Creative Sound Blaster E5 DAC/AMP £99.99 @ Creatives own store
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Creative Sound Blaster E5 DAC/AMP £99.99 @ Creatives own store

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Found 9th Nov 2016
Never seen this thing below £160.
Great deal.

Really good DAC/Amp also with plenty of features including bluetooth/nfc.

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really good

Is it true that it is not possible to entirely disable filters /DSP? I.e. is it possible to use the dac and hear music without any equalisation applied? That's the main thing that has stopped me buying one at rrp.

Edit - can see on the website that it says you can. I'm sure I read on head-fi you couldn't. It looks like it packs more features than most of the similar price competition though. Heat added, for a good deal.
Edited by: "Smithington" 9th Nov 2016

eff me. Creative Sound Blaster. That brings back memories of upgrading from my old 386's PC speaker

Very tempted even though i don't really have a use for it... (_;)

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Smithington

Is it true that it is not possible to entirely disable filters /DSP? … Is it true that it is not possible to entirely disable filters /DSP? I.e. is it possible to use the dac and hear music without any equalisation applied? That's the main thing that has stopped me buying one at rrp.Edit - can see on the website that it says you can. I'm sure I read on head-fi you couldn't. It looks like it packs more features than most of the similar price competition though. Heat added, for a good deal.



​yes you can 100%

Muffinss

​yes you can 100%



Cheers buddy.

I've always been tempted to buy one of these, however the name puts me off, Sound Blaster. It sounds like something you would find in the Pound Shop alongside the **** audio leads.
Edited by: "Holeinone" 9th Nov 2016

Holeinone

I've always been tempted to buy one of these, however the name puts me … I've always been tempted to buy one of these, however the name puts me off, Sound Blaster. It sounds like something you would find in the Pound Shop alongside the **** audio leads.



Don't let the name put you off, they're around for very long time.

They did great sound cards back in the day.

cliffio76

eff me. Creative Sound Blaster. That brings back memories of upgrading … eff me. Creative Sound Blaster. That brings back memories of upgrading from my old 386's PC speaker


This or Gravis Ultra Sound which nothing was compatible with

Ruffuz

Don't let the name put you off, they're around for very long time.


Really, how do they compare with say, "Fiio"?

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Holeinone

Really, how do they compare with say, "Fiio"?


I had an e10k before this and although the e10k gave a more neutral sound I love the soundblaster because of all the customisation and features.

The sound blaster sounds better imo because I was able to customise it to what I wanted to hear.

Also I like the fact I can use the sound blaster with my sennheiser 598 + modmic and when my phone is connected i am able to talk to people through my headphones and mic.

Edited by: "Muffinss" 9th Nov 2016

Holeinone

Really, how do they compare with say, "Fiio"?



As someone mentioned I remember sound blaster even 20 years ago.
I can't compare it with Fiio as never heard either, but as I had many sound blasters fairly sure you won't be disappointed especially with all these features and reduced price.

bednim

This or Gravis Ultra Sound which nothing was compatible with



​Yeah, and I paid two hundred quid for one of them in Tandys back in the day

Muffinss

I had an e10k before this and although the e10k gave a more neutral sound … I had an e10k before this and although the e10k gave a more neutral sound I love the soundblaster because of all the customisation and features.The sound blaster sounds better imo because I was able to customise it to what I wanted to hear.Also I like the fact I can use the sound blaster with my sennheiser 598 + modmic and when my phone is connected i am able to talk to people through my headphones and mic.


Thanks, I really do appreciate your reply. Would it be possible to trouble you to another question? I've looked at their website and loads of things are on offer, I don't know if you have looked but my question is, is there anything else worth buying? If not don't worry and thanks again. Cheers.
Sorry, forgot to say it's just whilst I'm buying this, it will save checking out more than once.
Edited by: "Holeinone" 9th Nov 2016

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Holeinone

Thanks, I really do appreciate your reply. Would it be possible to … Thanks, I really do appreciate your reply. Would it be possible to trouble you to another question? I've looked at their website and loads of things are on offer, I don't know if you have looked but my question is, is there anything else worth buying? If not don't worry and thanks again. Cheers.Sorry, forgot to say it's just whilst I'm buying this, it will save checking out more than once.


