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The SOUND BLASTER AE-9 Will Take Gaming To Another Level

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SOUND BLASTER AE-9

Check out the specs of this amazing audio card, while the AE-9 doesn’t come cheap ($350 MSRP), it is surely the King of the Hill. The best of the best. The pinnacle of modern audio that never let us down and we put it through the ringer and then some. We’ve come a long way since those tinny sounds coming out from a modest PC speaker. But we have come so far from it since.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

Main Card: 230g, Audio Control Module (ACM): 480g

Dimensions

Main Card: 178 x 22 x 127 mm, Audio Control Module (ACM): 150 x 128 x 65 mm

Headphone Amp

Output Impedance: 1Ω, Supported Headphone Impedance: 16–600Ω, IEM: 16–31Ω (1.5V Rms), Normal: 32–149Ω (3V Rms), High Gain: 150–600Ω (5.3V RMS)

Audio Technology

Sound Core3D

Direct Mode

Playback Resolution (Stereo): PCM 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384 kHz, PCM 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384 kHz, PCM 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0, 384 kHz, DSD64 (2.8 MHz)
Playback Resolution (Optical Out): 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz, 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
Playback Resolution (Surround 5.1): PCM 16-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0kHz, PCM 24-bit / 48.0, 96.0, 192.0kHz

Recording Resolution

Mic-in: 16-bit / 16.0, 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0 kHz, 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0 kHz, 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0 kHz
AUX-in: 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz, 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz
Optical In: 16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz, 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0, 192.0kHz

DSP Mode

Playback Resolution (Stereo & Surround 5.1)
16-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz, 24-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz, 32-bit / 44.1, 48.0, 88.2, 96.0kHz

Platform

PCI-e

Connectivity Options (Main)

1 x TOSLINK Optical In, 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x ⅛″ Rear Out, 1 x ⅛″ Center / Sub Out, 1 x ACM Link, 1 x 6-pin PCI Express (PCI-e) Power Header (required for ACM), 2 x RCA (L/R) Front Out

Connectivity Options (Accessory)

Line In:
2 x RCA (L / R)
1 x ⅛″ Mic-in (Mono)
1 x ⅛″ HP Out (3-pole)
1 x ¼″ HP Out (3-pole)

Headphone Amp

Output Impedance: 1Ω, Supported Headphone Impedance: 16–600Ω, IEM: 16–31Ω (1.5V Rms), Normal: 32–149Ω (3V Rms), High Gain: 150–600Ω (5.3V RMS)

DAC

Dynamic Range (Stereo) : 129 dB, THD+N (Stereo) : 0.0001%

ADC

Dynamic Range (Stereo) : 123 dB, THD+N (Stereo) : 0.0004%

Power

PCI-e bus power, +12V for ACM (requires 6-pin PCI Express power connector from PC power supply)

 

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