Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo
Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo
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The Sound Blaster E5 comes from Creative Labs, a Singapore company that’s been on the leading edge of digital audio since 1981. Dubbed by TechHive “a Jack of all trades, with nary a significant compromise,” it bundles a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution USB DAC, best-in-class headphone amplifier, USB device, and more into a portable, battery-powered package that can fit in the palm of your hand Read More

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lI_Simo_Hayha_Il
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Jun 23, 2019
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Great product, as long as the battery lasts. Creative offered me a replacement for $80, and I have to pay +$40 labor to solder it on the board, because they didn't think to use a clip.
Jun 23, 2019
TMBackstrom
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Mar 28, 2019
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Just got one of these direct from Creative for $60 off, $139.99 total. They're having a 30% off storewide sale, code to use at checkout is SPRING30. EDIT: Received the unit a couple days ago, and at first I wasn't really impressed with it. That's because I was using it like a normal DAC/amp wired by OTG to my Android phone. Once I connected it by Bluetooth, it 'woke' up! This thing is great! Drives my Hifiman HE-4XX headphones fantastically! Highly recommend it if you have a newer phone with BT 4.x to drive it.
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Mar 28, 2019
KabuTheFox
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Feb 18, 2019
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anyone know if the usb is compatible with the nintendo switch and/or ps4?
Feb 18, 2019
noouman
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Nov 12, 2018
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Hi folks, anyone run into swollen battery issue? What should I do with it? How to deal with it long-term? I am willing to sacrifice mobility if it is possible to remove the battery altogether to avoid running into same issue a year later. Swollen battery is slowly disintegrating entire device, turned it off and stopped using it as soon as I noticed the issue.
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Nov 12, 2018
makiroll
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Dec 26, 2018
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Same problem. Mine wasn't used for a while. Found the battery so swollen the engraved plate branding was popping off. I've learned this is a common issue and unfortunately the battery is not designed to be easily replaced, nor is the battery easy to find. pictured here: http://kcsr.org/kafir/e5/e5-td-2.jpg Also the E5 will not boot if the battery is not present, it gets stuck in a loop. Not shown is as third yellow wire that's not found on most lipo batteries. I've found a 1600 mAH version that I'm considering trying. Weighing between spending $20-30 to try that option or just writing this off as a loss. I won't be recommending the Creative E5 to anyone anymore.
Dec 26, 2018
adi518
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Feb 8, 2019
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They put out a firmware update that should manage the battery better and supposedly fix this issue, but it was too late for lots of customers, me included. I tried to source the battery from AliExpress, but it seems hard to find. It's just a 170$ brick now.
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Feb 8, 2019
Killerslayer
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May 16, 2018
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Hey does anyone know if it's work with a USB headphone
May 16, 2018
noouman
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Nov 12, 2018
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nope, it does not
Nov 12, 2018
Thean
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Apr 22, 2018
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When will this drop come back?
Apr 22, 2018
noouman
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Nov 20, 2018
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Having it plugged in 24/7 is what causes it's battery to swell and make it a fire hazard
Nov 20, 2018
prud475
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Nov 20, 2018
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I've had mine plugged in for well over a year and everything is fine
Nov 20, 2018
Carfanatic
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Feb 26, 2018
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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...
Feb 26, 2018
headphonecan1234
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Feb 24, 2018
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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 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/creative-sound-blaster-x7-detailed-review-impressions.756102/ and MUSES OP Amp http://www.njr.com/MUSES/index.html#Home
Feb 24, 2018
JacobSyndeo
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Mar 14, 2018
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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!
Mar 14, 2018
headphonecan1234
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Mar 14, 2018
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Mar 14, 2018
Whitedragem
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Feb 23, 2018
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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....(!)
Feb 23, 2018
Ilikedifferentthings
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Feb 23, 2018
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This vs Fulla 2
Feb 23, 2018
ElectronicVices
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Feb 24, 2018
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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.
Feb 24, 2018
Flowjangles
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Jul 24, 2018
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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!
Jul 24, 2018
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