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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, you 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.
Welcome the arrival of the latest generation of console gaming! Get yourself ready to experience some unparalleled realistic gaming action by gearing up with the Sound Blaster EVO Zx, compatible with the new Playstation®4 via 4 pole 3.5mm audio connector in analog mode and via USB connection.
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Why THIS? Why not choose other headphones?Jul 13, 2014
By Engr. Jay Mendoza
TL;DR │ If you're in the market for a pair of wired or wireless supra-aural⁽ⁿ⁰⁾ (on-ear) headphones, look at this headset. If you want a set with great audio quality, consider this headset. If a lot of connectivity options and compatibility⁽ⁿ¹⁾ are important, try this headset. If a dedicated sound processor is something that appeals to you, GET THIS FREAKING HEADSET. Sound Blaster is Sound Blaster, there is no explaining it. This is a steal at $100, worth it at $150, but expensive at $250 (MSRP). I got this new for around $110 here in Amazon, I suggest you try to do the same.
⁽ⁿ⁰⁾ See NOTE ON FIT near the bottom of the review. I see it more as a hybrid supra /circumaural.
⁽ⁿ¹⁾ Connect it anywhere wired via an analog cable (3.5mm), to a PC using USB, or wirelessly to any device that have Bluetooth; it even has an option to pair using NFC.
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Choose ONE: this OR that. Choose wireless OR wired, analog OR digital, PC or mobile. This is what headphones manufacturers tell us. Could it not be, "choose ALL"? I want wired AND wireless, analog AND digital, PC AND mobile. Well, Creative has the answer to that: the Sound Blaster EVO series.
And so, I bought the Sound Blaster EVO Zx.
WHAT I LIKE │ + │
+ As mentioned, tons of connection option: 3.5mm 4-conductor TRRS analog cable (stereo plus mic), Bluetooth (through NFC or classic pairing), or USB for simultaneous audio and charging.
+ On-board Sound Blaster Axx is decent.
+ On-board memory! Save your profiles in the headphones and use it wherever you connect it to.
+ It has 3 profiles: music, movies, gaming.
+ Foldable design for easy storage (compared to the ZxR's non-foldable design).
+ Scroll wheel for volume controls. FINALLY!
+ Even with its awkward fit, it is still comfortable.
+ The design actually looks great in person. It looks cheaper in the pictures.
+ Modular design. Because this is wireless, the cables are removable AND replaceable. Cables break more often than people think, and being able to replace it with any generic cables is just wonderful. I can even replace it with better or superior cables, like longer or shorter ones, and even braided or flat types.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE │ × │
× The microphone and "CrystalVoice" enhancement are OK at best.
× Awkward fit. May or may not put pressure on your ears.
× They left out the splitter cable and power adapter available for the ZxR.
× For its intended price point, the cables should have been braided, or cloth jacketed.
PACKAGE │ ✓ ✗ │
✓ Sound Blaster Evo ZxR
✓ Carrying pouch
✓ USB 2.0 Cable (A Male to Micro B) = 1.8m (5.91ft)
✓ 3.5mm audio cable - TRRS, 4 pole jack (L,R, Mic, Ground) = 1.2m (3.94ft)
✓ Instructions and warranty. That is all.
✗ No audio splitter adapter (4 pole plug to Stereo AND Microphone plugs).
✗ No USB power adapter, for those who want one.
WHY NOT SOUND BLASTER EVO ZxR?
→ The price - cheapest you can find is $250. MSRP is $300.
→ There is a very bad design flaw that makes it break very easily (read the product's reviews).
→ The only "real" addition is the bigger 50mm driver.
→ Noise cancellation and pass-through are only useful for the ZxR's full circumaural (around ear) style.
WHY NOT THE AURVANA SERIES?
→ There is NO Sound Blaster, obviously.
→ More importantly, there is no support for microphone passive mode through the analog cable. For some reason, Creative chose to ditch the feature to use it as an analog headset. What this means is that it does not support TRRS 4-pole plugs (stereo plus microphone) which are commonly found in mobile devices. Thus, it could not also be split into a separate stereo and microphone cables (for PC, usually).
If you are looking for a gaming headset to be used purely on a desktop, I suggest you buy the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset. You'll get a dedicated, external USB sound card with that, which you can also hook to a speaker (or another headset, like in my trial, my new EVO Zx).
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The following portion answers many potential questions. If you do not need explanation of how it works, skip to the bottom of review (to the VERDICT).
A NOTE ON THE SOUND BLASTER
It is a misconception that the EVO Zx/ZxR have an on board Core3D processor (particularly, a Z-series, because of its name). What it has is an Axx1 processor usually found on the Axx Series of speakers. This processor powers the SBX Pro. SBX Pro is the "enhancer" of sound, like a collection of software that runs on Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS.
Think of it like this...
Loudspeaker ↔ Axx ↔ USB/Bluetooth ↔ SBX Pro ↔ Source (Win/Mac/Android/iOS)
And if you are using analog connection (no power):
Loudspeaker ↔ Analog cable ← Source (phone/tablet/PC/sound card/etc.)
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⁽ⁿ¹⁾ EXPLANATION OF CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
ANALOG CABLE (3.5mm). Connecting it via cable offers the lowest quality out of the box, because there is no software enhancement (SBX Pro). This is however, important. Any audiophile will tell you that nothing beats a dedicated, full-sized sound card. Dedicated sound cards universally accepts analog signal - usually through a separate microphone and stereo cable (in such case, a splitter should be used). But even though you do not have a dedicated sound card, this is still useful as ordinary but quality headphones, in case the battery runs out. This does not consume power, and thus, SBX Pro is not used.
