Are Sound Cards Still Relevant? Sound BlasterX AE-5

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  • Bobby Fisher
    Bobby Fisher 35 minutes ago

    how about realtime recording. not only important for musicans. there are many uses for records that are timecoherent and not flawed by latency(or worse software that cuts silent parts) there is a whole topic of usecases and problems that arrive with them, that you just ignored, bc you are biased, bc you use audio more in the "audio hits me" term than the " i create audio" term. how about the windows 7preamp. knowing that this exists and putting it out made me more than 1000€. a selfmade problem, with a simple solution but no coverage. i literally charge 400€ for getting into your soundmixer, clicking % to db and then dialing in 0. the part, that you can change % to dB and how unknown it is, is what ppl pay for. 398€ are just for that knowledge 2€ are my trainticket. the gamer, listening to music, is not relevant for audio and thats the only group you coverd. what about somebody that listens to music, does some hobby music himself and hast to record memos for work? thats more realistic. i have the deep feeling, even you would need MY help to set up a rudimentary record/dub/playback system and my skills are more rooted in nightlong googleing some win7 querks than having actual knowledge(i mean i have it, but thats not what helps me daily) there is a big, uncovered ocean of audioproblems after winxp and none of the techs covers them. i do not need to hear the footsteps of an enemy in a videogame in sorround, i am above 20. but what i need, is the knowledge, that the recording is synced to what i heard on playback so the part starts where it should and not somewhere in the song. i dont know if i should be sad, that nobody covers the elephant in the room or be happy that i can charge the 400 for many more years on many more clients, just to do things, that should be in a fuckin manual. (funny part is, i never charge money for real work. i only charge money for wannabe make-belief stuff. i am kinda like apple. for 10€ i "master" your song-reality is i squash it. no soundtech would like that, but for your listeners it sounds better. no need to invest hundreds of dollars in mastering if you upload it on youtube, what i do isnt good but exactly what you wanted. i charge 400€for setting up recordrigs, only thing i do is setting win from % to db. i also charge 200e for computer repair. i just delete complete mac/win. if i like you, i will give you a bootable linuxstix with the system. but what i want to say, i give services without voodo but practical base, most times that means just to do less voodo, wich gives me less work, and my clients less costs. the margin is so big, i can get 200€ for free and advice somebody just to delete the maleware. a technican would charge more and only clean windows without deleting windows. the 2 hours of explaining linux is for free and just a bonus. fact is sometimes less is more and often we focus on the least important things while being stuck with non-sense. if you run a tech-channel and you review soundcards, tell me if that fuckin thing is able to record/monitor realtime, anything else is childplay. and by the way, why not drop some sentence about"any soundcard can become RT with JACK, so even win users should use JACK(or, bc of lazyniess i prefer voicemeeter)"but no, you focus topics that are for grown up toddlers wich are only interested in consuming more while minimizing any productivity that consum could create. example, somebody listens to a songs, hypes it. maybe he wants to do a similar song, or rmx the song he liked so much to beginn with. so i can open FL rmx or cover or i can open Itunes and sing karaoke

  • Skeptis Trader
    Skeptis Trader Day ago

    this video is schitt

  • José Teixeira
    José Teixeira Day ago

    Of course it is relevant. HT Omega or Auzentech X-Meridian C-Media 8788 and recently the 8888 with a good DAC makes all difference.

  • Mr. Reese
    Mr. Reese 2 days ago

    So I was looking whether or not this card is better than onboard sound and if so, in what ways. This video did not help with that lol.

  • RogueBrit
    RogueBrit 2 days ago

    Ever since Tek Syndicates episode on soundcards Linus still hates on soundcards ,my Xonar ain't going anywhere its waaay too awesome

  • 005 AGIMA
    005 AGIMA 3 days ago

    1990s: Reason to install soundcard: To get sound.
    2019: Reason to install soundcard: To get Nostalgia trip.

  • ryche rising
    ryche rising 3 days ago

    I will never ever again purchase something from Creative Labs. They just block drivers from older models in windows so you are pushed to BUY A NEW ONE when the old one (which in most cases are even better built) is perfectly working.

