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Sound Blaster ZxR Studio-Grade Sound Card, Hear The Blaster Roar!

Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

Sound Blaster has been around since the inception of sound card technology. Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, there was “The Adlib Multimedia PC Upgrade Kit” and the “Sound Blaster Multimedia Upgrade Kit”. It consisted of a sound card, a CD-ROM drive and a small set of speakers for a mere $369.00, and the CD-ROM drive was 1x speed. Fast forward to today and the Sound Blaster ZxR is light years ahead of its ancient cousin, and by yesteryear standards, barely recognizable as a sound card.

In reality, one would have to specify that this is actually a sound card system, as the Sound Blaster ZxR consists of a mother card, a daughter card and a front dock that lets you plug in speakers and headsets and switch between them without having to plug and unplug devices.


The Sound Blaster ZxR is the flagship offering from Creative Labs and was released among murmurs of driver instability, none of which we encountered. As mentioned earlier, it consists of two cards and is destined to be hooked to speakers, earphones, microphones and receivers and is considered to be audiophile quality. The 600 ohm amplifier and 124 dB signal-to-noise ratio should yield a cleaner sound output than most of the sound cards around. Of course along with the cleaner sound and audiophile quality components comes an audiophile price tag, and the Sound Blaster ZxR can be found at .

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster ZxR sound card
  • Sound Blaster DBpro card
  • Sound Blaster Audio Control Module
  • 1x Optical Cable
  • 1x Stereo(3.5mm)-to-RCA cable
  • 1x DBpro cable
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Installation CD containing: Drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Creative Software Suite, User’s Guide

Sound Blaster left nothing to chance and you get all the cables to make the connections for most setups.

Sound Blaster ZxR Features:

  • 124dB Signal-To-Noise Ratio
  • Pristine audio recordings with ultra low latency
  • 24-bit / 192kHz audio output
  • Studio-grade content creation
  • DBPro daughter board
  • Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)
  • Crystal clear communication
  • SBX Pro Studio technologies

“CrystalVoice Voice Enhancement and Clarity Technology, express yourself and be heard crystal clear in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats

CrystalVoice FX, forge your own unique team identity in crystal clear audio; match your voice to your game avatar
High Quality Headphone Amp, supports studio quality headphones with up to 600 ohm impedance

Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect, connect to your decoder or home theater system through a single digital cable for intense 5.1 surround sound from any source

Headphone/Speaker Switching means you never have to unplug your headphones again, just toggle between your headphone and speakers system with a flip of a switch

High-Quality Audio Cables, enjoy high quality audio listening and recording with easy connection to your entertainment system, amplifier or active speaker via our premium analog and optical cables

Scout Mode, hear them before they hear you, proprietary technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat

A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB means your audio will be > 99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than the average sound cards”

Sound Blaster ZxR Specifications:

  • Audio Processor: Sound Core3D
  • Audio Resolution: 24-Bit
  • Digital Audio Convertor (DAC): Burr-Brown
  • Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt): 124dB
  • Maximum Playback Quality:
    • 5.1 : Up to 96kHz
    • Stereo Direct: Up to 192kHz
  • Frequency Response @96kHz:
    • Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 45kHz
    • Rear Channel Out: 15Hz to 45kHz
    • Center Out: 10Hz to 45kHz
    • Headphone (33 ohms): 10Hz to 45kHz
  • Frequency Response @192kHz (Stereo Direct Only): Front Channel Out : 10Hz to 88kHz
  • 16-bit to 24-bit Recording Sample Rates: 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 96 (kHz)
  • 16-bit to 24-bit Playback Sample Rates: 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 96, 192 (kHz)
  • Maximum Recording Quality: Up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • I/O Ports (Main Card):
    • Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/4″ jack
    • Speaker Out: 2x RCA (L / R) 2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
    • Microphone In: 1x 1/4″ jack
  • I/O Ports (Daughter Card):
    • Line In: 2x RCA (L / R)
    • Optical Out: 1x TOSLINK
    • Optical In: 1x TOSLINK
  • Audio Control Module / Front Panel Connectivity:
    • Volume Control Knob Built-in Beam-Forming Microphone
    • Headphone-Out: 1x 3.5mm jack, 1x 1/4″ jack
    • Microphone-In: 1x 3.5mm jack, 1x 1/4″ jack
  • 600 Ohm Amplified Headphone Output: 80mw TI TPA6120
  • Swappable OP-AMPs: Yes
  • Included Accessories: Audio Control Module (with Beamforming Microphone Built-in)
  • Technology
    • Audio Enhancement:
      • SBX Pro Studio
      • Surround
      • Crystalizer
      • Bass
      • Smart Volume
      • Dialog Plus
      • CrystalVoice
      • Noise Reduction
      • Smart Volume
      • Acoustic Echo Cancellation
      • FX
      • Focus
    • Speaker/Headphone Switch: Software Controlled
    • Dolby Digital Live: Encoding
    • DTS Connect: Encoding
    • Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-Channels: SBX Surround
    • DTS & Dolby Digital Decoding via Cyberlink PowerDVD Download: via 3rd party software download
    • Scout Mode: Yes
    • EAX: EAX 5.0 HD
    • Max.No. of 3D Voices: 128
    • ASIO: ASIO 2.0 support at
      • 16-bit/44.1kHz
      • 16-bit/48kHz
      • 24-bit/44.1kHz
      • 24-bit/48kHz
      • 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring
  • Compatible With: PC – PCIe x1 Connection
  • Operating System: Windows 7/8
  • Warranty: 2-year in EU, 1-year worldwide

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  1. Creative and Asus really need to up the game with audio cards. I have a onboard realtek and still has great sound. The drivers are sometimes hit or miss. The main thing is that they continue to release drivers. Whereas Creative and Asus have drivers that are usually 2 years old.

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