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Hello everyone, my first post in here smile.gif

I've just bought the Astro A50 Gaming Headset (http://www.astrogaming.com/a50-wireless-system).
I't should be one of the best gaming headsets around, and now I would like to treat it well with a new sound card. I've never bought any soundcards before so it's kinda like a jungle for me. I've been looking at the Creative Zx and the ZxR but I have no idea if it's worth spending the extra 100euro at the ZxR. I will only use the soundcard together with my headset, and maybe in the future some 2.1 speakers. So I don't plan to hook it up with a surround sound system.

I hope you guys can give me some advice.. Zx or ZxR?!? smile.gif

Happy Easter everyone!
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Hello everyone, my first post in here smile.gif

I've just bought the Astro A50 Gaming Headset (http://www.astrogaming.com/a50-wireless-system).
I't should be one of the best gaming headsets around, and now I would like to treat it well with a new sound card. I've never bought any soundcards before so it's kinda like a jungle for me. I've been looking at the Creative Zx and the ZxR but I have no idea if it's worth spending the extra 100euro at the ZxR. I will only use the soundcard together with my headset, and maybe in the future some 2.1 speakers. So I don't plan to hook it up with a surround sound system.

I hope you guys can give me some advice.. Zx or ZxR?!? smile.gif

Happy Easter everyone!


I believe Zx will suit your needs perfectly well.

 

I have one and loving it.

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Looks like the ZXR's are starting to ship again from retailers. Mine was shipped this morning and the company I bought it from got 200. I got a great pre-order deal at $199! A bit f a wait but I can't wait to smash my phoebus with a hammer!
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post #274 of 5500
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Hello everyone, my first post in here smile.gif

I've just bought the Astro A50 Gaming Headset (http://www.astrogaming.com/a50-wireless-system).
I't should be one of the best gaming headsets around, and now I would like to treat it well with a new sound card. I've never bought any soundcards before so it's kinda like a jungle for me. I've been looking at the Creative Zx and the ZxR but I have no idea if it's worth spending the extra 100euro at the ZxR. I will only use the soundcard together with my headset, and maybe in the future some 2.1 speakers. So I don't plan to hook it up with a surround sound system.

I hope you guys can give me some advice.. Zx or ZxR?!? smile.gif

Happy Easter everyone!

Save yourself some money and go with the Z instead of the Zx. A lot of people are reporting issues with the ACM degrading the audio quality quite a bit. Not sure of the extent of the issues but unless you really need the extension, just get the Z, same card minus the ACM.

The A50's are easy to drive so just get the Z.

Just stating out of fact, any "gaming headset" will not benefit very much from the increased audio quality of the ZXR so you would waste your money . The smarter move is always to pair mid to high quality "headphones" with a decent sound card. There you will notice the gains a lot more. You never spend more on the amp/soundcard than your headphones. And I understand the A50's arent cheap however most of what you pay for is the mixamp and the brand name most likely.

So for now buy the Z, you will be very happy I assure you as I have one currently smile.gif. Then in the future when you upgrade to a nice pair of headphones you will love the soundcard even more.
    
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... just get the Z, same card minus the ACM.

and minus the gold nichicon capacitors.
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and minus the gold nichicon capacitors.
Depends on where you get them from. Many of the Z cards were made with the gold nichicon capacitors and then they stopped producing them that way apparently. Myself and everyone I know who bought a Z got the gold capacitors. I just bought mine 3 weeks ago by the way but YRMV. Is it even true that ALL of the ZX have gold? Or are they now being produced without out them just as the Z. Since the cards are identical in every way I would assume some ZX might come without gold but who knows. So many people make claims but the only way to do proper research would be to set up a couple polls.
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Depends on where you get them from. Many of the Z cards were made with the gold nichicon capacitors and then they stopped producing them that way apparently. Myself and everyone I know who bought a Z got the gold capacitors. I just bought mine 3 weeks ago by the way but YRMV. Is it even true that ALL of the ZX have gold? Or are they now being produced without out them just as the Z. Since the cards are identical in every way I would assume some ZX might come without gold but who knows. So many people make claims but the only way to do proper research would be to set up a couple polls.

Yes exactly mine came with golds too. I have read most of the later batches seem to have them.. not sure why.

Either way are you really going to hear that much of a difference in a $100 sound card. I mean come on. Even longevity wise, none of my hardware has Nichicon and yet they run like dreams...
    
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post #278 of 5500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HHKHJmTytQ

I did an example video of my Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium vs my new Sound Blaster Z

I have to say, my new Z sounds far, far, far better. Even with my X-Fi using PAX drivers, this was just pure night and day
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Depends on where you get them from. Many of the Z cards were made with the gold nichicon capacitors and then they stopped producing them that way apparently. Myself and everyone I know who bought a Z got the gold capacitors. I just bought mine 3 weeks ago by the way but YRMV. Is it even true that ALL of the ZX have gold? Or are they now being produced without out them just as the Z. Since the cards are identical in every way I would assume some ZX might come without gold but who knows. So many people make claims but the only way to do proper research would be to set up a couple polls.

 

 

Mine is gold.

 
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Did anyone ever find RMAA charts with both the SBZ and Xonar DX head to head? There's plenty available between Creative cards, but none between the different manufacturers.
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