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Sound Blaster Z PCIe High Performance Sound Card
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z PCIe High Performance Sound Card Ultra

Whether you’re a gamer, an audiophile or both, boost your audio quality to the next level with this incredibly well-priced high-end sound card from Creative Labs.

Features

  1. Powered by Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor
  2. THX TruStudio Pro technologies
  3. CrystalVoice voice enhancement and clarity technology
  4. Dolby Digital Live encoding
  5. Compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10

Sound Blaster Z, part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster 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.

116dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio

A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is 35.4 times better than motherboard audio.

Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency

Enjoy reduced latency with Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) support with the Sound Blaster Zx. Hear your audio recordings come to life!

24-bit / 192kHz audio output

Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz.

Advanced entertainment audio

Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio today! With Sound Blaster Zx’s gold-plated connectors, speaker optimisation technology and digital content encoding capability, you can be assured of only the best digital audio possible.

SBX Pro Studio technologies

SBX Pro Studio sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets. Learn more about SBX Pro Studio technologies.

Crystal clear communication

In gaming, if you’re not communicating, you’re not winning. 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.

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 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.

High fidelity multi-channel surround

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.

Never unplug your headphones again

With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.


Reviews

  • AV Forums

    “The Sound Blaster Z represents an affordable step up on the majority of motherboard audio solutions, and it’s priced at a decent level to tempt out impulse purchasers. If you’ve left the fold of discreet audio cards, now might be the time to jump back in.”

  • Bit-tech

    “The Z’s high quality sound and massive range of audio processing features make it a natural choice and a brilliant all-rounder. It’s our new recommended sub-£80 sound card.”

SpecificationsSound Blaster Z
Audio TechnologySound Core3D
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)116dB
Connectivity Options (Main)Headphone: 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out:3 x 3.5mm jacks (Front, Rear, C/Sub)
Line / Mic In1 x 3.5mm jack
Optical Out1 x TOSLINK
Optical In1 x TOSLINK
Max Channel Output5.1 Channels
Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology, DTS Connect Encoding
Microphone Type Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser
BeamformingYes
Frequency Response 100Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity-37dB
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 10, 8, 7
Audio FidelityUp to 24-bit / 192kHz
Included AccessoriesSound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
ASIO2.0
PlatformPC - PCIe x1
Recommended UsageGaming and Home Entertainment
Warranty24 months
SpecificationsSound Blaster Z
Audio TechnologySound Core3D
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)116dB
Connectivity Options (Main)Headphone: 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out:3 x 3.5mm jacks (Front, Rear, C/Sub)
Line / Mic In1 x 3.5mm jack
Optical Out1 x TOSLINK
Optical In1 x TOSLINK
Max Channel Output5.1 Channels
Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology, DTS Connect Encoding
Microphone Type Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser
BeamformingYes
Frequency Response 100Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity-37dB
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 10, 8, 7
Audio FidelityUp to 24-bit / 192kHz
Included AccessoriesSound Blaster Beamforming Microphone
ASIO2.0
PlatformPC - PCIe x1
Recommended UsageGaming and Home Entertainment
Warranty24 months

Customer Reviews

Movie and Gaming

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Music - Good (Acoustic,Classic)

Movie - Very Good (Blu-ray, DVD)

Game - Excellent(Witcher 3,Fallout 4,Batman Arkham Night,Dying Light,Civilization Beyond Earth)

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