Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI Express 5.1Ch Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-Express Ultra High-Performance Sound Card 5.1Ch 24Bit Optical In/Out

Creative Labs
Scan code: LN47898 Manufacturer code: 70SB150000001 Request call
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Product Overview An ideal all-around audio and gaming solution.

The Sound Blaster Z, part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster® PCI Express sound cards, is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs.

It comes complete with the Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone for crystal clear voice communication. Features 116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than motherboard audio.

SBX Pro Studio™ technologies
Experience awe-inspiring audio with the SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies that immerses you in your games and movies with amazing detail and a 360-degree true-to-life sound stage.

Crystal clear communication
In gaming, if you're not communicating, you're not winning. Experience crystal clear commmunication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice™ suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (CrystalVoice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you move near or further away from the microphone.

Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
When used with CrystalVoice Focus, the bundled beamforming microphone creates an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it, enabling you to be heard with amazing clarity.

Sound Core3D audio processor
The quad-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor was designed to offload SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality.

Advanced home entertainment audio
Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio with your home entertainment today! With Sound Blaster Z's gold-plated connectors, speaker optimization technology and digital content encoding capability, you can be assured of only the best digital audio possible.

High fidelity surround sound
Connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.
Specifications
Edition  
Max. Speaker Channel Configuration  
Interface PCIe (x1)
Audio Processor  
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)  
Dynamic Range  
Signal-to-Noise Ratio  
Frequency Response  
Inputs/Outputs
  • 1 x Headphone
  • 1 x Line In (Jack)
  • 3 x Line Out (Jack)
  • 1 x S/PDIF (Optical) In
  • 1 x S/PDIF (Optical) Out
Analog Sample Rate  
Analog Resolution  
Digital Sample Rate  
Digital Resolution  
Headphone Amp No
Headphone Amp Rating N/A
Supported Headphone Impedance  
Remote Control No
Control Unit No
Breakout Box No
Included Accessories  
Compatible OS  
Dimensions  
Package Type Retail
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
12 months
Type:
Direct
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
1 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
CREATIVE
Telephone:
00353 1897 5780
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Reviews
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-Express Ultra High-Performance Sound Card 5.1Ch 24Bit Optical In/Out is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Onboard Sound Versus Dedicated Soundcard I have always used Dedicated Sound Cards. Onboard sound over the years has improved but a dedicated card is a vast improvement for me with regard to sound quality. I choose the Creative due EAX support for some older games that I still play and because Creative has always been my choice. Would I recommend this card? Yes.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sound Bought this to replace the on-board sound from my new Asus Crosshair VI Extreme mobo which had iffy sound jacks (nice that they are lit up and colour coded to make it easier to plug in, shame they were dodgy and didn't work properly) Having had Sound Blasters from many years ago, it was an easy choice and as expected from a Creative Sound Blaster card I'm in no way disappointed in the excellent sound from this card.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing card I was skeptical about getting a new cheaper sound card that the one i replaced (auzen x-fi prelude) as when this card came out it wasn't cheap, but as windows updated from 7 to 8 and then to 10, the driver support just fell apart and i had enough so thought ill go creative directly and WOW i didn't realize how bad my card had got in terms of audio quality! This card gave new life to my sound system (Logitech z5500) everything was clearer, crisper, louder.... i was amazed at the difference... the included microphone wasn't that great in Skype, but half of that is down to how much Skype has been screwed up by Microsoft and i didn't check the mic in any other application so it may be ok... HIGHLY recommend this card to anyone! but there is a very bright red LED that comes from it so make sure that will fit your colour scheme if you have one, if not then its not a problem.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does all and more than I need. I am not a gamer but wanted a decent sound upgrade for my PC which is my entertainment centre, ie TV and music. Alongside my Creative speakers this is a good combination and the headphone output to my Beyer headphones is very good. Being able to personalise settings for speakers and 'phones is handy.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value for money with a lot of great features I just received this card in the post today and I immediately set about installing it. I had read reviews and opinions about this card prior to deciding and most seemed positive with minor points of contention. Before this card I had an Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro which cost £200 and came with all sorts of break out boxes and a remote control; that was over 10 years' ago and with more modern incarnations of Windows, I found the drivers for that card were lacking or unsupported and had to find hacked drivers for it to work properly. To that end I decided to get an upgrade, the oldest thing in my PC finally got a replacement! There are other iterations of this card [Zx and ZxR] with added features but cost a lot more but for someone on a moderate budget this is excellent value for money, its software is fully featured allowing you customise many aspects of how you hear the sound coming from your speakers, and as a side-note I have paired this card with Creative Inspire T6650 5.1 system and the sounds really pop. I really can't recommend this card enough. With my old card I thought I was getting the best experience even over on board sound [which should be abolished] but this card is something else. It's like I had Vaseline on my ears and on my speakers before but now everything is clear.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Crippled. The greatest drawback to this card is that it has no support for Linux whatever... there aren't even any 3rd party drivers. In Windows, it produces good sound but a little heavy on the bass for my taste. In any case, there are far better cards available.. step back a generation or two and Soundblaster's own X-Fi is the equal or better.. and comes with a generous list of programmes plus Linux support.. For these reasons, I do not recommend this product.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sound! i decided to opt for a dedicated Sound card over the onboard and im amazed at the quality. I am a gamer and i love my movies/music and this just does it all. the sound quality is really clear and crisp i am only using my steelseries headset with it at the moment. the scout mode isnt soo great it works but i am not sure if its just me or my headset it makes the audio sound like im in a church.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good card. Very happy with the sound quality from this card. It looks good next to the GFX cards in red. The software is good and the base is really loud compared to my onboard. Works well with a good headset aswell. My trust in Creative has been restored!
Date published: 2015-07-29
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Questions & Answers

Is the PCB black?

Asked by: JamesK
Yes it is black, the shield is red.
Answered by: SuttY
Date published: 2015-10-03

4.1 Speakers and this card

Would a 4.1 speaker set up work properly with this card i.e. all the low frequencies get directed to the subwoofer? The s/woofer is on the green (front) jack and not on a separate line.
Asked by: Chyronn
Untested but should do.
Answered by: anthonye02
Date published: 2015-10-10
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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI Express 5.1Ch Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI Express 5.1Ch  Sound Card