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Creative Sound Blaster EVO Zx Headset with Mobile Bluetooth Wireless
Thanks to the built-in SB-Axx1™ audio processor of the Sound Blaster EVO Zx headset, you get vastly improved audio delivered to your ears in real-time. Be amazed by what you hear, even if it's from the most compressed sources.
Get ready to unleash the full power and clarity of your audio.
Sound Blaster EVO Zx's FullSpectrum™ 40mm audio drivers are capable of reproducing the full audible range of the audio spectrum, so you won't miss a beat.
Like your music punchy? More bass? Or want more immersive surround effects from your movies?
Make these real-time playback adjustments by simply changing your audio settings with the Sound Blaster Central app, and then hear your audio come to life.
With the headset supporting aptX® and AAC technologies, you're assured that the audio content transmitted over Bluetooth® is crystal clear.
The headset's ear cups cover your ears entirely, passively cutting out external noise.
So, whether you're on your skateboard or on the subway, what you hear is only the audio that matters most to you.
With the Sound Blaster EVO Zx, u can even experience cinematic, virtual 7.1 surround sound when you connect the headset to your PC or Mac!
Communicate with confidence and be understood. The integrated dual beamforming microphones work in tandem with the headset's advanced CrystalVoice™ technologies to make sure you're always heard clearly.
Ambient noise and echoes picked up by the microphones are reduced drastically. Likewise, unwanted noise from incoming calls is also being eliminated. CrystalVoice creates an acoustic zone that picks up only your voice and nothing else, so you can still be heard with amazing clarity in noisy environments.
Enjoy improved audio clarity for your voice calls through your mobile phone or VoIP service as Sound Blaster EVO Zx supports wideband Bluetooth technology, which enables more details of the voice data to be transmitted.
* HD Voice functionality is dependent on the mobile device and service operator.
Remember the occasions when you tried in vain to instruct some voice-activated application to perform a task? With high-quality voice pickup and all the voice technologies packed into your headset, your commands can be transmitted accurately all the time.
Use Sound Blaster EVO Zx as a VoIP headset while connected to your PC or Mac®.
Simply tap your Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled device on the headset for easy, one-touch Bluetooth pairing.
Sound Blaster EVO Zx supports up to two Bluetooth connections simultaneously, which is great if you're watching a movie on your tablet but wish to instantly switch to answer a call from another paired smart device
Besides Bluetooth pairing via NFC or the conventional way, you can also connect the headset to your PC or entertainment devices using the USB 2.0 connection, or the analog 3.5mm jack.
Use the included analog cable for direct connection to your portable media player, or swap it with your own cable of a different length.
Enjoy your music wherever you go as the built-in rechargeable battery has enough power for up to eight hours of continuous wireless audio playback.
Low on power? Conveniently charge the headset via USB and continue to enjoy high-quality audio while doing so.
The headset can be folded to about 70% of its original size, and can be kept in the handy carrying pouch.
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Sound Blaster EVO Zx compare and contrast reviewNov 19, 2013
By Galaxy Note 10.1
I've been using my Sound Blaster EVO Zx for a while now and my impressions on it are, well, okay. The headphones I'm comparing the Zx to are the Logitech UE6000, Skullcandy Aviator, and Skullcandy Mixmaster. Both the Logitech and Aviator are 40 mm drivers, and the Mixmaster is a 50 mm driver, but enough of the that and on to the review. First impressions were, wow these look way smaller in person. Pictures and box art make it seem large for some reason. I imagined them to be about the same size as my Mix Master but they're in fact the smallest 40 mm pair I now own. At first I thought these were on ear headphones. The ear cups are rather small and takes some getting used to so those with large ears may find this either uncomfortable or don't fit evenly or at all. My Mix Master use the same design, a circular design, but are large enough to surround my ears w/out irritation or much adjusting. The memory foam surrounding the circumference of the cups are nice and soft providing much support. The headband is made of the same cushion as well, creating a solid fit. The ear cups swivel and do have a limited range of maneuverability, which provides more than enough adjustability to ensure a comfortable position. Battery life is okay, it stated 8 hrs of play but that's probably under optimal conditions, i.e. solid Bluetooth connection w/out interference and settings not at max. I've found the battery life to last around 6 hrs playing music nonstop after a full charge. On the other hand most people probably wouldn't play wirelessly for 6 hrs straight so 6 hrs is ample time for most people listening to music. The great thing about these headphones are its features. The options of connectivity make it versatile for whatever your needs are. The Sound Blaster App is still very glitchy. Even when the headset is connected to my tablet (Galaxy Note 10.1) or my phone (Motorola Razor M) it sometimes does not recognize that it's connected. I would be playing music on the headset from my tablet or phone via bluetooth and the app doesn't recognize its own product even when it's connected and playing music. The features in the app itself are okay. The app does come with its own equalizer and special settings, such as: crystal voice, SBX aka custom settings for different situations (music, movies, gaming), battery life monitor, and a voice changer app. Undoubtedly, the best feature of this headset is the wireless play. I've found that it maintains solid connection from about 20 feet away or 6.7 meters past several rooms and other obstructions. This connection would have been better if it used a more current type of Bluetooth instead of 2.0 which isn't as energy efficient as higher versions or have the bandwidth. 3.0 would have reduced lag and interruptions in playback plus enhance battery life. For the price paid, it should've been implemented.
