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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe Audiophile Grade Gaming Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module

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  • CrystalVoice Voice Enhancement and Clarity Technology, express yourself and be heard crystal clear in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats
  • CrystalVoice FX, forge your own unique team identity in crystal clear audio; match your voice to your game avatar
  • High Quality Headphone Amp, supports studio quality headphones with up to 600 ohm impedance
  • Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect, connect to your decoder or home theater system through a single digital cable for intense 5.1 surround sound from any source
  • Headphone/Speaker Switching means you never have to unplug your headphones again, just toggle between your headphone and speakers system with a flip of a switch
  • High-Quality Audio Cables, enjoy high quality audio listening and recording with easy connection to your entertainment system, amplifier or active speaker via our premium analog and optical cables
  • Scout Mode, hear them before they hear you, proprietary technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat
  • A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than the average sound cards
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Product Description

Creative Sound Blaster ZXR
A DBPro daughter board and Audio Control Module for unrivalled audio playback and content creation.
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Creative Sound Blaster ZXR
Studio-grade content creation with hardware that uses only audiophile-grade components.
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High Performance PCIe Sound Card

The flagship of the ultra high-performance Sound Blaster Z-Series of sound cards, Sound Blaster ZxR elevates the standards of technology and performance for the future of PC gaming and entertainment. Boasting an unbeatable SNR of 124dB, it includes a DBPro daughter board and Audio Control Module for unrivalled audio playback and content creation.

The Ultimate in Audio Playback

The Sound Blaster ZxR has a signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB meaning your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is over 89.1 times better than motherboard audio. Enjoy reduced latency as low as one millisecond with Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) support. Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz. In addition, SBX Pro Studio sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.

Studio Grade Content Creation

Add studio quality audio sound tracks or voice tracks to your video clips or home videos created with hardware that uses only audiophile-grade components such as 123dB analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for outstanding recording quality. With the 600 ohm headphone amplifier, you can do studio-grade monitoring as well. The DBpro is another reason why Sound Blaster ZxR delivers only the best audio playback and creation. It offers optical output for outstanding audio playback, plus professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for studio-grade recording quality.

Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel and Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)

With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch. Also, take control in style and ease with the ACM that incorporates a built-in microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections. The knob on the ACM lets you conveniently adjust the headphone levels.

Package Contents
  • Sound Blaster ZxR sound card
  • Sound Blaster DBpro card
  • Sound Blaster Audio Control Module
  • 1x Optical Cable
  • 1x Stereo(3.5mm)-to-RCA cable
  • 1x DBpro cable
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Installation CD containing: Drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Creative Software Suite, User's Guide
Audio Made Clever

The multi-core Sound Core3D audio processor is 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. Experience crystal clear communication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (Voice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you are near or further away from the microphone. You can also connect to your home theater 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.

Creative Sound Blaster Gaming Sound Cards
Creative Sound Blaster ZXR
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Creative Sound Blaster ZXR
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Sound Core3D
24-Bit/96 kHz Audio Resolution
124dB Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
Digital Audio Converter: Cirrus Logic
Digital Audio Converter: TI Burr-Brown with Fine Gold Caps
Shielding: EMI
Shielding: Copper Plating
Audio Control Module with Built-in Beamforming Microphone Accessory

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Brand Name Creative
Item model number SB1510
Operating System N/A
Item Weight 3.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.6 x 4.1 x 7.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.58 x 4.12 x 7.92 inches
Audio-out Ports (#) 1

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3.9 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal Sound Cards
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available March 1, 2013

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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). The DB pro card allows you to connect your pc to an external amp and speaker system. Driver installation for the sound card was very easy.

Now then, the ZXR, ZX and Z have all of the following features in common -

They all run on PCIE3 slots and they all use the creative quad core3D processor. They also utilise creative SBX pro studio support, SBX crystalliser, SBX surround, SBX smart volume, SBX dialogue plus and SBX bass, crystal voice, acoustic cancel, voice focus and noise reduction. All three models also have a dedicated 600 ohm headphone amp, gold plated connectors, dolby digital live and DTS connect.

Now this is where each card differs -

Z = double internal mic instead of ACM, 116DB SNR. No audio control module.

ZX = 116DB SNR, ACM (audio control module) support.

ZXR = 124DB SNR, TI Burr-Brown DAC, swappable op-amps, high quality DB-Pro and DB-Pro support, ACM support. The daughter board (DB-Pro) has 123DB ADC with RCA aux-in and optical outputs (to connect to external amps or other professional audio/music production hardware). The DB-pro card also has the quad core3D processor.

I was very happy with the entry model (Z). It produced noticeably better sound quality than the recon 3D sound blaster card I purchased over a year ago. The ZXR is a step up from the ZX and Z.
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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. My internal Realtek 898 (apparently the creme de la creme of onboard audio chips) was looking like the better of the two.

Before giving up on the card, I spent some significant time in the Sound Blaster control panel. The software to officially support Windows 8.1 was released just in time for my installation, and I had no issues with it. Eventually, I found the best sound for my scenario, but it took some time. And it's gorgeous, across the entire spectrum! Here's what I came up with to suit my listening preferences (Sennheiser HD 598s):

Keep SBX Pro Studio On
Uncheck the Surround modification (discovered source of my fatigue)
Leave the Crystalizer on (apparently it's good for compressed audio--mp3, ogg, aac, many games--which I use most often)
Uncheck the Bass enhancement (I preferred it off, and the low-end no longer distorts)
Turn on the Smart Volume function (I have mine set to Night for the best clarity at the low volumes I listen at)
Leave Dialog Plus off (with my headphones, dialog belongs where it was mixed!)

Curious if this is a common configuration, or if there is more subjectivity regarding the sound.

I have yet to use the digital outs or audio in capabilities, but plan to over the coming months. Will update if my opinion changes in any way.

Regardless, there is a great chance you'll enjoy this card, if you're willing to put in the effort to find your preferred sound.
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If you're "on the fence" with this card. Go for it.

Pros: This card is awesome! I upgraded from a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro Gamer card with the add-on front panel. This card kills it. The drivers installed quick and easy. The card looks fantastic (even though it's now buried in my tower). I laughed when I was checking the installation on the sound panel in the control panel and the mic showed activity from the beam forming mic on the volume module. I also want to mention the GUI software is WAAAAAAY better than the X-Fi generation GUI software. Easy to navigate all the options, the headphone switch works flawlessly, there aren't any hiccups or crashes.

I was one of the people that had the AWFUL clicking and popping on the X-Fi cards and I'm happy to say it's gone. Sound is as clean as can be.

I couldn't be happier!

Cons: I haven't found one yet!

Other Thoughts: I know it's expensive. However, it's a premium product. It's got a crazy snr rating and it sounds incredible. Keep in mind that to get the most out of this card, high quality speakers/headphones DO make a difference
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I purchased this ZxR to use with my Sennheiser PC G4ME ZERO headset. I had read other users complaining of sound degredation when using the ACM (Audio Control Module) to connect their devices to and that they recommended connecting directly to the sound card. So, I took the 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapters from the ACM connectors and applied them to my headset connectors and while the sound worked fine, the microphone did not work at all despite every possible attempt at troubleshooting the problem. I knew it wasn't the headset because I tested it on another computer so I almost thought I had a defective sound card until I plugged the ACM into the sound card and then plugged my headset into the ACM. This fixed my microphone issue and I honestly do not recognize any sound degredation using the ACM as of yet. I would have given it 5-stars if not for this unexpected hassle and the fact that the SB control panel gives you fairly limited features when using a headphone connection in terms of DTS and DD.
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