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yah right now even $30 is out of my price range. I need to ban myself from this site for a while, Stupid broke.
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Just ordered a Z on the 28th from newegg, got here today. Gold caps, hopefully the case for all the newer batches.
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Originally Posted by HothBase View Post

I'm afraid that some of the money you've spent on your setup has been a waste. Like someone already said, your Titanium HD is no better than on-board at outputting optical. There's also no such thing as the best optical cable as far as sound quality goes. A $100 cable will never sound any better than a $20 one. Same thing goes for HDMI cables and A/V quality. Digital data isn't affected by degradation during transport the way analogue is.
Regarding optical vs coaxial audio out, given that both are S/PDIF, I'm pretty confident that they sound identical.
Edit: Fixed wording (see the following posts).

 

 


I first owned the Titanium HD for use with the ULTRASONE PRO 500. It was only after I went true Hi-Fi that I decided to use the HD for my Optical. Some guy who helped me pick out my setup told me to buy a USB to Coaxial converter that cost $1000 to get rid of any jitter; I figured I should instead give my HD a shot first, and it sounded great to me. It's true though it sounds similar to onboard but I like Audio Creation Mode and bit-matched playback. I use CMSS-3D a lot too.

 

As for the Optical, I am in no position to test out different ones and return them. I did I a lot of research on the subject. I found these two opinions and went with it for my PC and PS3. Once they broke in, I love the way they sounded and have no regrets. That second link also discusses optical vs coaxial and I gathered info. from them too.

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So I am having trouble finding any solid reviews on the Sound Blaster Z, I found one and it was extremely short and more or less said "Better than on-board, get a good pair of cans or speakers if you buy this."

So....

For anyone that is a bit more into audio than I am, what would stop me from buying this over the Asus Xonar STX to go with a pair of cans like the Mad Dogs from Mr.Speaker, or the Sennheiser HD 598, something along those lines? Honestly, on paper at least, the SBZ offers everything I need and can deliver the same quality for that purpose as the Xonar.....

Man, wish I hadn't gotten out of audio right about now.

EDIT: To be more specific about my uses....

I don't care about daughter boards or exterior controls. I plug in my equipment and it stays plugged in.

I would be driving a pair of headphones, like the ones listed above.

On rare occasion I would use my speakers and subs, they were like $60, nothing special in the least.

EDIT 2: I found a few user reviews, and so far people seem to be liking the Z. I will give it a whirl.
Edited by PostalTwinkie - 11/30/12 at 7:10pm
    
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Got the Z in mail two days ago. I purchased it from j&r .com in USA. Out of box installation took not even 5 min. After that installed drivers that came with cd. On win 7. First impression stunning. Some time ago I read somewhere that if you don't have a 5.1 speaker system you won't benefit from sound card. Boy let me tell you I was left in the dark. I'm running creative 2.1 speaker setup and after I plug this card in I feel like the sound is alive I never thought I could hear music that way it's amazing. This card have many cool features like you can have your headset plug in and speakers at the same time. And toggle via switch what device to use. I didn't try the mic that came in the box simply because I have gaming headset. Scout mode is cool and the headphones amp is just crazy. All I can say is that before the sound was muddy now truly it's a blast. Now the only cone I have so far about it it's that it's red led is so bright that's is ridiculous. Interior of my case is blue led so its not working really well together I wish there was a software update to turn it off. Also I know it's a simple mod to change it to blue but I don't want to void my warranty yet. Will do that after. Well that's my first impression from on board to dedicated audio.
Edited by K2mil - 11/30/12 at 9:07pm
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Got the Z in mail two days ago. I purchased it from j&r .com in USA. Out of box installation took not even 5 min. After that installed drivers that came with cd. On win 7. First impression stunning. Some time ago I read somewhere that if you don't have a 5.1 speaker system you won't benefit from sound card. Boy let me tell you I was left in the dark. I'm running creative 2.1 speaker setup and after I plug this card in I feel like the sound is alive I never thought I could hear music that way it's amazing. This card have many cool features like you can have your headset plug in and speakers at the same time. And toggle via switch what device to use. I didn't try the mic that came in the box simply because I have gaming headset. Scout mode is cool and the headphones amp is just crazy. All I can say is that before the sound was muddy now truly it's a blast. Now the only cone I have so far about it it's that it's red led is so bright that's is ridiculous. Interior of my case is blue led so its not working really well together I wish there was a software update to turn it off. Also I know it's a simple mod to change it to blue but I don't want to void my warranty yet. Will do that after. Well that's my first impression from on board to dedicated audio.

You can easily remove the shroud (four Phillips-head screws) and cover up the LEDs with a bit of electrical tape. It's what I plan on doing eventually, I can't be bothered at the moment. It shouldn't void the warranty. I'm happy with this card. Haven't really noticed a difference in sound quality, coming from my old X-Fi XtremeMusic, but the drivers are miles apart. The lowest couple of steps on the volume slider actually have sound now, and no more random channel mixups or complete loss of sound. My computer even boots into Windows noticeably faster.
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http://gamingshogun.com/2012/11/30/creative-labs-sound-blaster-z-review-hardware/

Here is a review, don't know much about the sites honesty though.
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You can easily remove the shroud (four Phillips-head screws) and cover up the LEDs with a bit of electrical tape. It's what I plan on doing eventually, I can't be bothered at the moment. It shouldn't void the warranty. I'm happy with this card. Haven't really noticed a difference in sound quality, coming from my old X-Fi XtremeMusic, but the drivers are miles apart. The lowest couple of steps on the volume slider actually have sound now, and no more random channel mixups or complete loss of sound. My computer even boots into Windows noticeably faster.

Electrical tape sounds good for now.... next time i dust off my pc will do it .....
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I think they should have made the LEDs capable of being shut off in the software, but i suppose that would have added unnecessary cost to the card. they are pretty bright so not good if you want to keep your pc on overnight and you have to sleep in the same room rolleyes.gif
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