The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card and DAC with Xamp, a brand new discrete headphone amp utilizing bi-amplification technology. It delivers astonishingly pristine audio, and also shows off the Aurora Reactive Lighting System with 16.8 million customizable colors.
Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is the first sound card to feature Xamp, our custom-designed discrete headphone amplifier. Each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing the AE-5 to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an unaltered lossless model to each earcup regardless of demand. The ultra-low 1O output impedance drives 16-600O headphones perfectly.
SABRE32 Ultra Class DAC
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a SABRE32 Ultra Class PCIe DAC which is perfect for hi-resolution audio for games, music, and movies. It delivers up to 32-bit 384kHz playback with a 122dB DNR, ultra-low distortion and jitter.
Aurora Reactive Lighting System
Enjoy a symphony of lights and sound with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System! The AE-5 has customizable RGB LEDs on its body, and also features an included RGB LED strip. Program up to 16.8 million colors in different patterns with the free downloadable Sound Blaster Connect software for PC.
BlasterX Acoustic Engine
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 rides on Sound Blaster’s long legacy of audio processing and enhancements. BlasterX Acoustic Engine is a suite of fully customizable audio processing technologies that deliver new levels of audio immersion and precision for the ultimate competitive advantage. These sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.
PCIe bus power, +5V for Aurora lighting (requires 4-pin molex peripheral connector from PC power supply)
BlasterX Acoustic Engine
Dynamic Range (DNR)
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mic In/Line In, 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x 1/8″ Front Out, 1 x 1/8″ Rear Out, 1 x 1/8″ Center/Sub Out, 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Headphone/Headset Out
Connectivity Options (Accessory)
1 x Front Panel Header, 1 x RGB LED Header (support 5V RGB strips)
CrystalVoice, Scout Mode
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 10, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 8, Windows® 7
145 x 20 x 128 mm
Gaming, Home Entertainment
Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
Microsoft® Windows 10 32/64 bit, 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
>600 MB of free hard disk space
Available PCIe slot
Sound BlasterX AE-5
1 x LED Strip (30cm/10 LEDs)
1 x Extension Cable
Quick Start Leaflet
View Windows® 10
Software Availability Chart
2-year Limited Hardware Warranty