Now, on to sound quality, the part most people would probably be interested in. These headsets are, okay. I had high hopes for them, perhaps too high. Sound Blaster is known for audio and audio processing in the computer and gaming world, so I thought their headsets would be an awesome addition to my collection; seeing how well Logitech did with their UE line and they are a computer and gaming company also. What most people don't realize, or seem to even test, are the headphones with all features turned OFF. What I was looking for was bare bones quality. It wouldn't be fair to pit my other headphones against something with so many audio features when they don't have audio processing power like the Zx has. With all features turned OFF, these headphones were my weakest set: Surround sound OFF, EQ OFF, SBX OFF. Basically anything that allows for better audio quality OFF. With the features turned ON and adjusted correctly, they produce crisp clear notes and good bass. Bass could be tighter and have more of an impact. It's a soft bass feel, nothing like the sound of my Logitech which has immersive bass, or my Mix Master, which have hard hitting and compact bass. It still sounds good reguardless. Mids are alright, vocals and background instruments aren't as defined unless you play with settings. Sound stage is determined by the EQ settings. With db set to 0 and all settings OFF, sound stage is broad but muddy. EQ ON is a must for these headphones. Highs are also determined by the EQ, Crystal Sound, and Surround Sound. They can get very very high, almost painfully high, like being too close to a tweeter, so I advise using Crystal sound with highs on EQ in balance with each other. Overall, music quality is good with the audio enhancement settings ON and set to the users listening preference, nothing WOW about them, but does everything well and within its capabilities w/out going overboard in specific areas. Yes, I'm looking at you Beats and your overpowering muddy bass but hey, to each their own.
Microphone on this headset could have been better. Testing them out on my PC, I sounded like well...the sound quality wasn't very good. I also own a Skullcandy SLYR gaming headset, made by Astro, to compare mic quality with, as well as a Motorola S-11 Flex HD Bluetooth earbud and Jabra Extreme 2 Bluetooth Headset. The Zx is my worst sounding pair when it comes to voice sound quality. Some may think, oh it's not fair comparing the SLYR since it has a boom mic, well the S-11 and Extreme 2 don't have booms and deliver better voice audio quality.
For those beginning the headphone game, these may sound like the best pair they've ever listened to because they were the ONLY pair they've listened to. They aren't bad headphones, audio is good and build is above average. The Sound Blaster app, when it works, is okay. The same results can be achieved through other secondary EQ apps. I've turned off the sound blaster app and ran a secondary app, sound quality is pretty much the same, and yes I'm using uncompressed files with 64 bit processing as a baseline test. Verdict? If you're looking for something portable, mobile (wireless), lightweight, sturdy, and have good audio quality and stylish; these my friend, are the pair for you. If you're looking for something portable, mobile, lightweight, and have good audio and voice quality, cost less than half the price and has a 5 hr play with full charge in 15 mins, I recommend the S-11 Flex HD. If you really want a pair of headphones that are well worth the coin dropped on it, Audio-Technica ATH-M50. If you can find one around $150 like I did, then I suggest the Skullcandy Mix Master. At $150 the price to quality ratio is well worth it. If you want an excellent audio player then Neutron is right up your alley. High levels of audio customization including DSP, dither, eq of course, pitch and tempo (if you're into that kind of thing), processing modes, etc. As for sound leakage... it leaks pretty badly for being a closed headset. Oh and I forgot to mention. Because it's bluetooth 2.0 it does have a tendency to cut out from time to time. Reminds me of when CD's skip
over all good would recommendDec 28, 2013
good sound NFC for phones is good a bunch of software stuff (voice morpher sound equalizer and profiles) really helped me because i have a laptop and as some of you know they are susceptible to EMI and i would have static out of my 3.5 mm analog jack even with volume off (on any headphones(these too)) but if you use the usb the sound card is on the headphones themselves eliminating any static even on max volume. also i really like there glow its really visible especially in the dark
