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Creative Sound Blaster E5 Portable Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC

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Creative Sound Blaster E5 Portable Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC

  • 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



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.

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.

Dual Orientation Recording with CrystalVoice Technology

The Sound Blaster E5 records via built-in dual microphones with auto-orientation sensor that reacts to landscape or portrait orientation, allowing stereo recording to smartphones or tablets. The Sound Blaster E5 also features CrystalVoice Technology, a suite of audio recording enhancements built into the digital signal processor (DSP) that reduces noise and provides for clear calls and voice recordings, be it from mobile phones or via Skype conferencing.

Communication profiles such as A2DP, HFP and AVRCP are supported for voice calls.

Hi-Fi Companion for Your Mobile Devices

You can play digital audio direct from your iOS or Android* device via the Sound Blaster E5 to your headphones. Digital audio signals are sent from the device directly to the Sound Blaster E5, which decodes them without any degradation in audio quality. What you get is audio playback at its highest fidelity.

7.1 Virtual Surround Support

Sound Blaster E5 supports virtual 7.1 channel audio input signals to deliver realistic gaming effects and audio cues with perfect accuracy and positioning via your headphones.

Sound Blaster E5 also comes with SBX Pro Studio for immersive audio realism. It can be switched off when listening to high-quality lossless audio, so that you may get to enjoy the songs unprocessed, in the way you desire.

Dual Headphone Outputs

Dual headphone output lets you and your loved one enjoy your favorite tracks simultaneously!

Stream Music Wirelessly via Bluetooth

The Sound Blaster E5 features Bluetooth 4.1 with NFC technology for one-touch, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing. A wide range of Bluetooth streaming codecs such as aptX Low Latency, AAC and SBC which enhances audio quality wirelessly, are also supported.

Multiple Input Connectivity Options

Sound Blaster E5 sports a Cirrus Logic CS5361 114 dB, 192kHz stereo Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) that allows audio recordings of the highest fidelity to your device, be it PC, Mac or even smart devices.

In addition, Optical I/O supplements the Line I/O to offer unparalleled connectivity options from and to digital and analog sources, such as today's gaming console, high-definition media player and even modern TVs.


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.

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.

Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Package Contents
  • Sound Blaster E5
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • microUSB Cable
  • Desk Stand
  • 2x Elastic Band
  • Mini TOSLINK cable
Colour Black
Warranty 1 year (local)
Availability Discontinued
Product Type Amplifier (Headphone), DAC (Digital-Analog Converter)
Style/Type Portable
Features Bluetooth, Dual Headphone Output, Line-in, Line-out, NFC, Optical Input, Optical Output
Sampling / Bitrate 24-bit/192kHz
Impedance (Ω) 2.2 Ohm
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 120dB (DAC)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.005%
Battery Life (hrs) up to 8 hours of playback
Input Connectivity 3.5mm stereo, micro-USB, Microphone in, Optical, USB
Output Connectivity 3.5mm Stereo, TOSLINK Optical (SPDIF)
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