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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 RGB 5.1 Discrete / 7.1 Virtual Surround Pro Gaming PCIe Sound Card $119.99 + Free Shipping

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Not any lower than the previous Amazon low, according to Keepa.
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Can someone explain if this item would really be needed with today's PC's and their level of sound technology? Is this strictly for audiophiles who would have a higher level of speaker and/or headphones that could actually interpret the better processing?
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Can someone explain if this item would really be needed with today's PC's and their level of sound technology? Is this strictly for audiophiles who would have a higher level of speaker and/or headphones that could actually interpret the better processing?
I think so - It's mostly for Audiophiles. However it is also very useful for people who need a second output channel, like people who produce music, DJs, things like that.

There is also a small group of people who have inexpensive motherboards that need or want the upgrade.
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Can someone explain if this item would really be needed with today's PC's and their level of sound technology? Is this strictly for audiophiles who would have a higher level of speaker and/or headphones that could actually interpret the better processing?
A well-executed integrated audio card is usually totally good enough for most usages. If you don't know what specifics you need for your audio usage, and as long as there's nothing causing trouble in your whole audio system (from audio source to audio processing to play back), you don't need this.

Otherwise, if you know what your system could be improved upon, then yes this makes sense if it fits your need. When your need says better DAC (which is basically what a sound card is) required, this is lightyears better than all Realtek. Does it worth the price is another question but again totally depends on if this is the right improvement you need.
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Not any lower than the previous Amazon low, according to Keepa.
Hey Steeve, is that you?

Btw, I currently have this AE-5 card [google.com] in my rig. Creative has come a long way with its troublesome Audigy, Zx lines and finally released a decent sound card within the current AE- family. With its direct headphone mode in the app setting, the sound amp is surprisingly clean and powerful. I set my Marantz MPH-2 headphone to 32-149 Ohm (Normal Mode), and it is just right for my need.

Here [google.com] is another in-depth review if you miss the above link.
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27% 1 star/egg reviews are scaring me away.
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I am using a Centrance DACport HD USB DAC - would this Creative card be a big improvement - music only?
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Never ever would i buy this when their is so many better external options.
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Why would i want this when there is so many better external options/DACS available
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call me burned previous 2 sound blaster cards had massive driver issues.. their fix.. buy a new one from us..
A random guy fixed their drivers and they sued him.
Also had one of their better speaker sets z-5500??
and it shorted out.. they wanted me to ship it to them for $40 for them to determine if it was covered by warranty.

I'd go with the EVGA or ASUS cards first
https://www.evga.com/products/pro...P1-AN01-KR
https://www.asus.com/us/Sound-Cards/
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call me burned previous 2 sound blaster cards had massive driver issues.. their fix.. buy a new one from us..
A random guy fixed their drivers and they sued him.
Also had one of their better speaker sets z-5500??
and it shorted out.. they wanted me to ship it to them for $40 for them to determine if it was covered by warranty.

I'd go with the EVGA or ASUS cards first
https://www.evga.com/products/pro...P1-AN01-KR
https://www.asus.com/us/Sound-Cards/
This.

The farking company thinks the public has a short memory. We don't. I'd sooner lick a toilet seat than buy anything from Creative again.
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Had a creative external usb sound card sound blaster X. Died within 2 years I think. Too lazy to send back for RMA then realized warranty expired.
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Haven't heard the word soundblaster in about 25 years
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Can someone explain if this item would really be needed with today's PC's and their level of sound technology? Is this strictly for audiophiles who would have a higher level of speaker and/or headphones that could actually interpret the better processing?
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I think so - It's mostly for Audiophiles. However it is also very useful for people who need a second output channel, like people who produce music, DJs, things like that.

There is also a small group of people who have inexpensive motherboards that need or want the upgrade.
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I am using a Centrance DACport HD USB DAC - would this Creative card be a big improvement - music only?
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Never ever would i buy this when their is so many better external options.
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Why would i want this when there is so many better external options/DACS available
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Haven't heard the word soundblaster in about 25 years
Let me explain why. Sound Blaster has a couple of really nice software features with these discrete sounds cards. I have a Sound Blaster Z PCI card and have had it on my PC for at least 7 years now. It's absolutely amazing for both gaming and movie watching.

There's a feature called "Scout mode" that you activate in their software package that amplifies audio of surrounding enemies in video games. It's borderline cheating. Pair it with a pair of good headphones and you can pinpoint exactly where people are in first person shooters. Not only do you know where they are in 3D space, but by the sound of their amplified footsteps you know how far away they are too.

The other feature that I absolutely love is when you activate their SBX Pro Studio button it makes music sound phenomenal. So easy to activate but the best feature in my opinion is their "Smart volume" and "Dialog Plus" software features. The "Smart volume" automatically does some sort of Audio normalization, which boosts or lowers volume based on a slider. Super easy to setup. This is awesome at night when I'm watching TV on my computer and different commercials have different volumes. You just turn it on, nothing else needs to be done. The other feature that I have to have is the "Dialog Plus", which boosts the dialog of people speaking in every media that you use. Whether you are watching a movie, netflix, using HDhomerun and watching TV, etc. I can't tell you how annoying it is watching movies and TV shows that have really difficult to hear dialog but then have loud booming background noise. You pretty much can never win. You simply click one button (turn on Dialog Plus) and all of a sudden Dialog is crystal clear. It just boosts the dialog frequency, all other audio volume stays normal. It works every time. Honestly, I would pay someone $100 just to give me that one feature. I watch a lot of movies and entertainment, and that Dialog Plus software feature is just pure gold.

These gaming audio cards in my opinion is one of the best investments I've ever made on my gaming PC. Honestly its the best kept secret. Between the scout mode, the dialog plus, and smart volume, if I ever have to buy another audio card from Sound Blaster I will do so in a heart beat. I saw a lot of negativity in this thread but felt I should give my honest opinion since I've been using their sound card now for so many years. I used it all the way back with Windows 7. They even updated the drivers to Windows 10. I think they recently within the past 2 years or so updated the driver again after a major Windows 10 update. I've been impressed with their commitment to their audio cards. It's their bread and butter. I think their's just massive ignorance to these audio cards. People have no idea the amazing features that they have. Once you use it, you don't want to go back.
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