Product Comparison: Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 vs Creative Sound Blaster AE-7

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General Specifications
Sound Blaster AE-9
Sound Blaster AE-7
About the Product
As the best PCI-e sound card we have ever made, the Sound Blaster AE-9 delivers audio that is absolutely pristine, with a 129dB DNR and 32-bit 384kHz playback from its hi-res ESS SABRE-class 9038 reference DAC.
The addition of AE-7 to your PC rig basically means one thing – you’re adding in a dedicated quad-core processor designed with one goal in mind – to deliver incredibly pristine and enhanced sound on your PC without overstressing your CPU. Sound Blaster handles audio processing on the card itself, freeing up your CPU to handle other tasks.
Key Specs
Audio Interface
Sound Core3D
Sound Core3D
Built-in DAC
ESS SABRE-class 9038
ESS SABRE-class 9018
Signal/Noise Ratio
129 dB
127 dB
Sample Resolution/Rate
32-bit / 384kHz
32-bit / 384kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 Internal Sound Card
  • Sound quality and software controls are stellar.
  • Very good sound quality, much better than onboard audio.
  • Amazing audio quality for high end headphones.
  • Audio quality is good for the price.
  • Has great sound and excellent built-in chip.
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card
  • Audio is super crisp. Windows 10 did not have a issue with the drivers.
  • The sound quality is as expected, and it is adequate for my purposes, which is studio post-production.
  • It has fantastic sound quality.
  • Installed with no hassle and no errors. The sound quality is rich and airy with some deep bass tones.
  • The sound is incredibly good with this sound card.
Size & Weight
0.87 in.
0.79 in.
7 in.
5.71 in.
5 in.
5.04 in.
8.11 oz.
7.58 oz.
Number of Channels
OS Compatibility
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Optical S/PDIF Out, Optical S/PDIF In, 2x RCA, ACM Link, 2x audio jacks
5x audio jacks, Optical S/PDIF Out
Audio Control Module (ACM), CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, DTS Connect Encoding, Dolby Digital Live Encoding
CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, DTS Connect Encoding, Dolby Digital Live Encoding, Audio Control Unit (ACM)
What customers say about "Features"
Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 Internal Sound Card
  • I installed this on an HP Computer which is running Windows 7 Pro. There were no issues and it works great.
  • Drivers are very easy to install from website and use.
  • Very low latency for live performance using analog mic inputs.
  • Worked without issues on Windows 10 x64.
  • It is compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1.
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 Hi-Res Internal PCIe Sound Card
  • Their software is actually really good.
  • The AE-7 installed without a hitch.
  • New software is improved and simplified, less bloated. Performance - outstanding!
  • Options for digital and analog output.
  • The command module is a nice addition allowing me to control volume when listening via headphones, again the sound is amazing.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
349.99 $
229.99 $

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