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Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR NEWS!!!

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All information taken from outside sources, I do not own any of this material personally


Here's the full article if you want all the news: http://www.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/releases/welcome.asp?pid=13285

The Jist: The card will be the flagship sound card from Creative Labs, costing $249.99 US, and was announced on August 15th, 2012 in a Singapore press conference. The ZxR will be coming out either in December, or after December 2012.

The Specs- A quick summary:
Audio Processor: Sound Core3D
Audio Resolution: 24-Bit
Digital Audio Convertor (DAC): Burr-Brown
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Wgt): 124dB
I/O Ports (Main Card): Headphone : 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack
Speaker Out : 2x RCA (L / R) 2x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
Microphone In: 1x 1/4" jack
I/O Ports (Daughter Card): Line In : 2x RCA (L / R)
Optical Out : 1x TOSLINK
Optical In : 1x TOSLINK
Audio Control Module / Front Panel Connectivity: Volume Control Knob Built-in Beam-Forming Microphone
Headphone-Out : 1x 3.5mm jack, 1x 1/4” jack
Microphone-In : 1x 3.5mm jack, 1x 1/4” jack
600 Ohm Amplified Headphone Output: 80mw TI TPA6120
Swappable OP-AMPs: Yes
Included Acesssories: Audio Control Module (with Beamforming Microphone Built-in)

A quick look at the motherboard, and the "Sound Core" processor


The card with the cover and clear visible window in place, I am Not sure if it lights up like the Z-Series


The control module which can control the volume of the headphones, and has I/O for microphones and headphones



If you have any questions, ask me!!!

Thanks biggrin.gif
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This is the first sound card out of creative that I am actually excited to test out.

The main card isn't going to be all that different than an asus essence st/stx. The big different would be that you would have a spdif out on the asus card where you have 3.5mm jacks on this card.

However, this card is supposed to come with a little mini card that would be very helpful for some people who are trying to run a high quality 5.1 system without using a receiver.
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Been waiting for this sound card since it was announced. Need a release date!
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I've seen that the base level Z-Series card is very good, and also don't go for the super high end Asus sound cards. I've seen that they have shielding problems when next to a powerful GPU (7970, 680.690 ect.). This can cause "white noise" or fuzzes if you are familiar with tube guitar/bass amps. I deal a lot with sound cards since I am a music freak.
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I couldn't find an official ones, just speculated ones. It said on the full press conference that it would be released in December 2012, but I think it's too late for that. Probably after 2013 hits, that is when I would start looking, although you could snatch one from Europe by pre-ordering it online.
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It's actually a daughter board, and I'm interested to see that in real life. Once the main unit comes out, I'm snatching that up like crazy! If I get more news, I'll post it! biggrin.gif
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I am jonesing SO BAD for this card! I'm into HiFi/Home Theater too so I've got 250 bones in my pocket doing its best to burn a hole. I guess I would rather them release it when it's ready rather than drop a buggy card on the market. I see there are Zs available on Amazon and the Zx versions are already out of stock. Could it just be a marketing thing or do you think they really are making sure that the ZxR is ready?
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I believe they are probably finalizing and doing the last planning on the design and software for the card, but that is just me. I haven't found any more news as of now, but I have been searching for a while now.

I am definitely getting this card, but I am concerned about it getting near my ports on my Swiftech Komodo on my MSI R7970-2pmd3gd5/oc. There is always a way to work around those things though.

There is one thing we can be certain of, and that is that the card will not be coming out before the end of December frown.gif
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The sound blaster Z is a very impressive card. I was shocked - I wasn't too pleased with the recon3d, the titanium HD is far better. But - back to the Z. So far very impressive and it seems everyone that has purchased one has positive things to say.

Can't wait to see what the zxr brings to the table.

I've been looking for a worthy upgrade to the titanium HD (which I really like) and this appears to be it.
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I would like to get definite measurements on the card to see the final size, and if it illuminates when powered on as well biggrin.gif

It seems as if the Recon3D was kind of a side card they threw out to hold people over until the newer, better cards came out.

Creative Labs does some phenomenal work, and I really look forward to getting this card when it comes out, It'll go into my new Extreme AMD build I'm doing, I've got a log if you want to check it out smile.gif
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Corsair Dominator GT 16GB Kit @ 1604MHz (9-9-9-24) Asus Raidr 240GB PCI-E SSD Samsung EVO 250GB Samsung EVO 250GB 
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(X3) NoiseBlocker BlackSIlentPro PL-2 @ 5V Bitspower 45* Single Rotary Adapter (Matte Blac... (X3) Bitspower Chrome Stop Plug (W/ Black O-Ring) (X2) EK Monarch (Nickle Base, Clean Acetal Top) 
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Bitspower Mini Valve (Matte Black) (X4) NoiseBlocker eLoop B12-2 @ 7V (X3) NoiseBlocker/Phobya eLoop Black "Silent Ed... (X4) NoiseBLocker BlackSilentPro PK-2 @ 7V 
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(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
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ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 3 3-Pins) (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Nickle/Acrylic (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcement Brackets (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Backplates 
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HardwareLabs BlackIce SR-1 360MM  HardwareLabs BlackIce SR-1 560MM  BItspower Black Mod Kit XSPC D5 Vario 
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Bitspower 150mm Reservoir (Acrylic base, clear ... (X14) Bitspower X47 Acrylic Fittings (Matte Bla... (X3) Bitspower Dual Rotary Snake Fittings (Matt... (X4) Bitspower 90* Angled Fittings (Matte Black) 
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(X2) Bitspower Enhanced Dual 45* Multi-Link Ada... (X3) Bitspower Enhanced Dual 90* Multi-Link Ada... Bitspower Pressure Equalizer Stop Plug (Matte B... Windows 8.1 + Full Office Suite 
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BenQ XL2420TE Logitech G710+ Silverstone Strider Evolution 1000W (Sleeved by... CaseLabs SMH10, XL Window, standard ventilated ... 
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Razer Ouroborus  Akasa Venom XXL Schiit Asgard 2 (soon to be happening) (X6) Silverstone 120mm Magnetic Fan Filters 
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(X4) Silverstone 140mm Magnetic Fan Filters Vintage Soviet Ushanka Over Monitor, For Good Luck 
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FX-8350 Asus Crosshair V Forumula-Z MSI R7970-2pmd3gd5/oc (water cooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum 
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WD Black  Windows 7 Home Premium  Samsung Syncmaster S20B350H Razer Anansi 
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EVGA Supernova NEX750G Cooler Master HAF-X (Modded) Logitech G700 Cheap one 
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Sound Blaster Zxr (when it comes out) CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee HD (Black) X2 120mm Bitfenix Specter PWM Red L.E.D Fans (o... X2 200mm Bitfenix Specter Pro Red L.E.D Fans 
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Bitfenix Specter Pro Red L.E.D 230mm Fan X2 Thermal-Star gauge style thermometers w/ cus... 10ft DangerDen Dream Flex 1/2 X 3/4 in Red UV T... GPU Block: Swiftech Komodo R7970 Full Cover 
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Phobya 400mm Extreme (Dual 200mm) Radiator Alphacool UT60 120mm Radiator Alphacool XT45 120mm Radiator Swiftech MCP35X PWM Pump (Black) 
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FrozenQ 250mm Blood Red Liquid Fusion Reservoir Drainage Loop (AlphaCool matte black T-block, d... Too many Bitspower Black 1/2 X 3/4 Compression ... 
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