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Originally Posted by stv014 View Post

... It is also convenient to have an "all in one" internal package, rather than an external box powered by a wall wart (or worse yet, batteries).
It is definitely a trick sometimes connecting my tube amp to a wall outlet to use headphones with my computer. I bought a Monster power strip (bundled free with my TV), but it introduces grounding noise in the background that I guess is due to the transformer or power-conditioner built into it, so all the computer bits (& my Xbox) are plugged into it and the tube amp's wire leading to it's wall-wart stretches across to the other power outlet on the other wall of my room. I usually use my FiiO Mont Blanc with my computer/Xbox instead, the battery power is a boon for fewer wires and usually comes with me to charge on my nightstand table next to my bed every night after I'm done with music anyway. I could see someone being frustrated if they often ran out of battery power, though.
Edited by Evshrug - 3/2/13 at 8:48pm
post #347 of 2359

Some users are reporting ASIO playback support now through a driver update however I cant seem to find this.

 

Let me know if you guys can.

post #348 of 2359
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I have not noticed any negative side effect by using ACM. I don't have really option though. I have to use it if I want to keep my hearing.

 

I am hoping to get one here this week to check out.

post #349 of 2359

I really cannot decide between the Zx and the ZxR....the price difference here is $130, I won't be using the daughter board. Play games and love listening to music (currently have a Essence STX and Denon 2K's).....it seems the price difference is due to the daughter board? Is the DAC on the ZxR that much better then the Zx? I'm willing to spend the extra but if its not worth it....then no thanks.

post #350 of 2359
In my opinion the DAC will be definitely better and you will notice it easily. Less colored for sure and with a nice set of cans you will appreciate the difference even more
post #351 of 2359
New drivers add ASIO support indeed.
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It's proper multi-client ASIO driver like with X-Fi. This is truly strong product line now. I was using ASIO out in Foobar and Cubase 6 64-bit.
post #352 of 2359

Will I be able to hear the difference between my current ZX and the ZXR? I use Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm headphones. I might want to get a ZXR when they become available, but I have no need for the daughterboard and I'm not sure if it's worth the price difference.

post #353 of 2359
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Originally Posted by Anarion View Post

New drivers add ASIO support indeed.

It's proper multi-client ASIO driver like with X-Fi. This is truly strong product line now. I was using ASIO out in Foobar and Cubase 6 64-bit.

 

Great move for once Creative, seems like they are really trying with this latest Z series.

 

I've still got trouble to decide, ZxR vs Z? The price difference is so huge and I'm only interested in the higher quality DAC and caps and I don't even plan to use the ACM module and I don't think I will be using the additional outputs on the extra card. I do plan to use soundcard as my source for quite some time though and why not get among the better options while I am at it. Probably talking about a 3-5 year investment here so $250 may not be that bad instead of getting a lower tier option. 

 

I do even master a lot of hardstyle tracks for newcomers so I guess I'd also do all those a favor in getting some slightly higher quality stuff. :P

 

Does any1 know anything about amping used on the ZxR card? How it holds up and what kind of sound signature etc. 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 3/4/13 at 2:58am
post #354 of 2359
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

 

Great move for once Creative, seems like they are really trying with this latest Z series.

 

I've still got trouble to decide, ZxR vs Z? The price difference is so huge and I'm only interested in the higher quality DAC and caps and I don't even plan to use the ACM module and I don't think I will be using the additional outputs on the extra card. I do plan to use soundcard as my source for quite some time though and why not get among the better options while I am at it. Probably talking about a 3-5 year investment here so $250 may not be that bad instead of getting a lower tier option. 

 

I do even master a lot of hardstyle tracks for newcomers so I guess I'd also do all those a favor in getting some slightly higher quality stuff. :P

 

Does any1 know anything about amping used on the ZxR card? How it holds up and what kind of sound signature etc. 

Well, I know that the the ZxR uses the TI TPA6120 just like the Asus Essence line does. So it will definitely drive my headphones better. I don't know if what I will hear (in terms of sound quality) will be better though. The difference has been already amazing coming from onboard audio.

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What about for gaming? The Zxr vs Z? Or even the Zxr vs TiHD?
post #356 of 2359
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What about for gaming? The Zxr vs Z? Or even the Zxr vs TiHD?
All Z-series cards have identical gaming features.
post #357 of 2359

Am I the only one here who doesn't seem to find this driver update?  I tried auto update and even checking the creative site

 

EDIT:  Nevermind I found them on the site :)


Edited by DJINFERNO806 - 3/4/13 at 5:21am
post #358 of 2359
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Originally Posted by shredzy View Post

I really cannot decide between the Zx and the ZxR....the price difference here is $130, I won't be using the daughter board. Play games and love listening to music (currently have a Essence STX and Denon 2K's).....it seems the price difference is due to the daughter board? Is the DAC on the ZxR that much better then the Zx? I'm willing to spend the extra but if its not worth it....then no thanks.

You already have a STX? Then why bother moving to a Zx (which will be a downgrade) or a ZxR which would be a sidegrade?

You're not going to get better sound quality by going either Zx or ZxR, different sound yes (which you can just adjust to your preference with a good EQ)... but better? no. Not especially when you have to splurge $150/$250 for a new card. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by apav View Post

Will I be able to hear the difference between my current ZX and the ZXR? I use Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm headphones. I might want to get a ZXR when they become available, but I have no need for the daughterboard and I'm not sure if it's worth the price difference.

 

Yes you might be able to hear a difference, but is the difference worth a $100? No. Just stick with your Zx unless money isn't really a term to you.

post #359 of 2359
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Originally Posted by benbenkr View Post

You already have a STX? Then why bother moving to a Zx (which will be a downgrade) or a ZxR which would be a sidegrade?

You're not going to get better sound quality by going either Zx or ZxR, different sound yes (which you can just adjust to your preference with a good EQ)... but better? no. Not especially when you have to splurge $150/$250 for a new card. 

 

 

 

Yes you might be able to hear a difference, but is the difference worth a $100? No. Just stick with your Zx unless money isn't really a term to you.

 

Really only wanted to try something different because I do game competitively and the positional audio on the STX isn't to great. Something new to try after 2 years of having the STX anyways!

post #360 of 2359
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Originally Posted by benbenkr View Post

You already have a STX? Then why bother moving to a Zx (which will be a downgrade) or a ZxR which would be a sidegrade?
You're not going to get better sound quality by going either Zx or ZxR, different sound yes (which you can just adjust to your preference with a good EQ)... but better? no. Not especially when you have to splurge $150/$250 for a new card. 



Yes you might be able to hear a difference, but is the difference worth a $100? No. Just stick with your Zx unless money isn't really a term to you.

I owned an stx and I sold it and bought a Z. Apart from a small difference in audio quality I'm glad I made the move. Gaming wise it just makes sense.
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