Creative SoundBlaster E3 review

Look at this device carefully, there are several devices in one case at once. First, it is a compact headphone amplifier. Secondly, this is an external sound card for a computer that works with PC and OS X, even without special software, the system (OS X) perfectly detects the gadget and allows you to listen to headphones with this connection. Thirdly, E3 works as a Bluetooth headset. Finally, it can be connected to a computer via USB and used as a microphone. And so I decided to start with this in tandem with the Audacity sound recording program.

Creative SoundBlaster E3

First you need to select output devices in OS X settings, then do it in Audacity. The E3 program is displayed, if not, try restarting the program. Stereo recording is supported, the quality is like that of a good microphone, but you don't have to bring the body close to your lips, the recording is not of very high quality. This thing works as a microphone with many programs, so you can use the E3 for Skype calls as well. It is also worth connecting headphones to the amplifier so that the interlocutor's voice does not go through the speakers. The CrystalVoice function is supported, this is a digital "noise reduction".

When connected to a PC, a number of interesting functions appear, equalizer and sound effects settings, supported by SBX Pro Studio - this technology, a kind of "surround sound", will help primarily with games. Here is a video of how the function works.

In general, using Creative SoundBlaster E3 paired with a PC is extremely interesting for playing games and watching movies, especially if you have closed monitor headphones.

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But let's get back to design. A small plastic box, on one of the panels there are two 3.5 mm inputs for connecting headphones or microphones; when the device is used as a Bluetooth headset, you can connect a pair of headphones at once. There are buttons for turning on and activating Bluetooth, answering a call, starting playback, controlling rewind and adjusting the volume. On the bottom there is a powerful clip for fixing on a bag or jacket. On one of the ends there is a microUSB connector for connecting a cable for charging or using it with computers, gadgets based on Android. Yes, yes, there is such an option, not easy, but effective. In general, in terms of connection, they just came up with something here. There is even a regular 3.5 mm jack to connect the device to a wide variety of equipment - and the DAC will work at the same time.

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The weight of the box is only 44 grams, the assembly is normal. There is not much to say about the design here, this gadget is not about design, but about incredible functionality.

Connection methods

I do not want to replace the instructions, but I will try to indicate the most popular (in my opinion) ways to connect the Creative SoundBlaster E3:

  • As a Bluetooth headset with a smartphone, the amplifier works at the same time, the declared operating time is 8 hours in the music listening mode. The playback control buttons on the iPhone work as expected, there are no problems here. The playback quality is at its best, first of all it concerns the increased volume, and it has increased very seriously. In fact, power is what gives E3 for smartphones and tablets that are not too gifted in terms of music.
  • Like a wired smartphone amplifier, you can connect with a 3.5mm cable, plug your headphones into the E3, and off you go.I used an iPhone 6 paired with Marshall Major II headphones for the purity of the experiment, not the most powerful headphones in the world, not the most powerful sound source. At first I listened without E3, then I connected the gadget. There is a difference in sound quality, just do not forget to insert the plugs all the way, they are tight, especially for branded cables. Interestingly, even when connected via cable, playback control on the iPhone is supported, however, this only applies to Play / Pause and volume control. The headphone amplifier supports models up to 600 ohms (as it is written in the official specifications). With this connection, the device works up to 17 hours. https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 That is, when connecting half as much via Bluetooth.
  • Another option is to connect to a smartphone based on iOS, Android using a microUSB-USB cable. It turns out well.
  • An external DAC for a laptop, here you need to connect a regular microUSB-USB cable, select E3 in the settings, install a proprietary program, more about it below.
  • And don't forget about using it as a microphone, it's also a very interesting feature
  • It also has an NFC area for quick connection to Android devices

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Выводы

В рознице устройство стоит около 7 490 рублей, оно мне понравилось, хотя гаджет очень нишевый, и человеку надо долго объяснять, для чего он нужен. Усилитель для наушников, ЦАП, микрофон для компьютера и даже помощник в играх – вот что такое E3. Все функции работают, использовать можно с ПК, «маками», iOS и Android, сбоев или явных косяков я не заметил. Насколько вам нужно такое устройство – решайте сами.

Creative SoundBlaster E3 review

Look at this device carefully, there are several devices in one case at once. First, it is a compact headphone amplifier. Secondly, this is an external sound card for a computer that works with PC and OS X, even without special software, the system (OS X) perfectly detects the gadget and allows you to listen to headphones with this connection. Thirdly, E3 works as a Bluetooth headset. Finally, it can be connected to a computer via USB and used as a microphone. And so I decided to start with this in tandem with the Audacity sound recording program.

