Sound Blaster Z
An ideal all-round audio and gaming solution
116dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio
Enjoy unparalleled audio fidelity from Sound Blaster Z. A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pristine audio which is 35.4 times better than motherboard audio.
Sound Blaster Beamforming 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.
600 Ohm Dedicated Headphone Amplifier
Supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600 ohm impedance. Hear every detail of your audio!
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.
Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency
Enjoy reduced latency as low as one millisecond with Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) support with the Sound Blaster Z. Hear your audio recordings come to life!
24-bit / 192kHz audio output
Stereo Direct lets you listen to your music pure and unprocessed at the amazing bit rate of 24-bit 192 kHz.
 
 

General

Audio Processor:Sound Core3D
Audio Resolution:24-Bit
Digital Audio Convertor (DAC):Cirrus Logic
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt):116dB
Maximum Playback Quality:5.1 : Up to 96kHz
Stereo Direct: Up to 192kHz
Frequency Response @96kHz:5.1 : Up to 96kHz
Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Rear Channel Out : 15Hz to 45kHz
Center Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
Headphone (33 ohms): 10Hz to 45kHz
Frequency Response @192kHz (Stereo Direct Only):Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz
16-bit to 24-bit Recording Sample Rates:8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 96 (kHz)
16-bit to 24-bit Playback Sample Rates:8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 96, 192 (kHz)
Maximum Recording Quality:Up to 24-bit/96kHz
I/O Ports (Main Card):Headphone : 1 x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out : 3 x 3.5mm jacks(F/R/C-Sub)
Line / Mic In : 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
600 Ohm Amplified Headphone Output:Maxim MAX97220A
Included Acesssories:Beamforming Microphone
 

Technology

Audio Enhancement:SBX Pro Studio
Surround™
Crystalizer™
Bass™
Smart Volume™
Dialog Plus™
CrystalVoice™
Noise Reduction
Smart Volume
Acoustic Echo Cancellation
FX
Focus
Speaker/Headphone Switch:Software Controlled
Dolby Digital Live:Encoding
DTS Connect:Encoding
Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-Channels:SBX Surround
DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via Cyberlink PowerDVD Download: via 3rd party software download
Scout Mode™:Yes
EAX:EAX 5.0 HD
Max.No. of 3D Voices:128
ASIO:ASIO 2.0 support at
16-bit/44.1kHz
16-bit/48kHz
24-bit/44.1kHz
24-bit/48kHz
24-bit/96kHz
with direct monitoring
 

Platform

Compatible With:PC - PCIe x1 Connection
 

Minimum Operating System

Windows/ OSX:Windows 7/ 8
AVForums Recommended Award
"Although a dedicated sound card could easily be regarded as an inessential purchase for most PC users these days, Creative are still showcasing some excellent work to make us think otherwise, and the pinnacle of that technology and functionality is embedded into the Sound Blaster Z range of cards. The hardware is well-designed and attractive, and the SBX Pro Studio software is finally at a point where it's a genuinely useful suite of tools with which to benefit your listening experience, rather than acting as a novelty."
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CPC Certified AWESOME Gold Award
"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."
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Vortez Silver Award
"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.."
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