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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 RGB 5.1 Discrete / 7.1 Virtual Surround Pro Gaming PCIe Sound Card

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  • Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification: Each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing the AE-5 to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an unaltered lossless model to each earcup regardless of demand (The ultra-low 1O output impedance drives 16-600 ohm headphones perfectly)
  • SABRE32 Ultra Class DAC: Perfect for hi-resolution audio for games, music, and movies (It delivers up to 32-bit 384 kHz playback with a 122dB DNR, ultra-low distortion and jitter)
  • Aurora Reactive Lighting System: The AE-5 has customizable RGB LEDs on its body, and also features an included RGB LED strip (Program up to 16.8 million colors in different patterns with the free downloadable Sound Blaster Connect software for PC)
  • BlasterX Acoustic Engine: BlasterX Acoustic Engine is a suite of fully customizable audio processing technologies that deliver new levels of audio immersion and precision for the ultimate competitive advantage

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General information

A great upgrade your motherboard audio, the Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 sound card delivers the ultimate audio performance with the full force of a 122dB 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC, a kick-ass custom-designed 600O discrete headphone amp, top-notch audiophile-grade components and exclusive Sound Blaster audio enhancement technologies.

This sound card also upgrades your gaming rig with arresting light show, in addition to the premium, lossless sound. The world's first sound card with integrated RGB controller, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 gives you unique control over the lighting effects in your PC case so you have the ability to create and customize gaming gear that's as brilliant as your gaming prowess.

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Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is the first sound card to feature Xamp, Creative's custom-designed discrete headphone amplifier. Each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing the AE-5 to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an unaltered lossless model to each earcup regardless of demand. The ultra-low 1O output impedance drives 16-600O headphones perfectly.

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SABRE32 Ultra Class DAC

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class PCIe DAC which is perfect for hi-resolution audio for games, music, and movies. It delivers up to 32-bit 384kHz playback with a 122dB DNR, ultra-low distortion and jitter.

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Aurora Reactive Lighting System

Enjoy a symphony of lights and sound with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System! The AE-5 has customizable RGB LEDs on its body, and also features an included RGB LED strip. Program up to 16.8 million colors in different patterns with the free downloadable Sound Blaster Connect software for PC.

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BlasterX Acoustic Engine

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 rides on Sound Blaster's long legacy of audio processing and enhancements. BlasterX Acoustic Engine is a suite of fully customizable audio processing technologies that deliver new levels of audio immersion and precision for the ultimate competitive advantage. These sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
Good sound card 5/21/2020 11:31:23 AM

Pros: Using it for my sennhieser HD 6XX
Its good with it

Cons: Mic port some times get noisy to other people, I don’t know it’s from my mic XLR or from the card yet

Overall Review: Good

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5/ 5
Great product. Better than I expected 5/7/2020 6:19:45 PM

Pros: Easy to set up for my place in 5.1
Quite involved settings
When you get it set it sounds great

Cons: Could not find the light strip that was indicated in the description
Delivery service was not very punctual. They claimed Tuesday but did not get it until Thursday afternoon
Might blow my speakers ;o)

Overall Review: If you need an affordable and great sound system this should be on your list.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
My personal review 5/1/2020 12:50:11 PM

Pros: Work totally fine with my (250Ohm) DT 990 pro
The driver or the application is very easy to use
you can adjust everything the connected to the card in the application (Driver) mic, headphone, speakers and the RGB
Very good noise reduction for my microphone
shipping fast
The RGB on the card looks cool and works fine when you download the driver

Cons: The RGB STRIP only:: that comes with the product doesn't work on the SoundBlaster application and I Couldn't use it, still not broken it lights up on external RGB connector BUT can't adjust it or change modes, colors

Overall Review: NOTE: I never used any sound card or DAC or Amp before so I don't really know if other Sounds card are better or worst than this one
Although I couldn't install the RGB Strip right. I'm very satisfied with this one in gaming and music

IMPORTANT NOTE: DONT FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE DRIVER FROM SOUND BLASTER SITE TO USE THE CARD

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4/ 5
Clear Sound 4/24/2020 3:57:01 PM

Pros: Easy install and the color goes good with my other peripherals. The software is easy to use and has a lot of functions to play with to dial in the audio the way you want it to sound.

Cons: The RGB strip that comes with it was DOA. Why are we still using 4 pin Molex power connectors in 2020?

Overall Review: I bought it for better sound than what is integrated onto my MB and it is such an improvement.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
sound good 3/17/2020 6:21:41 AM

Pros: real good sound

Cons: no bad sound

Overall Review: i like sound

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Top-end sound. Worth it for me, but onboard solutions are very close. Is it worth it for you? 12/31/2019 2:56:03 PM

Pros: -Excellent sound quality on Analog or SPDIF
-Beats every onboard audio chip I've heard, some by a TON, others by just a bit
-Clean, clear highs
-Punchy, VERY clean bass (the best attribute of this card in my opinion)
-Decodes and passes through Dolby Digital & DTS signals if supported by the game/software/file type

Cons: -Doesn't encode Dolby Digital Live or DTS, but that doesn't mean you'll only hear L + R channels on your Left and Right speakers; these are interpolated by your receiver with all the benefits of the card's processing (for example, I have many stereo audio files that sound great in a 5.1 configuration on all speakers using SPDIF/Optical - this is a problem with cheaper cards/onboard chips).
-It's really a nice, high-end card which I enjoy very much, but in comparisons, it's only a bit better than some onboard audio devices (enough for me to notice clearly on a Logitech Z-680 speaker system, but for typical users, the difference is probably less clear). So, it's worth it for me, but YMMV.
-Software is pretty average, but not a problem at all for me and doesn't inhibit the card.
-I did have some issues with the LED lighting at first (while updating software, drivers, etc. and going through reboots - only 2 LEDs lit) - if this occurs, just check your settings, make sure you're running the latest SB Connect software and drivers, and unplug & re-plug-in your LED strip.

Overall Review: This card is absolutely worth the money if you have a very good speaker system and listen to lots of music or movies (in addition to games), however if you're a gamer who uses mostly a pair of nice headphones or smaller stereo speakers... while I'd like to support Creative Labs (they are the best in the business and have been for a long time), I must admit that onboard audio is quite close these days, and you may not notice a big difference (or none at all, of course, with separate audio devices like USB headphones).

Worth the money? Yes, but only for the right kind of speaker system & audiophile!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great value! 11/6/2019 6:26:31 AM

Pros: The sound quality is amazing. So many ways to adjust the sound! The install is easy, plug and play!

Cons: The software is not easy to navigate, at first. It is worth the time to figure it out.

Overall Review: I would buy this for another build.

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5/ 5
Great Soundblaster 10/19/2019 1:03:37 PM

Pros: Awesome sound card replaced my aging sound card as a gamer I would say for the money it is a worthy successor

Cons: None here for me anyway

Overall Review: Great sound card

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