    • sw1000xg
      sw1000xg 3 days ago

      I've got a xfi and still working fine
      This statment is total bullshit

  • Big Dubyuh
    Big Dubyuh 4 days ago +1

    if you want GREAT cheap sound Get FX-Audio DAC-X6 and PH-A1 its as good if not better than the shiit magni

  • Zeek M
    Zeek M 4 days ago

    So you want to play Dragons Lair in DOS?
    We'll that's not going to happen if you didn't have a ESSSolo1 AdlibGold or Sound Blaster 16

  • Zeek M
    Zeek M 4 days ago

    Linus you were born way late in the game. You don't seem to appreciate the struggles of PC audio. It wasn't all sunshine and roses.
    I'm around 10 years older than you, when sound cards were required because their was NO onboard sound.
    Also if you wanted MIDI to sound worth a shit you had to use a sound card worth a shit with the lowest latency possible and dedicated RAM if you were lucky.
    Game developers would also use things like EAX to produce the suround sound of today. which is simply no longer needed.

  • Matt Cooper
    Matt Cooper 4 days ago +1

    FYI - FireWire and "joystick ports" were actually put there for audio/MIDI ;)

  • Matt Cooper
    Matt Cooper 4 days ago

    All I care about is audio quality and music playback (I game, but in stereo) Worth upgrading from a SB Z to this?

  • chris johnstone
    chris johnstone 5 days ago

    Don't be grabbing on Pinkie's Schiit like that

  • Michael Wilson
    Michael Wilson 6 days ago

    Uh... Linus? 1:24

  • Alex Ch.
    Alex Ch. 7 days ago +1

    hey maan, i have no joystick on my soundcard what should i do now? Should i recycle my computer then?

  • Dark Legionnaire
    Dark Legionnaire 9 days ago

    soundblaster radar works like your cheating in siege where you know the game has stupidly good audio. a magni and modi fail on siege. also why would you buy a magni or modi? actual decent sound companies have been making better shit for years. no wait magni and modi are the only ones to work with apple ...................... which lowers the sound to pc cause apple . i wonder if people realise linus and gaming nexus are never gna give amd a chance as watch how much intel does for them

    • Matt D
      Matt D 6 days ago

      Wat. Magni has a simple optical in. That's universal, not specific to Apple at all! I use one with my Windows PC.

  • Snacky McGoo
    Snacky McGoo 9 days ago

    Check out Anthony giving the headset the obligatory "bounce in hand to test for quality" check.... lol, love that guy, always such a ham.

  • ScruffyITA
    ScruffyITA 10 days ago

    why most people talk about sound experience using headphone? i always used creative audio card with a 5.1 speaker sysstem and the difference from integrated audio card and creative was enormous!!!!

  • Dimitri Trotsiuk
    Dimitri Trotsiuk 10 days ago +2

    I love my creative soundblaster Zx series sound card. Sound quality is a lot a lot better than my integrated sound card on my mother board

  • Bennett Marcelo
    Bennett Marcelo 11 days ago

    slightly expensive shit

  • Charlie Tate
    Charlie Tate 18 days ago +2

    I don't see why you hate on this sound card when it does the same thing as your Schiit devices without taking up desktop space. If you want a portable device get a dragonfly black. With this card I see no reason to own a Schiit product. This is for the person who uses his PC for everything from gaming to streaming, to professional audio and more. It's simple, easy to use and install, and just plain works. On top of that it has enough power to drive the toughest headphones on the market, and for now $140 it's a bargain.

  • McBean 56545
    McBean 56545 18 days ago

    Where's the Yamaha FM Synth?

  • Nut Screw Gamer
    Nut Screw Gamer 19 days ago

    Sound Blaster with 15 GB/s 8 dimensional sound
    Me: bruh.

  • M3TA
    M3TA 20 days ago

    pee pee poo poo

  • Confused And Pondering

    I have just bought my first sound card. Hope I can work it properly.

