Sound BlasterX AE-5

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  1. squalles

    squalles Master Guru

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    well i think about change my x-fi titanium, its giving distortions and few sounds don´t out... i thinking about change to sound blaster ae 5, anyone make this change? is really a great difference in quality? and ae 5 have your own dedicated sound processor to make sounds by hardware mode or my processor will make all the job?
     
  2. Anarion

    Anarion Ancient Guru

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    It's way better. For years now games (and everything) have been 100% software processing (performance wise it's irrelevant - modern CPUs are much more powerful than ancient sound cards anyway). SoundCore3D chip in AE-5 is used for EQ and acoustics engine features as far as I know. There's Alchemy support for ancient games though. Hardware acceleration has been dead since Windows Vista arrived.
     
  3. Octopuss

    Octopuss Master Guru

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    Is there even any point in using a soundcard when I always use direct mode?
     
  4. kosta20071

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    Too bad this Sound card doesn't support KS (Kernel Streaming) ... disappointing...
     

  5. Anarion

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    Wot? Obviously. Even more so because the quality DAC makes the difference. Also the headphone amp on AE-5 is much better quality than on any motherboard.
     
  6. GenClaymore

    GenClaymore Ancient Guru

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    The card does support Asio 2.2 and Wasapi Event/exclusive mode's and both works perfectly fine with both. If you need bit match playback, Wasapi in exclusive mode will do that, besides asio. I curious to why it not supporting Kernel streaming disappoints you. Unless there is an special reason. Unless it relates to linux but I do seem recalling linux supporting asio.

    I did double check to see if Kernal streaming was working with different plugins I tried but it wasn't.
     
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    Because I wanted to use JPLAY with it and it plays best with KS (more options), BTW, I heard KS was the best method.
    http://jplay.eu/
     
  8. Chastity

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    Kernel Streaming was replaced by WASAPI in current OS's. Just use that.
     
  9. Mufflore

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    I would agree with you if it were not for the clarity improvement JPlay brings.
    However there is something even better than JPlay called HQPlayer.
    More stable and even clearer!
    Free to use for 1/2hr at a time if you dont want to purchase but it will auto quit without notice or saving changes.
    Seriously worth checking out.
    I dont play music without it now, its adds so much extra detail.
     
  10. Sajittarius

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    Sorry i just found this thread, https://audioswit.ch/er does the trick for me, can hotkey the audio devices you want and it also has an icon in the sys tray for easier switching (like you can set favorites and swap between them with less clicks)

    Also, i love my AE-5, i had to stop using analog multi-channel when i upgraded my mobo a couple of years ago and gave up my Auzen X-Fi Prelude. I've been using a Titanium HD, which worked well over optical, but i feel like this AE-5 is just nicer sounding. I have it hooked up to an old Yamaha home theatre that doesn't have HDMI, it sounds beautiful, lol.

    I'm just wondering if anyone has messed with the speaker distances? My rear speakers are kind of far back and the max it lets you do in the SB Connect app is 2 meters.
     

  11. Chastity

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    WASAPI and current DirectSound implementations in Win10 support bitperfect output of the source with digital output. Things like HQPlayer is modification. If the audio sounds better after converting to DSD, then the issue is the craptacular hardware implementation in the AV Receiver's DAC and Opamp circuit for Coax/Optical/HDMI sources.

    (And please don't try to sell me on HQPlayer, I am totally uninterested.)
     
  12. Mufflore

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    You shouldnt answer if you have no interest lol.
    HQPlayer also plays PCM which is even more detailed!
    When playing DSD its a more laid back sound.
     
  13. maikai

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    I am disappointed I lost dts and dolby through optical since I was playing on my tv and soundbar as I don't have a proper avr any longer. However even coming from a ZxR I have noticed an improvement in sound clarity. I am not an audiophile or hardcore audio enthusiast though. I even tried to convince myself to return the card after the lighting issues I had, but there was no mistake, I am hearing sounds in games I never realized before. The wild life in Far Cry 5 for instance is a lot more pronounced than I had noticed on my ZxR. I'm happy with my purchase and I'd do it again. I only wish I could have got it for less money
     
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    another question... i hate rgb, so if i don´t use molex connector on the card will works normally without rgb lights?
     
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    Yes. You can turn everything off too.
     

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    Yeah, the molex is only for lights and you can turn everything off from the drivers.
     
  17. squalles

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    excellent... thanks
     
  18. maikai

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    Or do like I did, have a PSU with power surges fry it :p
     
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    Thats got to be the best way to run a pc, kudos.
     
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    Hi... created an account just to reply to you. i came from X-Fi Titanium to SBX AE-5. not sure if you already bought the card, but here are my views.
    if you buy it for audio, it is way better than the X-Fi Titanium, an upgrade.

    if you buy it for gaming, i'm not sure why but it's a downgrade for me. so much gimmick for Smart Volume(audio normalization), night medium high loud bullshit, whereas the X-Fi Titanium only has a SVM on or off button.
    i cant hear footsteps as well in Rainbow 6 Siege, and also in PUBG. sometimes when i'm playing with friends, they can hear people close to me, and i dont hear anything. sometimes the in-game sound feels muted for like 0.5-1second, when my friends speak. (discord)

    I've checked all settings and it is definitely not my settings, it's the card. i swapped back to my X-Fi and the gaming experience is an upgrade from AE-5.
     

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