Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone

MX43066 Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone
MX43066 Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone MX43066 Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone MX43066 Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone MX43066 Sound Blaster Z PCI-E 5.1 Sound Card w/ Beamforming Microphone

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Average Rating: 4.7 / 5 With 7 Customer Reviews

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Thursday, July 23, 2020
By: Michael
From: Edmonton

Do you really need a peripheral sound card?

Strengths:

- Fancy software suite with a bunch of features you can fiddle with

Weaknesses:

- Currently no support on Linux systems without really janky, complicated, and unstable workarounds. - The red LED cannot be turned off. The color cannot be changed.

Additional Comments:

To be honest I don't notice much difference in sound quality using this card as opposed to the onboard audio on my mid-range gaming motherboard (Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Elite), although it does amplify the volume noticeably. If you have a basic board this is probably a significant upgrade. Even though this product has a shield, if you're serious about studio sound quality your best bet is to get an external device because EM interference won't be as much of a factor. Linux users, note that this product is not supported by Arch or Ubuntu (and probably others). You won't get any sound if you try to use it with Linux.
Monday, May 11, 2020
By: David
From: Edmonton, AB

Mr.

Strengths:

- Best sound card if you want to use a tuner for you sound via the optical out. - The mini Mic included works Very well! - The sound quality to all sources is Excellent! Very Happy with the sound for watching videos, movies, music! I loved it so much, I installed one in my other desktops.

Weaknesses:

None that I notice

Additional Comments:

Be sure that if you use the interface to switch between “speakers” and “headphones” and “IF” using the optical out to a tuner, you need to be sure to also uncheck the optical option before switching to headphones.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
By: Jeremy
From: Edmonton

Optical soundcard

Strengths:

Optical output

Weaknesses:

Other sound cards are weaker.

Additional Comments:

I like my Hi-Fi, so an optical output was required, as way some processing. This is amazing, and you can hear people sneaking up behind you.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
By: Peter McLaughlin
From: NE Calgary

Mostly Perfect

Strengths:

5.1 Analog to Z-5500 Logitech, and headphone's ATH-M50x, sound amazing.

Weaknesses:

Optical digital works, then eventually "fails", regardless brand of optical / toslink cables for the digital out. Sound Blaster Pro Studio (cd installer, and downloaded update separately). Both freeze on windows 10 pro boot up. However after killing it via task manager, and manually reloading. It works fine after that... Minor hassle, but works perfectly afterwards.

Additional Comments:

Would have liked to see a slight power in, even the floppy connector, just to balance out the power requirements of this card. Quality wise, it's amazing. For those trying to get optical to work....... Under CINEMATIC, select Dolby or DTS. 5.1 will "kick in" when a 5.1 producer app works. (foobar, with 5.1 addon feature). Or 5.1 blu ray, rare 5.1 Youtube, etc. However, you still have to select ANALOG Speakers 5.1... to get the digital optical audio to work. Yes it's strange... It works.ish
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By: Alex
From: Calgary

Good upgrade for audiophiles

Strengths:

Easy hardware install Great sound quality Extreme customization in the software

Weaknesses:

Software install tricky, need to remove all previous sound software before install or wouldn't give me full customization Red LEDs cannot be turned off, very bright

Additional Comments:

Great upgrade from a basic motherboards sound if you're looking to get a better 5.1 audio experience, once the software was installed it gave great customization and a much clearer sound whether using my surround system or headphones.
Friday, May 20, 2016
By: Joe
From: Edmonton

Great Sound Card

Strengths:

Sounds Great easy software install

Weaknesses:

None

Additional Comments:

Replaced my X-FI Fatality Titanium that died, went back to onboard sound on my Sabertooth 990FX Board, for a few months was wondering if the sound card was really needed. Glad I did, What a difference to onboard. I forgot how much better a sound card is. The highs are crisper, the bass deeper. Glad I bought it. And would recommend...
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
By: Richard
From: Calgary NE

Does what I need better then I expected.

Strengths:

Optical input and output. easy install (Had no detection issues with windows 7 or 8 or 10 ) Solid software, more then enough features 24-bit / 192kHz audio output! Mic and EMI shield are a great bonus.

Weaknesses:

Price Hate the LEDs, there is not way to turn them off in the software. in the end I desoldered them

Additional Comments:

Bought this because I needed to have optical input and output for my Xbox One and sound system. This card works perfectly. I have had 0 downtime in the last year and a half, over 3 operating systems. Software was very good, really surprised me how much it offered. I would strongly recommend this card for anyone would needs a PCI-e sound card.
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