  • Travision
    Travision 21 day ago

    Linus in a nutshell:
    Do you likethis PC
    Linus:no
    Person:why
    Linus:No rgb no power

  • Blake Belladonna
    Blake Belladonna 23 days ago +1

    For audio it'd actually be nice if sound cards came with onboard shielded amps, and a front-panel headphone dac+amp with volume knob.
    Finding decent quality standalone amps that aren't crazy expensive is a challenge.
    Challenging to the point where I said fuck it and just bought a bookshelf system.

  • B M
    B M 24 days ago

    1:25. Hey nicely Manicured nails, Linus. Didn't know you were the type.

  • Angel G
    Angel G 25 days ago

    Once in the past, sound cards did not mean "just a DAC", they had hardware acceleration of 3D sound APIs they provided like A3D from Aureal, hardware EQ and HW synthesizer with sound banks. One of the HW accelerated samples include the old gone nForce2 chipset. Later all this died and everything went back on the CPU.

  • GearZ25
    GearZ25 28 days ago

    my dad's old sound blaster had some riser or something that let you get front panel sound ports in the place where you would put a DVD drive

  • Texan 214
    Texan 214 Month ago

    I have one and I love it. 32 bit 384khz playback is sooo clear!

  • Michael Wood
    Michael Wood Month ago

    I am surprised you didn't mention the fact that this sound card can run up to 32-bit/384khz audio this is the top of studio audio reproduction something the audiophiles will love... and the fact that this sound-card can handle up to 600ohm headphones which is impressive.the other important thing to note is the signal to noise ratio again purity much kill everything ells.

  • John S
    John S Month ago +1

    No one: Linus: go to schitt

  • Tuffenough4u
    Tuffenough4u Month ago

    What kind bull schitt is this?

  • guily6669
    guily6669 Month ago

    Isn't creative supposed to be a 5.1 soundcard how could it be compared to just a stereo DAC? Also you a few years ago soundcards from them used to make a huge difference in CPU usage on the system... I have a old Auzentech X-fi Forte 7.1 which has its built-in ram memory and sound processor and back then there was tests against other sound cards and would use 10+% less CPU usage from the system playing the same sound effect so it would leave more CPU for gaming as most sounds were processed by the internal sound processor and uses less ram too...

    Now wind 10 1903 update completely screwed the custom drivers by Daniel and now I can't update windows anymore, I really need to know if there's still any soundcard that would make the system to use less CPU performance like my good old soundcard since I still have a old I7 2600K so yeah the less CPU usage the better as this is a 2011 CPU already...

  • Tony Nameless
    Tony Nameless Month ago

    My 15 years old Creative X-Fi works very well still.
    It has front panel for additional inputs and mic jack on the front of the PC.
    It has ASIO and it cost less then $100 Who can beat that ?

  • DopaciD
    DopaciD Month ago

    can somebody help me why the voice morph option in the sound blaster connect software does nothing to my voice?

  • random guy guy random

    2:35 you forgot steelseries engine

  • jason mcfarland
    jason mcfarland Month ago +1

    What about used together ? Or is that not possible?

  • Bryan J. Lee
    Bryan J. Lee Month ago

    Seriously, you start a hardware company and call it Shit? Da Fuq? My next kickstarter project: The worlds best sounding headphones, welcome to Fahgot Audio.

    • Nathan Gamble
      Nathan Gamble Month ago

      In the UK we eat faggots and spotted dick.

  • Sia Mean
    Sia Mean Month ago +4

    This sound card review has closed captioning. Why would a deaf person want a sound card? The RGB!!!

  • RogueBrit
    RogueBrit Month ago

    Well since Tek Syndicate did that bloody video and everyone bought dacs. Those with Xonars knew better lol

  • lloyd munga
    lloyd munga Month ago

    Does anyone know if the xfi titanium pcie (sb0880) supports soundfonts?

  • Marko Korhonen
    Marko Korhonen Month ago

    creative G6 review pls

  • BlueDragon992
    BlueDragon992 Month ago

    Nowadays, dedicated sound cards really are only necessary for musicians and professional audio mixers. As far as actually playing back high end audio content (including surround sound) on PC, the onboard software based audio drivers such as those from Realtek found on most motherboards are more than good enough. Even the HDMI output on modern graphics cards will work provided you plug it into an AV receiver that has HDMI inputs.

