Creative unveils new sound cards from the Sound Blaster stable

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Creative has revealed the three latest PC sound cards to carry the Sound Blaster moniker. The cards are being previewed at this year’s Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, which is taking place from 15 to 19 August.

Creative’s new Z-series consists of the Sound Blaster Z, Zx and ZxR cards, all of which use the Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor to drive audio playback.

The ZxR is the top-of-the-range card, with Creative billing it as “The World’s Best Sounding Sound Card”. It consists of “studio-grade components, which include external digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that deliver 127dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), sockets for swappable Op-Amps, a high-end 80mW into 600 ohm headphone amplifier, and 192kHz pass through.” The ZxR will retail for $249.99 (R2,050).

“The Sound Blaster ZxR has multiple connections including a proprietary connector to the DBpro, a daughter board that offers optical output…and professional-grade 123dB analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical input.”

The Zx cuts the price down to $149.99 (R,1250) and has the same features as the ZxR, minus the DBpro daughter board but with an added external audio control module (ACM). The Sound Blaster Z steps the price down to $99 (R850) and features everything that the Zx will ship with, minus the ACM.

Source/Image: Creative via Engadget

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