Creative Labs' new 32-bit Sound Blaster X AE-5 sound card

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  1. cyborg

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    looks interesting, not sure about the RGB addon though. seems more like a gimmick. would be more keen to see how it sounds with different headsets.
     
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    Yeah just saw this and came to post, beat me to it.

    Looks fairly minimalist, the step up to 32 bit is nice, also the onboard DAC\Amp combo sounds like a logical direction. Not sure I could justify upgrading from my ZXR for it though at this stage. The software looks nice, but looks like it has a lot of profiles etc per application that could become more hassle than its worth, but hard to tell from pictures.

    The rest is fairly wanky, scout mode is dumb and they should stop wasting time on it, and the RGB's well... all the cool kids are doing it I suppose.
     
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    Ugh, can manufacturers please stop putting all this BS lighting in everything? Seriously, my sound card (and mouse mat, and memory DIMMs for that matter) don't need lighting!
     
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    i don't know why they just use the API to meld into existing RGB options. I know why they wanted to add this "gamer" feature but i have a feeling that the people that would get this for the RGB reason would already have something that does this and would want it to match what they have.
     
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    Yeah, for me it makes 'gaming' look pretty childish. Id really like the 'gaming' tag to grow up and become something a bit more sophisticated.
     
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    Seems like just a revision of the Z-series, itself just a revision of the Recon3D (same processor) which was just a revised X-Fi (earlier node of the same basic processor with more features exposed). Not to say that it's a bad thing, just that it isn't really a "oooh, I should get me one of those!" thing.

    I guess if you were in the market for such a thing than it's an interesting option. If you've already got a soundcard, though? Can't see myself getting one unless my current one fails - especially as it seems to no longer have DDL/DTS encoding.

    Still, if the lighting can be turned off that puts it a notch above the Z in my book. Damned stuper-bright LEDs need to go back to whatever circle of hell they came from before I run out of window tint I can stick over the things.
     
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    More bright RGB colors than a strip joint in a Thai redlight district.

    Useless 32 bit gimmick most likely using a starved ESS Sabre32 D/A ic.
     
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    Far as I've heard, it uses the ESS 9016K2M, which is a mobile chip I think.
     
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    So it's using an older starved version of the original ess9016 d/a. Marketing fluff and gimmick at its best when only 16 bits is utilized. Creative should've put the $ into there drivers instead. Watch this new card hit the Aus rrp for $170+.
     
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    Yuck, molex for leds? :sick: Don't think they should have really bothered with the led's.

    They seem to create more cards than drivers.
     
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    "Creative says your mobo audio sucks" well yes i agree but i doubt that thing is better then my centrance hifi-m8


    Anyway i think for the most part in games these days is their audio quality sucks to say compared 15 years ago when EAX and A3D were around

    Just like modern music is mixed with shitty bitrate mp3s and $10 bud earphones in mind
     
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    I'd wait for a proper review by somebody who knows what they are talking about.
     
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    Why does a sound card need a RGB strip? Adding a molex connector to power the strip seems ridiculous.
     
  16. Matthew kane

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    More led = bettah soundz quality.
     
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    I'm still waiting for a hardware sound card again...
    enough of these crappy software driven 'sound cards'
     
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    Doesn't. Simply for looks and to appeal to a certain crowd.
     
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    Seriously considering running a soldering iron through the one on my Z. I don't have an issue with LED lit gear per se, but a straight up, non-adjustable red one with the power of a small star is just obnoxious.

    Really wish I didn't sell my original Xonar STX.
     
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    $199 pre-order specials atm. :eek:
     

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