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Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card, Quad-Core Processor, 127dB DNR ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC, Xamp Discrete Custom Bi-amp, Discrete 5.1/Virtual 7.1, Dolby, DTS Encoding (Black)

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Option 3: 127dB SNR with Audio Control Module

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  • PRISTINE AUDIO OUTPUT | Supreme audio fidelity with 127 dB DNR hi-res 32-bit / 384 kHz playback via ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC and DSD64 playback support that satisfies even the most demanding needs of audiophiles for incredibly clean audio
  • MASSIVELY POWERFUL HEADPHONE AUDIO | Custom Xamp discrete headphone bi-amp powers each earcup separately with 1Ω output impedance and drives studio-grade headphones of up to 600Ω, including high-end planar-magnetic headphones. And with the Audio Control Module, gain quick access to the Volume Control Knob, as well as the ¼” and ⅛” mic and headphones I/O connectors – all within your fingertips
  • THEATRICAL-GRADE DISCREET AND VIRTUAL SURROUND | Supports discrete 5. 1 on speakers with Dolby Digital Live / DTS Connect Encoding, and up to 7. 1 virtual surround on headphones and speakers. To top it off, we have also integrated Sound Blaster’s Surround Virtualization technology onto AE-7 so that you can conveniently enjoy surround sound on most form of media
  • TRUE HARDWARE ACCELERATED AUDIO | Dedicated quad-core processor designed to deliver incredibly pristine and enhanced sound on your PC without overstressing your CPU. Sound Blaster manages audio processing on the card itself, freeing your CPU to handle other tasks
  • NEW AND IMPROVED SOFTWARE CUSTOMIZATION SUITE | Sound Blaster Command software interface provides hardware processed sound enhancements and complete control of audio output via the Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine for a full, customized audio experience that delivers clearer vocals, accurate cues, and bass boost
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Colour Name:Option 3: 127dB SNR with Audio Control Module
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.5 x 2.01 x 12.8 cm; 740 Grams
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ 23 June 2019
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Creative Labs
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T9YYVV6
  • Item Model Number ‏ : ‎ SB1800
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

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Colour Name:Option 3: 127dB SNR with Audio Control Module

Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card, Quad-Core Processor, 127dB DNR ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC, Xamp Discrete Custom Bi-amp, Discrete 5. 1/Virtual 7. 1, Dolby, DTS Encoding


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Antiriad
1.0 out of 5 stars Was für eine Geldverschwendung
Reviewed in Germany on 29 September 2018
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Jono
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
I purchased this card a few weeks ago to replace my Soundblaster Z (now in my old rig), and I couldn't be happier.

Setup (Win10 64-bit):
Installation was easy and very simple, I made sure all the previous audio drivers were uninstalled, on board audio was disabled etc.
Once the card was setup, I installed the latest Sound Blaster Connect 2 software direct from Creatives site...After this the card was up and running.

Sound Blaster Connect 2 (version: 3.1.22.0):
So far I have not run into any issues with the software, very straight forward. The Sound Blaster Connect is very similar to the Soundblaster Z software I had installed before, it has the same settings/options (with some new additions) but has a different layout. I used "David M's" Amazon review (12 October 2017) to help me ease into the software settings. I also made sure Windows was using the correct sample rate and bit depth set via windows playback devices (which it wasn't). After adjusting a few settings, which took about 5-10min, I was good to go.
The Sound Blaster Connect 2 comes with 14 presets which have all been tailored for different scenarios (music, movies, games), one of which is "Personal" (bottom of the list) which allows the customization all of the settings to your own liking, this includes custom EQ setting. However, unlike the Z Pro Studio software you cannot have multiple Personal saved settings, this also goes for EQ settings...so if you use different EQ setting for various activity you will have to manually change it each time...But if you use the "Direct" configuration then all of the EQ & BlasterX setting are bypassed/disabled anyway (true direct sound, no filters).