I honestly don't know this is the one I have.

First a Soundblaster 8bit, then 16, an Awe32 (physically huge card, maybe a 3/4) upgraded to 64. Had a flirtation with AdLib in second PC and can still recall my excitement at the anticipation of their PCI Gold card, but the useless sods went under before a UK release.

Happy days.....

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rev6

Check this outhttps://youtube.com/watch?v=Ve2HfON4330


The soundblaster is also the cheapest out of them especially with this deal?
It also has many features
Edited by: "Muffinss" 10th Nov 2016

Muffinss

The soundblaster is also the cheapest out of them especially with this … The soundblaster is also the cheapest out of them especially with this deal?It also has many features



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Smithington

Cheers buddy.


Direct Mode
i.imgur.com/YfX…png

Dabooka

First a Soundblaster 8bit, then 16, an Awe32 (physically huge card, maybe … First a Soundblaster 8bit, then 16, an Awe32 (physically huge card, maybe a 3/4) upgraded to 64. Had a flirtation with AdLib in second PC and can still recall my excitement at the anticipation of their PCI Gold card, but the useless sods went under before a UK release. Happy days.....



​Yes seems like a relic from the past.

Thanks for posting.

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on buying a DAC and this looks great bang for your buck. Now I just need some nice headphones to go with it.

Heat added.

Bought, hope it helps my k/d ratio on bf1

I've had one of these for a couple of years. Excellent piece of kit and well worth it. Connect anything to anything pretty much. I've used it both as a headphone amp and also an ADC for vinyl rips to a PC.

Tempting

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Kaytranada

Thanks for posting.I've been waiting to pull the trigger on buying a DAC … Thanks for posting.I've been waiting to pull the trigger on buying a DAC and this looks great bang for your buck. Now I just need some nice headphones to go with it. 8)Heat added.


I recommend waiting till black friday, last year I picked up sennheiser 598 for £75 and they are normally 160

Muffinss

I recommend waiting till black friday, last year I picked up sennheiser … I recommend waiting till black friday, last year I picked up sennheiser 598 for £75 and they are normally 160


Cheers - Likely will wait, thanks again for posting this. You nearly lured me with that X7 bundle pack!

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haha that nearly lured me too

Kaytranada

Thanks for posting.I've been waiting to pull the trigger on buying a DAC … Thanks for posting.I've been waiting to pull the trigger on buying a DAC and this looks great bang for your buck. Now I just need some nice headphones to go with it. 8)Heat added.



​Buy the nice headphones first.

FloptimusPrime

​Buy the nice headphones first.


I'm not back in the UK till Christmas, so it's a case of buying bits and bobs as and when the best deals appear between now and then. Otherwise, absolutely Flop

Muffinss, i am tempted. I also bought the 598's last Black Friday but have not used them much at all.


The question i have is:

Once / If the internal battery dies, can it be still powered from USB?

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i have mine plugged into usb 24/7

Hey i have a question i was going to buy the G5 for the scout mode ect however this one seems realy veratile. My Question is does the E5 come with the same software as the G5 and do you get scout mode?

harisonwright

Hey i have a question i was going to buy the G5 for the scout mode ect … Hey i have a question i was going to buy the G5 for the scout mode ect however this one seems realy veratile. My Question is does the E5 come with the same software as the G5 and do you get scout mode?



Also is it worth the extra £40 over the e10k if i want going the use the battery or the bluetooth ​

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harisonwright

Also is it worth the extra £40 over the e10k if i want going the use the … Also is it worth the extra £40 over the e10k if i want going the use the battery or the bluetooth ​


100% is worth it. The G5 is the worse version of this without bluetooth or battery but it is more expensive. This also has scout mode.

Ordered one, was briefly unavailable but back up last night

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awesome tell me if you like it

forgot to order this ans the prove is back up now!
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