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DarkNalel
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Feb 4, 2017
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I upgraded from an E1, and the extra features are great. When I purchased it I sort of did so to future-proof my self. I knew I'd be getting more and more headphones over the next few years, but I didn't want to buy some huge desk setup to drive them. As has been said before, this is the Swiss Army Knife of the Amp world. It sounds amazing. Maybe slightly warm (which is better than sibalent in my book), but otherwise flat. Some things that won me over are a 10-band EQ, mic on the unit itself, bluetooth, Volume Normalizer, functions as external battery in a pinch, and true surround decoding as of firmware update. Crystalizer and Bass can sometimes be fun for low quality and movies respectively. The sound blaster panel works on my computer and on my phone which is cool.
I struggled a bit between the G5 and E5, and am glad I went with the E5 now that they updated to give real virtual surround decoding (5.1 signal -> magic -> 2 channel headphones surround) rather than just stereo to "stereo sounding more surroundy" (2.1 signal -> guess what sounds should be surround -> 2 channel headphones "surround").
I did a fair amount of research to figure out what chips were in the E1, E3, and E5 before purchasing, here they are: DAC Amp SNR E1 TI PCM5121? Maxim MAX97220 106 dB E3 TI PCM5122 MAX97220 112 dB E5 Cirrus Logic CS4398 TI6120A2 120 dB The G5 has the same chips as the E5
They all output 24 bit, though the E3 can do 96kHz and the E5 can do 192kHz. Why anyone would want this though is beyond me, like maybe two people ever can hear a difference between 44.1 and 96, and no one can hear a difference between 96 and 192. Plus nothing is mastered at this anyway.
One little annoyance is that both of the front jacks are only 3 band 3.5 headphone outputs, where on the E1 one of them was a headphone/mic combo so you could plug in a 4 band headset. The E1 also had an option in the Panel to use the 4 band one as a mic and the other one as the output which was good if you had a headset that terminated in two plugs - with the E5 the mic needs to be plugged into the back. ~~Another annoyance is that if I plug the E5 into my phone and use it via Usb OTG, it continually charges the E5, draining my phone battery. So it's best to use the E5 with my phone via 3.5mm cable or bluetooth.~~ UPDATE: This can be turned off by double tapping the power button.
Feb 4, 2017
mattris
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Feb 5, 2017
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How to disable the E5 from draining one's phone or tablet battery: http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=741801
I find it perplexing that Creative didn't disable that 'feature' by default.
Feb 5, 2017
DarkNalel
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Feb 6, 2017
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Ah, thank you!
Feb 6, 2017
TeribleGramar
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Feb 6, 2017
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Hi, do you know if G5 has a microphone "noise reduction" thing that is available in E5? There is certainly no setting for it in G5 software, however I've read that G5 has it but does not let you to disable it, since there are no such options in software. Hope my question was clear. Also I wanted to ask about "mic eq". Does that feature allow you to change mic equalizer like a normal equalizer? Or is it another effect, similar to voice "fx"?
Thanks!
Feb 6, 2017
DarkNalel
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Feb 7, 2017
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I am unsure if the G5 has the Noise Reduction. The E5 has "Noise Reduction" and "Acoustic Echo Cancellation" checkboxes in the CrystalVoice tab. It also has a Mic EQ checkbox with drop down menu of 10 presets which I cannot figure out how to change. Here's a pdf manual but I can't find any real info in it: http://www.richersounds.com/static/manuals/sbe5.pdf
Feb 7, 2017
kbear
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Apr 24, 2017
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The E5 surround processing is based on the actual SBX Pro, correct? Seems strange that Creative would implement different surround processing for the G5 given their chips are the same. But yes, based on feedback from Head-Fi users, G5 surround is a mess.
Apr 24, 2017
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