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Creative AE9 available for pre order $349. Available August 12, 2019

https://us.creative.com/p/sound-card...d-blaster-ae-9


For those who were following the AE-9's development, you might have been aware that there was a 6 month delay for it's release. Apparently Creative Ryan over on Reddit has insinuated that the delay was a result of something special coming together before it's initial release so the team decided it was better to delay it and incorporate whatever new feature they felt was crucial to it's success. Also it's said to have Holographic audio included.
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Special huh.. My impression was that they saw EVGA's card and decided to up their ante, but.. well, doesn't really matter anyway
I will however remind pictures of this had surfaced months prior and not much seems to have changed excluding that 6pin for power (Molex isn't "hardcore" enough, so let's put a 6pin there! All that juice! [that it doesn't draw, but who's counting])

Price is steep, $120 over their current flagship for, honestly? Not that much.

Was on the fence about the NU Audio, until i saw it lacked (integrated anyway) multi-channel emulation. What a lovely "little" detail no one "remembered" to mention!
Am now on the fence about this one too, 'cause nothing i've seen or read indicates it's worthy of such a pricing. Yes, they don't expect it to sell like crazy, so yes, the price is to be expected to mirror that; but a sheer $120 up? Err..

The ZxR was a good direction; you had a sister board if you wanted to drive the signal externally, if not, more space for you; the external module was also a simple potensiometer, so if you didn't want that either, even more power to you. This however? That impedance switch on the external module worries me; am i to understand i will -not- be able to state what headphones i'm using through software? ie that i'll be forced to use that? With all the signal degradation it comes with, by necessity? 'Cause if so, i'd like to meet the genius that decided it's best that way.
( in the meantime, since we now have a thread now, just in case you haven't come across it yet: https://hothardware.com/reviews/soun...rx-ae-9-review )

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Better off getting an off board DAC/Amp for that. Better off getting off board in all cases but specially at that price.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post
Better off getting an off board DAC/Amp for that. Better off getting off board in all cases but specially at that price.
We've been through that
You've got space to consider, you've got desk use and circumstances to consider and most of all, you've got use-case scenarios to consider. Lastly, a pair of 600ish headphones, a ZXR and a couple of Bursons on it, and i guarantee you that most of you hear much worse than i do. Aforementioned use-case scenarios notwithstanding mind (you want quality audio, you start thinking living room and dedicated system; you also start thinking in the multiple thousands of dollars); this is for personal PC, a man and his cave, yeah? Fair is fair.

Since i'm posting again, major correction and my bad entirely, i'd have sworn i'd seen them, but.. anyway, no headphones for AE-9, not without the external module.. they changed that too
(*** were they thinking, more money, less options? Seriously, lol)

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Found another review, may google translate help you: https://elchapuzasinformatico.com/20...-blaster-ae-9/

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Honestly, AIM SC808/Powercolor Devil HDX is cheaper, has better internals, have all the useless gimmicks of surround sound emulation and have interchangable OPAMPs, I don't see a reason to go for AE9.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Aenra

Edit: I don't know where the OP got his image btw, but this is what the card actually looks like:

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Quote: Originally Posted by BroadPwns View Post
all the useless gimmicks of surround sound emulation
If you're describing something like say 7.1, which let's be honest, is more of a wall of sound (after)effect than anything else, i'd agree wholeheartedly. If by the above however you're encompassing.. everything, i'd beg to differ.
Again, use-case scenario. Done well and with the headphones to match (assumption being that if you had speakers and an amp at the least, you'd probably be in a wholy different category anyway), surround emulation can be just fine for watching that odd movie on your PC; be it because she's not interested in watching it with you, because she's watching some crappy telly show that makes you want to kill yourself, slowly, or simply because you just want to watch it alone. A matter of implementation and a matter of having the "right" expectations from the start.

This once again leads me to what i implied earlier, so without changing the subject of this topic altogether, let us simply say that if focused on fidelity, one shouldn't even be reading this subforum; at all. Be they into internal or external "sound cards".
This is for either the uninformed or the well informed, if you get my meaning.

As to the cards you mentioned, haven't tried either really, they both seemed like knock-offs of some very specific models from.. other brands and i tend to shy away from encouraging such endeavours; which is what one does when one goes ahead and buys them.
If you're happy with either however, power to you.
(last card i was happy with was the Claro [coupled with a [email protected]], but.. different times..)

Edit: Nightingale missed your post, sorry. Probably changed in the interim and they haven't updated it yet? Pic i've uploaded is from a Creative's PR, as posted on their official channel in Reddit; you check either of the reviews i've listed, you'll find their own pics being identical; either way, it's all good

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Quote: Originally Posted by Aenra View Post
Special huh.. My impression was that they saw EVGA's card and decided to up their ante, but.. well, doesn't really matter anyway
I will however remind pictures of this had surfaced months prior and not much seems to have changed excluding that 6pin for power (Molex isn't "hardcore" enough, so let's put a 6pin there! All that juice! [that it doesn't draw, but who's counting])

Price is steep, $120 over their current flagship for, honestly? Not that much.

Was on the fence about the NU Audio, until i saw it lacked (integrated anyway) multi-channel emulation. What a lovely "little" detail no one "remembered" to mention!
Am now on the fence about this one too, 'cause nothing i've seen or read indicates it's worthy of such a pricing. Yes, they don't expect it to sell like crazy, so yes, the price is to be expected to mirror that; but a sheer $120 up? Err..

The ZxR was a good direction; you had a sister board if you wanted to drive the signal externally, if not, more space for you; the external module was also a simple potensiometer, so if you didn't want that either, even more power to you. This however? That impedance switch on the external module worries me; am i to understand i will -not- be able to state what headphones i'm using through software? ie that i'll be forced to use that? With all the signal degradation it comes with, by necessity? 'Cause if so, i'd like to meet the genius that decided it's best that way.
( in the meantime, since we now have a thread now, just in case you haven't come across it yet: https://hothardware.com/reviews/soun...rx-ae-9-review )
YES, Special. You know why, because months ago it was hinted that the delay was due to getting "Super-X-FI" included.

Sadly 3 days ago on Reddit it was confirmed thus far that it won't be getting it. Now those of us that were potential buyers are pissed and we will not be purchasing this new card now.

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