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Creative Sound Blaster E5 High-Resolution USB DAC 600 ohm Headphone Amplifier with Bluetooth
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- A DAC with 120dB signal to noise ratio (SNR) that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz can deliver bit-perfect, true-to-original audio reproduction, just as it was mastered in the studios
- Audiophile Grade, Best-in-class headphone amplifier enables you to power all the headphones in the market with clarity and details
- Portable Digital Connectivity with Mobile Devices allows you to stream high quality, lossless audio digitally from your mobile devices while on-the-go
- The fully customizable SBX Pro Studio suite of technologies gives you unprecedented audio realism when playing back compressed audio; turn off when listening to lossless audio so that you can enjoy bit-perfect audio
- Features built-in NFC technology for one-touch, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing. Simply tap and connect your Bluetooth device and enjoy high quality wireless digital audio streaming.
- Comes with built-in dual microphones that automatically detect and react to landscape or portrait orientation, allowing high-quality recording to smartphones and tablets.
- Connectors : Headphone-out : 2x 3.5mm Stereo jacks, Audio-input : 1x 3.5mm (Line-in / Mic-in / Optical-in), Audio-output : 1x 3.5mm (Line-out / Optical-out), Charging/Streaming : 1x micro USB , 1x Type-A USB(Host)
- Charging : via from PC/MAC or external USB power adapter
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Creative Sound Blaster Portable Headphone Amplifier
High Resolution USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier
The Sound Blaster E5 is a 24-bit/192kHz high resolution USB DAC and portable headphone amplifier. Built with precision audiophile components, a best-in-class 600 ohm headphone amplifier and aptX technology for Bluetooth, the Sound Blaster E5 is the perfect audio component for music lovers, whether they are on the move or beside their PC/Mac, smart phones, or tablets.
Designed for the Audiophile in You
The Sound Blaster E5 is designed from the ground up, to reproduce high-fidelity audio with minimum distortion and noise. It is built on the flagship Cirrus Logic CS4398 Digital-Analogue Converter (DAC), with an impressively high 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) that supports sample rates of up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.
Sound Blaster E5 is able to decode audio files ranging from MP3s and CDs (16-bit/44kHz) to high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz files, be it from your PC / Mac or other smart devices.
Powers High-impedance Headphones, with a Dual Gain Switch
A best-in-class Texas Instrument TI6120A2 headphone amplifier enables you to power any of the headphones available in the market, giving you clarity, details and a total harmonic distortion value plus noise (THD+N) of <0.005%. The headphone amplifier utilizes a current-on-demand design in the headphone output, which enables the amplifier to respond quickly without the risk of output distortion. When a large amount of power is suddenly needed, the amplifier can respond extremely quickly without raising the noise floor and thus degrades the signal-to-noise ratio.
Dual Gain Switch
7.1 Virtual Surround Support
Stream Music Wirelessly
Very Low Output Impedance - 2.2 Ohm
Headphones, like consumer speakers, have defined classes allowing manufacturers of amplifiers, receivers, etc to design with those standards in mind. Generally different types of headphone fall between 16-32 ohm for consumer or home applications and 600 ohm for broadcast applications. When designing the Sound Blaster E5, our engineers pushed boundaries by specially engineering the headphone amplifier circuit with a very low output impedance of 2.2 ohm. This allows the Sound Blaster E5 to accommodate both extreme ends of headphones in the market while minimizing the introduction of distortion to audio content caused by variance in frequency response.
Low Output Impedance
Dual Headphone Outputs
Multiple Input Connectivity
Jitter-free Audio Playback
The Sound Blaster E5 supports asynchronous mode which is superior to other USB data transfer modes. Data is 'pulled' from the computer under the control of the Sound Blaster E5, not 'pushed' to the DAC. This allows the DAC to process the digital signal at its optimal timing, thereby ensuring the lowest possible output jitter and best possible sound quality with minimal distortion.
MFi-certified for Apple iOS
The Sound Blaster E5 is a MFi-approved product, designed to work seamlessly with iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and has been certified to meet Apple's performance standards.
Long Battery Life
The Sound Blaster E5 is equipped with a 3200mAh battery, which offers up to 8 hours* of playback, even when using the Bluetooth connectivity option.
Sound Blaster E5 also allows Android users to charge their smart phones while on the go.
*Actual battery life will vary with usage scenarios, settings and environmental conditions.
