Originally Posted by NamelessPFG
I'm somewhat intrigued...but still VERY skeptical. If I find the Z-series cards displaying any of the flaws and shortcomings I encountered with the Recon3D USB regarding its OpenAL implementation and general surround mixing, then I'm still going to recommend cards with the X-Fi EMU20k1/20k2.
I still don't think change is inherently for the better; Creative changed up their cards like you wouldn't believe back in the ISA days, and people still heavily debate which revisions are worth buying and which totally suck. There are already two very different Sound Blaster Pro models regarding the FM synth implementation (dual OPL2 vs. single OPL3), and even just saying "Sound Blaster 16" or "AWE32" isn't specific enough because of all the various little revisions Creative made with different chips and feature sets and whatnot. In other words, Creative dropping features is hardly a new thing.
Then there's the game industry's move away from OpenAL to software-mixed audio that sounds noticeably inferior from a positioning standpoint to me. All the way from Aureal A3D to that in a decade...yes, I'm still bitter!
Still, as much as I want to review one of these cards, I'm not paying for the review hardware since I have the worst luck reselling things. *points to Recon3D USB that nobody wants*
*points back at you*
The Recon3D USB has downsides, but you shoot yourself in the foot. It may not be able to fully support as many old games as your X-Fi Titanium, and probably neither does this Z-series, but it has as good or better support as the Xonar cards (5.1 surround conversion at least) AND has the strong selling point of working for PC, Mac, and consoles, with minimal reconfiguration. I was able to sell mine even though I wasn't sure I wanted to part with it, I even referred the other interested buyers to you, but you'll never sell yours if you constantly say "Nobody wants it." It's not luck, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That advice off my chest (have I said it before?), I'm very interested in the new Z-series cards, but if I don't get one "I"
may offer to buy it off you, just so that I don't have to open my computer case and unscrew/unplug the card from the PCI slot just so I can boot into Mac OSX. I wish Creative would make Mac drivers for these Z cards, but that's really Apple's fault for never offering an affordable PC tower and only begrudgingly allowing game support as long as they don't have to do extra work for it (Aspyr is a saint for making working ports, but unfortunately their business suffers from time and labor costs).
Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD
I ordered my ZxR card March 8th and tomorrow they FIIIIINNAALLY will be able to ship it to me. O_o Can you say high demand? Finland has been like almost fully out of stock of these cards for that long time, none of the suppliers had them and they weren't even able to tell any dates of when they'd get them...
Not to rub it in, but I walked into my local suburban Best Buy, confused the employees by saying "I'm going to look at the soundcards," and saw a few Sound Blaster Z cards on the shelf. I could probably get the ZxR online, but it was cool to see it in person.
Maybe some day I'll move to California. They have almost everything there, though also a higher cost of living.