Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting

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Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting

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Product Highlights

  • 32-Bit / 384 kHz Audio Playback
  • 122 dB Dynamic Range
  • 16-600 Ohms Headphone Impedance
  • PCIe Connectivity
  • Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification
  • SABRE Ultra Class DAC
  • Aurora Reactive Lighting System
  • BlasterX Acoustic Engine
  • Scout 2.0
  • Windows Compatible
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Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 overview

  • 1Description

With support for 5.1-channel discrete surround and 7.1-channel virtual surround, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting from Creative Labs takes advantage of Xamp, a discrete headphone amplifier that utilizes bi-amplification technology. With Xamp, each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing lossless audio to be delivered to each earcup, where a 1-ohm output impedance drives headphones with an impedance from 16-600 ohms. Additionally, the AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class DAC, which delivers 32-bit / 384 kHz audio playback with a dynamic range of up to 122 dB. Thanks to the Aurora Reactive Lighting System, the AE-5's customizable RGB LEDs and included RGB LED strip can be programmed to display up to 16.8 million colors in different patterns using the free downloadable Sound Blaster Connect software for Windows. Audio processing technologies are rounded out by the BlasterX Acoustic Engine and Scout 2.0 helps those looking for an edge in FPS gaming.

General Features


Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 features Xamp, Creative Labs' custom-designed discrete headphone amplifier. Each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing the AE-5 to deliver clear audio fidelity in a lossless model to each earcup. The low 1-ohm output impedance is able to drive 16-600 ohm headphones.
SABRE32 Ultra Class DAC
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class PCIe DAC which is well-suited for high-resolution audio for games, music, and movies. It delivers up to 32-bit / 384 kHz playback with a 122 dB dynamic range (DNR), low distortion, and jitter. It also supports 5.1-channel discrete surround and 7.1-channel virtual sound.

RGB Lighting

Aurora Reactive Lighting System
Enjoy a symphony of lights and sound with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System. The AE-5 has customizable RGB LEDs on its body, and also features an included RGB LED strip. Program up to 16.8 million colors in different patterns with the free downloadable Sound Blaster Connect software for PC.

Sound Enhancement

BlasterX Acoustic Engine
The BlasterX Acoustic Engine is a suite of fully customizable audio processing technologies that deliver levels of audio immersion and precision for those looking for a competitive advantage. These sound technologies create levels of audio realism, including 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.
Scout 2.0
Expand your horizon with a gaming companion that enables you to visualize and see where enemies are on the radar through your mobile device for any First-Person Shooter (FPS) game.
Pure Edition
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is also available in a white edition. Apart from its white casing, the Pure Edition comes with four LED strips, which is three more than the standard version.
UPC: 054651191686
In the Box
Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting
  • 1 x LED Strip (10 LEDs, 11.8" / 30.0cm)
  • 1 x Extension Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 specs

    Platform PCIe
    Power PCIe bus power, +5 V for Aurora lighting (requires 4-pin molex peripheral connector from PC power supply)
    Audio Technology BlasterX Acoustic Engine
    Dynamic Range 122 dB
    Connectivity Options (Main) 1 x TOSLINK Optical-out
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mic/Line Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Headset Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Front Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Rear Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Center/Sub Output
    Connectivity Options (Accessory) 1 x Front Panel Header
    1 x RGB LED Header (supports 5 V RGB strips)
    Headphone Amp Supported Headphone Impedance: 16 - 600 Ohms
    Audio Technologies CrystalVoice, Scout Mode
    System Requirements
    Processor Intel Core i3 or AMD equivalent processor
    Motherboard Intel, AMD, or 100% compatible motherboard
    Operating System Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (32/64-bit)
    Memory 1 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space >600 MB of free hard disk space
    Connectivity Available PCIe slot
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions 5.7 x 0.8 x 5.0" / 145 x 20 x 128 mm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 8.2 x 2.5"

    Creative Labs Sound BlasterX AE-5 reviews

    Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card and DAC with RGB Aurora Lighting is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big time upgrade over the Sound Blaster Omni Surround For the past few years, I've been using an external sound card, the Sound Blaster Omni Surround, which was pretty darn good. This is much better with all the improvements and upgrades. I notice a difference in the sound quality of my music, along with the headphones I just purchased, so I made a great choice to grab this and my computer is all the better for it.
    Date published: 2018-03-18
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