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  • Complete Cinematic Surround Sound with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX Movies
  • Multi-Environment audio -- up to four simultaneous environments processed in real time
  • Exclusive Creative THX Setup Console provides accurate audio calibration for a precise speaker
  • Superior quality 24-bit/192kHz audio, ultra-realistic game effects, and studio quality music settings
  • The only available PC platform for Advanced Resolution 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 surround
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model Number: SB0350

Product Description

Product Description

The THX certified Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS delivers 24-bit ADVANCED HD™ audio, 108dB SNR clarity across 8 channels.

From the Manufacturer

The THX certified Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS delivers 24-bit ADVANCED HD audio, 108dB SNR clarity across 8 channels, and is the only available PC platform to deliver Advanced Resolution 24-bit DVD-Audio playback in 24-bit/192kHz stereo and 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 surround. EAX ADVANCED HD effects produces ultra-realistic sound in supported games and multi-channel playback in 5.1, 6.1and 7.1 with over 400 existing 3-D games. EAX ADVANCED HD acoustic enhancements dramatically improve all your music with features including Bass Boost, Graphic Equalizer, Audio Clean-Up, and more!

  • Superior Fidelity 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio
    Superior quality 24-bit/192kHz audio, ultra-realistic EAX ADVANCED HD GAME effects, and studio quality EAX ADVANCED HD MUSIC settings
  • THX Certified Sound Card for Cinematic Audio
    The only certified sound card with exclusive Creative THX Setup Console that provides accurate audio calibration for a precise speaker listening environment
  • Advanced Resolution 24-bit DVD-Audio Playback
    The only certified PC platform for Advanced Resolution 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 surround and 24-bit/192kHz stereo DVD-Audio playback
  • Ultra-realistic EAX 4.0 ADVANCED HD Effects
    Multi-Environment audio with up to four simultaneous environments processed in real-time and up to 7.1 surround with over 400 existing DirectSound3-D enabled games
  • EAX Music Console with Acoustic Enhancements
    Dramatically enhance your music experience with new EAX ADVANCED HD MUSIC features including Bass
  • Patented Creative CMSS 3-D Audio Technology
    Allows all stereo recordings including MP3/WMA, CDs, VCD, and movies to be played back in captivating 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 surround
  • Integrated High Speed 1394 FireWire Port
    Enables PC-to-PC networking and low latency gaming plus high speed data transfers with IEEE compliant devices including MP3 players, storage devices and DV Camcorders

Features and Benefits

Superior Fidelity 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio

  • Superior quality 24-bit/192kHz audio, ultra-realistic EAX ADVANCED HD GAME effects, and studio quality EAX ADVANCED HD MUSIC settings
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS is the ideal platform for Windows Media 9 content including full 24-bit/96kHz audio in discrete 5.1 surround sound.

THX Certified Sound Card for Cinematic Audio

  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS has received the prestigious THX Multimedia Certification making it the ideal choice for delivering cinematic quality audio on the PC.
  • The unique Creative THX Setup Console provides accurate audio calibration for a precise speaker listening environment.

EAX Music Console with Acoustic Enhancements

  • Dramatically enhance your music experience with new EAX ADVANCED HD MUSIC features including Bass Boost, multi-band Graphic Equalizer on all 8 channels, Audio Clean-Up and Karaoke. Bass Boost: Punch up the bass with all PC audio
  • Multi-Channel Graphic Equalizer: Personalize playback across all 8 channels
  • Audio Clean-Up: Remove noise from MP3s of old recordings
  • Smart Volume Management (SVM ): Automatically match volume levels across music tracks
  • EAX Effects: Add acoustic effects like Concert Hall to your music

Patented Creative CMSS 3-D Audio Technology

  • Allows all stereo recordings including MP3/WMA, CDs, VCD and movies to be played back in captivating 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround.
  • Delivers virtual surround with headphones and stereo widening with stereo desktop speakers.

Complete Cinematic Surround Sound with DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX Movies

  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS features built-in DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX decoding to deliver captivating audio playback in 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround with DVD movies.

Comprehensive Multi-Channel Surround with 3-D Games

  • Comprehensive Multi-Channel Surround with 3-D Games - Enjoy up to 7.1 surround in existing 3-D games. Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS plays back DirectSound3-D games in 5.1 surround, 6.1 surround with additional rear center channel, or 7.1 surround in rear center surround or side surround configurations.