Creative SoundBlaster E3

First you need to select the output devices in the OS X settings, then do it in Audacity. The E3 program is displayed, if not, try restarting the program. Stereo recording is supported, the quality is like that of a good microphone, but you don't have to bring the body close to your lips, the recording is not of very high quality. This thing works as a microphone with many programs, so you can use the E3 for Skype calls as well. It is also worth connecting headphones to the amplifier so that the interlocutor's voice does not go through the speakers. The CrystalVoice function is supported, this is a digital “noise reduction”.

When connected to a PC, a number of interesting functions appear, equalizer and sound effects settings, supported by SBX Pro Studio - this technology, a kind of "surround sound", will help primarily with games. Here is a video of how the function works.

In general, using Creative SoundBlaster E3 paired with a PC is extremely interesting for playing games and watching movies, especially if you have closed monitor headphones.

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But let's get back to design. A small plastic box, on one of the panels there are two 3.5 mm inputs for connecting headphones or microphones; when the device is used as a Bluetooth headset, you can connect a pair of headphones at once. There are buttons for turning on and activating Bluetooth, answering a call, starting playback, controlling rewind and adjusting the volume. On the bottom there is a powerful clip for fixing on a bag or jacket. On one of the ends there is a microUSB connector for connecting a cable for charging or using it with computers, gadgets based on Android. Yes, yes, there is such an option, not easy, but effective. In general, in terms of connection, they just came up with something here. There is even a regular 3.5 mm jack to connect the device to a wide variety of equipment - and the DAC will work at the same time.

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The weight of the box is only 44 grams, the assembly is normal. There is not much to say about the design here, this gadget is not about design, but about incredible functionality.

Connection methods

I do not want to replace the instructions, but I will try to indicate the most popular (in my opinion) ways to connect the Creative SoundBlaster E3:

  • As a Bluetooth headset with a smartphone, the amplifier works at the same time, the declared operating time is 8 hours in the music listening mode. The playback control buttons on the iPhone work as expected, there are no problems here. The playback quality is at its best, first of all it concerns the increased volume, and it has increased very seriously. In fact, power is what gives E3 for smartphones and tablets that are not too gifted in terms of music.
  • Like a wired smartphone amplifier, you can connect with a 3.5mm cable, plug your headphones into the E3, and off you go.I used an iPhone 6 paired with Marshall Major II headphones for the purity of the experiment, not the most powerful headphones in the world, not the most powerful sound source. At first I listened without E3, then I connected the gadget. There is a difference in sound quality, just do not forget to insert the plugs all the way, they are tight, especially for branded cables. Interestingly, even when connected via cable, playback control on the iPhone is supported, however, this only applies to Play / Pause and volume control. The headphone amplifier supports models up to 600 ohms (as it is written in the official specifications). With this connection, the device works up to 17 hours. https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 That is, when connecting half as much via Bluetooth.
  • Another option is to connect to a smartphone based on iOS, Android using a microUSB-USB cable. It turns out well.
  • An external DAC for a laptop, here you need to connect a regular microUSB-USB cable, select E3 in the settings, install a proprietary program, more about it below.
  • And don't forget about using it as a microphone, it's also a very interesting feature
  • It also has an NFC area for quick connection to Android devices

In fact, the E3 can be used with all portable equipment, and this is a huge plus of this device - the user can listen to music on the way home, while at home use the amplifier while playing on the computer. Just do not forget to disconnect the E3 from the device, this does not happen automatically - that is, you need to turn off Bluetooth on your smartphone in order to then use the amplifier with a laptop.

SoundBlaster

Here it will be easier to go through the main features, the program has a video to check the sound, you can find out the battery charge, play with the SBX Pro settings (the same sound is around), the Scout Mode will help in games, namely, it will help you hear the enemy’s steps in a wide variety of games. And that might be important. For example, in BF4 there is a Weapon Master mode, and once I had to play alone against three opponents. Only the headphones saved, because I heard the steps well and hid. Not entirely fair, but three on one is also not fair play.

There is also a sound setting for each connector, an equalizer, here you can give free rein to your imagination and customize everything for each specific headphone.

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Выводы

В рознице устройство стоит около 7 490 рублей, оно мне понравилось, хотя гаджет очень нишевый, и человеку надо долго объяснять, для чего он нужен. Усилитель для наушников, ЦАП, микрофон для компьютера и даже помощник в играх – вот что такое E3. Все функции работают, использовать можно с ПК, «маками», iOS и Android, сбоев или явных косяков я не заметил. Насколько вам нужно такое устройство – решайте сами.

Creative SoundBlaster E3 review

Look at this device carefully, there are several devices in one case at once. First, it is a compact headphone amplifier. Secondly, this is an external sound card for a computer that works with PC and OS X, even without special software, the system (OS X) perfectly detects the gadget and allows you to listen to headphones with this connection. Thirdly, E3 works as a Bluetooth headset. Finally, it can be connected to a computer via USB and used as a microphone. And so I decided to start with this in tandem with the Audacity sound recording program.

