New Sound Blaster X AE-5 | The Full Nerd Ep 25 (2 of 3)

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The Full Nerd gang love good PC audio, so we get into a discussion about the new Sound BlasterX AE-5 with it’s 32 bit DAC and why you should care. But the real question is why RGB lighting is on EVERYTHING??

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  • June 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Can you put it up against a z97 Maximus VII hero plz.
    most of us who bought devil canyon gear haven't had the need to upgrade to the new cpus yet because they aren't that much better for gaming.
    maybe compare it to a few motherboards??? Z97/Z170/Z270/X299 ??? 🙂

  • June 29, 2017 at 4:16 am

    With your blind test, can you also add in a few external DACs/Amps at a similar price point as well?
    I'm a bit of an audiophile and use my PC a lot for listening to HQ FLAC music, traditionally I have used an External DAC and Amp to drive my Sennheiser headphones. Considering the price point, it really comes in close to a decent DAC/Amp combo, I'd like to see how it stacks up.

    Personally I'd almost rather run a PCIe card like that because of how much desk space and the number of cables it would eliminate. Just curious how it stacks up to; for example, my NuForce uDAC3 on some decent 50ohm headphones.

  • July 4, 2017 at 3:50 am

    So… I've owned the majority of Sound Blasters (Pro, Awe32, etc) over the years, even a few of the ones with drive bay expansions. I've listened to a huge variety of USB headphones and other remedies – Xonar- . I would say the closest I got was with the Asus Rampage III Extreme, that was really good sound before it burned out six months in. I am now on a Rog Maximus Code. Fairly sure that technology had advanced, I swapped between that, a SB Extreme Music, a Xonar and a SBZ multiple times. The onboard is just tinny and muddy no matter what I do to it enhancement wise. No amount of work could bring happiness on the Astro A40's or my old Yamaha RX-V663. (Or the $240 Sony headphones, the Beats in-ear, etc.) Positional audio still works and well, maybe not as much on War Thunder. Just use one for a year turn away from the fire, listen and don't turn back.

  • July 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Creative redefined soundcard through the years. I have the sound blaster AWE64 gold still now that a sound card and with descend synthesis in it.

    "Sound cards" these day's are just audio interfaces with fancy stuf on it. And I understand why people want that, Creative sees a market in those and has very powerful dsp chips to make it sound good. lts all about better crisp audio , stereo, low noise , low latency and channels which is one of the many focus points of today's audio card quiet boring though.

  • July 7, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Already pre-order Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card on Newegg to replace with ASUS Strix DLX Sound Card. Not to mention, Sonic Studio Pro is trash since it may potentially cause game to crash/freeze such as CoD: Black Ops II, CoD: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield 3, Resident Evil V, etc.

  • July 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Sound cards had a purpose in the early '90s. but are pointless now. And I use USB 7.1 headphones with 8 drivers, and these cards do not support USB. They don't even work right with W10, and I can only get the rear and side driver to work in W7. None of you will notice the difference with a sound card. And the only way to listen to audio is with headphones. This card is not for using 7.1 1000W speakers and amp.

  • July 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I will have a PC Gaming man cave once again with at least 5 speakers like I did in 2002. that will require a soundblaster!

  • July 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I have Realtek ALC1150 onboard sound. much better then any SB sound card.

  • July 27, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Everyone should be aware of THis
    Can the Sound BlasterX AE-5 support Dolby and DTS encoding for optical out?
    No; the Sound BlasterX AE-5 does not have Dolby and DTS encoding for optical out.
    No Dolby/Digital live or dts. etc.why? idon't know the tech support didn't understand either at creative.

  • July 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Higher impedance does not mean better headphones.

  • July 31, 2017 at 3:34 am

    "Devil Dog" is 100% correct!
    Higher impedance doesn't mean that one piece of audio equipment is better than another. Any company can make a cheapo pos and design it with whatever impedance they want; At the same time however, higher quality components tend to use higher impedance in order to help ensure a cleaner signal. So although the greater resistance doesn't mean the equipment is good, it is typical that good equipment has a higher resistance.

