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Buy the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition

Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition

Hi-res PCI-e Gaming Sound Card and DAC with RGB Lighting, Dolby Digital Live, and DTS Encoding



Go all out with our Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition, now with Dolby Digital Live and DTS Encoding for even more surround sound delivery options.

Express your style with the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition! With its pure white casing that's guaranteed to be the statement piece of your battle station, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition also comes with four RGB LED strips so you can go all out and spice up your gaming rig. The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition features SABRE32 ultra-class DAC, our very own Xamp discrete headphone amp that utilizes a bi-amplification technology, as well as our full suite of industry-leading audio processing technologies including Surround Virtualization.

RGB Lighting

Aurora Reactive Lighting System

Illuminate your gaming rig and set the mood with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System! The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition features a pearl white casing and comes with 4 included RGB LED strips, so you can customize your battle station without holding back. Program up to 16.7 million colors in different patterns via the Sound Blaster Command software for PC. And when you prefer keeping things dark, simply switch the RGB off.


Custom Xamp Discrete Headphone Bi-amp

Maximize your prized headset's potential! Powerful headsets require audiophile-grade headphone amplifier to drive outstanding audio performance, and that's where Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition comes in. The hi-res sound card features Xamp, our custom-designed discrete headphone bi-amplifier.

Typical Headphone Amp

In a typical headphone amp, your left and right channels are amplified all at once using the same amplifier IC.

Xamp Headphone Amp

In Xamp discrete headphone bi-amp, each audio channel is individually amplified, allowing the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition to deliver pristine audio fidelity in an unaltered lossless model to each earcup regardless of demand.

It also features an ultra-low 1Ω headphone output impedance that can drive studio-grade headphones of up to 600Ω, including high-end planar-magnetic headphones.

The end result? Silky smooth audio regardless of how dynamic or demanding the current audio scene may be. From times when you need a break from gaming, the Xamp also satisfies even the most demanding needs of audiophiles seeking for music in its original form, and appreciate music the way it is intended to be.


The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition is a SABRE-class PCI-e DAC that is perfect for high resolution audio for games, music, and movies. It delivers extremely clean 122 dB DNR audio stream at up to 32-bit / 384 kHz playback* with ultra-low distortion and jitter.

*32-bit playback only available in Windows 10 or higher.

Sound Enhancement

Surround Sound Technologies

Transform your gaming audio into immersive, theatrical audio! On top of support for Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Encoding, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition also features discrete 5.1 on speakers, and up to 7.1 virtual surround on both speakers and headphones.

Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition rides on Sound Blaster's long legacy of audio processing and enhancements, available through the Sound Blaster Command software. The Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine is a suite of fully customizable audio processing technologies deliver new levels of audio immersion and precision for the ultimate competitive advantage. These sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.

Scout Mode

Activate Scout Mode to give yourself a distinct tactical advantage! This tried and tested technology enhances important in-game audio cues—such as footsteps and weapon switching sounds—allowing you to quickly and accurately pinpoint your opponents' location before they pinpoint yours!

Stay Discreet

Want to tone it down a little? Our Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus features a black casing with an included RGB LED strip if you prefer a simple and discreet style.

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Customer Reviews

J. Axe

It was great while he could still use it. He upgraded his video card to a GTX 3080 and it took up the space over the a lot the card was installed in. Paired with Klipsch 2.1 computer speakers it produced amazing sound.

A. Smith

Great paired with my Audio Engine speakers

Y. Herrera

Ive being a long time use since the good old audigy cards, then the z cards, and i j7ust upgraded to a new pc with the latest card, ive been using this card for 5 months now, and it sounds amazing. I usually use a 5.1 sound system and you can really feel the depth of sound, specially when listening to music.

A Closer Look


+5V for Aurora lighting (requires 4-pin molex peripheral connector from PC power supply), PCI-e bus power
Audio Technology
Sound Core3D
Dynamic Range (DNR)
122 dB
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x Front Panel Header, 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mic In / Line In, 1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone / Headset Out, 1 x 1/8" Front Out, 1 x 1/8" Rear Out, 1 x 1/8" Center / Sub Out
Headphone Amp
Supported Headphone Impedance: 16—600Ω, Output Impedance: 1Ω, Low Gain: 16—149 Ω (+0 dB)
Audio Technologies
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Windows® 11
145 x 20 x 128 mm
Playback & Recording
Recommended Usage
Dynamic Range: 122 dB, THD+N (DAC): 0.00032[%]

System Requirements

  • Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • Intel, AMD, or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows 11, Windows 10 32 / 64-bit, Windows 8.1 / 8.0 32 / 64-bit, Windows 7 32 / 64-bit
  • 1 GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • Available PCI-e slot

Package Contents

  • Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition
  • 4 x LED Strips (30 cm / 10 LEDs)
  • 1 x Extension Cable
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Warranty Leaflet


1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

California Residents

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

To meet the requirements of Proposition 65, it is our responsibility to notify consumers in the State of California that they can be exposed to chemicals that are known to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity. It does not mean that the product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.

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