One major thing that needs to be mention is that when you change over from Speaker to Headset, the volume does not alter!!!...meaning if you swap to Headset from Speaker (speakers 95% volume example) and forget to lower the volume levels (especialy with 250 ohms headphones) you could potentially damage your hearing. Make sure to remeber that you alter the volume after selecting headset (I have mine around 25%), then put your headphones on. You have to do this each time you swap modes.

SOUND:
I use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT1990 pros which worked perfectly fine with the Soundblaste Z. So I was interested to see (or hear) if there was going to be any difference when it came to sound quality. There are two Headphone configurations to choose from via the Connect software. First: "Headphone 7.1" (16>32bit, 16000>96000 Hz) and the second: "Direct HP" (16>32bit, 16000>384000 Hz). Once I set the speaker configuration via the Connect 2 software to "Direct HP" while using my DT1990's...wow, the difference was noticeable straight from the get go, listening to music with this combo is a real delight. The AE-5's built in DAC and discrete dual-amp does a fantastic job of powering my headphones...more so than the Z.
I tested out various games using the Sound Blaster Connect 2's "BlasterX Acoustic Engine" setting (basically the Z's Pro Studio settings), I found the surround sound to be clear and accurate and the Scout 2.0 setting helped isolate footsteps from all directions. There are additional things you can tweak to your liking while using the presets/custom profile such as the Bass, Crystalizer, Smart Vol, and Dialog+. However, when using the "Direct HP" mode it makes certain games like Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (which has incredible sound to begin with) sound ridiculously good, I actually turned around on a few occasions thinking someone was behind me.
Its just a shame that others aren't having much luck when it comes to the stability of the software. Base on my own experience with the latest version of the driver/software, I would defiantly recommend this Soundcard. NOTE: I don't recommend using any of the BlasterX features for general audio use and definitely not for listening to music, use Direct HP if you have some decent cans.

EDIT 1 / Update - 09th Feb 2018:
There has been an update to the Sound Blaster Connect 2 software (Now Version: 3.2.22.0)...The software now allows you to save multiple presets along with multiple EQ settings just like the soundblaster z software. This card is now perfect for my setup (which i recent upgraded + did a fresh install of win 10), and I have still not had any issues with the card (owned for 4 months now).

EDIT 3 / Update - 28th May 2018:
Since the most recent Windows feature update rolled out, Windows has decided to not recognize the Blaster Connect 2 software as official software. As a result, every time Windows boots up I get stopped and asked to allow the software to run, twice in fact (1st for the software, 2nd for the update access). Because of this, the Sound Blaster Connect 2 software doesn't apply any of its setting on boot, even after you allow Windows to run software. Once allowed, I need to open Sound Blaster Connect which will show the EQ running (it's not) select a random profile on the dashboard then re-select my custom profile. Doing this correctly applies my custom profile with all my settings. NOTE: I tried temporarily disabling UAC as a test and it fixed this issue, all setting worked on boot without any problems.

EDIT 4 / Update - 10th Oct 2019:
The card is still going strong, not issues what so ever...I thought it was worth mentioning that Creative has recently released the Sound Blaster AE-9. Another amazing soundcard, but its the new software I wanted to highlight called "Sound Blaster Command" which got an update to work with the AE-5. Using Sound Blaster Command, windows has no issues asking for permission to run (Win 10 UAC issue) like Sound Blaster Connect 2. Command also has cleaner UI with the ability to change the audio quality straight from the software and more custom profiles can be saved. So if you are going to buy this card (or already have it) I would recommend skipping the "Sound Blaster Connect 2" and go download the new "Sound Blaster Command" directly from Creative's AE-5 Driver page (Creative Worldwide Support site).
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Cyberdonblue
2.0 out of 5 stars Great - When it works
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2021
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JB BRADY
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely RECCOMEMD if you have a decent pair of headphones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely RECCOMEMD if you have a decent pair of headphones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2019
Great product I purchased these as I had the dt990 pros and needed something to drive the headphones boy do these do it the sound quality is clearly and I have never heard any headphones as loud as these when u plug them into this soundcard
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2.0 out of 5 stars aufpreis gegenüber onboard (je nach motherboard) oder sound blaster z nicht wert.
Reviewed in Germany on 2 February 2018
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