    For the car guys/gals stumbling upon this you can think of it like a car's engine. Just because it has more cylinders doesn't mean it's more powerful, (a turbo charged V6 can easily out-power a selected V8) at the same time more powerful engines are typically built with more cylinders for higher displacement, etc.

    For the photographers/artists another analogy would be the rated Megapixel of a camera. Just because it's a higher resolution doesn't mean the image is any better. There are far more at play then simply increasing the amount of pixels in an image such as its shutter speed, lens quality, sensor quality, color accuracy, low-light exposure, etc.

    Low impedance: Use low-voltage high-current amps. The lower voltage is more easily susceptible to interference and noise being introduced to the signal.

    High impedance: Use high-voltage low-current amps. The higher voltage is less susceptible to interference and noise being introduced to the signal.

    Of course again, just because something is of low impedance doesn't mean it's lower quality and just because something is of higher impedance doesn't mean it's higher quality.

    The issue regarding impedance was really big with older tube amplifiers and isn't really of much consequence these days due to the drastic design change of how amplifiers are engineered and built.

  • August 3, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Surely the key question here is 'how much are you prepared to spend on decent headphones / speakers' ? I'm not being elitist here, but transducers rule IME. We can talk about 'the myth of 24-bit audio' and a bunch of other stuff, but I guarantee you that something like the A-T MSR7 is going to let you hear a hell of a lot more detail than a $50 gaming headset. Whether that's important to you is a completely different issue – I suspect that if you're here, it is. Massdrop has put 'audiophile' cans well within the grasp of many gamers / PC users but you dont need to go with 300-ohm cans to get better sound.

  • August 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Can someone tell me whether the upgrade from the soundblaster z to the sound blasterx is worthwhile? I place emphasis on good music enjoyment with Beyerdynamic headphones and gaming.

  • August 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    You pay attention !! Dynamic Range Decibels are not the same as SNR Decibels or Signal to Noise Ratios! Be careful! It's a misleading advertisement !! This Card has 116 dB of SNR and 122 of DNR. THIS IS NOT THE SAME!!

  • August 20, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Hi all this sound card is not the one they say and a simple sound card like all those that in fact the n1 creative menu and horrible messy and doesn't do what normally we used to do with the normal sound control panel and everything was simple with this menu can't handle anything the equalizer and useless can't hear her voice microphone Headphone Headset voice comes out of the dale I bought hoping It was different and that was what they were saying but not that much and I removed and or put my and stupid to put video of the lights and many other things people want when spends $150 clear sound and speak into the microphone hears her voice sound and okey but everything else not please remove this menu and horrible for the rest and okey but do not say that this card and best of the other sound card

  • August 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    hi guys will this boost performance for my corsair sp2500 I current one have fatality champion edition.

  • September 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I was thinking of getting a sound card to use with my Astro TR40's, but I'm slightly deaf in my right ear. Would you consider this a good or bad idea?

  • October 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    How is this compared to Creative ZxR??

  • October 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    But it doesn't support DTS encoding over optical. What a bummer! No HD audio for my AVR setup, so I have to keep my Sound Blaster Z.

  • October 22, 2017 at 2:10 am

    anyone who says thats wrong and nothing more is full of shit. if they knew anything they'd share it with us.

  • November 2, 2017 at 7:23 am

    This soundcard or the Asus Xonar Phoebus Pro?

  • November 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Hi all this sound card before the new update it sucks now you can not use more laudio of the microphone and bad and you can not handle you can not use the microphone with headphones and a crap

  • March 6, 2018 at 4:14 am

    I feel bad. PCWorld is not as popular as it used to be. Maybe take some pointers from Linus Tech Tips? Idk.. I remember in like 02-08 pc world was much more relevant. What's going on?

  • May 16, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Bought it and the sound is very crisp. Just make sure you go into sound settings and change it to 32 bit or you will enjoy 24 bit sound quality. Make sure to restart your PC after installing the card and software and Youtube might need some adjusting on settings. mumbling was happening and had to figure that one out. Don't freak out if mumbling occurs just play with the settings until you figure it out. Games sound fantastic on soundblaster AE 5.

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