The audio processing chip used within the Creative Evo Zx headphones is the SB-Axx1. This is the same chip that was used in the Creative Sound BlasterAxx family of speakers previously. Essentially, it's a multi-core voice and audio effects processor and is mainly tasked with the job of delivering quality audio. Much of its capabilities are realized via the the host of audio features that are made available as part of the Sound Blaster Evo Control Panel. Basic aspects such as bass, treble and surround sound adjustments can be easily controlled via the program, but the control panel's functionality is much more comprehensive than just that.
Integral to the Sound Blaster Evo Control Panel are the SBX Studio Pro Technologies available under the SBX Profile. Three preset profiles in the shape of Music, Movies and Gaming can be found. Each profile offers different levels for "Surround", "Crystalizer" and "Bass" effects. You can have a look at the settings for the profiles in the screenshots below.
Users can also tweak the profiles according to their own preferences. In addition, each profile comes with a fully customizable Equalizer as well. Equalizer presets such as Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock and much more are also present.
Other features include Smart Volume and Smart Dialog, which are options you expect to find more commonly on sound bars. Smart Volume allows for choosing between “Normal”, “Loud” and “Night” modes. However, why you would need a “Night” mode setting for circumaural, closed back headphones is quite puzzling. That being said, other Creative audio devices can also be paired with the Sound Blaster Evo Control Panel and the night mode may be useful with speakers. Smart Dialog, as the name suggests, gives greater prominence to the dialogue in a movie and can be helpful in certain cases.
Do note that the Evo Sound Blaster Control Panel has a minimum OS requirement of either Windows Vista 32-bit or Apple OSX 10.5.8.
Not only the does the Creative Evo Zx come with a control panel for the PC and notebook systems, there is also an audio control app for both Apple (iOS v5 or higher) and Google (Android v2.2 or higher) smart devices. This means users can have the same options and customization features available to them on the go.
No gaming headphone is complete without a microphone and for the Evo Zx, Creative has done away with the traditional intrusive boom or arm microphone other gaming headsets sport. Instead the headphone has a cardioid array microphone which Creative has christened it the Voice Focus Beam Forming Microphone. This feature is located on the right ear-cup.
In addition, CrystalVoice technologies have been incorporated into the Evo Zx for improved voice reproduction. CrystalVoice includes features for acoustic echo cancellation and noise reduction. There are also a number of effects available for those who would like to modulate their voice and have fun over VoIP calls!
So far, the Creative Evo Zx seems to be a headphone set that can address any and all needs with a chest full of features and good build. But how does it really stack up to our standards? Stay tuned for our updates regarding the comfort levels and audio performance as we spend more time with the headphones.