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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Review

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SNR: 124dB
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As far as value goes, that is pretty good. High build quality, decent bundle of cables and the control pod all add value. The software suite is also good, though at £175/$200 the full version of Media Toolbox should be included.

So that brings us to performance where Sound Blaster ZxR excels across the board. The weakest aspect? Probably the microphone on the control pod. It is decent, but not up to the standard of something like a Blue Yeti/Razer Seiren or Audio Technica AR2020. For those who are not pro- podcasters it will of course be more than sufficient though. Other than that though the ZxR oozes quality. In music playback the sound is spectacular, regardless of the audio genre. Wide, detailed soundscape. Loads of bass, no distortion of note and great separation across the range. It really is one of those cards which allows you to hear your music in a new, more detailed way when compared to the vast majority of PC audio solutions. In gaming and movies the sound was immersive, very realistic and with plenty of power when required. Scout mode also works well, allowing us to pick out sounds such as enemy movement more easily than normal.

Summary: Whether you are a mobile user (E5), in need of an external sound card (X7) for PC/console or want a PCIe card such as this, Creative have an exceptional product catalogue at the moment. The ZxR is a great mix of build quality, design, features and performance.

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  1. tygrus

    What’s the point of this and your similar reviews when it’s missing tests like: SNR, THD, dynamic range, output levels, testing of inputs and outputs, frequency response, latency, power consumption. You quote the basic specification sheet and everything else is subjective.

    • Yep, completely useless to even link to this ‘review’. But then again, seeing as the price is only around €200 it’s no wonder. You can never get 124 db SNR with an internal (in-case) ADC. Wonder how it’s weighed too, probably not A. This is just crap hardware with good extras. For the real deal we need to look further. It’s sad how in 2016 you STILL can’t seem to get both usability and high-end quality. We need those features with that headphones/speakers switchbox Creative offers for example PLUS actual audiophile quality. When will the pro audio industry wake up to that?

  2. Роман Романов

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