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Hey guys,

Just a quick question

For external sound cards like the Asus Xonar U7, can you connect it to the pc and use all the inputs, outputs and volume controller without having to install the drivers/software on the PC?

I just hear the ASUS/Creative Sound card drivers are horrible and never get updated

Thanks all smile.gif
post #2 of 8
Yes it does work without drivers but to be able to use all features you do need the drivers.

For that price you can also allready buy a little external dac/amp from Fio and alike.
They dont need drivers but then again dont have that many features either.
Most do have a higher quality chips inside though.
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Yes it does work without drivers but to be able to use all features you do need the drivers.

For that price you can also allready buy a little external dac/amp from Fio and alike.
They dont need drivers but then again dont have that many features either.
Most do have a higher quality chips inside though.

Thanks.

Features like? The EQ and stuff I dont really want to use. I just want all the inputs/outputs and be able to use the volume control. Will that work just fine?
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I've been using a Creative E5 DAC/AMP as my primary sound card for the last 8 months, and it has been flawless. It doesn't require a driver to work, but when you do install the driver, it gives you a lot more features that work very well... and it sounds so much better than any internal sound card that I have ever had.

It also has bluetooth that works with smartphones AND an internal battery so you can use it on the go. It's a very cool device.
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I've been using a Creative E5 DAC/AMP as my primary sound card for the last 8 months, and it has been flawless. It doesn't require a driver to work, but when you do install the driver, it gives you a lot more features that work very well... and it sounds so much better than any internal sound card that I have ever had.

It also has bluetooth that works with smartphones AND an internal battery so you can use it on the go. It's a very cool device.

I may splurge and get that to be honest. I like the fact I can then go and use it with my consoles as well.

Do you know if the drivers/software work well with Windows 10?
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I may splurge and get that to be honest. I like the fact I can then go and use it with my consoles as well.

Do you know if the drivers/software work well with Windows 10?

They work perfectly with Windows 10. Haven't had so much as a hiccup out of them. The Sound Blaster E5 is literally the best sound device I have ever owned... period.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 8/7/16 at 11:14am
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They work perfectly with Windows 10. Haven't had so much as a hiccup out of them. The Sound Blaster E5 is literally the best sound device I have ever owned... period.

That is really great news! I do see that the output impedance is 2.2ohms which may be a problem for me as I use IEMs. Do you have any experience with that? As that will tip the scales of whether I'll purchase the E5 or not.

The help is much appreciated.
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If you look up the reviews, IEMs thrive on this thing. It shouldn't be an issue. I will admit that my top headphones right now are a set of Sennheiser HD 598s. They won't require super high power compared to some better IEMs, but it should do the job just fine.

I've never heard of someone complain about the E5 not being able to drive their IEMs efficiently.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 8/7/16 at 3:09pm
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