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.
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is over 35.4 times better than motherboard audio.
Enjoy reduced latency with Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) support with the Sound Blaster Z. Hear your audio recordings come to life!
Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz.
Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio 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.
SBX Pro Studio™ sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.
In games, the Sound Blaster Z was able to provide clear and crisp sounding audio to a variety of different games tested. Audio imaging was very good, which helped when trying to find the location of different enemies.
Certified Awesome Award; Gold
Sound Blaster Z
Music was much more enjoyable when using a high fidelity sound card, each sound, is reproduced accurately and concisely allowing for audible differentiation of instrumental timbre.
Sound Blaster Z
In terms of music, hooking up the Soundblaster Z to my Onkyo amp and B&W speakers produced a deep and clear soundstage that was definitely step up on the audio that I usually pump through an Nvidia HDMI connection to the same device.
Sound Blaster Z
Impressed!...sound reproduction is way better than on-board
The sound card itself is worth buying. It requires some time to set up correctly, but then it just works flawlessly. I've had some problems with Flash Player's sounds, but those have been mystically fixed (probably by re-setting the sampling frequency to 96kHz and bit depth to 24-bit). There's a very little fault, though: When Windows 7 starts up, the startup sound just breaks. I'm using an SSD drive, so it may be too fast for the driver to load. The software's 'Advanced Features' tab should contain boxes for sampling frequency and bit depth, and what I really miss is the software's resizability. The 'Equalizer' tab's DropDown list should be editable by hand, and it should allow at least 64 characters, because I often create profiles optimized for specific applications _and_ sound devices: for example, I'm not able to write 'Pioneer Steez Dubstep (Flash Player)'. The support and the delivery speed (free - 4 days) was just great, it deserves more than just 5 stars!
Like all the other Sound blaster cards that I have bought over the years, it works. My 5.1 surround speakers sound absolutely fantastic.
Intel® Core 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended.
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft® Windows® 10 (32/64-bit); Windows 8 (32/64-bit); Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCI Express® (x1, x4 or x16) slot
Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive