Creative Technology Ltd recently announced its new ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster PCI-Express sound cards. Creative is currently previewing the cards at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Each new sound card offers the Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor, which is designed to work in perfect harmony with Creative’s SBX Pro Studio technology and deliver acoustic echo cancellation, voice focus and noise reduction, for clear online voice communications.
Low Long Chye, Director of Product Marketing for Audio, had this to say about the series:
“The audio landscape for gaming and entertainment on the PC has changed. As content creation and consumption evolves with the interactivity of the Internet, our vision is to enable the best listening experiences for music, video and games, and to transcend the basic concept of sound quality as a specification with enabling technologies that allow users to completely customize their PC audio. For audio playback, we use studio-grade components to deliver outstanding fidelity, and then greatly enhance the listening experience by implementing our SBX Pro Studio™ suite of audio technologies. This enables complete customization of audio playback, uniquely catered to suit individual tastes. Our mixture of outstanding components and proprietary technologies also enables us to provide the highest quality recording experience for audio creation, which today expands beyond just music recording to include user interaction and creation with YouTube, eSports, and more.”
Designed to provide the best gaming and entertainment audio performance in any sound card, the Sound Blaster ZxR will retail for $249.99. It delivers the ultimate audio playback and creation solution for the PC. Studio-grade components, which include external digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that deliver 127dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), sockets for swappable Op-Amps, a high-end 80mW into 600 ohm headphone amplifier, and 192kHz pass through, are used to deliver audio quality.
The Sound Blaster ZxR has multiple connections including a proprietary connector to the DBpro, a daughter board that offers optical output for outstanding playback; and professional-grade 123dB analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical input for outstanding recording quality. It also has an external control module that features a built-in microphone.
The Sound Blaster Zx incorporates all the hardware and software features of the Sound Blaster ZxR except for the DBpro daughter board and will retail for $149.99.
Sound Blaster Z , the High-Performance Gaming and Entertainment card, is the same thing as the Sound Blazter Zx except that it doesn’t feature the built-in microphone. Instead it comes standard with an external microphone. It will retail for $119.99.