Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe Sound Card Review
A New Standard
It’s only been about a year since we reviewed Creative’s Sound Blaster Recon 3D soundcard and they’re back again with a new line of products, the Sound Blaster Z series. Today we’ll be reviewing the Sound Blaster Z, which is the entry level soundcard in the Sound Blaster Z series of soundcards. While the Sound Blaster Z will be available for purchase starting now, Creative also has the Sound Blaster ZX and the Sound Blaster ZXR coming, both of which I’m told should be available for purchase in Q1 2013.
Despite the Sound Blaster Z being the entry level Sound Blaster Z series soundcard, the Sound Blaster Z is still a very high end product with features such as a SNR of 116dB, a 600 ohm headphone amp, 24 bit resolution, 192kHz sample rate, and of course, Creative’s Sound Core 3D audio processor.
Is Creative’s latest and greatest worth the money? Let’s find out!
Sound Blaster Z Specifications
|Output Level (Full Scale)|
|Maximum DAC Resolution|
|SNR (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt), @ 24-bit, 96kHz|
|Frequency Response @ 96kHz|
|Frequency Response @ 192kHz(Stereo only)|
|Supported Output||Stereo/2.1 Speakers|
|Headphone||1 x Amplified 1/8″ mini jack|
|Speaker Out||3 x 1/8″ mini jacks|
|Line In / Microphone In||Shared 1/8″ mini jack|