Question What Bass/Treble controls are missing in SBX AE5?

Ravi Sankar

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Why Windows Bass/Treble controls are missing with SoundblasterX AE-5 while same was available with my old X-Fi Extreme Music ? What is missing in XAE-5 that 13 years old X-Fi, and 20 years old Live Value cards has ?

I don't know I feel X-Fi is still better with External speakers and XAE-5 is only superior to X-fi only with Max volume levels on Headphones

I noticed 24-bit 192KHz sampling option with X-Fi with Customization enhancements while this XAE5 support only 32-bit 384Khz on stereo WITHOUT any enhancements (Direct mode only),
and XAE5 have have max sampling option 32-bit 96KHz with 5.1

When I remove the outershell of the XAE5, I could not notice any EMU chip (which was coming with other cards), how it is managed without Audio processor?

You can notice No considerable amount of heat generated on XAE5 card on use while X-Fi card generates considerable amount of heat on its EMU chip.

Am I correct here

X-Fi = DAC + Amplifiers + Audio Processor for Re-Sampling audio Signal
XAE5 = High Efficiency DACs + Dedicated Amplifiers
 

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