The Sound Blaster Z soundcard from Creative is one of the most powerful and qualitative sound cards available on the market, and people appreciate it for a variety of reasons.

The fact that this soundcard can reach 116 dB when it comes to signal-to-noise ratio implies that it can reproduce sounds with a 99.99% clarity, making any normal cards sound faulty in comparison.

The Sound Blaster Z soundcard has some other amazing features which are worth mentioning:

  • SBX Pro Studio technologies – ensure amazing 3D sorround sound
  • CrystalVoice – perfect for online gaming and videocalls – optimizes your voice to be heard clearely
  • Microphone extension – using a beamforming technology, it captures your voice perfectly and cancels any other noises in your surroundings
  • Sound Core3D audio processor – built with a quad-core CPU capable of processing all features optimally

Even though this soundcard was not designed specifically with gaming in mind, pairing this with a powerful gaming PC will ensure an amazingly-immersive experience.

The features included in this amazing soundcard from Creative were tested in games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and other similar shooters, and the results were impressive. Besides having a good gaming PC, it is also very important to invest in a great mousepad for FPS games.

You can easily and identify the direction of your opponents just by the sound of their steps, and this technology is helped even more by using high-quality headphones.

Even though this soundcard is an amazing option for both headphones and speaker systems, today we will focus on the best headphone options to explore immersive virtual worlds from the comfort of your PC.

How we chose the best headphones for a Sound Blaster Z card

Our team of expert testers, with a combined experience of 15 years, has tackled a variety of testing tasks for any device you could imagine.

Their experience comes into play as a very important element when choosing the products we described in this guide, and a large variety of factors have been taken into consideration.

The options that have been chosen offer great quality and cover the entire spectrum of price ranges, thus enabling everybody to find something that fits their needs both financially and otherwise.

Sony WH-1000XM4

  • Dual Noise Sensor
  • Edge-AI sound optimizations
  • 30 hour playback time with one charge
  • Great comfort
  • Touch sensor for music control and answering calls
  • Automatically pauses playback when removed
  • Price can be too much for some users

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are our top pick for the best headphones to match with the powerful Sound Blaster Z card from Creative.

This amazingly-comfortable device uses a powerful Dual Noise Sensor technology to reduce ambient sound no matter how intense it is, and the great built-in pads also physically isolate your ears from any exterior disturbances.

The combination of these two elements ensures that you won’t be distracted by any sounds while playing games or listening to your favorite music.

When it comes to music-related optimization, the Sony WH-1000XM4 uses Edge-AI, which is a feature developed with the help of Sony Music Studios Tokyo. This ensures that the full sound spectrum produced by your powerful soundcard will be hitting your eardrum in exactly the right way.

Being wireless headphones, the battery life is another important aspect, and these headphones pass the test with flying colors, enabling you to use to for up to 30 hours with one charge. To ensure that you can always use them, they also come with a feature that allows 5 hours of playback with just a 10-minute charge.


Sony WH1000XM2

  • Comes with removable cable
  • Bluetooth and NFC connection
  • 30 hours wireless playback / 40 hours wired
  • Noise canceling technology
  • DSEE HX, S-Master HX, and LDAC
  • Doesn't have sound optimizations

The Sony WH1000XM2 is the previous model of the first option in this list, making them some amazing headphones for the Sound Blaster Z soundcard as well.

Coming at a more affordable price than the previously-mentioned model, this device also uses digital noise-canceling which will protect your listening experience from any exterior disturbances, with some great customization options for atmospheric pressure.

These headphones are extremely portable, and allow freedom of movement with the use of a wireless connection through Bluetooth, and also NFC.

Even more, the headphones can automatically detect the level and pitch of the ambient sound, and then optimize the noise-canceling process to deal with the sounds effectively, giving you an immersive experience no matter if you’re listening to music or playing your favorite games.

Using some high-quality audio codecs like DSEE HX, S-Master HX, and LDAC ensures that the quality of the sound emitted by your Creative Sound Blaster Z soundcard can be appreciated in full effect.


Bose QuietComfort 35 II

  • 3-levels of noise cancelling
  • Comes with a useful carry-case
  • 20 hours battery life on one charge
  • Alexa-enabled
  • Bose AR enabled - audio augumented reality
  • No touch controls

No top 5 headphones list would be complete without having a Bose headphone set included, and in this case, we chose the QuietComfort 35 II model.

As the name suggests, this set of headphones is one of the most comfortable we tried for this list, and the number of features included makes it a very good fit for the Sound Blaster Z soundcard from Creative.

This amazing device comes with great noise cancellation features, allowing 3 different levels which will fit almost any environment you find yourself in. No matter if you’re listening to your favorite music next to a construction site, or you’re simply at home with family playing games, you will not be bothered by anything happening around you.

As these headphones are Alexa-enabled, you can use voice commands to control any other connected devices, and the dual-microphone system ensures that all the commands and even your voice during calls come in clear and crisp.

Even though it comes with a 12-inch USB cable for charging, these headphones work easily with Bluetooth pairing, and the settings for all these elements can be controlled by using the Bose Connect application.


Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

  • Constant sound pressure of 113 dB
  • Nominal impedance 64 Ohm
  • Long audio cable to easy movement
  • Replaceble ear pads, headband, and audio cord
  • No noise cancelation
  • Cable connection

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is another amazing headphone set that will be able to maximize the quality and crispness of the sound produced by the Sound Blaster Z, while also ensuring an acceptable price and great comfort.

With a constant sound pressure of 113 dB, and a nominal impedance of 64 Ohm, this model offers you an unbelievable sound reproduction capability, producing warm and natural sounds with great overall clarity.

As opposed to the other models we presented in this guide, this set of headphones has a cable, which, even though limits movement at some level, ensures enough space to move by being 3.3 to 9.8 feet, because of its coils.

The around the ear padded cups offer dynamic sounds and provide a reduction of outside noise of up to 32 dB. Even though it doesn’t use any sort of noise-canceling technology, the design is what makes it feel like it does.

Even more, the HD 280 Pro ear pads and headband, and the audio cord can be easily replaced, thus ensuring a long-lasting Sennheiser experience.


Sony WHCH710N

  • 2 x 30mm driver units
  • NFC streaming
  • Hands-free capability
  • 35 hours of playback on one charge
  • Adjustable metal sliders for comfort
  • The quality of the material could be better

The WHCH710N from Sony is our top pick for an affordable set of headphones that work perfectly with the Sound Blaster Z, and besides the good price, they also come with a wide range of very useful features.

To start with, this wireless headphone model uses noise cancellation to remove any outside perturbance when listening to music or playing games, and uses a Dual Noise Sensor technology to identify what sort of environment you are in, and thus automatically adapt the features.

One charge can last up to 35 hours, and also supports quick charging, to ensure that no matter how much time you want to use them, they are ready to provide you with a qualitative sound experience.

Besides this, the WHCH710N also offers NFC streaming and offers the full hands-free capability to take calls or use your device’s voice assistant. To top it off, these headphones come with two 30 mm driver units, which will be more than enough volume power even for the most demanding users.


Bottom runners

Even though our top 5 list includes some of the best options on the market, during our tests some other products stood out from the crowd, which are worth mentioning:

Skullcandy Crusher Evo

Anker Soundcore Life Q20


As you can see, our list includes a variety of headphones with which make a good companion for the powerful Sound Blaster Z soundcard, as we included both wireless and wired devices with a variety of prices.

Choosing the right fit both when it comes to your feature preferences and the money you’re willing to spend just got much easier.

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