their shape the cups are small and i have really small ears and there to small for me there more like on the ear then the more common around the ear cup, i also did not really fell the acoustic noise cancellation because i can still hear my laptops fan (powerful dual fan desktop replacement laptop) i can say for certain any Bose headset has way better acoustic noise cancellation. another thing is the software (sound blaster evo control panel) it conflicted with my other speaker software(THX something) resulting in VERY slow operation i mean to switch tabs it will first freeze then in like 40-50 sec it will switch. so you cant have other audio software open next was the driver (part of sound blaster evo control panel) apparently it does not install the Bluetooth drives needed for PC so windows 7 identified it as a hand free crappy mono headset and would transmit the worst over compressed mono interrupting sound possible it was unusable so found a fix online here it is for anyone else having this problem
Download the "Windows Mobile Device Center"
- Install the downloaded software but it may not look like it worked on Windows 7 PCs. Vista automatically configures the settings on the bluetooth devices but for those who have Windows 7, here are the things you should do:
- Go to 'Device Manager' from 'Control Panel' -Or- just right-click on Computer Icon and choose 'Properties' and then click on 'Device Manager'.
- You'll see an 'Unknown Device' named 'Bluetooth Peripheral Device'
- Right-Click it and click on "Update Driver Software" -Or- anyway you find it easy to bring up the Update driver window.
- Click "Browse My Computer for Driver Software" button.
- Click "Let Me Pick from a List of Device Drivers on my computer".
- Select 'Bluetooth Radio' from the list if it asked you to select and then in the next window, it will show a list of drivers with Company Names in one list and Drivers in another. In the Company List choose 'Microsoft Corporation', not only Microsoft.
- From the drivers list there may be one or more drivers with the name "Windows Mobile-Based Device Support" with different driver versions. Select one or the latest.
- Ignore any warnings and keep pressing next and then Finish at last. If all goes well, the last screen will show the message that device driver is successfully installed.
S***ty headsetsNov 11, 2013
By Naphone Sa
These are the worse headsets I've ever had from creative the mic is horrible for gaming the blue tooth does not even sync properly in windows 7 had to use windows 8 upgraded the the most recent firmware still sucks. So I thought there is no way Creative would release such a bad product, went to exchange got a brand new one and still the same problem so I thought it was just a bad batch gave them one last chance went to another store and yup still the same god damn problem even with the new firmware the mic still sounds all echo. For gamers stay away from these headsets they are terrible the mic is useless. Oh one more thing this is a $250.00 headset and does not even come with a blue tooth adapter so make sure you buy one if you want it to be wireless for your pc.
Multi-purpose headphones that deliver quality soundNov 08, 2013
♦ Brief ♦
I'm an owner of several Creative products ranging from sound cards to speakers and have had nothing but good experiences from them, so I was really excited to get my hands on these because "Quality" comes to mind when thinking about Creative's range of products.
Upon unboxing I was in awe by how amazing these looked, the black & metallic red colour theme makes them look very stylish indeed!
Then it came to holding them and you can really feel the high-quality level that these were made with from the solidness of the exterior to the premium feel of the materials such as the ear-cup cushions.
It's safe to say these gave a very good first impression.
♦ Sound Quality - Wired ♦
I have to admit, I was a bit impatient when it came to charging these, so as I knew these worked with depleted power by using an audio cable (included), I did just that by connecting my phone to these and blasted on the music expecting something special... but that didn't really happen, in fact the quality I heard was beyond sub-par and the music seemed very washed out, so around 20 seconds later I disconnected then reconnected the cables which seemed to do the job as the sound was very good, though the Sound Blaster app will not recognise the headset when connected this way, so you have no customizability unless it's through your devices own settings.
♦ Sound Quality - Bluetooth via Mobile/Tablet ♦
You will need to go to the app store and download the "Sound Blaster Central" software, this will allow you to get the full functionality of these headphones.
Honestly I was really impressed by the quality, it has a good amount of bass, the instrumentals were clear and so were the vocals. Sometimes with different artists I myself changing the equalizer settings through the app to get the best audio quality, but most of the time I found the default settings were just fine.
For those who really don't like bass, you can easily adjust this to a much lower level through the sound blaster app.
