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OEM - Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI Express Sound Card - £48.49 @ Scan

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Posted 25th Jul
An ideal all-around audio and gaming solution.
The Sound Blaster Z, part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster® PCI Express sound cards, is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs.

116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio
A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than motherboard audio.

SBX Pro Studio™ technologies
Experience awe-inspiring audio with the SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies that immerses you in your games and movies with amazing detail and a 360-degree true-to-life sound stage.

Crystal clear communication
In gaming, if you're not communicating, you're not winning. Experience crystal clear commmunication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice™ suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (CrystalVoice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you move near or further away from the microphone.

Sound Core3D audio processor
The quad-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor was 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.

Advanced home entertainment audio

Experience like never before the power of Sound Blaster audio with your home entertainment 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.

Features
High fidelity surround sound
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.

• 116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio.
• SBX Pro Studio™ technologies.
• Crystal clear communication.
• Advanced home entertainment audio.
• Sound Core3D audio processor.
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My Sound blaster card had a joystick port on it.
Loreki25/07/2019 19:20

Why though? I thought sound cards were unnecessary in most modern PCs.


Most boards also have on board graphics.
The difference is huge, especially if the optical is used as an output to a decent system.
Ah man this brings back memories. I remember getting a Sound Blaster Live! back in the day.

It was so cool, the software setup with the lightening effects was brilliant.
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Why though? I thought sound cards were unnecessary in most modern PCs.
Loreki25/07/2019 19:20

Why though? I thought sound cards were unnecessary in most modern PCs.


Most boards also have on board graphics.
My Sound blaster card had a joystick port on it.
Didn't know people still bought sound cards.
I was a tradionalist who held onto the sound card scene, but then again someone asked me about that new internet thing... said it'd never tek off
Loreki25/07/2019 19:20

Why though? I thought sound cards were unnecessary in most modern PCs.


Same reason people buy PCI network cards, etc. They're often better for one reason or another.
The difference is huge, especially if the optical is used as an output to a decent system.
Loreki25/07/2019 19:20

Why though? I thought sound cards were unnecessary in most modern PCs.


The difference is big, if you have a good ear and speakers.
Problem is that you'll never know until you try.
Maverick7725/07/2019 19:29

My Sound blaster card had a joystick port on it.


Now you're talking.....

You must remember the "click" sound when the 3DFX card kicked in from the 2D card, too.
Edited by: "Dealmessiah" 25th Jul
Don't buy Creative products. Scum company. Still can't forgive them for gutting Aureal and Ensoniq.

Either use on board audio, a USB DAC or get at least a semi pro audio interface by Focusrite. Or go big and go RME.
Dealmessiah25/07/2019 20:20

Now you're talking.....You must remember the "click" sound when the 3DFX … Now you're talking.....You must remember the "click" sound when the 3DFX card kicked in from the 2D card, too.


I'd forgotten all about that. I think it was a soundblaster 3 that I had.

38148751-BCMVd.jpgLooked a bit like this one.
Edited by: "Maverick77" 25th Jul
Ah man this brings back memories. I remember getting a Sound Blaster Live! back in the day.

It was so cool, the software setup with the lightening effects was brilliant.
On board sound is getting better and better but still not as good as having a dedicated card.

Although after owning this card I cant recommend it.
The SoundBlasterX is a far superior card and easily worth the extra money if you want a dedicated card.
On board audio has come a long way in the last decade or so. It used to be so poor that you had to buy a sound card to get half way reasonable audio. Nowadays on board is plenty good enough for most average users.
Who had the emu daughter board?
tapi25/07/2019 21:13

Who had the emu daughter board?


I had a spare 1mb SIMM on my 32
drtongue25/07/2019 19:22

Most boards also have on board graphics.


Server boards but not desktop boards unless you are referring to 10+ years ago!
Many CPUs do have integrated GPUs though.
Cannot believe people still buy these, high end now is Motherboard Optical out to a DAC/Amp. As for Laptop Solutions, get an Audioquest Dragonfly, tbh it's better than most Soundcards too.
tapi25/07/2019 21:13

Who had the emu daughter board?


