Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 PCIe Sound Card w/Breakout Box

Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 PCIe Sound Card w/Breakout Box
7.1 Sound Channels – Internal – Creative Sound Core3D – PCI Express – 129 dB – 4 Byte 384 kHz Maximum Playback Sampling Rate – 2 x Number of Audio Line Out – S/PDIF In – S/PDIF Out – 1 x Number of Digital Audio Optical Input – 1 x Number of Digital Audio Optical Output


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Creative Technology, Ltd

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Sound Blaster

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Sound Blaster AE-9 Sound Board

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At the intersection where today’s cutting-edge audiophile technology meets 30 years of Sound Blaster processing experience, we set out to redefine the best of PC audio. Paying homage to our audio enhancement legacy and our never-waning thirst to explore the possibilities of audio, the Sound Blaster AE-9 is quite simply the best PCI-e sound card we have ever made.

Marrying the best of hardware with a 129 dB DNR and 32-bit / 384 kHz playback from the hi-res ESS SABRE-class reference DAC and our very own Xamp fully Discrete Headphone Bi-amplifier, together with our critically-acclaimed Sound Blaster audio processing technology that has been refined and perfected over the last 3 decades, the AE-9 can be described with a single word – pristine.

And it’s not just specifications. We have put in thought into every single aspect of the product, including the launch of a brand-new feature – the CleanLine Technology, engineered from ground up to eliminate voltage rail issues and isolate noise along the mic path for crystal clear voice communications.

AUDIO QUALITY A Feast for Your Ears

The Sound Blaster AE-9 is built with the absolute best components to deliver pristine, detailed audio quality that would satisfy even the most demanding audiophile.

The core of the Sound Blaster AE-9 is the flagship audiophile-grade hi-res ESS SABRE-class 9038 DAC. It delivers an ultra-high DNR of 129 dB, 32-bit 384 kHz playback over PCM, DSD64, and an incredibly low Total Harmonic Distortion of -120 dB (0.0001%).


Our newest innovation – CleanLine Technology – is set to overthrow the need of an external desktop mixer that takes up the desktop’s valuable real estate.

The CleanLine Technology is designed to filter and isolate noise along the mic path so you can truly enjoy crystal clear and uncompromised voice communications even while your GPU is pushing its limits.

High-performance GPUs pack heavy workload onto their boards, causing power supply ripple noise that manifests into audible noise and distortion when the microphone signal is amplified.

The AE-9’s CleanLine technology features a specially designed circuitry and components that eliminates voltage rail issues and isolates noise along the microphone path that typically plagues internal audio cards. In addition, we utilize a differential drive for the mic signal to reduce the common mode noise that may be induced by other electronic sources.

XAMP HEADPHONE BI-AMP Terrific for Headphones

The Sound Blaster AE-9 is designed to bring out the best in any headphone.

It boasts the fully discrete Xamp Headphone Bi-amplifier that amplifies each audio channel individually, delivering pristine audio in an unaltered lossless mode to each earcup regardless of demand.

The Sound Blaster AE-9 works with all kinds of headphones, driving audiophile-grade headphones up to 600Ω, all the way to sensitive in-ear monitors with its ultra-low 1Ω headphone output impedance.

The Xamp Discrete Headphone Bi-amplifier

The Xamp discrete headphone amplifier uses a dual-amp design to amplify each audio channel individually for pristine, uncompromised audio. It utilizes a push-pull output stage design to achieve good amplification.

Each audio channel (Left and Right) goes through 3 stages of separate amplification circuits:

1. Voltage Amplification Stage

The differential signal from the DAC is fed into a Low Pass Filter comprising of WIMA film/foil capacitors, followed by a single-ended amplifier to condition the signal for 2nd stage processing.

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Sound Board




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Sound Core3D

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PCI Express

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR):

129 dB

Maximum Playback Sampling Rate:

4 Byte 384 kHz

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Weight (Approximate):

230 g


Package Contents:

  • Sound Blaster AE-9 Sound Board
  • Audio Control Module
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Warranty Leaflets
  • 2 x Stereo to RCA Cables
  • 1 x Optical TOSLINK Cable

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