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Creative Sound Blaster E1 USB Sound Card with Portable Headphone Amplifier


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  • High Quality Audio Playback: Delivers an immensely powerful, enhanced audio playback experience (106dB SNR) when connected to Smartphones, PCs and Macs
  • Studio Quality Audio Listening: Supports high performance 600Ω headphones for a studio-grade listening experience.
  • Dual Headphone Jacks: Allows for easy, simultaneous audio sharing
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandCreative
Item Weight59 g
Product Dimensions1.9 x 3.5 x 6.6 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Item model numberSB1600
SeriesSoundblaster PLAY 2
ColorBlack
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Lithium Battery Energy Content0.74 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packagingbatteries_contained_in_equipment
Lithium Battery Weight4.1 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00JFRHLQK
Best Sellers Rank 30,601 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available8 Jun. 2014
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Experience HD Audio on the Go

Sound Blaster E1 is a portable and powerful headphone amplifier with support for studio-quality 600 ohm headphones, audio playback and two headphone jacks for easy music sharing with your friends.

High Fidelity Audio, Real High

Enjoy your music on the go with jaw-dropping audio fidelity of 106dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). Hear more music, not noise.

Dual Headphone Jacks

Allows for easy, simultaneous audio sharing


Enjoy Studio Quality Audio

Tired of having to choose specific headphones impedances to match your setup? The Sound Blaster E1 supports headphones with impedances of up to 600 ohms. This means you can match just about any headphones with it. Enjoy a level of audio detail and resolution previously unreachable.

For Those Long Nights

Sound Blaster E1 performs up to 25-hrs* per charge. That's more than a whole day of high fidelity continuous playback.
* Actual battery life will vary with use and volume settings.

Lighter, Always Better

Sound Blaster E1 is small and light, at only 25 grams. This means it can be easily carried around in a bag or a pocket, or clipped onto clothing. No longer will you have to haul a headphone amplifier the size of a brick to enjoy better audio.

Share Your Music, The Better Way

Sharing your music is easy with the Sound Blaster E1 which comes with two headphone output jacks. Unlike other shared outputs, the Sound Blaster E1 does not compromise on audio fidelity, so the quality remains the same even when powering two discrete outputs.

Personalise Your Audio Experience

With SBX Pro Studio technology and connected to PCs and Macs, you can further adjust what you love to listen, to your individual taste.

Clear Voice Conversations With CrystalVoice Technology

The built-in microphone provides the additional benefit of using your normal headphones for conversations over the phone. When connected to PCs and Macs via USB, you can activate the CrystalVoice Technology, a suite of enhancements that reduces noise and provides for clearer conversations.

Box Contains

Sound Blaster E1
MicroUSB cable
4-pole analog cable
Quickstart leaflet

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
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This little device increases the volume and the perceived clarity of the audio that you listen to through headphones. I have been unable to open the driver downloads for the Mac, or even find the download for the PC, which isn't a good start.

It's also a headphone splitter, and functions as a remote for the player function when used in conjunction with a mobile. The sound does get much louder, but when tested on a pair of V-Moda M-100s, I didn't notice any change in the quality or detail.

The unit feels small and uncommunicative - I'd recommend the Fiio E7 as a much better device than this, and it's only slightly more expensive.

It looks and feels cheap. Avoid.
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The idea behind the Creative Sound Blaster E1 USB Sound Card is relatively straight forward. Although your headphones may be top-of-the-range beauties like a set of Bose or Seinnheiser’s, if the input into these quality headphones isn’t really all that great, then the audio presentation is obviously going to be effected. Basically, it’s only ever going to be as good as your weakest player. And so in effect, what the Creative Soundblaster E1 Sound Card does is ramp-up the audio output from your device (iPod, iPad, iPhone, laptop etc) so that it finally shows the full potential of your headphones – across all of your devices.

Another common trait that you often find with a pair of top-notch headphones when used in conjunction with something like an iPod is that the audio output is very very limited. At full volume it’s far from loud. The iPod’s amplifier struggles to cope with anything approaching the requirements of 600ohm, resulting in a distinctly quiet final sound to your powerful headphones.

So in comes your little add-on, the Sound Blaster Sound Card, and what it promises is to fill the gap created by a lacking amplifier, allowing the full potential of your kick-ass headphones to reveal themselves across pretty much all of your devices.

But the big question is, does it actually work? Well, when used in conjunction with my Bose QuietComfort 20i earphones as well my Sennheiser CX 980i earphones, I found the sound completely lacking. There was definitely an increase in volume, but for some strange reason an overall murkiness in the sound quality was added. This was all tested through my iPod.
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By Samuel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2014
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The Creative Sound Blaster E1 USB Sound Card has two purposes in life; the first is to improve the sound output from a PC (or Mac), and the other is to improve and boost the sound output from other devices such as phones. So, is it any good?

The soundcard itself is very small - perhaps the size of a couple of batteries. It has input and output sockets (and a USB socket for charging and linking to a PC), and a volume control on one side. It does, however, feel worryingly cheap and fragile; I've only been using it for a week, but worry about its long-term durability.

I first tried this on my Windows 8 laptop. There are Windows drivers to install, which seemed straightforward enough (my laptop crashed the first time I tried to download them, but I have no way of knowing if this was the fault of the drivers, or another issue). They downloaded and installed fine at the second attempt, and I was good to go. Playing music via iTunes and using both a pair of Philips Citiscape headphones and a pair of Bose headphones, the volume levels were significantly boosted, and the sound quality seemed unchanged.

So far so good, so I then tried the soundcard on my iPhone - which was the main reason I got it in the first place. Here, things weren't as good. Testing with standard iPhone in-ear headphones, there was no boost in volume (exactly the same with or without the soundcard, even with the volume control on the soundcard on maximum), but, worst of all, the sound quality was abysmal. Listening to REM, imagine Michael Stipe singing in the most echoey tiled bathroom in the world, with the band playing in a far distant room - that's the closest I can get to describing how it sounded.
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I am still experimenting with this little sound card but so far I've found it certainly improves the volume output from my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, plus, via the free downloadable Creative software, it allows you to experiment with and customise the sounds you get through headphones or indeed portable speakers. I've also used it to connect to my iPad using the supplied 'line in' lead and attaching headphones through one of the two sockets, but to be frank I cannot notice any real difference in volume or quality of sound.

It's clear that the impedance of the headphones, and presumably speakers, used affect the output significantly. I tried some Sennheiser in-ears and the sound was awful - loud but tinny! When I tried some Bose on ear SoundTrue lightweight phones designed primarily for use with mobile phones - don't know the impedance and cannot find it from the Bose site! - these were definitely improved both on volume and the quality of sound, which was fuller across the range. Then I tried some Sennheiser HD 25-1 over ear phones at 70 ohm impedance and whilst there was some increase in volume, I found it difficult to detect much difference in the dynamic range or quality of sound. But I'm still experimenting with these and the Bose using the Creative software.

So overall this little box, about the size of two AA batteries side-by-side, is a useful addition to boost your laptop music output and, to a lesser extent, the music coming out of your phone. But whether you think the price is worth it is really a personal choice. The differences I've detected would not make me recommend this fully as a real step-changer for your laptop or phone. And of course there are other portable sound cards such as FiiO on the market, though most of these cost more.
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