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Creative Sound Blaster AE-9PE 7.1 Hi-res PCIe DAC with Xamp Headphone bi-amp and Audio Control

  • Creative Sound Blaster AE-9PE Hi-res PCIe DAC with Xamp Headphone bi-amp and Audio Control

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Manufacturer: Creative Labs

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Creative Sound Blaster AE-9PE 7.1 Hi-res PCIe DAC with Xamp Headphone bi-amp and Audio Control

As the best PCI-e sound card we have ever made, the Sound Blaster AE-9PE (Playback Edition) boasts incredible audio quality, with a 129dB DNR from its hi-res ESS SABRE-class 9038 DAC, 32-bit 384kHz, DSD playback, and Xamp Discrete Headphone Bi-Amplification. The Sound Blaster AE-9PE also features a whole range of processing technologies - such as Sound Blaster’s own Acoustic Engine, Dolby Digital Live, and DTS Connect Encoding – as well as a convenient and powerful Audio Control Module.

• HI-RES AUDIO ENJOYMENT | Audiophile-grade components and specifications provide the best audio quality: ESS SABRE-class 9038 reference DAC with 129dB DNR, 32-Bit 384kHz and DSD playback, -120dB (0.0001%) Total Harmonic Distortion, Nichicon "Fine Gold" capacitors, and swappable op-amps satisfy the most demanding needs of pro-audio users who prefer to listen to music in its original form, appreciating it the way its originator/creator intended it to be.

• PRISTINE HEADPHONE AUDIO | Sound quality over headphones is assured. The award-winning Xamp, a custom-designed, proprietary, fully discrete headphone bi-amplifier with push-pull design amplifies each audio channel individually to deliver audio in a pristine form. The ultra-low 1O headphone output impedance ensures that sensitive in-ear monitors or headphones are sufficiently damped and yet powerful enough to drive studio grade headphones up to 600O.

• ENHANCE YOUR AUDIO WITH IMMERSIVE SURROUND | Refined and perfected through 30 years of leadership in the audio processing and enhancement industry, the Sound Blaster AE-9PE is feature-packed with the latest and greatest versions of our legendary audio processing effects and algorithms. Sound Blaster’s processing capabilities improve your music, movie and gaming experience. The Sound Blaster AE-9PE supports 5.1 discrete channels and up to 7.1 virtual surround. It also comes with Sound Blaster’s Surround virtualization technology that can be fully customized to suit individual taste and preference. The dual SoundCore 3D processors provide hardware-based audio processing and enhancements for ultimate
enjoyment. Lastly, the Sound Blaster AE-9PE also supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Encoding.

• CONVENIENT CONTROLS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS | Redesigned for ease-of-use and convenience, the new and sleek Audio Control Module sits firmly on your desk with the following features:

• A display unit that indicates volume level in dB - the most direct and accurate representation of sound volume. Users can control the output
volume in a detailed manner without second-guessing. Headphone and speaker volume is saved separately, convenient for users who switch
between them.
• A large multi-function volume control knob controls the DAC volume precisely at 0.5dB/step. It serves also to mute and unmute volume, switch
between headphone and speaker output and even turn on/off the volume lighting!
• A headphone impedance selector allows users to easily switch settings depending on what headphones they are using: sensitive In-Ear Monitors
(16-31O), Normal headphones (32-149O), or high impedance headphones (150-600O).

Technical Specifications

Interface PCIe
DAC Specs • Dynamic Range (Stereo) : 129dB
• THD+N (Stereo) : 0.0001%
ADC Specs • Dynamic Range (Stereo) : 123dB
• THD+N (Stereo) : 0.0004%

DSP Mode
Playback Resolution (Stereo & Surround 5.1)
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz
• 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz

Recording Resolution
Aux In
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
Optical In
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
What U Hear
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0kHz
• 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0kHz

Headphone Amp

• Output Impedance: 1O
• Supported Headphone Impedance: 16 - 600 O
• IEM: 16 - 31O (1.5Vrms, -8dB)
• Normal: 32 - 149O (3Vrms, -1.8dB)
• High Gain: 150 - 600O (5.6Vrms, +3.6dB)

Direct Mode
Playback Resolution (Stereo)
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384kHz
• 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384kHz
• DSD 64 (2.8MHz)
Playback Resolution (Optical Out)
• 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
• 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
Playback Resolution (Surround 5.1)
• 16-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0kHz
• 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0kHz

Main Card
• 1 x ACM Link
• 2 x RCA (L/R) Front Out
• 1 x 1/8“ Rear Out
• 1 x 1/8“ Center/Sub Out
• 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out
• 1 x TOSLINK Optical In
• 1 x 6-pin PCI Express (PCIe) Power Header (required for ACM)
Audio Control Module (ACM)
• 1 x 1/8“ HP Out
• 1 x 1/4” HP Out
• 2 x RCA (L/R) Line In
Power • PCIe bus power
• +12V for ACM (requires 6-pin PCI Express power connector from PC power supply)

Product Dimensions (L x W x H) • Main Card: 178 x 22 x 127 mm
• Audio Control Module (ACM): 150 x 128 x 65 mm

Product Weight • Main Card: 230 g
• Audio Control Unit (ACM): 480 g


For Windows

(Downloadable from Creative
• Software Driver Package
• Sound Blaster AE-9PE Drivers with ASIO 2.3 support
• Creative Online Registration
• Creative Uninstaller
• Sound Blaster AE-9PE Control
• Creative Host OpenAL
• Creative ALchemy

Minimum System Requirement

• Intel® CoreTM i3 AMD® equivalent processor
• Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
• Microsoft® Windows 10 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
• >600 MB of free hard disk space
• Available PCIe slot
• Available PCI Express Power Connector for Audio Control Unit
• PC Power Supply Unit must be 80Plus Bronze Certified with minimum 500Watt power output and 2 x 6Pin PCI Express power connector

Package Content

• Sound Blaster AE-9PE (main card)
• Audio Control Module
• Quick Start Leaflet
• Warranty Leaflets
• 2 x Stereo to RCA cables
• 1 x Optical TOSLINK cable

Packaging Content

• Packaging Dimensions (L x W x H): 210 x 112 x 192 mm
• Packaging Weight: 1244g
• Pan size: 5 in 1
• Carton Dimensions (L x W x H): 603 x 230 x 230 mm
• Carton Weight: 7.02Kg


• 1 year limited hardware warranty
• 2 year limited hardware warranty (Europe)

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