The latest version of this sound card family comes in two flavours — the ZS and the ZS Platinum Pro. The ZS features eight-channel 108dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) clarity, built-in DTS Extended Surround decoding and 7.1 surround sound for music, gaming and movies. Like its predecessor, the ZS has advanced resolution 24-bit/DVD-Audio playback and 96kHz recording, THX certification and FireWire connectivity. The ZS is also EAX 4.0 Advanced HD ready, enabling realistic multi-environment sound. A new karaoke feature suppresses vocals to let the user sing along to favourite songs on MP3, WMA or CD. Smart Playlist allows the creation of customised play lists. The Platinum Pro model adds multi-channel recording capabilities and ASIO 2.0 support for low latency recording. It also features a studio-quality external I/O hub with three analog stereo connections, optical and coaxial digital I/O, full-sized midi I/O, two FireWire ports and a headphone output with its own volume control. The Sound Blaster Audigy ZS and Platinum Pro cards are available from Creative.
RRP: ZS $269; Platinum Pro $499.