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
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.
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.
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.
7.1 Virtual Surround Support
Sound Blaster E5 supports virtual 7.1 channel audio input signals to deliver realistic gaming effects and audio cues with near-perfect accuracy and positioning via your headphones!3
Very Low Output Impedance – 2.2 Ohm
Headphones, like consumer speakers, have defined classes allowing manufacturers of amplifiers, receivers, etc to design with those standards in mind. Generally different types of headphone fall between 16-32 ohm for consumer or home applications and 600 ohm for broadcast applications.
When designing the Sound Blaster E5, our engineers pushed boundaries by specially engineering the headphone amplifier circuit with a very low output impedance of 2.2 ohm. This allows the Sound Blaster E5 to accommodate both extreme ends of headphones in the market – from the most demanding high-impedance studio headphones to the most sensitive low-impedance in-ear monitors – while minimizing the introduction of distortion to audio content caused by variance in frequency response.
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.
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.
This gaming centric technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away and gain a distinct tactical advantage in combat.2
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.
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.
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.
Sound Blaster E5 adopts the Android Open Accessory Protocol, which allow users with compatible Android devices (from version 2.3.4 onward) seamless control.
Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth™
The Sound Blaster E5 features Bluetooth 4.0 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 Headphone Outputs
Dual headphone output lets you and your loved one enjoy your favourite tracks simultaneously!
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.