  • Lord Poppy
    Lord Poppy Month ago +2

    I still have audigy 2 on old pc . Sb live surround ext on dvd player and asus xonar u7 on main rig

  • Matt Fuller
    Matt Fuller Month ago

    Sound cards are still relevant godammit

  • Mo Fengze
    Mo Fengze Month ago

    Linus showing the Casio watch :
    Me : sorry I have a garmin instinct

    • Bryan J. Lee
      Bryan J. Lee Month ago

      Did you build it yourself before jumping out of a window?

  • Mike Crow
    Mike Crow Month ago +1

    Me: *Sees this video* Aw Schitt, here we go again...

  • Burning Heart
    Burning Heart Month ago +7

    "Breh, your desktop has SCHIIT audio..." 🎧
    "Hey, thanks man!" 🤓
    (Fistbump) 🤜💥🤛

  • KnightShift
    KnightShift Month ago +3

    Horrible product! ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!
    As a canadian purchaser. They refused their manufacturer warranty because the product was purchased in canada from newegg.ca
    Newegg eventually understood my situation and issued a refund.
    I am never buying a Creative Labs product again; as cliche as that sounds.
    Needless to say I lol'd and jumped for joy when EVGA Released their NU Audio card. HAH! fall and burn creative labs!

  • Carl Yeates
    Carl Yeates Month ago

    Can I have a drone review of any kind, please? I want to get into drone filming but its a nightmare knowing which one to get. Thank you!

  • I EAT CRAYONS
    I EAT CRAYONS Month ago

    What a Schiit solution

  • Tommy Two Tones
    Tommy Two Tones Month ago +1

    RGB is the bane of modern computing

  • Matt Gillis
    Matt Gillis 2 months ago +1

    Linus, please Make a video for gamers that goes into detail on whether we should be using a sound card or DAC or some sound solution or just our USB headphones.

  • Matt Cooper
    Matt Cooper 2 months ago

    ... FireWire and 'joystick' (MIDI) ports were on sound cards because music creation equipment used those interfaces ;)

  • manicniceguy
    manicniceguy 2 months ago

    I have this card AE-5 it's pretty nice looking to try the EVGA Nu audio.

  • Björn Erlendur
    Björn Erlendur 2 months ago

    Your sound card works perfectly.

  • RFXCasey
    RFXCasey 2 months ago +1

    Didn't consider CPU utilization or data throughput. I have found, at least with onboard sound that the CPU utilization is higher and there is more general load on the system making things a bit slower. With a dedicated sound card plugged into your PCI express slot I have noticed and actually measured better gaming performance. Can't speak too much for USB sound cards as I've almost never used one and in particular those of the home audio or gaming persuasion. I have used pro audio digital interfaces as USB sound cards, like the Roland Quad Capture and Akia EIE Pro but only in a home studio recording capacity. And for your info joystick plugs were a welcome edition back in the day like especially on my Packard Bell.

    • Patrick Taylor
      Patrick Taylor Month ago +1

      Seems Like Im The Only One That agrees!!!!

  • Tighi
    Tighi 2 months ago

    Hi Linus i would like to know how god is this sound card for home theatre with the optical audio

  • Styles
    Styles 2 months ago

    Anyone know the 1:05 song?

  • Theokolese The Shadow Of Death

    Thumbs down because as a RU-clip prime subscriber I am paying to not be bombarded by adds. I will downvote any video that tries to get around this by embedding their own adds in the video and I encourage every RU-clip subscriber to do the same.

    • Gabriel Angelo
      Gabriel Angelo 2 months ago

      Blame the companies, not the youtubers. RU-cliprs gotta make money.

  • EraseDiskNow
    EraseDiskNow 2 months ago

    So, here's one feature these are lacking. The ability to balance chat audio with other audio.

  • Daniel May
    Daniel May 2 months ago +1

    But does it have "What-U-Hear"? That's the important question.

  • SuperCookieGaming
    SuperCookieGaming 2 months ago +3

    The joystick connector was actually a midi connector that doubled as a joystick connector.

