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post #2011 of 5963 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 02:33 AM
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most likely a little anti-bump relay, being headphones you definitely don't want the in-rush to blow out your eardrums laugher.gif
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most likely a little anti-bump relay, being headphones you definitely don't want the in-rush to blow out your eardrums laugher.gif

Ahh ok. Always thought it was the amp being switched on.
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Ya amps on their own don't have any moving parts, in the Z/ZXR's case they are just IC chips that provide the necessary output voltage. Most high end audio equipment will include a magnetic relay wit the amps though to delay the sudden onset of high DC voltage that could harm speakers or headphones. Just like Paul said.

The Z does not have this likely due to one of two reasons. Either Creative didnt feel the need for it as the amp IC in the Z is not very powerful or they just wanted to have the best possible design on their high end card for principle.

The Xonar STX and the Phoebus do the same thing at startup or switching from headphones to speakers.

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So the red of this card is its biggest downfall. I set out yesterday to fix that. Using nothing more than what paint and colors my father-in-law had laying around his garage. The results are quite pleasing.

Original, OEM look.

I swapped out the 3mm red LEDs for some greater diffusion 5mm blue LEDS, and painted the sound core 3D a nice blue. The result is not perfect due to the difficulty of masking around those close capacitors. However, It's unlikely that anyone will ever look too costly at it.

Next I needed to paint the shielding. The results were quite pleasing.

I still need to swap out the red tinted plexi for some clear stuff, but that will take a trip to the hardware store, something that was not part of this project.

The end results I think look 100 times better than the original once everything it together and running.
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So the red of this card is its biggest downfall. I set out yesterday to fix that. Using nothing more thank what pint and cools my father-in-law had laying around his gerage, the results are quite pleasing.

Everybody knows the traditional SoundBlaster Z is not the most optimal of color schemes for most individuals. I set out yesterday to change that using nothing more that paint and supplies that my father-in-law had lying around his gerage.

I swapped out the 3mm red LEDs for some greater diffusion 5mm blue LEDS, and painted the sound core 3D a nice blue. The result is not perfect due to the difficulty of masking around those close capacitors. However, It's unlikely that anyone will ever look too costly at it.

Next I needed to paint the shielding. The results were quite pleasing.

I still need to swap out the red tinted plexi for some clear stuff, but that will take a trip to the hardware store, something that was not part of this project.

The end results I think look 100 times better than the original once everything it together and running.

 

Nice modding! I'm planning electrical tape the LED and call it a day.



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Well I guess it depends on what you use it for. General music playing and it's absolutely fine (when the drivers load properly which they rarely do).
Gaming .. Ehh not so much. Tons of people, including me, are having issues where the channels are getting messed up or completely disabled (such as in the left side) after a certain amount of time. It has happened in 2 different builds now.

So yeah, nothing but trouble with these audio cards. I removed it from my rig today and I'm much happier with the lower quality sound the onboard provides because; It does not bug out on me.

I'll continue with my timer interrupt investigation on my 3rd rig, because I think there's an issue here with interrupts and Z sound cards which makes them go bonkers.

Yeah I tend to believe everything a company makes must be crap if I have 1 bad experience too, I mean the chances of me and the few other people I read on the internet having a defective or bad card, or bad cable or crappy speakers or setup or even user error is impossible right?

I also like to jump on forum threads just to rant vs ask for suggestions or see if anyone savy enough might understand the issue I'm having and lead me in the right direction. It's the internet and I completely agree with you that there's no false information posted! thumb.gif you sure showed Creative who's boss by letting us know you uninstalled it!

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That soft click is the headphone amp being switched on and off when you switch from speakers to headphones mode and back.

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most likely a little anti-bump relay, being headphones you definitely don't want the in-rush to blow out your eardrums laugher.gif


So its a perfectly normal thing, nothing to worry about?
Upgraded from the craptastic Recon3D, so the clicks paranoid me into thinking it was some electrical shortage everytime i switch modes as the Recond3D didnt make any sound when switching.

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Ya i just wiggled the leds enough until they popped off. Couldn't stand the red ruining my UV every time.

Much better now and the red shield doesnt even show with the soft UV glow unless you put a light up to it.








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Yeah I tend to believe everything a company makes must be crap if I have 1 bad experience too, I mean the chances of me and the few other people I read on the internet having a defective or bad card, or bad cable or crappy speakers or setup or even user error is impossible right?

I also like to jump on forum threads just to rant vs ask for suggestions or see if anyone savy enough might understand the issue I'm having and lead me in the right direction. It's the internet and I completely agree with you that there's no false information posted! thumb.gif you sure showed Creative who's boss by letting us know you uninstalled it!


Hmmmm my sarcasm metre is slowly inching forward.....

Lettuce be cereal now. I am sure he is just a troll who came here to badmouth sound cards after watching some TekkSyndicate videos and jumping on the bandwagon.

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So its a perfectly normal thing, nothing to worry about?
Upgraded from the craptastic Recon3D, so the clicks paranoid me into thinking it was some electrical shortage everytime i switch modes as the Recond3D didnt make any sound when switching.


Read my post above as I went into further detail to compliment Paul's post.

In short, it is normal.

You can breathe now lol.

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the colours kinda has a neat effect in my eyes, but still a great colour mod, recon creative should have gone a step further and had the LEDs connected on jumpers instead of hard-soldered in, maby even made an optional silver shroud available...


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so yea just gave f2k a try with WASAPI, strangely using the f2k up-sampler to 96K makes it very deep, until the front channels dropped out... so the problem occurs on WASAPI too...

I think I'm just going to stick with good ol' winamp and its default DS plugin... tongue.gif


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Is there any difference between the bass boost in windows enhancement and in creative Sound Blaster Z?
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