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post #2251 of 5587
Honestly, id recommend no one ever buys creative anything..

Their support is as bad as it ever was.

They blatantly lie, and decieve customers. (drivers for example)

Very shady Changelogs when they do release drivers.

They even removed features from older, cheaper cards on a newer, more expensive card, that was software driven, that this card would have a chip, designed to handle that in hardware.. but noo..

it'll be a sidegrade from the DG really, unless you specifically want the SBX software (I dont use virtual sound ever, so yeah, heh tongue.gif )

Did i mention buyers remorse? rolleyes.gif

These are my own opinions however.
post #2252 of 5587
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Originally Posted by Marc79 View Post

Does anyone have an issue downloading the sound blaster driver from their webpage? I can't for the life of me access their support page.

they've shut off their support server for whatever reason...
   
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For the Z and Zx;

I've had the best result with the .16 drivers. Sadly however they removed these drivers for some odd reason, luckily I keep backups.

SBZ .16 driver : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_DiTZFt_h35QWYwa2J0eFJlbmc/edit?usp=sharing

With any newer driver and my sound starts to mess up. Indeed, this will be the last Creative sound card that I'll ever purchase. Live! and Audigy 2 was so great .. What went wrong?

Oh and if you wanna try your luck with the .22 drivers (a.k.a. latest) and the support page is down, here they are https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_DiTZFt_h35Zjh1N1Q5aDNRNmM/edit?usp=sharing
Edited by TheBDK - 4/24/14 at 7:01pm
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Live! and Audigy 2 was so great .. What went wrong?

OpenAL and Windows Vista, nuff said.

EAX no longer being the best/relevant caused Creative to not have to try anymore since it wasn't worth it to fix game issues, it's all about money.
Edited by Ascii Aficionado - 4/24/14 at 10:57pm
 
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For the Z and Zx;

I've had the best result with the .16 drivers. Sadly however they removed these drivers for some odd reason, luckily I keep backups.

SBZ .16 driver : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_DiTZFt_h35QWYwa2J0eFJlbmc/edit?usp=sharing

With any newer driver and my sound starts to mess up. Indeed, this will be the last Creative sound card that I'll ever purchase. Live! and Audigy 2 was so great .. What went wrong?

Oh and if you wanna try your luck with the .22 drivers (a.k.a. latest) and the support page is down, here they are https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_DiTZFt_h35Zjh1N1Q5aDNRNmM/edit?usp=sharing

Ill have to try .16, know if these work correctly with 24@96K 5.1?
   
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post #2257 of 5587
about a week ago I bought a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50s to go with my SB-Z and I still Cant Believe the difference they make over onboard or my old Sirus 5.1 Headset... I can now say with sadness in the wallet, I will never treat audio second to graphics ever again... smile.gif ... frown.gif
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about a week ago I bought a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50s to go with my SB-Z and I still Cant Believe the difference they make over onboard or my old Sirus 5.1 Headset... I can now say with sadness in the wallet, I will never treat audio second to graphics ever again... smile.gif ... frown.gif


I have the same headphones, and sound card, they are a nice relatively inexpensive option, you could do worse for the money.

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I'm glad to say I don't get any sound issues, errors or elevated CPU usage at all, which I've proven in my report. I'm sure Windows 8.1 and their respective drivers are the reason.
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I'm glad to say I don't get any sound issues, errors or elevated CPU usage at all, which I've proven in my report. I'm sure Windows 8.1 and their respective drivers are the reason.

I have been ok since using ddu and updating to 14.4. issue of cpu usage seems gone
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