Optimize Sound with the SB-Axx1 Multi-Core Audio Processor
Incorporated into Sound Blaster E5 is a SB-Axx1 multi-core processor, designed to improve audio experiences, such as increasing the depth and spatial width of the audio you hear, be it in movies or gaming. The SB-Axx1 processor also saves all your audio EQ settings so that you can enjoy your personalized sound, whether the Sound Blaster E5 is connected to a computer, or as a stand-alone headphone amplifier.
What's in the box:
- Sound Blaster E5
- Quick Start Leaflet
- Warranty Leaflet
- microUSB Cable
- Desk Stand
- 2x Elastic Band
- Mini TOSLINK cable
Backed by Multi-platform Software for iOS and Android
Get extensive audio control right in the palm of your hand with the free Sound Blaster Central app for iOS and Android devices. Use it to wirelessly customize all your Sound Blaster audio E5 settings so you hear audio, just the way you want it.
- Windows: Intel Core2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended), Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard, Microsoft Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista 32/64-bit SP1 or higher, 1GB RAM, >600 MB of free hard disk space, Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with driver)
- Macintosh: Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher,
- 1GB RAM, >600 MB of free hard disk space, Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with software)
- iOS: iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for Bluetooth^, iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for USB Host Audio streaming via Lightning port
- ^Devices must support Bluetooth 4.1 (Low Energy) or higher
- Android: Phones/Tablets running Android 2.3 or higher for Bluetooth, Phones/Tablets running Android 4.1 or higher for USB Host Streaming *
- *Devices firmware must implement AOA2 protocol that support USB Host Streaming
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The Sound Blaster E5 is a 24-bit/192kHz high resolution USB DAC and portable headphone amplifier. Built with precision audiophile components, a best-in-class 600 ohm headphone amplifier and apt technology for Bluetooth, the Sound Blaster E5 is the perfect audio component for music lovers - whether they are on the move or beside their PC/Mac.
Top Customer Reviews
For several years I have bought many devices manufactured by Creativelabs. As a musician and computer tech guy I have also helped to set up several of their products for family, friends, and coworkers.
The Sound Blaster E1 is a must have device for several groups of users. The designers and support staff are to be commended for its versatility. My intention was to use it as a headphone amplifier to boost the volume of my volume hungry, low sensitivity AKG headphones. Initially I had my doubts but I WAS WRONG. This device offers many things for many different target groups. And the sound clarity of both the output and internal mic are exceptional. So read on!
Since I’m not a sales person I thought I would first tell you about what its minor issues have been for me and the work-arounds. Don’t be afraid of this device because there are 2 small issues. It’s actually a cool device with several features. No sense both of use dealing with the same problems when one of us already has (that would be me). I will provide you with the solutions.
Issue One: Following the “In Box” Instructions
The included “In Box” Sound Blaster E1 Guide can be confusing for some. (It doesn’t say “Quick Guide” but that’s really what it is.) There is a far better detailed guide online which I will direct you to a little later. Frequently a newly manufactured device requires drivers that are not yet available and require the included software to be installed first. The software that the included guide directs you to download and install will not install unless you first install the device. The guide does not specifically tell the user what the correct steps are to install this device so read on.
Solution One: This is the correct way to install the E1 device:
1. Out of box the device is turned off. Orient yourself to the power switch and where the power “On” position is located (forward towards the tiny LED light.) You are advised to plug the E1 into a USB port in order to charge the internal battery and its first full charge may take as long as 8 hours. I found it took far less than that.
2. Make sure your computer is connected to the internet because Windows will need to remotely find and install the updated driver.
3. Plug the E1 into your computers USB port (probably better that you avoid plugging the cable into a USB hub since problems can occur.)
4. Slide the power switch to the “On” position.
5. In Windows OS the driver will be found online and installed. Be patient, for me this took a couple of minutes.
6. Go to www.Creative.com/support , find the E1 under the Sound Blaster category. Then download to your hard drive the “Sound Blaster E1 Software Pack” for your OS.
7. I suggest you also scroll up to the top of the page and to the right of the picture of the E1, click on and download the “Quick Start User Guide.” With 49 pages this guide is very helpful and a lot more than a “Quick Start” User Guide. Remember once it loads to your browser you must then manually save it to your hard drive.
8. With the E1 connected and on, install the software. When completed you will need to restart your computer.
So there you go!
Issue Two: No separate volume control for each of the two headphone inputs
Solution for Problem Two:
Make sure that the two sets of headphones you use have the same input sensitivity which is a fancy word for use the same earbud type headphones or the same brand and model of headphones. In other words hook them up and test to see if they are both outputting the same volume.