  • OffOnOne
    OffOnOne 2 months ago

    I actually have the Audigy 2 ZS... yes the one with the FireWire connector, I also have the front panel for it, which is pretty cool

  • Tom Cora
    Tom Cora 2 months ago

    "So back when I was in, like, high school". Which was when, Linus, 2015.

  • SOARING Simulator
    SOARING Simulator 2 months ago +1

    And a slot extensor to reduce noises?... And 5.1 or 7.1 output ?... and noise charts? ...

  • meezocraft op
    meezocraft op 2 months ago

    Does optical audio even differ?

  • Jason Bratcher
    Jason Bratcher 2 months ago

    It's kinda honestly hard to look at an RGB lightshow that the eye-candied sighted world cares so much about and swallows like it's the tastiest baked goods of all the Earth...
    When you live in permanent darkness thankes to congenital retinopathy of prematurity?
    And the devices you use Must Play Sounds To Indicate What They're Doing At Each Step Along The Way!
    Not that being born at only 3 months weighing 2 lbs, 4 oz doesn't add a little more insult to injury.
    Without the Noise, I (and rest of my legally/totally blind collective) just go Neglected.

  • Jason Bratcher
    Jason Bratcher 2 months ago

    Slightly more expensive shit? That's a heck of a lot of dog turds wrapped up in the front yard.

  • matthew howarth
    matthew howarth 2 months ago

    5:46 he got all 999 korok seeds

  • Leo Kap
    Leo Kap 2 months ago +1

    ASUS ESSENCE IS THE BEST SERIES FOR AUDIO PRODUCTION AND GAMING LOL CHECK IT LINUS IMMA BUY THIS JUS TO SEE IF ITS BETTER LOL

  • TheMagnificentZoltar
    TheMagnificentZoltar 3 months ago +2

    Still using my Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional PCI-e with GigaWorks S750 7.1 speakers.
    PC Audio and gaming does not get better than this.
    Too bad that EAX is unused with new games now. The best game that I ever played on this is Thief II: The Metal Age, and that one is ancient by now.

    • DatMayoOP
      DatMayoOP 11 days ago

      TheMagnificentZoltar no more love for 7.1 cards, i fear extinction every day.

  • Flesh
    Flesh 3 months ago

    Filling slots.

  • Jetpil0t
    Jetpil0t 3 months ago

    I have this and rather unexpectedly during games with uncompressed audio (Rainbow Six Siege) the PCB gets very, very hot in operation, at least 60c as the back side is too hot to touch across the whole board. I would recommend not installing this next to a GPU, the card seems to not care about the operating temperature, but considering the board can draw up to 75W from the slot, its quite a lot of heat to dump into your case when gaming.

  • David Chapman
    David Chapman 3 months ago

    and a good pair of headphones, you will then have an interface to plug a professional mic, and professional headphones in.

  • David Chapman
    David Chapman 3 months ago

    skip this stuff and buy focusrite, it is fantastic

  • mike
    mike 3 months ago

    Just buy the shit
    Edit: i mean "schiit" :3

  • john enalstos
    john enalstos 3 months ago

    Personally, one thing was always clear no matter what soundblaster card I bought over the many years: The sound is Schiit! Period.

  • Jesse MacDonough
    Jesse MacDonough 3 months ago

    I have had an exquisite Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card for almost 9 years now. The sound out of this puppy is great. I have it connected directly to my stereo with a digital coaxial cable. The sound from it (my media library is FLAC audio mostly) is superb and great. To me, if your audio or media source is from your PC, it's a good idea to have a discrete sound card.

  • Chandan Puri
    Chandan Puri 3 months ago

    Those headphones are on backwards...

  • Moritz Neumann
    Moritz Neumann 3 months ago +1

    My Razer Keyboard has better features then that. I really liked soundblaster back in the day but now? Shitty Software, bad sound for the price and no music reactive LED mode.

  • Ross Deckert
    Ross Deckert 3 months ago +1

    I subscribe but have found you a sellout Linus. No apology.
    Done with my script next month

  • Jason McAllister
    Jason McAllister 3 months ago

    Using a medium tier TV soundbar from Samsung, hooked up via TOSlink digital from my onboard SupremeFX sound chip. I don't have any question, just wanted to share.

