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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Creative Launches New Sound Blaster E Series USB Audio Solutions and Headphone Amplifiers


Creative Technology Ltd today launched a new series of small USB audio solutions for PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets - The Sound Blaster E Series.

Consisting of the Sound Blaster E3 and the Sound Blaster E1, the Sound Blaster E Series utilise USB plug-and-play connectivity to provide PC, and now even Mac users with real-time audio processing.

High audio quality is ensured even on smartphones and tablets through the Sound Blaster E Series' high SNR levels and 600 Ohms headphone amplifiers that supply more power than a standard headphone jack. The Sound Blaster E3 can also function as a USB DAC for selected smartphones and tablets, and users can alternatively enjoy high quality wireless audio by pairing with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth.

Beyond their sound card and headphone amplification capabilities, the Sound Blaster E3 and E1 also feature dual headphone ports for music sharing. Furthermore, they feature embedded microphones for voice recording and phone calls.

When connected to PCs and Macs, users can utilise the downloadable Sound Blaster E Series Control Panel software to access the SBX Pro Studio audio enhancement technologies, giving them a customisable listening experience for movies, music and games.

Users can also utilise the Sound Blaster E3's 600 Ohm headphone amplifier (600 Ohm amplification capabilities) for audio listening from smartphones and tablets. Additionally, the Sound Blaster E3 features Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the device to connect to smartphones and tablets wirelessly for up to 8 hours of wireless audio playback. The Sound Blaster E3 also functions as a portable USB DAC, so users can connect the Sound Blaster E3 to selected smartphones or tablets via USB for uncompressed digital audio streaming.

Sound Blaster E3

  • Functions as an external sound card, providing PC and Mac users with real-time Sound Blaster audio processing
  • Utilises a simple plug and play USB connection for PCs and Macs. This provides users with high-resolution digital audio while charging the device.
  • Features a 110dB SNR and a 600Ohms headphone amplifier
  • Due to its small size and internal lithium-ion battery, headphone amplification can also be enjoyed when used with smartphones and tablets while on the go.
  • Bluetooth wireless audio playback between the Sound Blaster E3 and smartphones, tablets, or mobile devices capable of Bluetooth output.
  • The Sound Blaster E3 functions as a portable USB DAC, so users can also connect the Sound Blaster E3 to selected smartphones or tablets via USB for uncompressed digital audio streaming.
  • Supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO)
  • Gives up to 8 hours of battery life when wireless Bluetooth is enabled. When used in analog mode, battery life lasts up to 17 hours.
  • Features two headphone ports for simultaneous stereo audio listening.
  • Features voice recording and voice calls via the built-in microphone that virtually transforms every headphone into a headset. When connected to PC and Mac via USB, users can utilise CrystalVoice Technology for real-time voice enhancements.

Sound Blaster E1

The Sound Blaster E1 is a small wired USB HD Audio and Headphone Amplifier that increases the level of audio detail and resolution on PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Like the Sound Blaster E3, it functions as an external sound card for PCs and Macs, while providing smartphone and tablet users with audio amplification.

  • Utilises a simple plug and play USB connection for PCs and Macs.
  • Features a 106dB SNR and a 600 Ohms headphone amplifier
  • Due to its small size and internal lithium-ion battery, headphone amplification can also be enjoyed when used with smartphones and tablets while on the go.
  • Supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO)
  • Gives up to 25 hours of battery life.
  • Features two headphone ports for simultaneous stereo audio listening.
  • Features voice recording and clear voice calls via the built-in microphone.

The Creative Sound Blaster E3 and Sound Blaster E1 audio solutions will be available at the online store at sg.store.creative.com at the following suggested retail prices:

Creative Sound Blaster E3: $129 (Available from early July 2014 onwards)
Creative Sound Blaster E1: $49 (Available now)

 

 
Sound Blaster E3
Sound Blaster E1
SBX Pro Studio
Yes
Max. Playback Quality USB 2.0 (PC/Mac):
Stereo - up to 24-bit / 96kHz
USB 2.0 (mobile):
Stereo - up to 24-bit / 48kHz
Bluetooth:
Stereo - Up to 24bit / 48kHz
Line In:
Stereo - up to 24bit/48kHz
24-bit / 44.1kHz (Stereo)
Max. Recording Quality
24-bit / 48kHz
16-bit / 44.1kHz
Output
Stereo
Battery Life
Up to 8 hours
Up to 25 hours
Key Features
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
110dB
106dB
Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-channels
Yes
Yes
Connectivity Options (Main) microUSB
Headphone Out:
1 x 3.5mm jack
Headphone Out / Mic In:
1 x 3.5mm jack
Line In:
1 x 3.5mm jack (4-pole)
microUSB
Headphone Out:
1 x 3.5mm jack
Headphone Out / Mic In:
1 x 3.5mm jack
Line In:
1 x 3.5mm jack (4-pole)
CrystalVoice
Yes
Scout Mode
Yes
Headphone Amp
Up to 600 Ohms
Audio Fidelity
Up to 24-bit / 96kHz
Audio Codec AAC
SBC
aptX
-
Bluetooth? Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
-
Bluetooth Multipoint Two Devices
-
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Wireless stereo Bluetooth)
AVRCP (Bluetooth remote control)
HFP (Handsfree Profile)
-
Operating Range Up to 10m/33ft
-
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Yes
-
Software & Compatibility
Included / Downloadable Software Sound Blaster E-series Control Panel
-
Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X v10.6.8 and above
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Compatible Platform USB 1.1
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
Bluetooth
USB 1.1
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
Microphone
Microphone Type
Built-in mono microphone
Additional Features
Dimensions 60.5 x 45 x 23 mm (2.38 x 1.77 x 0.90 inches) 35 x 19 x 66 mm (1.37 x 0.74 x 2.59 inches)
Weight 44 grams 25 grams
ASIO
ASIO 2.0
Recommended Usage
Gaming
Yes
-
Home Entertainment
-
Yes
Portable Entertainment
Yes




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