Important observation # 1:
The software is pretty cool with several adjustments that can be made. Of course the only way you can benefit from the settings found in the E1 SBX Control Panel (the software you installed) is to connect the device to a USB port in your computer. The manual that I suggested you download explains all the features quite well. I listened to both a DVD of an action scene from the Hobbit and a live recording of a band I made with an HD camera at 24bit 96kHz audio. Under the SBX Studio Pro I liked the “Bass” boost and “Crystalizer” enhancements but not certain I like the “Surround” enhancement. Individual differences I guess. Also when you first install the software I noticed no sound and found that the volume was turned all the way down in the “Advanced Setting” section. It took me a few moments to troubleshoot that problem.
Important observation # 2: Phone differences
I’m not certain that the E1 meets the criteria for “hands free” and the manual does not state as such. This is probably because you can receive “hands free” calls but you cannot send “hands free” calls. The “Multifunction” button works differently on different phones. I have a Droid 4 while my wife has an iPhone. The Four-pole analog cable (included) works seamlessly with the iPhone. A call comes in; you press the “multi-function” button to answer the call and again to end the call.
But with my Droid the input accommodates a three-pole cable. However something wonderful happens with the Droid and the E1. Inserting the 4-pole cable in my 3-pole Droid jack (remember cable will not go in all the way so don’t force it) and pressing the “multifunction” button briefly will put the Droid in and out of mic “mute” mode and slightly longer (like one second) answers and ends calls like the IPhone. Winner...Droid!
Important observation # 3:
When connecting the E1 to your computer via the supplied USB cable. While watching a video AND simultaneously tweaking with the settings of the SBX panel there is a slight stuttering of the sound. This may be specific to your computer’s processor once you make you adjustment the stuttering goes away.
So what can you do with this device...really and practically? Actually it has several uses and I tried all of the below except the “gamer” features.
• Let’s say you’re on a plane and you and that special person are sitting close to each other (Is there any other way to sit when you ride coach?) You want to use your tablet or laptop to watch a movie together. You could get a stereo 1/8" splitter to listen to the sound but chances are the volume won’t be loud enough. The E1 will be able to boost the audio signal and you will both hear every word of that movie.
• If you’re like me and have a studio quality set of headphones you will need a headphone amp like this.
• You are doing an aerobic workout at the gym and use your iPhone to listen to tunes. You also need to answer whenever phone calls come in. With the push of the multifunction button, the music stops and the phone call begins until you push it again to end the call and the music resumes. Pretty nifty huh? Well it would be better if you could permit yourself to work out and get your calls afterwards but I guess next life.
• You are outside at Starbuck’s and talking to you mom on Skype (like that will happen.) You don’t want everyone to hear you or listen in on you and your mother’s conversion. Don’t worry, the E1 has you covered. The clarity is impressive even using the internal mic on the device.
• You are a musician laying a keyboard track and another musician has plugged in a different instrument so they can lay a second track on your multi track software like Cubase, Acid Pro, or several others. Both of you need a set of headphones. This will do it for you. Remember the headphones need to have the same sensitivity value.
• I’m not a “gamer,” but from what I can tell this device will work great if you are a “gamer.” You can hook up your mic/phones headset with some pretty cool settings for added sound enhancements.
• You want to be hands free to receive phone calls. The E1 can handle this too.
• Finally there are several other recording features that can be done but that’s someone else’s turn.
So, if any of the above features interest you, I would recommend this device.
The E3 is a great and versatile device. I use it with my computer via USB and with my smartphone via Bluetooth. As my V10 supports aptx, I can't tell much difference between using the USB OTG cable and bluetooth. Although, from prior experience, bluetooth without aptx is not as good as OTG USB. The device is so small and light that it can clip to my shirt or my jeans and I barely notice it. In fact, I have more problems with deciding what to do with the headphone cord than the device itself.
Regarding sound quality, I'm impressed. The E3 sounds just as good as my V10, which, if you read the headfi forums, is lauded for sounding almost as good as audiophile portable players. The bass is strong and the sound balanced across the spectrum and the soundstage spacious (especially compared to the sound from my laptop). The E3 also drives DT 880 250 Ohm easily (which some smartphones amps can't do). But I listen on lower volumes typically and don't think I even have it at half volume most of the time.
In conclusion, not sure if I could do without this now. Hope this helps!
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