Creative Sound Blaster ZX PCI-Express Desktop Audio System

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Sound Blaster Zx: The Complete Desktop Audio System: Sound Blaster Zx.

The Sound Blaster Zx is part of the ultra high-performance Z-Series of Sound Blaster® PCI-Express sound cards, elevating the standards of technology and performance for the future of gaming and entertainment on the PC. Clad in brilliant red EMI shielding and featuring glowing LED lighting, the Sound Blaster Zx is the bad boy of the Sound Blaster Z-Series, with an attention-grabbing design that ideally complements any power gaming rig.

Crystal Voice

Take control with the Audio Control Module (ACM) Incorporating a built-in microphone array, the ACM works with CrystalVoice technology to ensure you're always heard clearly. The ACM features full size and mini headset I/O connections, while the dial on the top provides convenient access to headset volume control.

Never unplug your headset again - with the Sound Blaster control panel toggle between your headset and speaker systems with the flip of a switch.

116dB: Experience every detail

A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 116dB delivers > 99.99% pure audio, which is 34.4 times better than typical motherboard audio.

SBX Pro Studio: Your sound, your way

This personal audio dashboard allows you to control powerful Sound Blaster technologies to deliver a richer audio soundstage suited to your personal preferences.

Sound Core3D: An audio powerhouse

The quad-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor offloads SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice effects processing from the primary CPU, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality without any impact on performance.

High fidelity multi-channel surround

Connect to an existing home theatre system through a single digital cable to enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.

Audiophile-grade components

Enjoy exceptional sound quality via the on-board audiophile-grade external digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and capacitors, partnered with gold-plated I/O connectivity.

Dedicated high quality headphone amplifier

Supports studio quality headphones and headsets of up to 600 ohm impedance.

Technical Specifications

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio : 116dB
  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at up to 96 kHz sample rate
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at up to 192 kHz sample rate to analog outputs
  • 16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
  • 16-bit to 24-bit playback sampling rates: 8,11.025,16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 96 and 192kHz

Rear Panel Connectivity

  • Line In / Microphone In : Shared 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jack
  • Headphone : 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jack
  • Front-Out : 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jacks
  • Rear-Out : 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jacks
  • Center / Subwoofer : 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jacks
  • Optical-Out : TOSLINK
  • Optical-In : TOSLINK

Speaker Support

  • Stereo/2.1 Speakers
  • 5.1 Speakers
  • Headphones

Bus Connection

  • PCI Express 1x

Audio Control Module

  • Volume Control Knob
  • Built-in Beam-Forming Microphone
  • Headphone : 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jack
  • Microphone-In : 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jack
  • Headphone : 1x 1/4" (6.3mm) jack
  • Microphone-In : 1x 1/4" (6.3mm) jack
  • Built-in Headphone/MIC cables to connect to the sound card.

Front Panel Header

  • One 2x5pin Intel HD Front Panel Audio standard header


  • 1 year limited hardware warranty

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster Zx sound card
  • Sound Blaster Audio Control Module
  • 1x Optical Cable
  • 1x Stereo(3.5mm)-to-RCA cable
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Installation CD containing:
  • Drivers for Windows 7 and 8
  • Creative Software suite
  • User's Guide


  • Sound Blaster Z-Series Control Panel
  • SBX Pro Studio effects
  • CrystalVoice effects
  • Creative ALchemy
  • Creative Host OpenAL / EAX5.0 HD
  • Creative Diagnostics
  • Dolby Digital Live encoder
  • DTS Connect encoder
  • Sound Blaster Speaker Setup
  • Creative Software AutoUpdate
  • Creative Product Registration

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor, 2.2GHz or faster recommended.
  • Intel®, AMD® or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 (32/64-bit), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI Express® (x1, x4 or x16) slot
  • Available CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive



Product Description
Creative Sound Blaster Zx - sound card
Device Type
Sound card
Enclosure Type
Interface Type
PCI Express 1.1 x1
Sound Output Mode
5.1 channel surround
DAC Resolution
Sample Rate
192 kHz (max)
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
116 dB
Hardware Controls And Indicators
Remote control
Microsoft Certification
Compatible with Windows 7
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Windows 8 (32/64 bits)



Device Type
Sound card
Form Factor
Interface Type
PCI Express 1.1 x1

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode
5.1 channel surround
DAC Resolution
Sample Rate
192 kHz (max)
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
116 dB
Frequency Response
10 - 45000 Hz
Hardware Controls And Indicators
Remote control
Sound Core3D, CrystalVoice, SBX Pro Studio
Compliant Standards
OpenAL, EAX ADVANCED HD, Dolby Digital Live
Audio Modes
Playback: 24-bit 192 kHz

Expansion / Connectivity

1 x audio line-in/microphone - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x SPDIF input - TOSLINK , 1 x SPDIF output - TOSLINK , 3 x audio line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm


Included Accessories
Remote control
Compatible with Windows 7
"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Software / System Requirements

Drivers & Utilities, Creative Diagnostics, Creative ALchemy
OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Windows 8 (32/64 bits)
System Requirements Details
Windows 7 (32/64 bits) - Core 2 Duo - 2.2 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HD 600 MB


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