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post #3731 of 5586
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Originally Posted by TheBloodEagle View Post

Why is that though? Not sure if it's true but some member on a different board said that the Recon3D uses some software emulation and the Z doesn't, is that right?

Actually they use the same chip, both are DSPs that offload effects selected on the control panel from your CPU. The improvements are with the analog section.
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post #3732 of 5586
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Originally Posted by Axaion View Post

afaik its got a horrific DAC

This. They both use the Sound Core3D chip and thus offer the same software features, but the DAC and analog section are said to be horrible. I can't say for sure though.
Edited by boredgunner - 9/7/15 at 7:11pm
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post #3733 of 5586
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Originally Posted by TheBloodEagle View Post

Is there a noticeable difference between the Z series and the Recon 3D?

The Z series (Z, Zx, ZxR) and the Recon3D series both use the same Soundcore3D audio processor.
The SoundCore3D comes with a built in DAC features that provides a DAC function for all output channels on the Recon3D series.
The Z & Zx is a Recon3D with a CS4398 DAC chip, the CS4398 DAC chip takes care of the Front Speakers and headphone outputs.
While the DAC feature built directly into the SoundCore3D still provides a DAC function for the Center, sub-woofer and rears, for the Z & Zx cards.
The SB-ZxR has three really nice DAC chips for all audio outputs smile.gif
Not sure about really differences between the software used on the older Recon3D series and the newer Z series.
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post #3734 of 5586
Anyone are using or has used the ZXR with Audio Technica AD700 / 900x ?
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Been using this on default setting ever since getting the SBZ but Yesterday I started messing about with settings while gaming and using Music and now I just can't make my mind up if I want this on or off lol

With it on you seem to hear more, for example Music the voice is unchanged but the music around the singer is more up front.
Same with gaming sounds around the player are more detailed.

The main difference I notice is sound quality seems to get wasted out, shooting a gun sounds like you in a Hall vs it off it as a punch to it.

But I do like the effect it give it sound around the player but I dislike the sound quality loss.

What do you guys feel about SBZ software settings?
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post #3736 of 5586
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What do you guys feel about SBZ software settings?

I find that the SBZ set at least 60% improves my perception of placement of sounds, so I can tell which direction they are coming from better. So while the sound stage has a higher quality without that enhancement I can't pick the direction properly without it on. That is the main point of SBZ, its there to add an amount of binaural surround sound effect, as best as can be done with DX and 5.1 input anyway.
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Changing the EQ had the biggest impact for me. Made my sound turn from poor and dull without a surround feel to lighter, crisp, punchy, solid, immersive and deep base without shaking or tinny sounds. Feel free to try the EQ tweak. May not work on your headphones, but works perfect for mine.

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as DAC ... anyone has compared the ZXR ( or simply Z ) with Fiio E10K using headphone with low / medium impedance ?
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Hello guys, I've read that the strong amplifier of the SoundBlaster Z can't be configured for low impedance headphones. My question is if it's possible to connect low impedance headphones to the output for active 2.1 sound systems to get an acceptable, not too loud volume out of the headphones?

How are your experiences with (very) low impedance headphones and those sound cards?
post #3740 of 5586
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Originally Posted by Waro View Post

Hello guys, I've read that the strong amplifier of the SoundBlaster Z can't be configured for low impedance headphones. My question is if it's possible to connect low impedance headphones to the output for active 2.1 sound systems to get an acceptable, not too loud volume out of the headphones?

How are your experiences with (very) low impedance headphones and those sound cards?

Whoever is saying that is completely wrong. I use 16 Ohm IEMs with my ZxR all the time.
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