  • K R E A M H I L D
    K R E A M H I L D 3 months ago

    I opened up our reaaally old pc recently and my dumbass immediately thought it was a gpu but then noticed the "Audio Card" label on it and the ports as well, lmao yeah nice boring story it is from a new pc enthusiast.

  • Boabs Walsh
    Boabs Walsh 3 months ago

    awsome sound card

  • Willy Nanney
    Willy Nanney 3 months ago

    the problem is not the sound cards themselves, it is the software. it is complete trash. i loved my sound blaster z but there were way too many driver and software problems

  • miss misanthropist
    miss misanthropist 3 months ago

    if it doesn't have a yamaha YMF262 i don't want it

  • bradd ford
    bradd ford 3 months ago

    i am deaf not stone deaf but i annoy the wife on the pc and would like to find amplified sound card with earphone jack the headphone jack on my pc is crap leaves me angry so it is rellivant to me

  • AEnimaExists
    AEnimaExists 3 months ago

    Would you please review the Creative Labs Sound BlasterX G6? I am nearly deaf and need a legit review on a good option for high volume. Recommendations would be helpful as well. Thanks!!!!

    • AEnimaExists
      AEnimaExists 3 months ago

      Apologies...seems this video is not getting responses due to age....sorry

  • phsyonix op
    phsyonix op 3 months ago

    Rgb = different

  • Federico Loro
    Federico Loro 3 months ago +1

    5:16 What's the song on the background here? Please help me

  • Rye Hots
    Rye Hots 3 months ago +11

    2019 version of this - are sound cards still worth?

  • ExecutorQ3
    ExecutorQ3 3 months ago +1

    I dont want or plan to use external cards (even though i could just grab one in my office, the eternal one from RME i've got laying on the shelf is pretty good) and everytime i used on-board shit i heard a lot of noise (the last one i tried was on my gigabyte z270 and it has ambient noise and then extra noise everytime you do anything at the computer, even moving the mouse). The internal card both solves this for me (still using my old SB X-Fi, it's a bit chose to make it work on win 10 - every big win10 fcked up update messes up with the working driver and i have to downgrade it again - but it works).

  • kokot sity
    kokot sity 3 months ago +1

    Old school gamers and enthusiast will tell you that dac is external garbage worth console use. I would never settle for something so simple and useless as dac is. Maybe portable one since smartphones volumes are shiit on any headphones other than ultra high ohm earbuds. My 20 year old walkman sound twice louder than these shit phones nowadays, good theyre taking off the phone jack out, was useless to begin with anyway.
    I always keep up with soundcards and saying onboard sound, even surround ones are decent and you dont need dedicated sound card is a lie. So is the USB loaded headsets such as logitech or razer that promise you this fake surround sound causing vomit and costs more than a surround sound blaster card with a lower end 5.1 speaker system combined.
    But who would settle for a stereo dac? Once youre dashing the money out, dont be stupid and get a complex sound card that knows more than pull sound off of a usb. Analog is analog, kapish people?

  • Phantom forces Never bored

    RGB≠gaming they have that misconception rgb don't appeal to me build quality does

    • Jason Bratcher
      Jason Bratcher 2 months ago

      Not that this clueless visual world knows what they want.

  • Mike K4ISR
    Mike K4ISR 4 months ago

    Use headphones? Onboard is very good since 2010 or so.
    Use 5.1 or 7.1 surround speaker system for your gaming (like I do)? Yes need a sound card since most boards only have 2.0 speakers out, mic in, and sometimes line in, with no option for 5.1 onboard except for some high end mobos.

  • Brian
    Brian 4 months ago

    Still have my old SoundBlaster card that was so awesome per Fata!ty or whatever. Found a box of old HDDs, processors, etc. Then again I'm part of that older generation.

  • Victor Hassan
    Victor Hassan 4 months ago

    whats other good soundcard? i wouldnt buy soundblaster, because they dont warranty for canadian,. wtf