Creative Introduces the Sound Blaster Z-Series Sound Cards

Creative Introduces the Sound Blaster Z-Series Sound Cards

Creative has announced its ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster PCI-Express sound cards.

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These new sound cards utilize the Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor, which is designed to complement Creative's SBX Pro Studio technology and high-quality components to provide an absolute audio platform. Sound Core3D also works seamlessly CrystalVoice communications technologies and the high-quality beam-forming microphone array included with each of the new sound cards to deliver Acoustic Echo Cancellation, Voice Focus and Noise Reduction for clear online voice communications.

Sound Blaster ZxR

This flagship Sound Blaster ZxR includes 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 600ohm headphone amplifier, and 192kHz pass through. The ZxR also offers a proprietary connector to the DBpro, a daughter board that offers optical output for outstanding playback, and professional-grade 123dB analog-to-digital (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical input. Together with the SB Speaker-Calibration feature, DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live which helps create a realistic cinematic audio playback and gaming experience, the external ACM (Audio Control Module) provides a built-in dual microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections.

Sound Blaster Zx

Dressed in red EMI shielding with glowing LED lighting, the Sound Blaster Zx incorporates the same hardware and software features as the Sound Blaster ZxR other than the DBpro daughter board. Also, DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live encoding are included to enhance digital entertainment capabilities.

Sound Blaster Z

Integrating all the hardware and software features of the Sound Blaster Zx except for the ACM, the Sound Blaster Z comes with an external high quality dual-microphone array. It also features glowing LED lighting and is ideal for all-around gaming and entertainment.

Pricing and Availability
  Price in S$ Availability
Sound Blaster ZxR 349 Dec 2012
Sound Blaster Zx 199
Sound Blaster Z 149 Oct 2012

They will retail at The Creative Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square, the online store and authorised dealers. Creative will preview the new Sound Blaster ZxR, Sound Blaster Zx and Sound Blaster Z at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 15 to 19 August 2012.

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