USB. Connecting it to USB offers the best quality out of the box. Theoretical Bluetooth lag is absent. It also charges the device at the same time. It can only be connected to a PC/Mac if USB is used. This mode uses power which makes SBX Pro enhancements possible (because it powers the Axx processor).
BLUETOOTH: Connecting it via Bluetooth offers the best compatibility. PC, Mac, and other mobile devices accept Bluetooth connection. The same could be same for the analog cable. However, one advantage of Bluetooth is that it is powered through the battery, and transmits digital signal. This means it could be used to utilize the SBX Pro software and Axx processor.
NFC: Technically, NFC is not a connection method. It is used to INITIALIZE connection to Bluetooth. You can just use NFC instead of digging through menus trying to pair to a Bluetooth device. This is only useful if your device has NFC (most Android devices have it), or if you use an NFC tranceiver.
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⁽ⁿ⁰⁾ A NOTE ON THE FIT
Technically, these are supra-aural (on-ear) headphones. It rests on the top of your upper ear and your earlobes. I have average-sized ears. If you have a smaller ear, you might be able to fit this in, as a full circumaural (around-the ear) headphones. The front and rear part of the ear cups while worn, rests on my head, not my ears. Even the half top of the ear cups do, OR I could put the upper part of my ear in, and it rests only on my earlobe, which makes it somewhat a hybrid. I think Creative intended this to be circumaural, but I can't fully put my ears inside. Regardless, it feels light and comfortable.
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Individual photo links (Amazon product images I uploaded)
→ [contents] http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/mo1YRONI2BNL01P/B00D34A1G8
→ [w/pouch] http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/mo35KSGGKJ43SZ7/B00D34A1G8
→ [compared] http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/moG9M1XHB08A7M/B00D34A1G8
→ [mobile app] http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/permalink/mo2MD4I9EWY15FX/B00D34A1G8
VERDICT: I highly recommend this product IF and ONLY IF you can get it cheap.
★★★★☆ | 4 stars out of 5. I have researched this product before purchasing, so I know what I was getting. I cannot give it 5 stars simply because its MSRP is too expensive. Another reason is that it is somewhat struggling with identity crisis (supra vs circumaural). I would have given it 3 stars, but the addition of the on-board memory surprised me quire pleasantly.
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1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
I got a pair of these at Best Buy and ended up returning them because i was ...Jul 05, 2014
I got a pair of these at Best Buy and ended up returning them because i was extremely dissatisfied with the overall quality. I had seen soundblaster zxr headsets before and really liked them and was extremely surprised when i got these and they honestly sounded nothing like them in the headset and the mic quality was consistently poor no matter how i tested them. The only thing i was satisfied with on this headset was the ease of connection to all my devices. I could connect it wirelessly so easily yet the quality still sounded poor. The quality you get out of this headset is not worth the price point. I suggest looking for a different headset or upping your price point to get the zxr.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
AmazingOct 03, 2013
By Pen Name
This headset, people complain that it sounds to bassey and plans when they put it on. What people don't understand is that the settings such as the equalizer working with the sound chip inside is what makes it superior to other headsets. Of course it's not going to sound like you think it should sound as soon as you get it. You have to use the crystalizer and eq settings to bring out the sound that you want. And i so have several headsets and earbuds with eq settings on my phone but compared to these headphones, let's put it this way, even with all my fancy settings I put on any headphones I have, they are still shit compared to these. You will not regret these headphones. And btw I hate over the ear headphones because compared to earbuds, I can hear more sounds, so I never took a liking to them. But with this headset, I can hear FAR more sounds in my music than with my earbuds. Because of the fact that it not only has a audio processor chip inside, it can griffin RECREATE THE FULL DAMN AUDIO SPECTRUM!!!!!!!!!! These are the ones I will use for now on. I will burn my earbuds, they are worthless now.
Awesome with cables, not that good wirelesslyOct 16, 2014
By Tarek Assem
Well this is not a long review but I will point out some points.
Build (8/10) : It feels a little bit weak but it is not bad.
Comfort (8/10): It is not designed for long sessions, especially if you ear eyeglasses.
Music Quality (9/10): The application provided by Creative works really good with the SBX Processor, you are exposed to add and alter the quality of everything you will need. However, it does not provide that high-end music quality but it works great.
Movies & Gaming sound Quality (10/10): Nothing to mention but it is perfect, in my own point of view, in both movies and gaming especially with the Surround ability.
Mic (9/10): I tried it on my iPhone, Skype, vent and TeamSpeak on Macbook and also on my PS4. People were able to hear me loud and clear with no problems.
Wireless (6/10): Actually it was disappointing to me. When using it wirelessly via Bluetooth, sometimes it lags during a call or during a music session. Although the headset and the connected device were right next to each others.
So to sum up, this product is awesome for its low price and when using cables. But SOMETIMES it may disappoint you in wireless mode.
Good, but...Sep 24, 2014
By Camilo Ramírez
I buyed it used but it was almost new, intact packaging and all accesories, for 60 bucks it was a steal, its a very nice headphone, not as comfortable as i tought but still very good, it doesnt work very well via bluetooth and windows has troubles finding drivers to make it work correctly. Creative should provide specific bluetooh drivers for this device instead of relying on what windows provides.
You only get the full experience if you use them with USB and the provided creative software.
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