Creative SoundBlaster E3

First you need to select the output devices in the OS X settings, then do it in Audacity. The E3 program is displayed, if not, try restarting the program. Stereo recording is supported, the quality is like that of a good microphone, but you don't have to bring the body close to your lips, the recording is not of very high quality. This thing works as a microphone with many programs, so you can use the E3 for Skype calls as well. It is also worth connecting headphones to the amplifier so that the interlocutor's voice does not go through the speakers. The CrystalVoice function is supported, this is a digital “noise reduction”.

When connected to a PC, a number of interesting functions appear, equalizer and sound effects settings, supported by SBX Pro Studio - this technology, a kind of "surround sound", will help primarily with games. Here is a video of how the function works.

In general, using Creative SoundBlaster E3 paired with a PC is extremely interesting for playing games and watching movies, especially if you have closed monitor headphones.

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But let's get back to design. A small plastic box, on one of the panels there are two 3.5 mm inputs for connecting headphones or microphones; when the device is used as a Bluetooth headset, you can connect a pair of headphones at once. There are buttons for turning on and activating Bluetooth, answering a call, starting playback, controlling rewind and adjusting the volume. On the bottom there is a powerful clip for fixing on a bag or jacket. On one of the ends there is a microUSB connector for connecting a cable for charging or using it with computers, gadgets based on Android. Yes, yes, there is such an option, not easy, but effective. In general, in terms of connection, they just came up with something here. There is even a regular 3.5 mm jack to connect the device to a wide variety of equipment - and the DAC will work at the same time.

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The weight of the box is only 44 grams, the assembly is normal. There is not much to say about the design here, this gadget is not about design, but about incredible functionality.

Connection methods

I do not want to replace the instructions, but I will try to indicate the most popular (in my opinion) ways to connect the Creative SoundBlaster E3:

  • As a Bluetooth headset with a smartphone, the amplifier works at the same time, the declared operating time is 8 hours in the music listening mode. The playback control buttons on the iPhone work as expected, there are no problems here. The playback quality is at its best, first of all it concerns the increased volume, and it has increased very seriously. In fact, power is what gives E3 for smartphones and tablets that are not too gifted in terms of music.
  • Like a wired smartphone amplifier, you can connect with a 3.5mm cable, plug your headphones into the E3, and off you go.I used an iPhone 6 paired with Marshall Major II headphones for the purity of the experiment, not the most powerful headphones in the world, not the most powerful sound source. At first I listened without E3, then I connected the gadget. There is a difference in sound quality, just do not forget to insert the plugs all the way, they are tight, especially for branded cables. Interestingly, even when connected via cable, playback control on the iPhone is supported, however, this only applies to Play / Pause and volume control. The headphone amplifier supports models up to 600 ohms (as it is written in the official specifications). With this connection, the device works up to 17 hours. https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 That is, when connecting half as much via Bluetooth.
  • Another option is to connect to a smartphone based on iOS, Android using a microUSB-USB cable. It turns out well.
  • An external DAC for a laptop, here you need to connect a regular microUSB-USB cable, select E3 in the settings, install a proprietary program, more about it below.
  • And don't forget about using it as a microphone, it's also a very interesting feature
  • It also has an NFC area for quick connection to Android devices

In fact, the E3 can be used with all portable equipment, and this is a huge plus of this device - the user can listen to music on the way home, while at home use the amplifier while playing on the computer. Just do not forget to disconnect the E3 from the device, this does not happen automatically - that is, you need to turn off Bluetooth on your smartphone in order to then use the amplifier with a laptop.

SoundBlaster

Here it will be easier to go through the main features, the program has a video to check the sound, you can find out the battery charge, play with the SBX Pro settings (the same sound is around), the Scout Mode will help in games, namely, it will help you hear the enemy’s steps in a wide variety of games. And that might be important. For example, in BF4 there is a Weapon Master mode, and once I had to play alone against three opponents. Only the headphones saved, because I heard the steps well and hid. Not entirely fair, but three on one is also not fair play.

There is also a sound setting for each connector, an equalizer, here you can give free rein to your imagination and customize everything for each specific headphone.

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Выводы

В рознице устройство стоит около 7 490 рублей, оно мне понравилось, хотя гаджет очень нишевый, и человеку надо долго объяснять, для чего он нужен. Усилитель для наушников, ЦАП, микрофон для компьютера и даже помощник в играх – вот что такое E3. Все функции работают, использовать можно с ПК, «маками», iOS и Android, сбоев или явных косяков я не заметил. Насколько вам нужно такое устройство – решайте сами.

