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Creative Labs, Sound Blaster EVO ZX Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset With NFC, 40MM Audio Drivers, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound With Integrated Microphone And Carrying Case GH0280
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- SB-Axx1 audio processor
- Crystal Voice Focus Dual Noise Cancelling Microphones
- SBX Surround 3D Cinematic Audio
- FullSpectrum 40mm Speakers
- SBX BassHigh Impact Explosive Sound
- VERY POWERFUL:Get ready to unleash the full power and clarity of your audio.Sound Blaster EVO Zx's FullSpectrum™ 40mm audio drivers are capable of reproducing the full audible range of the audio spectrum, so you won't miss a beat.
- HEAR IT, JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT: Like your music punchy? More bass? Or want more immersive SURROUND SOUND effects from your movies? Make these real-time playback adjustments by simply changing your audio settings with the SOUND BLASTER CENTRAL APP, and then hear your audio come to life.
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This item Creative Labs, Sound Blaster EVO ZX Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset With NFC, 40MM Audio Drivers, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound With Integrated Microphone And Carrying Case GH0280
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|Color||Black/Red||Black / Brushed aluminum||Scout Brown and Gold||White|
|Headphone Fit||On-Ear||Over-Ear, Active noise cancelling headphones, Over ear headphones for travel, Bluetooth headphones, Wireless headphones, Headphones with microphone, Circumaural earphone, wireless headphones for tv, TV Headphones with aptX||Supraaural||On-Ear|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 9.33 x 9.53 in||6.7 x 8.8 x 2.9 in||3.74 x 8.07 x 9.65 in||2.5 x 7 x 8.2 in|
|Item Weight||1.69 lbs||0.56 lb||0.53 lb||7.04 ounces|
|Additional Features||stereo;handsfree;microphone||Active Noise cancelling headphones, apt-X Lossless Sound, High-Fidelity, Comfortable Over-ear Fit, 3.5mm detachable AUX cable, wireless and wired mode, volume-control, iOS/Android phone control, Foldable and Portable||universal-phone-control||foldable, ios-phone-control, volume-control|
Thanks to the built-in SB-Axx1 audio processor of the Sound Blaster EVO Zx headset, you get vastly improved audio delivered to your ears in real-time. Be amazed by what you hear, even if it's from the most compressed sources. High-fidelity Audio Streaming With the headset supporting aptX and AAC technologies, you're assured that the audio content transmitted over Bluetooth is crystal clear. Enjoy Your Headset Even More With the Sound Blaster EVO Zx, you can even experience cinematic, virtual 7.1 surround sound when you connect the headset to your PC!* *Connect your EVO headset via USB to your PC and install Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel to enjoy virtual 7.1 surround sound. Virtual surround sound is supported for Mac. HD Voice Enjoy improved audio clarity for your voice calls through your mobile phone or VoIP service as Sound Blaster EVO Zx supports wideband Bluetooth technology, which enables more details of the voice data to be transmitted. * HD Voice functionality is dependent on the mobile device and service operator. Voice Commands, Now More Accurate Remember the occasions when you tried in vain to instruct some voice-activated application to perform a task? With high-quality voice pickup and all the voice technologies packed into your headset, your commands can be transmitted accurately all the time. Love to Chat? Use Sound Blaster EVO Zx as a VoIP headset while connected to your PC or Mac. Tap and Play, Easy! Simply tap your Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled device on the headset for easy, one-touch Bluetooth pairing. Sound Blaster EVO Zx supports up to two Bluetooth connections simultaneously, which is great if you're watching a movie on your tablet but wish to instantly switch to answer a call from another paired smart device Connect in More Ways than On Use the included analog cable for direct connection to your portable media player, or swap it with your own cable of a different length.
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⁽ⁿ⁰⁾ See NOTE ON FIT near the bottom of the review. I see it more as a hybrid supra /circumaural.
⁽ⁿ¹⁾ Connect it anywhere wired via an analog cable (3.5mm), to a PC using USB, or wirelessly to any device that have Bluetooth; it even has an option to pair using NFC.
