Creative Sound Blaster Evo Zx

Evo Zx  new headphones from Creative

Evo series Builds on their headphones range is the new lifestyle oriented that's designed to look as good as it sounds for the the purpose of gaming and music listening. While there are a few variant in the Evo line-up, we'll be trialing the top of the line model, the Evo Zx in particular. One of the differentiating elements of the Creative Evo series is that the company has built in audio processing capabilities directly within the headphones which helps the Evo Zx provide the bulk of its features.

Design and Hardware

On first appearances, the red and black color scheme projects a strong gaming-cred image while still pleasing enough for anyone interested in a modern, though techie-inspired headset. From a certain angle and elements present on the Evo Zx, some might even say it drew inspiration from the Iron Man franchise. 
Once the headphones are powered on, the "core" of the ear-cups glow red or blue depending on the mode selected, which resembles the glowing core in the center of Tony Stark’s chest.

 The Evo Zx can be folded flat

As, primary function of the Evo Zx is to deliver quality sound, Creative has fitted it with 40mm drivers.
It is quite obvious that Creative is going for a trendy approach with the aesthetics of the Evo Zx. To further augment the lifestyle aspects of the product, the Evo Zx has been made portable as well. The headphones can be folded flat for the purposes of storage. While there is a reduction in the footprint of the headphones, we have seen better implementation of the fold flat design element on other cans. 

The construction of the Exo Zx feels quite solid even though plastic is the primary material used in construction. Its headband is assembled from three pieces and offers individual adjustment options for both the left and right sides. 

Connectivity Options

The Creative Evo Zx has complete set of connectivity options. The staple option of connecting via 3.5mm is available, or you could opt for digital music playback via USB.

 Evo Zx has control buttons for power and playback located on the right ear-cup

As, Evo Zx is meant to be used primarily as a wireless pair of headphones. The device comes equipped with Bluetooth version 2.1 with enhanced data rate i.e. it can be paired with any A2DP compatible device such as notebooks, smartphones and tablets. Support for Apt-X and AAC codecs have also been included to help increase the quality of Bluetooth playback which is a lossy transmission format.

The headphones come equipped with a 3.7V, 1500mAh lithium ion battery to power the Bluetooth module and other circuitry with the headphones. Creative states that the headphones have a rated battery life of close to 8 hours. When the battery runs dry, you can still continue to use the headphones to provide audio via 3.5mm analog audio connection.

Moreover, the Evo Zx also comes equipped with NFC technology to fast track the  Bluetooth pairing process. The NFC tag is located in the right ear-cup and does indeed help reduce waiting times for Bluetooth pairing in our trials. 

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Write by: RC - Monday, August 19, 2013

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