Integrated High Speed 1394 FireWire Port

  • Enables PC-to-PC networking and low latency gaming plus high speed data transfers with IEEE compliant devices including MP3 players, storage devices and DV Camcorders.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0000CG4DI
  • Item model number: SB0350
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2003

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AntVector on January 21, 2004
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I bought this card as an upgrade for my default Dell system, having done a little shopping around for a good deal. I was attracted to this card for several reasons - A) It supports 5.1 surround sound (just got some new shiny speakers to play with y'see), B) I trust Creative to make a reliable and compatible product, since I'm not a computer whiz, and I don't have the time or experience to reconfigure stuff just to get it to work, and C) The price is just about right.
Installation was a breeze - like always just follow the instructions carefully and make sure everything is connected before you close the case - this model comes with a separate cable to link the sound card to the digital port on the CD drive. My XP system detected everything right away, and the software installed without a hitch. There's a few different programs bundled with the card, including EAX, THX and speaker configuration support, all of which is nicely presented and was helpful when setting up my speakers. The 5.1 surround support is just as groovy as I'd hoped, and the card software made it a breeze to adjust the levels, configure Winamp 5 to play through all the channels, and add funky effects. I don't really have much use for all the software included, but I can imagine if you were starting from scratch, or, conversely, quite an advanced user, you might enjoy the various different functions included here. I'm a bit middle-of-the-road to need all the bells and whistles, but I appreciate them being there.
So, easy to setup, easy to use, simmering with latent power and nicely priced. I admit that I was also persuaded to get this card for secret reason D) It came bundled with Raven Shield (and Angel of Darkness, but I'm treating that as a fancy test for my speakers rather than a `real' game...I'm such a snob) which sounds awesome through this card. A great buy for a lower end user who wants to ramp-up their audio experience without breaking the bank (or an eardrum). Recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Buckner on June 12, 2004
First, the something you should know. If you are upgrading from a previous Sound Blaster card you will need to completely uninstall this card, the drivers and all files related to it. The Sound Blaster website has a very clear cut article on how to do this. If you do not completely uninstall your previous card this new one will have conflicts and lock your computer up. Also you will need to download the newest updates for the card and make sure your BIOS is updated (something you probably need to do anyway.) The process took about 45 min but once it was done this card absolutely rocks!!!
And now the performance. If this is your first plunge into the whole THX/true Dolby surround sound experience on your computer you won't regret buying this card. Since installing this card I have replayed Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, URU and other games and it's a whole new experience. With my 5.1 surround sound speakers the sound was crisp, clear and definately worth the $85.00. I am not a hardcore "tech guru" so I can't get into the serious stuff that some of the other people here have: They seem to have done a good job with those reviews, so I'll leave it at that. But if you are looking for great surround sound and don't want to spend loads of money this card is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Poppycat on August 3, 2004
I personslly have the extreme series and what can I say other than it's the best card I have ever had. That was an upgrade from the Sound Blaster Live which is also an excellent card. My dad got a little jealous when i got my audigy 2 card so he went out and picked up the Audigy zs card and then hooked up his smaller Boston Accoustic speakers that he had for rear surround sound in his den and all I can really say is WOW. I have never heard a computer sound so great in my entire life. He made me so jealous that I am going to hook up my rear Bose Speakers and get another two pair, one more set for the rear channel on my computer and another set to replace the rears on my home stereo!

All of the Creative line for sound cards is great. If you don't want to spend much, get the Sound Blaster Live card, if you want to spend a medium amount get the Audigy 1 ZS series, and if you want the best, then get the Platinum Ex card.

I can guarantee that none of them will disappoint.
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I am in the process of setting up my kick-ass Dell XPS Gen 5 system, which I configured with the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. I also ordered the Logitech Z-5500 500 watt 5.1 digital surround speakers (very kick-ass).

As others have mentioned in their reviews, the sound card does not come with the digital coax or digital optical cable; you must purchase this separately. Not a huge deal until you find out that a standard Toslink to Toslink digital optical cable won't work. The digital output on the sound card is a standard din connector/mini-plug. A standard digital coaxial cable won't work with the sound card either. You need a "converter" that can convert the digital coax cable connector or Toslink digital optical cable connector to the sound card's din connector.

In my case, the Logitech speakers have a control pod that has a Toslink connector for the optical cable, but I'm having a difficult time finding what I need on the Internet. Both the Creative and Logitech Websites aren't very clear on this. Since Dell installed the sound card for me, I don't have the manual so I don't know if the manual is a little more clear on this. The cables are out there; you have to search for them.

If you're going to use a coaxial cable, I've learned that you can use an RCA to 1/8" miniplug that the coax cable can connect to and then you can plug this into the sound card.

This sound card would have received a 5-star rating, but it's disturbing to me that Creative doesn't have the standard Toslink or coax connection directly on the sound card.

Another thing about this sound card: the default is typically analog, NOT digital. If this sound card came preinstalled in a system (mine is a Dell), the default is analog.
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