Creative Labs SoundBlaster ZXR gets tested and reviewed

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  1. CrazY_Milojko

    CrazY_Milojko Ancient Guru

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    I'm not audiophile, my last non-onboard audio card was Creative Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital (SB0220) and I was more than happy with it, still have it and it still works like a charm in one older computer with WinXP. Now I'm quite happy with integrated audio solutions mainly because I don't have/care for hi-end Hi-Fi audio sistems anymore. But to pay 250$ and get only 1 year limited warranty for something that supposed to be HiTech audio card? No way, at least 3 years of warrany is right measure for that price, for my old SB0220 it was 5 years od warranty and back then that card was just a lower-middle class audio. No thanks Creative, for less money I'll buy some comparable audio solution from Asus with 2 to 3 years of warranty even here in Serbia.
     
  2. Neo Cyrus

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    Typically long warranty on a sound card isn't crucial as it doesn't have such strain on it as a video card does. The only one I ever had die was killed by an OCZ power supply that was dying and at the time it was probably around 5 years old (X-Fi Xtreme Music).
     
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    Did you own an Asus Xonar Essence?
     
  4. BarryB

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    Well isn't 'Creative' an interesting name for a company considering they've done nothing 'creative' for chuffin years!!
     

  5. ---TK---

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    Sure they have look at the line of z series sound cards.
     
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    ??? Elaborate pls?
     
  7. BarryB

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    Just personal opinion, they don't seem to make anything reliable. Just look at some customer reviews on newegg mentioning they run hot, has bad ASIO support, going faulty after a few weeks. It's just so reminiscent of experiences I had years ago with their cards and why I don't use them any more.

    Granted some of those reviews were really positive, but to me not everyone was happy with the card after buying it. It seems Creative just stumble from product to product hoping to get it right eventually.
     
  8. TheDeeGee

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    Still wondering if i should get it.

    Price went down even further... 169 Euros now.
     
  9. harkinsteven

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    Where do you see it for that price?
     
  10. TheDeeGee

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    Shop here in Holland called Azerty Hardware.
     

  11. Keitosha

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    Yeah, saw that one as well. Thinking about getting the ZxR, replacing my Z (will use that in another system). For that price it is too tempting.
     
  12. TheDeeGee

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    167 Euros now...

    Costs me 161 Euros now Incl. Shipping. I had 13 Euros of points to spend aswell ^^

    Money well spend i hope, since it will last 5+ Years.
     
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    Yes you can if you have the space. The second card isn't a Pci express card or anything its just a daughter card that plugs into the main card with the ribbon cable, and screws into the case. I think that putting the daughter card above the main card and under the GPU helps shield against the EMI from the GPU since there is no extra noise whats so ever. My Asus d2x was terrible about EMI from even the slightest movement of the mouse. This thing sounds amazing and can even push my hifiman HE500s to uncomfortable sound levels. It makes my asus sound uninteresting and boring.
     
  14. TheDeeGee

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    Just got mine installed coming from Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro.

    What a difference it makes for a Headphone user, everything is MUCH MUCH more alive. The Surround generated for Headphones is of such high quality. Money well spend :)

    I'm using AKG K601 Headphones.
     
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    Glad you like it. The Z series are awesome cards. I went from Titanium regular -> Z. Loved it the first moment as well.
     

  16. TheDeeGee

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    My ZxR seems to be having some strange noise when booting, rebooting and shutting down the PC.

    There is a clicking noise everytime Windows passes the Welcome Screen.

    It's pretty much the same sound when you shut down the PC and the PSU shuts off, you also hear a click. But it doesn't come from the PSU, cuz when i take the ZxR out it's not happening.

    I thought about shorting so i also put plastic washers between the cover of the ZxR, but that didn't seem to help.

    Apart from that it's working just fine...

    Anyone know if this is normal?
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2013
  17. Ryu5uzaku

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    Seems like my next card will be again creative. Been loving Auzentech but oh this looks really nice :p

    Really good review too.
     
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    I can't complain, still using a 10 year old Audigy 2 and 7.1 speaker set from Creative....

    Never been impressed with their drivers though.
     
  19. TheDeeGee

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    Been answered already in another post.

    It's the headphone amplifier.
     
  20. Neo Cyrus

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    Has it been explained how it it's clicking? Mine of course does the same thing.
     

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