However those who do like a kick of bass will be pleased, however those who like heavy bass I wouldn't recommend cranking it up too much as it's just overwhelming and well... just sounds a bit sloppy.
♦ Sound Quality - Bluetooth via PS3 ♦
The PS3 does recognise these headphones and you can technically use them, however the only thing that gets transferred is chat audio, not game audio. I believe this is down to the PS3 rather than the headphones because most PS3 wireless headphones come with special dongle.
When I had done the microphone test through the PS3, I found it to be rather average, also due to the fact the ear-cups cover your ears, you can't hear the TV well making these headphones not user friendly with consoles.
♦ Sound Quality - PC Via USB ♦
Before you connect the headphones to your computer, it is recommended to download the "Sound Blaster EVO Zx and EVO ZxR Software Pack" which has two difference versions; one for PC and the other for Mac.
If you don't get playback from the headphones once the software is installed, right click the speaker icon and the bottom right of your screen, click on "sounds", go to the "Playback" tab and right click on "Speakers" with the subtitle of "Sound Blaster EVO Zx" and choose "Set as default device".
I found myself really enjoying listening to music through the PC, all the beats were very clear and really was a pleasant experience.
I also tried out the audio when watching a bit of a movie & played some games using the appropriate audio profiles and once again, nothing bad I could say about it.
♦ Microphone Quality ♦
- Bluetooth: -
The first time I had tested the microphone was via Bluetooth on my mobile phone, the results weren't actually that good as my friend said that it sounded like I had placed my phone in the corner of the room and it wasn't very clear.
However, after looking on Creative's website, I had found a firmware that "Improved microphone performance in USB connection" & "Improved Bluetooth connectivity for NFC pairing", whilst it stated an improvement when connected via USB I still wanted to retest the microphone via Bluetooth and surprisingly my friend said it was crisp & clear.
So was this because of the update or did the headphones have a funny 5 minutes? I couldn't really say, but the fact is they work well now.
- PC via USB: -
I had tested the microphone when connected to the PC after the firmware, so can't comment on what it was like before, but what I can say is the quality is amazingly clear when using it with the PC.
♦ Comfortability ♦
Initially I thought these were extremely comfy, however after 30-45 minutes of use they can get a bit uncomfortable, I think this is because these don't quite go all the way over my ears, maybe I just have big ears... but nevertheless for me it's an issue, so I can't imagine myself watching a whole film without having a few breaks in between to rest my ears.
♦ Overall opinion ♦
These are a stylish pair of headphones that are clearly made with high-quality materials.
By being able to connect these to devices via wire or wireless definitely them good for multi-purposes.
Although at the start I may have had a bad experience with the sound, this must have been a brief connection issue as I haven't experienced the same issue since, and now they deliver quality sound.
The addition of it's app/software available for your mobile phone/tablet, PC & Mac enables you to customise the sound for your needs.
All that said, these are available for a premium price so it all boils down to whether you're willing to fork out all that money for a pair of these.
Even though I really like this product, I personally wouldn't find myself splashing out such a high amount of money to buy these purely because I don't think I would use them enough to justify the cost, however if this is something you would probably use a lot for multiple devices, then I would recommend them.
Good sound but Mic is a wasteOct 14, 2013
I am giving this product a 2 star. The sound you get from it is good but there are a few issues I am having with it. The sound could be better and ever after spending a few days twicking the equalizers in software I still give audio a 7/10 rating . The built in mic is a waste in my view and after over a week of trying to change setup and still have everyone say I sound like one of the people over intercom in airport I gave up. So mic is a 2/10 rating.
A big issue I had was the fact my Bluetooth for my computer and laptop both can not properly install the divers for the headset. At first I tried updating computer Bluetooth software. Then made sure I was using the most up to day software for headset. Then tried installing it on my laptop and same thing happen. I thought at first this was the reason my mic was not sounding right, but even hooking the headset up using the cable I still had sound problems with mic. The headset does sync and work, but not sure what the divers that are failing to install do.
I would have given them a 1 star, but I have picked to buy another headset for my computer, and am using these for wireless headset for my iPhone and iPad. I am giving it three stars because they do sync well with my ios systems and there are even apps to help equalize the sound.
For the price I was expecting a lot more out of these headsets are they are almost double the price of top end Razor and Logitech headsets.
All of these issues have been going on sense first day I got the headphones. The whole first week I never traveled with them. I would have returned them but picked to just use them for my ios systems and a travel set of headphones so I do not worry about damaging my other headset I bought when on the road.
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