Sound Blaster Z vs ASUS Strix Soar

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  1. radeon_freak

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    Has anyone had any personal experience with both or either of these sound cards?

    I have a mate who has the Z but to me his headphones sound quite boomy and the base is over emphasized with the out of the box settings.

    They both seem quite similar to one another so would like to hear some personal experiences if possible. Maybe some pro's and con's?

    I mostly game and listen to music with headphones. I'm definitely no audiophile but I'm not really liking the on board audio on my ranger vii.
     
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  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I have the Z on two systems and I'm very happy with it. I guess coming from my previous SB card the X-Fi I noticed the lack of treble at default with the Z. I guess you can fine tune with the EQ but I don't really bother. Overall I'm happy with the Z for my basic requirements, occasional gaming, but mostly music (mp3) listening....for which I'm mre than happy.

    This a more than capable card. Sorry I cannot speak for the ASUS as I've not owned it.
     
  3. dexster

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    creative software provides plenty of settings which will enable you to adjust the sound the way u want

    as for the boominess was bass boost turned on?
     
  4. tree86ers

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    from reading around online they are about the same..
    from a software side of things I would go with the ASUS, as from experience Asus is less problematic (this is talking when using a Xonar U7 & Xonar STX compared to a Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality Titanium).
     
  5. lithos

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    Sound Blaster uber alles.

    The "software issues" haven't been issues for over a decade.
     
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    Sound Blaster software is brilliant these days, simple but great, many of their older products have proper Windows 10 drivers too, something Asus can't seem to manage. Asus RIP Windows 8.1.

    Boomy would be your friends' headphones and settings. I have an Omni (pretty much a USB Z) for my HD598, and they work great together.
     
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    Decided to go the sound blaster route and loving it so far :thumbup: I had to adjust the EQ and SBX settings as out of the box it was the same boomy type sound as my mates on both my HyperX Clouds and Alessandro MS-1's.
     
  8. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    In my last two cards with they've most definitely lifted their game with the software/drivers.
     
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    The Asus U7 has a nifty option of pushing the volume button and it will switch between the speakers to headphones for output.

    Does the Soundblaster external cards have a similar function?
     
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    The ZxR does.. but its a software switch not physical
     

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