Sep 21, 2018401 views

SoundBlasterX G6 / G5 or Sound Blaster E5??

hi there,
being a happy owner of a X7+BTW2 Bluetooth dongle and enjoying the SBX when connected via SP/DIF or USB, I'm about to get a G6/G5/E5 as well, just need to decide which one of them, and if you are wondering why I would like to get a G6/G5/E5 considering I've already got the X7, it's because I mainly plan to use the pocket-sized G6/G5/E5 on mobility (input coming from portable devices via analog 3,5mm jack source) or connected to the PS4-PSVR jack with the goal to amplify my headset, bear in mind that as soon as you switch the PSVR on, the PS4 audio coming from USB/optical out switches from Dolby 5.1 to Stereo 2.0, the only way to get the Sony Virtual 3D VR sound is with a headset connected to the PSVR via 3.5mm jack, so, assuming the G6/G5/E5 are on the last FW,
01. does the LINE IN support a 4 pole 3,5mm jack (left+right+mic)? 02. can the SBX tune the output sound when the source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack? 03. can I apply the EQ on the output sound when the source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack? 04. if my source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack and I have got a full headset (cans+mic) on the other side of the G5/E5, is the microphone input (mic chat) passed back? 05. just to clarify, can I use the above 4 features on all G6/E5/G5?
Thank you so much in advance
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in the end I got an E5. so: 01. does the LINE IN support a 4 pole 3,5mm jack (left+right+mic)? YES 02. can the SBX tune the output sound when the source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack? YES 03. can I apply the EQ on the output sound when the source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack? YES 04. if my source is analog and coming from the 3,5mm jack and I have got a full headset (cans+mic) on the other side of the G5/E5, is the microphone input (mic chat) passed back? YES 05. just to clarify, can I use the above 4 features on all G6/E5/G5? I don't know, only tried the E5...
I regret to open with: I don't have an answer for you, as honestly, I've been looking to answer this question. It's baffling how many reviews I've seen claiming to compare all of the Creative Soundblaster products, people listing the DAC chips used, the features that each device has, yet not a single review I have found actually compares the sound quality between them. I own the E1 and absolutely love it for what it is, certainly being an improvement over my onboard sound, but I wonder how much better the more expensive products with different DAC chips may be. But I don't want to fully dive in and buy it until I know at least some idea of what acoustic differences these units have compared to each other. It's strange what a mystery these devices can be, considering they're popular enough to even find at retail locations.