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Creative Sound Blaster E1 – Portable Headphone Amplifier

Bought the Sound Blaster E1 [1] which is a portable headphone amplifier for S$29 (usual price: S$69) from the online Creative Store [2]. They are having a sale online to coincide with the PC Show 2014 [3].

Shipping is additional S$6 but if your orders are above S$60, it ships for free within Singapore.

As mentioned many many times, I am not really an audiophile. I bought the Sound Blaster E1 just to give it a try and because it is selling at S$29, it is a steal! After trying it, I am pretty impressed by it.

Using the Sound Blaster E1 out of the box (without doing any configurations), it will give you Creative’s SBX Pro Studio technology which includes:

In addition to SBX Pro Studio technology, you will get CrystalVoice (for calls) and Scout Mode (for gaming) technology as well:

I notice that the singer’s voice in songs is clearer (I am amazed that I can hear the difference) and the bass is slightly toned down when using my Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones [4].

A full charge on the Sound Blaster E1 can last you for 25 hours. It is extremely lightweight, weighing only at 25g.

The Sound Blaster E1 also comes with a built-in microphone which allows you to use your normal headphones for conversations over the phone. Note that if your headphones come with a remote to control the volume and music playback of Android or iPhone, it will not work with the Sound Blaster E1.

I love the included line-in and micro usb cables, it looks beautiful and well made.

Specifications

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Front [5]
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Front

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Back [6]
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Back

Sound Blaster E1 - Box [7]
Sound Blaster E1 – Box

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Contents [8]
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Contents

Sound Blaster E1 - 4-pole Analog Cable [9]
Sound Blaster E1 – 4-pole Analog Cable

Sound Blaster E1 - USB Cable [10]
Sound Blaster E1 – USB Cable

Sound Blaster E1 - Front [11]
Sound Blaster E1 – Front

Sound Blaster E1 - Back Clip [12]
Sound Blaster E1 – Back Clip

Sound Blaster E1 - Top [13]
Sound Blaster E1 – Top

Sound Blaster E1 - Bottom [14]
Sound Blaster E1 – Bottom

Sound Blaster E1 - Left [15]
Sound Blaster E1 – Left

Sound Blaster E1 - Charging [16]
Sound Blaster E1 – Charging

Sound Blaster E1 [17]
Sound Blaster E1

Sound Blaster E1 - With Bose QC 15 Headphones [18]
Sound Blaster E1 – With Bose QC 15 Headphones