UPDATE: I just discovered that this headset can connect to multiple devices simultaneously. In my case, I tried connecting both through USB (Computer) AND Bluetooth (ANDROID). I am not saying that this is fully supported, but it works. And I LOVE it. Adding one star for that.
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Choose ONE: this OR that. Choose wireless OR wired, analog OR digital, PC or mobile. This is what headphones manufacturers tell us. Could it not be, "choose ALL"? I want wired AND wireless, analog AND digital, PC AND mobile. Well, Creative has the answer to that: the Sound Blaster EVO series.
And so, I bought the Sound Blaster EVO Zx.
WHAT I LIKE │ + │
+ As mentioned, tons of connection option: 3.5mm 4-conductor TRRS analog cable (stereo plus mic), Bluetooth (through NFC or classic pairing), or USB for simultaneous audio and charging.
+ On-board Sound Blaster Axx is decent.
+ On-board memory! Save your profiles in the headphones and use it wherever you connect it to.
+ It has 3 profiles: music, movies, gaming.
+ Foldable design for easy storage (compared to the ZxR's non-foldable design).
+ Scroll wheel for volume controls. FINALLY!
+ Even with its awkward fit, it is still comfortable.
+ The design actually looks great in person. It looks cheaper in the pictures.
+ Modular design. Because this is wireless, the cables are removable AND replaceable. Cables break more often than people think, and being able to replace it with any generic cables is just wonderful. I can even replace it with better or superior cables, like longer or shorter ones, and even braided or flat types.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE │ × │
× The microphone and "CrystalVoice" enhancement are OK at best.
× Awkward fit. May or may not put pressure on your ears.
× They left out the splitter cable and power adapter available for the ZxR.
× For its intended price point, the cables should have been braided, or cloth jacketed.
PACKAGE │ ✓ ✗ │
✓ Sound Blaster Evo ZxR
✓ Carrying pouch
✓ USB 2.0 Cable (A Male to Micro B) = 1.8m (5.91ft)
✓ 3.5mm audio cable - TRRS, 4 pole jack (L,R, Mic, Ground) = 1.2m (3.94ft)
✓ Instructions and warranty. That is all.
✗ No audio splitter adapter (4 pole plug to Stereo AND Microphone plugs).
✗ No USB power adapter, for those who want one.
WHY NOT SOUND BLASTER EVO ZxR?
→ The price - cheapest you can find is $250. MSRP is $300.
→ There is a very bad design flaw that makes it break very easily (read the product's reviews).
→ The only "real" addition is the bigger 50mm driver.
→ Noise cancellation and pass-through are only useful for the ZxR's full circumaural (around ear) style.
WHY NOT THE AURVANA SERIES?
→ There is NO Sound Blaster, obviously.
→ More importantly, there is no support for microphone passive mode through the analog cable. For some reason, Creative chose to ditch the feature to use it as an analog headset. What this means is that it does not support TRRS 4-pole plugs (stereo plus microphone) which are commonly found in mobile devices. Thus, it could not also be split into a separate stereo and microphone cables (for PC, usually).
If you are looking for a gaming headset to be used purely on a desktop, I suggest you buy the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset. You'll get a dedicated, external USB sound card with that, which you can also hook to a speaker (or another headset, like in my trial, my new EVO Zx).
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The following portion answers many potential questions. If you do not need explanation of how it works, skip to the bottom of review (to the VERDICT).
A NOTE ON THE SOUND BLASTER
It is a misconception that the EVO Zx/ZxR have an on board Core3D processor (particularly, a Z-series, because of its name). What it has is an Axx1 processor usually found on the Axx Series of speakers. This processor powers the SBX Pro. SBX Pro is the "enhancer" of sound, like a collection of software that runs on Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS.
Think of it like this...
Loudspeaker ↔ Axx ↔ USB/Bluetooth ↔ SBX Pro ↔ Source (Win/Mac/Android/iOS)
And if you are using analog connection (no power):
Loudspeaker ↔ Analog cable ← Source (phone/tablet/PC/sound card/etc.)
