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Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo

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Hey does anyone know if it's work with a USB headphone
When will this drop come back?
you'd be better off going for a mayflower audio arc or something
Missed it....was at 33 sold then when I got back from work over the weekend now sold out. Let me know if someone wants to sell theirs...
I got the Creative Sound Blaster X7 and I im in love with it. If you can get it instead , do it. It has the same SBX PRO Studio, that I use daily for my PS4 PRO. I use it for every game and tv shows and movies, and change the settings to match the game I am playing. When the SBX PRO Studio is off what ever I am playing sounds so crap, it is needed for best sound. I got the Creative Sound Blaster X7, because of it works for the PS4, the E5 does not. I use it for my lossless audio collection. My favorite feature, is the Op Amp Rolling, replacement.I replaced the stock Op Amps with the AD8065 and MUSES8920. The sound was amazing at stock but with the replacements the sound is ultra amazing with great vocal, bass, mid range and treble. The Creative Sound Blaster E5 does not have this feature. In the future I am going to change the Op Amps again to something better like the flagship MUSES01 and MUSES03. Again get the Creative Sound Blaster X7 it is way better and more features for only little bit more money. I use the Beyerdynamic DT990 600 Ohms, and my newest headphones the Beyerdynamic T90. The E5 only great feature over the X7 is the 7.1 surround sound as the X7 is only 5.1, but is there really a diffence for headphones? Review for the X7 and MUSES OP Amp
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Well crud, that sucks. Well, at least the Creative BT-W2 USB-AptX Bluetooth dongle I bought is advertised to work with the E5. And while waiting for the E5, I've tested it (using standard Bluetooth headphones rather than the E5), and thankfully, it works with my Switch (and likely PS4 too, haven't tested). I don't have any AptX headphones to test with yet, but even without that, the latency was surprisingly minimal. Too bad E5 doesn't work over USB, though. Thanks for the info!
I found this hifi forum about the E5 that might help you out.
These are unique and pretty awesome. Most reviewers call it the “Macguyver” or words to the effect; I bought it for my daughter and ended up keeping it!
The software does add something to its’ value (the mixer certainly), and this is the trick for every situation.
some special stuff is being able to be a remote mixing station into ipads/iphones etc (yes android too), and having paid for the apple codec, can save a whole convert process and keeps sound pristine.

For me? It was powering some B&W headphones that were too low impeadance to avoid bass bloat from my Xonar sound card; with this E5 I enjoy them fully, for the first time ever... saving them from being sold off. (I sold off my bluetooth Sony MDR1a as the E5 makes any headphones bluetooth capable.)

This is definately the best one box solution out there- and I am a purist. There might be a tonne of musical boxes, in chain (source-pre-power) than would out gun this unit, but at greater cost, less portable, and no where near the tricks,... and their benefit would be lost if not for critical listening- which I put to you, my reader, should not be the main/sole purpose for this player. This is a lifestyle tool. One that will continually prove its’ worth over and over again.

note; to not charge an android phone you may need to use a different cable (that isn’t provided). With newer firmware Creative came up with a method to avoid using the E5 as a recharge box for android devices.
I use bluetooth mode, sometimes even when listening intently... I find this unit even with all enhancements defeated, makes music ‘very musical’. It vastly improves our car audio sound, and has also proven the cleanest way to get apple files into the home hifi...

and today my daughter discovered the voice changer....(!)
This vs Fulla 2
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Go Fulla 2 then... the E5 is a bit of a swiss army knife and more applicable to those that want the bluetooth and sound processing software. The fulla is all about the sound, no features to speak of really.
Just ordered Both. I can't wait to A/B them with my music and in gaming!

I wan't to know, does a sound card really make a difference beyond an amp/dac combo and does the E5 surround work well in gaming. I'm gonna hear it for myself!
does this power both headphone jacks simultaneously? if so, i might need to get it.
yes you can plug 2 headphones at the same time
Anyone know if this works with Nintendo Switch?
In the latest OS update, it added support for USB audio, and several DACs are confirmed to work, but not all of them. Has anyone tested this with a Switch?
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Ha, oh well, I bought it anyway. I picked up an AptX-low-latency USB Bluetooth dongle from Creative, and *that* works with my Switch, and Creative even listed the Sound Blaster E5 DAC in the dongle's manual, so even if direct USB from the Switch doesn't work, I'll be able to stream it to the DAC over Bluetooth AptX.
new software on the switch may harm non Nintendo devices plugged into the switch as well as possibly bricking the system. it may be fixed soon.
DigitalRonyn I have had my unit for ~18 months and the battery is beginning to degrade pretty badly. I used to get a solid 8 hours but now I'm lucky to get ~4 hours. Is there a replacement battery guide or specs I can get to replace it myself? I'm pretty sure it's past the warranty now.
Hey there, contact me at and I'll work with you on this.
Any reason I should consider this over the likes of Topping NX4 DSD and XDuoo XD-05?
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I came across them a while ago but barely found any review :( hows the sound quality compared to this?
I've seen mostly god reviews for NX4. Not too many reviews for the DSD version though. However, it is one of the few implementations of ES9038, and a good one at that (based on very few reviews I could find). It's pretty much a calculated risk for me as there is nothing in this price range with this kind of specs.