Creative Sound blaster E5 - Headphone amp + USB DAC with OTG + Toslink + aptX + recording + more.
Jun 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM Post #796 of 2,341

deltronzero

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Sorry for the stupid question, but how do I update the firmware?
 
Jun 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM Post #797 of 2,341

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Jun 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM Post #798 of 2,341

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Ah, as I have suspected - the red part is where you get it wrong. The USB Host mode is only recently added to the E5 via its latest firmware (which is why you don't see it in the E5 manual, as it is written before this update and the info is outdated), and it ONLY applies to E5's microUSB port. The USB-A (full sized) only supports AOA mode (limits to 16/48), which UAPP doesn't support. If you use the USB-A port, you need the official Creative app on the PlayStore.

What you need looks like this, with microUSB on both ends.
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Wow! That sounds mega! I'll get back to you. I'll be blown away if it works :)
 
Jun 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM Post #799 of 2,341

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It worked!!!

Thank you so much. I don't have a proper cable but I managed a connection combining an otg hub and a USB to microusb cable. It was a bit dodgy and occasionally rebooted my Note3. I will order a cable like yours. Thanks again :):)
 
Jun 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM Post #800 of 2,341

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Updated the firmware and bought a short right angled Micro USB to Micro USB cable, and it works perfectly!
 

 

 
Jun 9, 2015 at 1:49 AM Post #802 of 2,341

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Let's say if I were used E5 for iPod Classic (160GB), will E5  improve the sound quality significantly?
Comparing E5 with fostex HP-P1, which one sound better with iPod Classic?
For above comparison, you treat iPod Classic as the transport only.
 
Jun 9, 2015 at 2:29 AM Post #804 of 2,341

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Don't forget most amp+DAC is just amp+DAC. E5 on the other hand has one extra 3.5mm headphone-out, directional mics (3 of them), mic-in, BT/nfc and optical-in and -out. Those are not the kind of features you will find on typical amp+DAC and only make sense they will take up more space.
 
Jun 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM Post #805 of 2,341

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  Don't forget most amp+DAC is just amp+DAC. E5 on the other hand has one extra 3.5mm headphone-out, directional mics (3 of them), mic-in, BT/nfc and optical-in and -out. Those are not the kind of features you will find on typical amp+DAC and only make sense they will take up more space.

nah, its just their design. The inside of e5 is pretty spacious, it can be slimmed down if they want to.
 
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  nah, its just their design. The inside of e5 is pretty spacious, it can be slimmed down if they want to.

 
Any chance you can show us the picture of its inside?
 
Jun 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM Post #809 of 2,341

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Do you guys think the X7 or ZXR soundcard sounds a lot better than the E5? Should I pay more for the X7? or is it not worth the price? Right now I have the E5 and can return it.  I just want to know if the X7 will sound a lot better or just a bit better ? any info would be appreciated.
 
Also, I forgot to ask does the E5 have this Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 amp? 
 
And can the E5 decode Dolby Digital Live surround like the X7? thx.
 
Jun 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM Post #810 of 2,341

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  Do you guys think the X7 or ZXR soundcard sounds a lot better than the E5? Should I pay more for the X7? or is it not worth the price? Right now I have the E5 and can return it.  I just want to know if the X7 will sound a lot better or just a bit better ? any info would be appreciated.
 
Also, I forgot to ask does the E5 have this Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 amp? 
 
And can the E5 decode Dolby Digital Live surround like the X7? thx.


No dolby digital or DTS. I don't think it can even do passthrough.IE it won't pass a bitstream out of it's optical output, only PCM.
 

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