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Sound Blaster Z

by Jonathan Kevin Castillo

A good sound card should provide some decent features, stability, and quality audio experience. But some of us can’t easily shed those wallet pounds and decide to seek alternatives.

So if you’re one of those looking for quality at no extra cost, you might want to consider the Creative Sound Blaster Z.

The Creative Sound Blaster Z is among the latest sound cards in the market. It is no pushover in the crowded shelves of quality sound cards. And it has no ambitious price tag.

Creative boasts having the Crystal Voice feature that ups voice during video conferences, games, and online chatting. For some people, gamers especially, this is essential for players to coordinate with one another with fluid and crystal clear communication. And much like the speakers and headphones Creative offer Scout Mode, which is a technology mostly used for gaming. Players will be able to hear incoming footsteps, giving a tactical edge on combat.

We paired this up with one of Creative’s gaming head gear and we were quite impressed with the outcome. It may all seem a simple thing but for those seeking deeper realism in gaming, then this is vital. We’ve tested this out in movies and music as well, and we got to hear murmurs or other sounds that aren’t normally heard in a regular audio format, giving us solid and superb performance.

It also has the SBX Bass technology, which will allow dropping of bass to make room for other sound to be clearer. The Crystalizer will enable crisper and greater sound clarifty. Imagine playing Call of Duty, Bioshock, or Borderlands with these installed into your machine. That’s some serious audio ammunition.

It comes bundled with a Sound Blaster Beamforming Microphone. It combos with the Crystal Voice feature. What it basically does is suppress noise from the outside by narrowing it’s range, directed toward you, so only your voice will be transmitted into the microphone.

The Sound Blaster Z sports five 3.5mm ports. One for line or mic input, a headphone output, and three others to provide up to 7.1 surround sound.

We find it hard to talk about the Z’s aesthetics since this will be spent most of its lifetime inside a computer. But if you’re one of those builders who lets others take a peak inside your pumped up machine, then you might find the Z quite good looking. But don’t just take our word for it. Try to take a quick peek of the actual sound card and test it out yourself. The excellent sound quality it provides, the set of features it goes along with, and the affordability makes this one component worth a shot.