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Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 - Sound card - 32-bit - 384 kHz - 129 dB SNR - 5.1 - PCIe

CAD $469.99
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Manufacturer part 70SB178000000 | Dell part AA778355 | Order Code aa778355 | Creative Labs
32-bit / 384 kHz PCI-e Sound Card and DAC with Xamp Discrete Headphone Bi-Amp and Audio Control Module

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.

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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 — removes the need for an external desktop mixer  if you're looking for broadcast quality voice recording.

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.

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.
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.

2. Pre-Amp Stage
The input signal is further amplified to achieve an increase in current and power gain to drive the final output stage.

3. Output Stage
This stage gives further improvement to the power gain and transfers this power to the headphone with minimum loss. The push-pull design, consisting of transistors, is employed to achieve better efficiency, higher power output and cancellation of even-order harmonics at the final output stage.
Swappable Op-Amps

The Sound Blaster AE-9 has swappable op-amps, so you can further define your music's tonal characteristics.
Audiophile-Grade Capacitors

The Sound Blaster AE-9 utilizes Nichicon "Fine Gold" capacitors that use state-of-the-art etching techniques and offer a rich sound in the bass register.

Powerful Sound All Around

Immerse yourself in audio! The Sound Blaster AE-9 supports discrete 5.1 surround channels, and up to 7.1 virtual surround channels. The sound card also comes with Sound Blaster's Surround virtualization technology that can be fully customized, or switched off completely.
 Incredible Audio Processing

Sound Blaster has been in the audio processing game since 1989. The Sound Blaster AE-9 comes with Sound Blaster's full suite of audio enhancements, including Surround for incredible immersion, Crystallizer that helps improve the dynamic range of audio, or Bass that provides bigger punch on the low end WITHOUT speaker distortion. And CrystalVoice Technology enhances voice for clear recordings and in-game communications.

All enhancements are fully customizable from the Sound Blaster Command software suite on PC.

On top of Sound Blaster's own processing capabilities, the Sound Blaster AE-9 also supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Encoding.
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Scout Mode

Ready for an unfair advantage? The Sound Blaster AE-9 comes with Scout Mode, a technology that enhances important in-game audio cues such as footsteps and weapon switching sounds. This means you can pinpoint your opponent's location and predict their moves before they even know where you are.
Power at Your Fingertips

Many of the Sound Blaster AE-9's powerful features, such as the incredible Xamp, are contained within the Audio Control Module that sits on your desk. The Audio Control Module also supports dynamic/phantom-powered condenser microphones, perfect for serious content creators and streamers.

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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 the very own Xamp fully Discrete Headphone Bi-amplifier, together with the 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.

Quick Specs

Device Type
Sound card
Enclosure Type
Interface Type
PCI Express
Dimensions (WxDxH)
2.2 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.7 cm
230 g
Sound Output Mode
5.1 channel surround
DAC Resolution
Sample Rate
384 kHz (max)
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
129 dB
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Windows 8 (32/64 bits), Windows 8.1 (32/64 bits), Windows 10 (32/64 bits)


Device Type
Sound card
Form Factor
Interface Type
PCI Express
2.2 cm
17.8 cm
12.7 cm
230 g

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode
5.1 channel surround
DAC Resolution
Sample Rate
384 kHz (max)
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
129 dB
Sound Core3D, Scout Mode, virtual 7.1 channel surround mode, Xamp Discrete Headphone Amplification, CleanLine Technology

Expansion / Connectivity

  • 1 x TOSLINK output - TOSLINK
  • 1 x TOSLINK input - TOSLINK
  • 1 x audio line-out - RCA x 2
  • 1 x speakers (rear) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • 1 x speakers (center/subwoofer) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm


Included Accessories
Audio Control Module
Cables Included
  • 2 x mini-phone 3.5 mm to 2 x RCA cable
  • 1 x TOS Link cable

Software / System Requirements

OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Windows 8 (32/64 bits), Windows 8.1 (32/64 bits), Windows 10 (32/64 bits)
System Requirements Details
Core i3 RAM 1 GB - HD 600 MB

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