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High-res Creative announces there new Z-series. The latest PCI-Express cards uses Core3D quad-core sound and voice processors and there’s three versions: the Sound Blaster ZxR, the Zx and the Z. The  complete sound set up the ZxR (priced about £160/$249.99) boasts a 127dB SNR, sockets for swappable Op-Amps, 80mW into 600 ohm headphone pre-amp, plus RCA / optical connectivity via additional daughter board and an external “ACM” control module for less fiddling around the back of your machine. The Zx model is £64/$100 less, if you don’t want the ZxR’s “DBpro” daughter board, and the Z edition saves a further £32/$50 at the expense of the external controller.

Creative announces there new Z-series. The latest PCI-Express cards uses Core3D quad-core sound and voice processors and there’s three versions: the Sound Blaster ZxR, the Zx and the Z. The complete sound set up the ZxR (priced about £160/$249.99) boasts a 127dB SNR, sockets for swappable Op-Amps, 80mW into 600 ohm headphone pre-amp, plus RCA / optical connectivity via additional daughter board and an external “ACM” control module for less fiddling around the back of your machine. The Zx model is £64/$100 less, if you don’t want the ZxR’s “DBpro” daughter board, and the Z edition saves a further £32/$50 at the expense of the external controller.