Product Comparison: Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 vs Creative Sound Blaster X7

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General Specifications
Sound Blaster AE-9
Sound Blaster X7
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 Sound Blaster X7 is the ultimate upgrade for pro-gamers and audio enthusiasts. This feature-packed ultra High Resolution Audio (HRA) device acts as an external USB DAC and a powerful audio amplifier with low-latency Bluetooth connectivity and Dolby Digital decoder.
Key Specs
Audio Interface
Sound Core3D
Built-in DAC
ESS SABRE-class 9038
Burr-Brown PCM1794
Signal/Noise Ratio
129 dB
127 dB
Sample Resolution/Rate
32-bit / 384kHz
24-bit / 192kHz
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 X7 Sound Card
  • The power and clarity of the music is mind blowing for the price.
  • In the sound quality department, the X7 is pretty good.
  • It works great, is very powerful and sounds excellent.
  • The sound is amazing. Amazing DAC and audio chip.
  • It had worked perfect with good sound.
Size & Weight
0.87 in.
5.1 in.
7 in.
5.9 in.
5 in.
5.8 in.
8.11 oz.
10.6 oz.
Number of Channels
OS Compatibility
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.8 and above
Optical S/PDIF Out, Optical S/PDIF In, 2x RCA, ACM Link, 2x audio jacks
4x RCA, Optical S/PDIF In, Optical S/PDIF Out, 2x audio jacks, 2x Headphone Out, Mic
Audio Control Module (ACM), CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, DTS Connect Encoding, Dolby Digital Live Encoding
SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology, Bluetooth
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 X7 Sound Card
  • The Crystallizer in the SBX Studio makes the mids and highs sound crisp and clear.
  • The X7 software is easy to use and does everything I need it to.
  • It had all the right features and I/O that I needed.
  • Has tons of quirks. Great sound. Great power.
  • Combines audiophile grade sound quality with gaming prowess. Has good connectors.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
349.99 $
399.99 $

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