Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card £44.99 @ Maplin (C&C Only)
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Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card £44.99 @ Maplin (C&C Only)

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Found 27th MarEdited by:"Majnu"
Creative Sound Blaster PCIe soundcard.
Price on Amazon is £73.56 but has historically been cheaper at £44.99 too April last year according to Camelizer.
Unless Amazon price match this is a good deal for click and collect if there is one at a store near you.
maplin.co.uk/p/c…1nw

Edit now even cheaper at £37.49
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Maevoric1 h, 10 m ago

Until it breaks as it's made using the cheapest chipset


Never had one break , have you ?
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A very good soundcard with built in microphone (keep in mind the mike isnt great) but the soundcard on its own is tip top.
i didn't know they still made separate sound-cards. Its been years since I have fitted one.
iand12312 m ago

i didn't know they still made separate sound-cards. Its been years since …i didn't know they still made separate sound-cards. Its been years since I have fitted one.


Same here, the motherboard's on board sound is acceptable now a days.
iand12317 m ago

i didn't know they still made separate sound-cards. Its been years since …i didn't know they still made separate sound-cards. Its been years since I have fitted one.


This model has been around for a good while I bought it mainly for xbox game audio as has a input and output jack for digital audio (although it converts it to stereo in Windows) Meant I could use my usb headphones through PC.
yorkie122 h, 4 m ago

Same here, the motherboard's on board sound is acceptable now a days.


Until it breaks as it's made using the cheapest chipset
Maevoric1 h, 10 m ago

Until it breaks as it's made using the cheapest chipset


Never had one break , have you ?
Great soundcard but mine has a problem where randomly it likes to grab noise from my PC and play them as well as my voice.
Difference between this and the Asus dgx?
I haven't fitted a sound card since an original Audigy, must be 15 years ago!
Worth an upgrade from the Asus Xonar DGX? I have high impedance headphones and use optical out for speakers. Asus software is terrible, even with the unified driver a 3rd party made.
yorkie125 h, 16 m ago

Same here, the motherboard's on board sound is acceptable now a days.


As you said its only acceptable.

Whereas this one is awesome. Try a THX speaker set or even a Logitech speaker set with your onboard and then with this sound card and then come back to this thread
yorkie122 h, 9 m ago

Never had one break , have you ?


I have. Its silly auto-sensing socket was its downfall. It stopped detecting when it had connectors plugged into it, and because it was one of those stupid 'smart' connectors, this meant that it would no longer allow me to output an audio signal through it. Ended up getting a full refund on a board days away from the end of its warranty though, so it was alright.
A pretty damn pointless card these days, if you own a board from anywhere in the last 2 years at least, onboard sound is ridiculously good, especially if you didn't cheap out on the motherboard (and if you did, the additional cost of one of these is likely going to put you in the same price range as a motherboard with equivalent sound). Good if you have a potato of a CPU I guess
yorkie124 h, 29 m ago

Never had one break , have you ?


Haha, you've been lucky then I take it. I just had my main rig die in terms of onboard sound, just a few pops and whistles then nothing, similar to what @dxx had, jack detection died.

I ordered a Asus xonar DX which sounds better then onboard, I just wish the onboard sound didn't take the Logitech speakers with it, one has blown so I'm back to mono lol
Ian20142 h, 12 m ago

Then get one of these at £3-99: …Then get one of these at £3-99: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-1USB-to-3-5mm-mic-headphone-Jack-Stereo-Headset-3D-Sound-Card-Audio-Adapter-PC/282700049926


Thanks, I actually had one of those laying around which i used until I got a pcie sound card (USB ports are a premium on my setup where's I've got two spare pcie ports)
Maevoric50 m ago

Haha, you've been lucky then I take it. I just had my main rig die in …Haha, you've been lucky then I take it. I just had my main rig die in terms of onboard sound, just a few pops and whistles then nothing, similar to what @dxx had, jack detection died.I ordered a Asus xonar DX which sounds better then onboard, I just wish the onboard sound didn't take the Logitech speakers with it, one has blown so I'm back to mono lol


Yeah all my PC's just got slow and out dated, although they had a few tweaks to keep them going. Back in the day, before on board sound, I did have a good old Sound Blaster and Logitech surround sound speakers. The speakers only went last year. I mainly just do a bit of surfing now so don't need 'owt' sophisticated. Now the front room telly, that's a different matter! Got Dolby 7.1
Edited by: "yorkie12" 27th Mar
Onboard sound is just as good, put money towards so better headphones
Seperate sound card is just a waste of money these days. Spend the money on some decent speakers instead.
I used to love Creative Technology (CT) stuff and had the latest audio cards in my machines.. and they were awesome.. until Vista... and no Driver support for my cards..but then "Daniel_K" came to the rescue and modded the drivers (rightly or wrongly - he admits) and CT threatened him.

I have never bought a CT card since .. ASUS all the way now.
Edited by: "kinell" 28th Mar
Anyone that claims onboard is just as good are completely clueless. Maybe in ultra high end model but not a standard mobo. Until you have listened to both at the same time then you cannot make that claim.
I'm still using an Asus Xonar D2X.
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Price further reduced to £37.49 yesterday. My local had 1 in stock, went in at 9am and all gone.
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