Creative E5 DAC & Headphone Amp

Creative Sound Blaster E5 DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

Creative Labs
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Product Overview High Resolution USB DAC & Portable Headphone Amp
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.

Compact External USB DAC for PC / MAC
The Sound Blaster E5 is the result of Sound Blaster's relentless audio innovation since the PC era, backed by decades of legendary audio engineering expertise. With a proven track record of providing high-fidelity PC audio for discerning ears, the E5 now brings a high-resolution audio experience for your use with laptops, smart phones and 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.

High-Resolution Audio Playback
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 utilises 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.

Have a variety of normal and power-demanding headphones in your collection? The dual gain switch also allows you to match your headphones to the correct impedance from the Sound Blaster E5. This gives you flexibility in listening to music at the most optimal playback volume.

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.

Enhanced Audio Realism with SBX Pro Studio
Enjoy immersive audio realism, with SBX Pro Studio when you are watching movies or playing games.

SBX Pro Studio 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.

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.

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.

Dual Headphone Outputs
Dual headphone output lets you and your loved one enjoy your favourite tracks simultaneously!

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 hours1 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 Your Sound, with SB-AXX1™ Multi-core Processor
Sound Blaster E5 is built to also entertain. 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 personalised 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 & 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. Features Specifications:
• Output: Stereo
• Audio Processor: SB-Axx1™
• Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 120dB (DAC)
• Connectivity Options (Main):
- microUSB
- Line / Mic / Optical In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
- Headphone Out : 2 x 3.5mm jacks
- Line / Optical Out : 1 x 3.5mm jack
- USB Host Streaming: 1 x Type-A USB Port
• Max Channel Output: Stereo
• Audio Technologies: SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice

Includes:
• Sound Blaster E5
• Quick Start Leaflet
• Warranty Leaflet
• microUSB Cable
• Desk Stand
• 2x Elastic Band
• Mini TOSLINK cable
Specifications
Specifications
Product Type Combo DAC / Headphone Amp
Max Sample Rate 192Khz
Connectivity (Input)
  • 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Jack - Line Level
  • 1 x SP/DIF Optical
  • 1 x USB Host
  • 1 x USB Input
Connectivity (Output)
  • 2 x 3.5mm Headphone Output
  • 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Jack - Line Level
Bluetooth Yes
Rechargable Battery Yes
Dimensions 110 x 74 x 22 mm (WxHxD)
Warranty

Please note your statutory rights are not affected.

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Details
Duration:
12 months
Type:
Return to base
RTB Period:
12 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by As described on box I walk around with this in my pocket whilst listening to songs via my phone. If your interested in hight quality music on the go....its fit for purpose and is as describled. My best buy in the last 2 years. 11 January 2015
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