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is it worth to ugrade my soundblaster AE-5 and to buy the AE-7?

is it worth to ugrade my soundblaster AE-5 and to buy the AE-7?

will i see any improvents if i will upgrade my soundblaster AE-5 and to buy the AE-7? for gaming and music??
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Not unless you have some highend speakers or headphones. The SNR is 122 vs 127 .. I doubt you'll be able to hear the difference. AE-7 also sports 5.1 surround, so that's the same as the previous one. I'm going to say no.

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Not unless you have some highend speakers or headphones. The DNR is 122 vs 127 .. I doubt you'll be able to hear the difference. AE-7 also sports 5.1 surround, so that's the same as the previous one. I'm going to say no.
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It is.
what you mean it is??


will i see any improvents if i will upgrade my soundblaster AE-5 and to buy the AE-7? for gaming and music?? this i am asking
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Ultimately the goal of any audiophile should be to navigate away from sound cards and move to HDMI. I tried HDMI sounds for a while and it was super clean, but I ended up having issues with the stereo receiver and 4K/HDR. I bought a pretty decent $300 Stereo just to get the 4K support and it was pretty buggy. I came to the conclusion that 4K/HDR from a PC with a 4K receiver is just too buggy for now and went back to analog. That was about a year ago, probably a lot more receiver options now.

4K HDMI is the best audio you can get. Its more than regular HDMI, there is a term for it but I forget what it is and I'm too lazy to look it up. DCHP 2.2 or something?

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i have the dt990,premium
No then. Not worth it.
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A friend with Sennheiser GSP 600 changed a month ago from AE-5 to AE-7 and said it's no comparision. They don't only differ in SNR, you know.

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It's not worth it IMHO, if you're upgrading from the AE-5.

Yes you will see minor improvements, upgraded internals on the AE-7 over the AE-5. Dolby Digital Live and DTS on the AE-7 unlike the AE-5. The ACM on the AE-7, if that stuff matters to you.

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If you like to play with the eq, the AE-9 has half of the range as the AE-5. Where does the AE-7 fit? IDK, just thought I'd look at the software manual from creative. They didn't have the AE-7 featured in the manual, but it is likely the same since I got that manual from the AE-7 support page.
My G6 makes stuff like harpsichords sound much clearer than my AE-5, but it isn't as fun with half the eq and has inadequate power to really drive bass without muffling the treble, so I don't use it much. But if you find that delicate precision in your audio very important, you may be able to do better than the AE-5.
The AE-7 probably also has plenty of power just like your AE-5, and it would surprise me if cranking the bass muffled the treble.

It is a matter of taste, and you might be able to get more specific answers with more specific questions. If the AE-7 had the same eq range and power as the AE-5 and the same precision as my G6, it would definitely make my desired upgrade list. I don't have the answers though. Or even know if these are your desired qualities. Maybe there is an owners thread or forum somewhere.
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