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That's not good. Without CMSS-3D, how can we get surround sound in Headphones, for gaming purpose?
There's SBX Pro Studio, which, to my knowledge, is the same thing, just not processed in hardware.
post #32 of 150
I wonder if this is any better than a FiiO E17 external dac+amp.
But probaly not... they are even mentioning some external arcam rpac DAC, to be still superior to these soundblaster cards...
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There's SBX Pro Studio, which, to my knowledge, is the same thing, just not processed in hardware.

Hmm.. I guess I'll wait till someone comes up with a comparison between CMSS-3D and SBX Pro Studio.
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I just found a xR in Canada so I snagged it up. I don't need the extra stuff in the ZxR, I will make sure I post me smashing my crap phoebus once I get the new card and test it out!
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11 of the Zx are in stock on Amazon. I'd order one but I can't justify $149 to replace a perfectly fine X-Fi. rolleyes.gif

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Gaming-Control-SB1506/dp/B009XDWUCQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357425405&sr=8-1&keywords=sound+blaster+zx

Edit: Down to 9. Somebody stop me!!
Edited by zinfinion - 1/5/13 at 4:24pm
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Someone explain to me, is the only difference between the ZX and the ZXR the daughter board? Or is something inside different also?
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Someone explain to me, is the only difference between the ZX and the ZXR the daughter board? Or is something inside different also?

The daughter board should be the only difference. Until someone gets their hands on both and pulls off the EMI shields it's hard to know for certain. If you have no use for the daughter board, I'd doubt you'd be missing anything by getting the Zx instead of the ZxR.

The only thing other than the daughter board I could find is the ZxR has a higher SNR, so presumably better quality components on the board.
Edited by zinfinion - 1/5/13 at 4:28pm
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The Sound Blaster Zx is the same card as the Sound Blaster Z but the Zx has the external audio control module. The Zxr is a slightly different card, with 6.4mm jacks plus the external audio control module and daughter board. The Zxr is the flagship of the range.
Edited by Reworker - 1/5/13 at 4:35pm
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I know people like to bash Creative Labs, but this card is seriously impressive. I didn't expect much but the ZX won me over and replaced my old titanium HD.
It's Creative's software/driver department that needs bashing, the hardware is great. You could say they are the AMD of sound cards.

The difference being Creative mostly deserves their reputation for bad drivers, whereas AMDs seem to be the result of a loud minority. (ie. Dual cards)
    
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The Sound Blaster Zx is the same card as the Sound Blaster Z but the Zx has the external audio control module. The Zxr is a slightly different card, with 6.4mm jacks plus the external audio control module and daughter board. The Zxr is the flag ship of the range.
http://en.store.creative.com/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-zxr/1-21383.aspx

The weird thing is the Creative press release says "The Sound Blaster Zx incorporates all the hardware and software features of the Sound Blaster ZxR except for the DBpro daughter board."

Yet as mentioned above the SNR on the Zx is lower, as well it's not clear if the Zx has swappable op-amps.

Creative needs to clear this up, because right now it's rather confusing.

Edit: Haha, later in that same press release it says "The Sound Blaster Z incorporates all the hardware and software features of the Sound Blaster Zx except for the ACM."

So there is clearly a ton of FUD in there because the hardware on the Z board is obviously far different than what is on the ZxR board. This release makes it sound like the Z is a ZxR minus the daughter board and the volume knob which it obviously is not.
Edited by zinfinion - 1/5/13 at 4:39pm
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