Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo
Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

Audio Powerhouse

The Sound Blaster E5 comes from Creative Labs, a Singapore company that’s been on the leading edge of digital audio since 1981. Dubbed by TechHive “a Jack of all trades, with nary a significant compromise,” it bundles a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution USB DAC, best-in-class headphone amplifier, USB device, and more into a portable, battery-powered package that can fit in the palm of your hand. Plus, the E5 now supports virtual 7.1 channel audio input signals to deliver realistic gaming effects and audio cues with near-perfect accuracy and positioning.

Note: This drop is limited to 200 units.

Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

Wide Compatibility

With compatibility for devices across the board, the E5 plays nice with PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android alike. Because it’s powered by a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chip and Sound Blaster’s SB-Axx1 multi-core processor, you can expect crystal-clear sound and support for all of today’s most popular formats and sources. If you're a fan of wireless streaming, you’ll love the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC and aptX low-latency technology.

Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo
Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

Impressive Sound

The high-fidelity Texas Instruments TI6120A2 headphone amplifier features a dual gain switch that can handle headphones and IEMs of both high and low impedance. Know a song that’s gotta be shared? Two 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks allow you and a friend to plug in and listen at the same time. A 3200-mAh battery offers up to eight hours of playback, and can even charge an Android phone via the USB host port.

For more info, check out these reviews from Tech Hive, Bjorn3D, and Joker Productions.

Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo
Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

Specs

  • Creative Labs
  • Audio processor:
 SB-Axx1
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 
120 dB (DAC)
  • Connectivity options (main): MicroUSB 
line/mic, ⅛ in (3.5 mm) jack optical in
, two ⅛ in (3.5 mm) headphone outs, ⅛ in (3.5 mm) line/optical out, USB host streaming via type-A USB port
  • Max channel output: Stereo
  • Audio technologies: 
SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice
  • Microphone type: Built-in mic with auto-orientation sensor (landscape and portrait modes)
  • Headphone power output: 32ohm – ~1.84V, 105 mW (low gain); 300 ohm – ~ 1.78V, 109 mW (high gain); 600 ohm – ~ 5.72V, 54 mW (high gain)
  • Headphone output impedance: 2.2 ohm
  • Support for 7.1 sound
  • MFi-approved USB host

Included

  • Quick-start leaflet
  • Warranty leaflet
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Desk stand
  • 2 elastic bands
  • Mini TOSLINK cable

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Nov 27, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.