the worst as far as sound quality, they are bright/harsh, and tough to listen to for a long period of time. They do however have pretty good 3D sound positioning for gaming. There isn’t much difference between Zx and ZxR. The Asus Essence STX II is a much better solution for audiophile/listening to music. Horizontal sounds are much easier to pinpoint direction but sounds up and down are a little bit more difficult to hear (for gaming). the asus sounds much smoother and creamier. the Fostex is my favorite of all the ones I own because it is also smooth and creamy (slightly less than asus) without losing accuracy and detail. for internal I would recommend asus. Aune is very basic and gets the job done, and sounds accurate, and less harsh than the SoundBlaster.
Honest question. Can I connect my Cerwin Vega speakers to this? Looking to eliminate buying an amp. Cerwin-Vega! VS-120 Specs Type: 12" 3-Way (12", 4", 1") Frequency Response: 28Hz - 22kHz Power Handling: 5/250 watts Sensitivity: 97db Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms Crossover Points: 300Hz, 6kHz Dimensions: 32" x 16.5" x 14.75" Weight: 57 lbs. each
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Thanks both of you. I have a game room. I don't have room on the desk for an amp and I'm not looking for one. But I would be willing to buy a mini amp thing to attach to this in conjunction etc.
You have ideas. Let me know. I'm looking to keep it cheap as I do use my headphones 90% of the time.
Really appreciate it.
BrainFlush
There are several desktop units out there that are low powered but sufficient to drive a full sized speaker. They are pretty small. I found these 2 after doing a quick search, and they seem to get decent reviews.
Lepy LP-2020A ($26 Amazon, don't get the car version. You want the wall power supply) Pyle Home Series (price varies by model)
Even the Lepy, which is 20W per channel should be more than sufficient to get those speakers over 100dB (fairly loud). Just don't expect 120bB rock concert levels.
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I wouldn't recommend getting this sound card. The driver support is terrible and constant connectivity issues is a major problem. especially when recording the latency is terrible. Yes, the audio quality is great but if you're going to spend $175 on the thing I would want it to at least have good customer support and work. If you don't believe me check out reviews at amazon, newegg, etc. they all say the same thing. save yourself the money and buy a good soundcard or DAC/Amp.
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You need 2 V5i duals for the I/Vs and 2 V5i singles for the buffers.
Lynx and RME makes some pretty solid cards that are better than anything Creative has ever made, but no where near this price point.
I literally bought this a month ago ffs. Best internal soundcard in the market right now. To get the most out of these, consider upgrading the stock op-amps to something like Sparkolabs, Burson V5s or Burson V5is.
seamon
I have this card, and I'm considering to replace the op-amps with Sparkolabs. Do I replace the two dual op-amps or all four including the single ones if I'm only using headphones + mic? I'm kind of a newbie to this stuff.
softcatsocks
Replace all 4. Dual op-amps go in the I/V and single in the buffers. IMO, go for Burson V5 or Burson V5i. They are better than Sparkolabs. Burson V5 are the best but they are very big and may not fit in your case. Burson V5i are almost similar to Burson V5 but with a smaller(not by a lot) sound stage and a little less detail. They fit with the EMI shield on. Sparkolabs don't fit with the EMI shield on and are not as good as either. Sparkolabs reduce the bass by a lot actually.
Desktop DAC > Sound Card. Seriously, just get the Centrance Dacport Slim or a Micca Origen.
SenorPlatano
That's what I came here to say.
SenorPlatano
Got any suggestions for someone with headphones and 5.1 speakers?
I decided to go for creative blasterx g5..i still prefer external sound card instead of internal..
Heads up, Creative driver support is terrible. I have the Zx which is the same main card without the daughter board and it really is not worth the hassle. Also, the volume pod was great for about 2 months, then the potentiometer on the knob started to fail and it sounded like junk from then on.
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Pyromatic
ZxR is miles ahead of Zx. Z and Zx are similar, ZxR is the next product.
Pyromatic
Creative always have support issue I have a speaker and a sound card from them but when we try to ask replacement for the speaker parts or software updat. yes they have the best thing they have now but no after sales support or so, these make me feel bad on their prodoct.
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elimelendez
I don't have a creditcard :'( please start supporting IDEAL ...
realmsmad
Get PayPal. You can attach ideal to it. And then you just pay with paypal and a few days later it's being drawn from your bank account. Ask you bank about how safe they find PayPal.
PayPal is amazing for international stuff. Because ideal is so far I know only used in a few countries.
Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 8/5.
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As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 8/5.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 8/1.
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How does this compare to Asus Essence STX II. I had to struggle with adding the power for the Essence sound card...but am not sure if Sound Blaster needs any extra power connection?
Hohdude
Creative are the only one that still do a chunk of processing in hardware aside from just being a DAC/Amp. Asus and Power Cooler (?) seem to do sound emulation (software) for most of it. I think this is a much better product.
I have this sound card. This was a major upgrade over my previous sound card with Dolby headphone surround. I swapped out the OP amps for a pair of Sparko's Labs SS3602 and it got even better. I primarily bought the ZxR to improve my play on COD BO3, soon after buying this I sold my AKG K701 for a pair of K7XX then sold those for HD800s. This card runs all of them perfectly. If you like great sound this card will deliver. I also ran my PS4 through the optical so I could have excellent sound with the PS4 too, the card will do SBX for the PS4, so don't waste your money on a terrible Astro Mixamp when this can do your PC and console sound brilliantly.
TOTONKA
How can you run ps4 via it, i think that optical is for recording and digital o/p only. How can ps4 audio can be through it?
gabu840
The card has an optical in as well. I was very satisfied with how it handled the sound on the PS4, I disliked everything else about the PS4.
Not sure if buying this will be significant to my build/setup. I've got the ASUS Rampage IV Formula which has the SupremeFX, and I'm using Logitech Z-5300 speakers. (So I'd need to buy an RCA-3.5mm adapter for surround sound.) Won't benefit me with my headset since it goes through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Won't benefit me with my HTC Vive audio since it goes through USB and the breakout box. So literally the only thing that will plug into these are my speakers, and I don't think I'll even notice any difference. (Processor is an i7-4930k so I don't have audio issues with CPU.)
Can anyone prove me wrong here?
lm794
SupremeFX? You mean like when they paint a red line on the motherboard? You can get the zxR for just the surround, but that's all you'd really be getting. It'll easily replace the 2i2 if you swap the opamps, although the sound will differ.
GrassMudHorse
I mainly use my headset and 2i2 as a studio mic recorder, not really for actual audio in gaming or anything so it wouldn't be a useful replacement. The real question is if it'll make an actual difference to my Logitech Z-5300 sound or not.