Creative Sound Blaster Z Series

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by IanM, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. IanM

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    Creative website product pages:Press release: Creative Introduces the Sound Blaster Z Series

    interesting, new sound cards at higher end price points, but:
    ...possibly limited performance in the same way the Recon3D is limited due to the Core3D chip?

    Download Driver:
    http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/creative-sound-blaster-z-series-driver-download.html
     
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  2. GenClaymore

    GenClaymore Ancient Guru

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    The ZxR looks to be a Titanium HD replacement since it audiophile components on it as well replaceable op-amps.This time around a in-graded headphone amp. As well 5.1 analog and includes the addon board. So thats where the addon board went to, that was suppose to come out for the titanium HD. But never did.

    While the Zx doesn't have replaceable op-amps but a in-graded amp still.
     
  3. Mufflore

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    It does look good, hopefully they have used a quality DAC for music fans.
     
  4. GenClaymore

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    Yea it seem like they did on there $249 dollar model.I wonder if that daughter card that comes with the $249 model comparability with the Titanium HD's Daughter card pins.
     

  5. ESlik

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    Hmmm. Another sound card. I gotta stop thinking what I'm thinking.
     
  6. Mufflore

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    If it handily beats my Preludes quality I'll probably get one (after waiting to see how other mfrs retaliate :)).
     
  7. Anarion

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    Event the cheapest Z has 120dB SNR and headphone amp. That's really great for $99 card. But do they have ASIO support, that's the question.
     
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  8. Meocene

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    there's always wasapi exc'.

    wonder what that means, and if it has anything to do with dts ma etc?
     
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  9. Anarion

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    Not good enough, ASIO out has many advantages over it.
     
  10. -Tj-

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    Yes im wondering this too, and openAL is it HW or same like by std. recon3d?


    I was looking for some comparison chart like X-FI vs Recon3d, but can't find anything..


    EDIT: found some photos
    http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,1...dkarten/Sound/News/bildergalerie/?iid=1976571
     
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  11. Meocene

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    there is a chart somewhere - someone posted it in this forum.
     
  12. zimzoid

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    mmm wondering if one of these would be a worthy upgrade for my X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional pcie card, the only component i haven't upgraded for a few years.
     
  13. sykozis

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    Being that these cards use the Sound Core3D audio processor, I wouldn't expect them to support ASIO if the Recon3D doesn't....
     
  14. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    What does it have over Wasapi exclusive mode?
     
  15. ---TK---

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    Sry Creative just went Asus.
     

  16. GenClaymore

    GenClaymore Ancient Guru

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    Same creative, I just went to a External Dac amp and not coming back to sound cards.
     
  17. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Me too, the Minimax plus DAC is wicked.
    But I need a better 5.1 analogue DAC for movies cos the Minimax puts my Prelude to shame for sheer clarity and am too used to it now.
    So I'll probably get the Kawasaki ZxR

    :p
     
  18. -Tj-

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    ASIO is better by Audio production software because of lower latency.


    Idk if Wasapi is capable of 2ms @ 24/96 without sound dropouts.
     
  19. Mufflore

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    I havent tested latency as I only need it for music playback.
    Its perfect for that.

    Its worth checking the latency, modern CPUs may be fast enough.
     
  20. uVSthem

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    Will these card support blu-ray audio decoding? I need my 7.1 lossless TrueHD and DTS-MA. Hell, gimmie DVD-Audio playback while you're at it. It's why I never upgraded from my Audigy ZS.
     

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