Creative SoundBlaster E3 review

Look at this device carefully, there are several devices in one case at once. First, it is a compact headphone amplifier. Secondly, this is an external sound card for a computer that works with PC and OS X, even without special software, the system (OS X) perfectly detects the gadget and allows you to listen to headphones with this connection. Thirdly, E3 works as a Bluetooth headset. Finally, it can be connected to a computer via USB and used as a microphone. And so I decided to start with this in tandem with the Audacity sound recording program.

First you need to select the output devices in the OS X settings, then do it in Audacity. The E3 program is displayed, if not, try restarting the program. Stereo recording is supported, the quality is like that of a good microphone, but you don't have to bring the body close to your lips, the recording is not of very high quality. This thing works as a microphone with many programs, so you can use the E3 for Skype calls as well. It is also worth connecting headphones to the amplifier so that the interlocutor's voice does not go through the speakers. The CrystalVoice function is supported, this is a digital “noise reduction”.

The weight of the box is only 44 grams, the assembly is normal. There is not much to say about the design here, this gadget is not about design, but about incredible functionality.

Connection methods

I do not want to replace the instructions, but I will try to indicate the most popular (in my opinion) ways to connect the Creative SoundBlaster E3:

  • As a Bluetooth headset with a smartphone, the amplifier works at the same time, the declared operating time is 8 hours in the music listening mode. The playback control buttons on the iPhone work as expected, there are no problems here. The playback quality is at its best, first of all it concerns the increased volume, and it has increased very seriously. In fact, power is what gives E3 for smartphones and tablets that are not too gifted in terms of music.
  • Like a wired smartphone amplifier, you can connect with a 3.5mm cable, plug your headphones into the E3, and off you go. I used an iPhone 6 paired with Marshall Major II headphones for the purity of the experiment, not the most powerful headphones in the world, not the most powerful sound source. At first I listened without E3, then I connected the gadget. There is a difference in sound quality, just do not forget to insert the plugs all the way, they are tight, especially for branded cables. Interestingly, even when connected via cable, playback control on the iPhone is supported, however, this only applies to Play / Pause and volume control. The headphone amplifier supports models up to 600 ohms (as it is written in the official specifications). With this connection, the device works up to 17 hours.https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 That is, when connected via Bluetooth, half as much.
  • Another option is to connect to a smartphone based on iOS, Android using a microUSB-USB cable. It turns out well.
  • An external DAC for a laptop, here you need to connect a regular microUSB-USB cable, select E3 in the settings, install a proprietary program, more about it below.
  • And don't forget about using it as a microphone, it's also a very interesting feature
  • It also has an NFC area for quick connection to Android devices
As a wired smartphone amplifier, you can connect with a 3.5mm cable, plug your headphones into the E3, and off we go. I used an iPhone 6 paired with Marshall Major II headphones for the purity of the experiment, not the most powerful headphones in the world, not the most powerful sound source. At first I listened without E3, then I connected the gadget. There is a difference in sound quality, just do not forget to insert the plugs all the way, they are tight, especially for branded cables. Interestingly, even when connected via cable, playback control on the iPhone is supported, however, this only applies to Play / Pause and volume control. The headphone amplifier supports models up to 600 ohms (as it is written in the official specifications). With this connection, the device works up to 17 hours. https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/sunny/2004 That is, when connected via Bluetooth, two times less.
  • Another option is to connect to a smartphone based on iOS, Android using a microUSB-USB cable. It turns out well.
  • An external DAC for a laptop, here you need to connect a regular microUSB-USB cable, select E3 in the settings, install a proprietary program, more about it below.
  • And don't forget about using it as a microphone, it's also a very interesting feature
  • It also has an NFC area for quick connection to Android devices
  • In fact, the E3 can be used with all portable equipment, and this is a huge plus of this device - the user can listen to music on the way home, while at home use the amplifier while playing on the computer. Just do not forget to disconnect the E3 from the device, this does not happen automatically - that is, you need to turn off Bluetooth on your smartphone in order to then use the amplifier with a laptop.

    SoundBlaster

    Here it will be easier to go through the main features, the program has a video to check the sound, you can find out the battery charge, play with the SBX Pro settings (the same sound is around), the Scout Mode will help in games, namely, it will help you hear the enemy’s steps in a wide variety of games. And that might be important. For example, in BF4 there is a Weapon Master mode, and once I had to play alone against three opponents. Only the headphones saved, because I heard the steps well and hid. Not entirely fair, but three on one is also not fair play.

    There is also a sound setting for each connector, an equalizer, here you can give free rein to your imagination and customize everything for each specific headphone.

    Conclusions

    In retail, the device costs about 7,490 rubles, I liked it, although the gadget is very niche, and it takes a long time to explain to a person what it is for. A headphone amplifier, a DAC, a microphone for a computer, and even an assistant in games - that's what the E3 is all about. All functions work, you can use it with PCs, Macs, iOS and Android, I did not notice any failures or obvious jambs. How much you need such a device - decide for yourself.