Sold my Yamaha DB50XG daughter card just few months ago.
Maverick7725/07/2019 20:49

I'd forgotten all about that. I think it was a soundblaster 3 that I …I'd forgotten all about that. I think it was a soundblaster 3 that I had.[Image] Looked a bit like this one.


That's a 5.1 digital live. It's way too modern
Pretty sure my ASUS mobo has equal or superior performance to this card. This isn't 1995. If your mobo cost £250+ its likely yours has better audio aswell.
Maverick7725/07/2019 19:29

My Sound blaster card had a joystick port on it.


Yes, and I had hair back then as well.
ws00725/07/2019 21:57

Yes, and I had hair back then as well.


Same
martynpd25/07/2019 21:42

That's a 5.1 digital live. It's way too modern


It's the closest I can find with a "joystick" port. Looked for the actual one but there doesn't seem to be a picture that I can find.
IceGrenade25/07/2019 21:43

Pretty sure my ASUS mobo has equal or superior performance to this card. …Pretty sure my ASUS mobo has equal or superior performance to this card. This isn't 1995. If your mobo cost £250+ its likely yours has better audio aswell.


Have it, very happy with the motherboard, but sound-wise - no it doesn't.
Soundblaster still sounds better.
I'm walking away from my still perfectly OK X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty and giving powered USB speakers a go. Audioengine 2+, impressed so far.

I can't remember my first sound card, but I do remember buying an original Voodoo graphics.
Cold, not a Gravis Ultrasound.
I got this cheap from when Maplin Electronics closed last year, it's a decent card
cmahey25/07/2019 20:01

The difference is huge, especially if the optical is used as an output to …The difference is huge, especially if the optical is used as an output to a decent system.


How is the sound card's optical out better than the motherboard's optical out?
Ricky30225/07/2019 22:49

How is the sound card's optical out better than the motherboard's optical …How is the sound card's optical out better than the motherboard's optical out?


I don't know the technical differences, I just know it sounds better!

I assume better grade components etc. Motherboard audio is an add on that they provide, not a standalone product. Think standard car stereo vs aftermarket stereo in terms of sound quality and functionality.
cmahey25/07/2019 22:52

I don't know the technical differences, I just know it sounds better!I …I don't know the technical differences, I just know it sounds better!I assume better grade components etc. Motherboard audio is an add on that they provide, not a standalone product. Think standard car stereo vs aftermarket stereo in terms of sound quality and functionality.


It's a digital signal, there is no difference.
I had this card and honestly if you're using run of the mill headphones (I have sennheiser g4me zeros) then you won't notice a difference between this and decent onboard sound. The onboard sound on my z170 board is just as suitable as this and the RGB version they do (which I also had). Not worth it at this price.
I used a Soundblaster Live! 7.1 PCI card from an old PC on my Z270 motherboard. I could tell the difference in audio. Usual tunes had extra audio bits that I didn't know even existed. It was truly an eye-opener for me.
Higher end boards usually have better than average on board audio to the point a sound card isn't that useful. For example better Gigabyte and MSI boards already have Creative hardware and software.

Lower end boards with cheaper codecs you might notice a little improvement but the reality is on board audio is very good these days. We reached a point where you only need so much performance from a sound processor to push your certified Dolby, and reaching that level is pretty cheap for board manufacturers.
How is the sound output quality from this compared to a hdmi pass through sound quality?
Dealmessiah25/07/2019 20:20

Now you're talking.....You must remember the "click" sound when the 3DFX …Now you're talking.....You must remember the "click" sound when the 3DFX card kicked in from the 2D card, too.



.....Then the 3DFX logo appeared....those were they days
Maverick7725/07/2019 20:49

I'd forgotten all about that. I think it was a soundblaster 3 that I …I'd forgotten all about that. I think it was a soundblaster 3 that I had.[Image] Looked a bit like this one.


Oh gosh, now we are getting somewhere.

I had a SB16, which was probably the best, most malleable card I owned.

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do these have instrument samples on board,
or do you need to down samples online.
playing music via a midi player is good fun
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