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<p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Z Series</span></strong><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr><td><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1269752/" style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1269752" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1269752/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 220px; height: 180px"></a><br style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;">Sound Blaster ZxR</span><br style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sound-blaster-zxr.aspx" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank">Visit Micropage</a></td>
<td><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1269750/" style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1269750" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1269750/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 220px; height: 180px"></a><br style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-align:center;">Sound Blaster Zx</span><br style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sound-blaster-zx.aspx" style="text-align:center;" target="_blank">Visit Micropage</a></td>
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<p><span style="font-size:20px;"><strong>Windows 10 Driver - Software Availability Chart, <a href="http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=126331" target="_blank">click here</a>!</strong></span></p>
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Lower down the Surround slider under SBX Pro Studio setting about +/-25%.
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<div><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>What are the differences between the Z and Zx?</strong></span></div>
<div>The only differences are the ACM module on the Zx and the external microphone on Zx.</div>
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<div><a href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1337761/official-creative-sound-blaster-z-zx-zxr-series-club/2030#post_21822976">Click here to see</a>.</div>
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<div><span style="color:rgb(35,45,47);">This download contains the software(s) and application(s) for Sound Blaster® ZxR. For more details, read the rest of this Web release note.</span></div>
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<p>This download supports and is applicable for the following models:</p>
<ul><li>Sound Blaster ZxR (SB1510)</li>
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<p>To install this pack, do the following:</p>
<ol><li>Download the file onto your local hard disk.</li>
<li>Double-click the downloaded file.</li>
<li>Follow the instructions on screen.</li>
<li>Restart your computer when prompted.</li>
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<div><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Download Links</span></strong><br><br><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">> <a href="http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&CatName=Sound+Blaster&subCatID=872&subCatName=Gaming&prodID=21383&prodName=Sound+Blaster+ZxR&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:pRODFAQ_21383,VARSET=CategoryID:1" target="_blank">Latest Driver for ZxR</a></span></strong></div>
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<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Official Driver for Z and Zx</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">
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<p>This download contains the software(s) and application(s) for Sound Blaster® Z-Series. For more details, read the rest of this Web release note.<br>
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<p>This download supports and is applicable for the following models:</p>
<ul><li>Sound Blaster Z (SB1500, SB1502)</li>
<li>Sound Blaster Zx (SB1506)</li>
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<p style="color:rgb(35,45,47);">To install this pack, do the following:</p>
<ol style="color:rgb(35,45,47);"><li>Download the file onto your local hard disk.</li>
<li>Double-click the downloaded file.</li>
<li>Follow the instructions on screen.</li>
<li>Restart your computer when prompted.</li>
</ol><br><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Download Links</span></strong><br><br><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">> <a href="http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&CatName=Sound+Blaster&subCatID=1005&subCatName=Z-Series&prodID=21384&prodName=Sound+Blaster+Zx&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:pRODFAQ_21384,VARSET=CategoryID:1" target="_blank">Latest Driver for Zx</a></span></strong><br><strong style="font-style:normal;"><span style="font-size:16px;">> <a href="http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&CatName=Sound+Blaster&subCatID=872&subCatName=Gaming&prodID=21402&prodName=Sound+Blaster+Z&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:pRODFAQ_21402,VARSET=CategoryID:1" target="_blank">Latest Driver for Z</a></span></strong></div>
 
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Unofficial PAX Driver for Z, Zx & ZxR</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">Please use with cautious! At your own RISK! </span></strong><br><br><strong style="font-style:normal;">Noted by the author, you need to install the Official driver first before installing this modded driver by Robert McClelland at hardwareheaven.com</strong><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong style="font-style:normal;">Download Links</strong><br><br><strong>> <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/community/forums/pax-download-z-zx-zxr.193/" target="_blank">Latest PAX Driver for Z series</a></strong></span><br>
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<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>FAST Mirror Download and 7.1 Sound Test Audio</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><strong style="font-style:normal;">> </strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://downloads.pixiwork.com/ocn/" target="_blank">Mirror Downloads provided by DJRiful</a></strong></span></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tiihokatti</strong> <a href="/t/1337761/creative-sound-blaster-z-zx-zxr-series/1000_20#post_20927760"><img alt="View Post" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If anyone is interested:<br><a href="http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=699908" target="_blank">SBZ Switcher - Automate Speakers/Headphones mode switching</a></div>
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Damn. I am not going to be happy about the price down here in New Zealand, but it's not going to stop me purchasing the ZxR
 