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⁽ⁿ¹⁾ EXPLANATION OF CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
ANALOG CABLE (3.5mm). Connecting it via cable offers the lowest quality out of the box, because there is no software enhancement (SBX Pro). This is however, important. Any audiophile will tell you that nothing beats a dedicated, full-sized sound card. Dedicated sound cards universally accepts analog signal - usually through a separate microphone and stereo cable (in such case, a splitter should be used). But even though you do not have a dedicated sound card, this is still useful as ordinary but quality headphones, in case the battery runs out. This does not consume power, and thus, SBX Pro is not used.
USB. Connecting it to USB offers the best quality out of the box. Theoretical Bluetooth lag is absent. It also charges the device at the same time. It can only be connected to a PC/Mac if USB is used. This mode uses power which makes SBX Pro enhancements possible (because it powers the Axx processor).
BLUETOOTH: Connecting it via Bluetooth offers the best compatibility. PC, Mac, and other mobile devices accept Bluetooth connection. The same could be same for the analog cable. However, one advantage of Bluetooth is that it is powered through the battery, and transmits digital signal. This means it could be used to utilize the SBX Pro software and Axx processor.
NFC: Technically, NFC is not a connection method. It is used to INITIALIZE connection to Bluetooth. You can just use NFC instead of digging through menus trying to pair to a Bluetooth device. This is only useful if your device has NFC (most Android devices have it), or if you use an NFC tranceiver.
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⁽ⁿ⁰⁾ A NOTE ON THE FIT
Technically, these are supra-aural (on-ear) headphones. It rests on the top of your upper ear and your earlobes. I have average-sized ears. If you have a smaller ear, you might be able to fit this in, as a full circumaural (around-the ear) headphones. The front and rear part of the ear cups while worn, rests on my head, not my ears. Even the half top of the ear cups do, OR I could put the upper part of my ear in, and it rests only on my earlobe, which makes it somewhat a hybrid. I think Creative intended this to be circumaural, but I can't fully put my ears inside. Regardless, it feels light and comfortable.
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VERDICT: I highly recommend this product IF and ONLY IF you can get it cheap.
★★★★☆ | 4 stars out of 5. I have researched this product before purchasing, so I know what I was getting. I cannot give it 5 stars simply because its MSRP is too expensive. Another reason is that it is somewhat struggling with identity crisis (supra vs circumaural). I would have given it 3 stars, but the addition of the on-board memory surprised me quire pleasantly.
UPDATE: Added one star because I can actually use this simultaneously on my tablet AND Windows PC.
NEW VERDICT: ★★★★★ | 5 stars out of 5. Because reasons! :)
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This review is for the Sound Blaster EVO Zx.
These are not for the audiophile, but are a bargain once you know how to tweak them. The built in audio processor is what set them apart from the rest and is unique. Virtual surround is what I always feel is a gimmick with any brand, but can be a little useful when playing games. Creative has done a good job with these, though they could have done a little better when compared to their Aurvana brand,especially when the prices are somewhat equal. But since I bought them on sale, I can't complain.
If you buy them, don't complain about what they are not. Get them because of the versatility of the headphones. All in all, I like them as they go with me when I'm on the go, and the compliments I get as far as styling and sound. If Creative were to give these better audio drivers with a wider frequency range, then they would be on to something. There is the Evo ZXR with larger diameter drivers, the same frequency range (20-20,000 Hz),talk through mode, and ANC (Active Noise Cancelling), but I do not see paying $100 more for 3 so called extras. For the average person, I believe that the Evo Zx will be more than enough.
P.S. When connected to Bluetooth to the computer, the control panel software will not recognize the headphones. You must connect using usb in order to manage the headphones. If you have an Iphone or Android device, there is an app that can be downloaded to manage the EVO Zx/Zxr via Bluetooth. Wish Creative would create a WP8 app as I have a windows phone. But nonetheless, once I program the headphones to my liking, they sound very good.(Be sure to update the firmware on these. It will resolve some issues about sound and bluetooth connections as some reviewers have complained about.)
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