Sound Blaster Z Drivers

The Sound Blaster Z-Series was announced in August 2012 and includes the PCI Express x1 cards, Z, Zx and ZxR which use the same Sound Core3D chip as the previous Sound Blaster Recon3D series. The Z-Series improved sound quality over the Recon3D series by including more dedicated audio hardware such as Op-Amps, DACs, and ADCs.

  • The Sound Blaster Z is the baseline card of the series. Some of its main features are Cirrus Logic 116 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) digital-to-analog converters (DACs), a dedicated headphone jack with 600 ohm amplifier, and is bundled with a Beamforming Microphone that captures sound in a specific direction. You can switch between listening with headphones and desktop speakers in the Sound Blaster Z Control Panel. This card has a red color theme with a red LED light on the board. In addition to the red model, there is an OEM version that lacks the LED light, metal shielding and bundled microphone.
  • The Sound Blaster Zx is identical to the Z, but replaces the bundled microphone with an external Audio Control Module (ACM) which is basically an extension cord for your headphones. The ACM contains both 1/4" and 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, a potentiometer headphone volume knob, and a built-in dual-microphone Beamforming array. The ACM uses a red color theme that matches the card.
  • The Sound Blaster ZxR is the top of line sound card of the series and uses an entirely different card from the Z and Zx. Some of its features include TI Burr-Brown 124 dB SNR DACs, two swappable op-amps, a 600ohm 80 mW TI TPA6120 headphone amplifier, and 192 kHz stereo pass through. The Sound Blaster ZxR comes with a daughter board which provides optical S/PDIF input and output, and two RCA inputs that feature a TI Burr-Brown 123 dB SNR analog-to-digital converter (ADC); it has its own Sound Core3D processor and takes up a second expansion slot in the computer if installed. The ZxR can record up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The ACM and two boards (main and daughter) have a black color scheme with no LED lighting.
Basic Specs:


Audio Technology

  • Sound Core3D

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)

  • 116 dB

Platform

  • PC - PCI-e x1


Speaker Out:

  • 3 x 3.5 mm jacks (Front, Rear, C/Sub)

Optical Out:

  • 1 x TOSLINK

Optical In:

1 x TOSLINK
Headphone:

1 x Amplified 3.5 mm jack
Line / Mic In:

1 x 3.5 mm jack


Max Channel Output

  • 5.1 Channels

Audio Technologies

  • SBX Pro Studio
  • CrystalVoice
  • Scout Mode
  • DTS Connect Encoding
  • Dolby Digital Technology

Microphone

  • Beamforming: Yes
  • Microphone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 100Hz to 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -37dB


Audio Fidelity

  • Up to 24-bit / 192 kHz

Included Accessories

  • Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone

ASIO

  • ASIO 2.0
Connecting the Sound Blaster Z to a sound system

Sound Blaster ZxRSB1510(main card) + SB1510A(daughterboard)

Sound Blaster ZxSB1506

Sound Blaster Z (bulk/online)SB1502

Sound Blaster Z SB1500

 

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