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<p>The review looks good - <a href="http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048</a></p>
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<p>I am looking for a better card than my sub $100 Xonar DX. It served me well so far until some BluRay movies and 320Kbps sounds are lacking in clarity, even I tweak it. The whole sound become muffled. I can't push it any further without distortion.</p>
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<p>High-End headphones and speakers need a good sound card. So it's time, late xmas present for myself. I think ZxR should release in mid Jan.</p>
 

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<p>More updates.</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197060/"><img alt="1000" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1197060" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197060/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="width:400px;height:280px;"></a></p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197065/"><img alt="1000" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1197065" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197065/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="width:300px;height:242px;"></a></p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197066/"><img alt="1000" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1197066" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1197066/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="width:250px;height:139px;"></a></p>
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<p>Product page finally appeared -> <a href="http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-ZxR-PCIe-Sound/M/B00AQ5PK6I.htm" target="_blank">http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-ZxR-PCIe-Sound/M/B00AQ5PK6I.htm</a></p>
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<p>Product Instruction and manual listed (Dec 21, 2012) -> <a href="http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=112159" target="_blank">http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=112159</a></p>
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<p>Driver section just recently updated on Dec 27, 2012.</p>
 

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<p>First review for ZxR - <a href="http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/gadgets/1296526/creative-sound-blaster-zxr" target="_blank">http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/gadgets/1296526/creative-sound-blaster-zxr</a></p>
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<p>ZxR looks like it is available in limited quantity: <a href="http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-ZxR-PCIe-Sound/M/B00AQ5PK6I.htm?AID=10274033&PID=4003003&SID=sq789iodvd88" target="_blank">http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-ZxR-PCIe-Sound/M/B00AQ5PK6I.htm?AID=10274033&PID=4003003&SID=sq789iodvd88</a></p>
 

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Wow, that looks like one serious sound card!
 

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Just picked up a Pioneer SW-8 for my computer to match my Creative T40's. Now can I use those RCA connectors with my new Pioneer???
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nismo_usaf</strong> <a href="/t/1337761/creative-sound-blaster-zx-zxr#post_18973568"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Just picked up a Pioneer SW-8 for my computer to match my Creative T40's. Now can I use those RCA connectors with my new Pioneer???</div>
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<p>Yeah if you want to.</p>
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<p>Got an Email update from PCCanada that it should arrive in Feb.</p>
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Sounds good, I'm using a Creative X-Fi sound card, and don't like the fact its a RCA to 3.5 to plug it in :\
 

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Sounds good, I'm using a Creative X-Fi sound card, and don't like the fact its a RCA to 3.5 to plug it in :\</div>
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Once you plug it in, you will never know it is there or was plugged in that manner. That is simply a non-issue.
 

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Is the Sound Blaster ZxR the upgrade for the Titanium HD?
 

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<p>Subjective sidegrade. The case with most premium audio cards.</p>
 

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<p><a href="http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=112337" target="_blank">http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=112337</a></p>
 

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Does anybody know the best way to get the best directional audio out of these? Set windows to 5.1 or use the software 3D tech?
 

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am i the only one who doesnt like that ribbon cable ? they could had done an optional dual slot soundcard bracket with some sort of "bridge" cable<br><br>
... maybe its just me lol ( i guess i gotta buy them and mod them )
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Skylit</strong> <a href="/t/1337761/creative-sound-blaster-z-zx-zxr-series/10#post_19073716"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Subjective sidegrade. The case with most premium audio cards.</div>
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OK thanks! Seems like more of a driver upgrade than anything else with creative. Thank goodness for PAX drivers.
 

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Since we are on topic with the Soundblaster Z series here, I thought I'd have something to share:<br><br>
Apparently, the newest batches of the Z is different from the batch that was on initial release back in Nov 2012. The difference being that the latest batch of Z is using a mixture G-Luxon and Fujicon caps.<br>
Originally, it used Nichicon Gold caps.<br><br>
The Zx on the other hand while on paper is pretty much the same thing with the Z except for the ACM module, does use Nichicon Gold caps until today.<br><br>
Just thought I'd give a heads-up.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Skylit</strong> <a href="/t/1337761/creative-sound-blaster-z-zx-zxr-series/10#post_19073716"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Subjective sidegrade. The case with most premium audio cards.</div>
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What is a sidegrade?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Systemlord</strong> <a href="/t/1337761/creative-sound-blaster-z-zx-zxr-series/0_30#post_19084884"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
What is a sidegrade?</div>
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Half a dozen of one, 6 of the other.<br><br>
In other words, one isn't arguably better or worse than the other, hence, a "sidegrade", not an upgrade or downgrade.
 
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Half a dozen of one, 6 of the other.<br><br>
In other words, one isn't arguably better or worse than the other, hence, a "sidegrade", not an upgrade or downgrade.</div>
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Thank you, equal.
 
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