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Sound Blaster Z  (Source: Amazon.com)
This sound card is an excellent choice to complete your PC game machine build. It has a Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication.

Want a good sound card with sturdy construction and quality parts?  Then this is the sound card for you.  Z card is designed with gold plated connection points to ensure that the card will delivers superior audio with each and every use.


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  • 3.5mm gold plated headphone jack driven by the 600 Ohm Maxim MAX97220 amp
  • 3.5mm gold plated microphone jack
  • 3.5mm gold plated 5.1 channel connections
  • TOSLINK digital audio input and outputs
Creative’s Sound Blaster Z SBX PCIE comes complete with a beamforming microphone that create an acoustic zone and suppresses noise outside it.  As a result, you can be heard with amazing clarity when gaming.


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Other features include:

Sound Core3D Audio Processor – Quad-core Sound Core3D audio processor designed to offload SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice effects processing from your primary CPU. This improves overall PC performance, for superior audio and voice quality.

Crystal Voice Technologies – Removes echoes, and ambient noises and uses Voice focus to pick up your voice within a zone.

SBX Pro Studio Technologies – Immerses you in your games and movies with excellent detail.

116db Signal-To-Noise Ratio - A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB means your audio will be >99.99% pure audio which is 34.4 times better than motherboard audio.
 
See how the Sound Blaster Z compares to the Sound Blaster Zx
  Sound Blaster Zx Sound Blaster Z
Price $89.99 $78.00
Audio Processor Sound Core3D Sound Core3D
Audio Resolution 24-Bit/96 kHz 24-Bit/96 kHz
Digital Audio Converter Cirrus Logic Cirrus Logic
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
(20kHz Low-pass filter,
A-Wgt), @24-bi, 96kHz
116dB
 
116dB
I/O Ports (Main Card) Headphone: 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out: 3x 3.5mm jacks (F/R/C-Sub)
Line/Mic In: 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out: 1x TOSLINK
Optical In: 1x TOSLINK
Headphone: 1x Amplified 3.5mm jack
Speaker Out: 3x 3.5mm jacks (F/R/C-Sub)
Line/Mic In: 1x shared 3.5mm jack
Optical Out: 1x TOSLINK
Optical In: 1x TOSLINK
I/O Ports (DBPro Card) N/A N/A
Digital Audio Converter Cirrus Logic Cirrus Logic
Shielding EMI EMI
Included Accessories Audio Control Module
(with built-in Beamforming Microphone)
Beamforming Microphone
 




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