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    Thumbs up Creative Sound Blaster Z Series ZXR PCI-E Sound Card

    Thought I'd make a thread where we can discuss this up and coming sound card. If you have any reviews, please share them!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102050

    From what I can tell reading on there, this is a fancy ol' sound card that wants to bring daughter boards back! eeeeeee!!!

    A board dedicated to inputs... it sounds pretty sick to me! I must admit I prefer the look of the Essence STX, but now I'd like to see a Xonar Essence, like this...

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    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/C...aster_Z/1.html

    TPU did a review of the cheaper model and that one is pretty good, we can hope this carries over to the more expensive models.
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    I want to buy a sound card soon so I've been looking into them and none of them really stick out, but this looks interesting.

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    $250 is pretty steep, I wonder if it sounds better then spending $300 on a Receiver and running your audio out thru HDMI.
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    I am happy with the $170 I sank on my DAC, though this card does look quite lovely.

    It would however clash with my <3 for Noctua.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idrinkwhiterussians View Post
    I am happy with the $170 I sank on my DAC, though this card does look quite lovely.

    It would however clash with my <3 for Noctua.
    I would paint my Noctua to match this card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0cturnal View Post
    I would paint my Noctua to match this card.
    These are the jokes kid!

    Though I actually do kinda have a soft spot for Noctua's color choice, the Creative scheme is undeniably sexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpab View Post
    I want to buy a sound card soon so I've been looking into them and none of them really stick out, but this looks interesting.
    Trust me, this card is for extreme enthusiasts. Unless you're doing professional recordings, you're probably better off buying one of the $75-$175 cards that focuses more on the audio you're hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    Trust me, this card is for extreme enthusiasts. Unless you're doing professional recordings, you're probably better off buying one of the $75-$175 cards that focuses more on the audio you're hearing.
    I don't mind going overboard sometimes lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpab View Post
    I don't mind going overboard sometimes lol
    Fair enough! Can't say I'd blame you, just a forewarning. It's a lot to sink $250 in. lol

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    Very very interested in the ZXR it's going on my ( Must have need it in every way possible have it yesterday ) list.... about time I replaced mine tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    Trust me, this card is for extreme enthusiasts. Unless you're doing professional recordings, you're probably better off buying one of the $75-$175 cards that focuses more on the audio you're hearing.
    People who are interested in professional recording get external USB or Firewire box, all internal cards are out of the consideration.


    Real question is how this card compares to Asus Xonar Essence STX, because that's the main competition and it costs less.
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