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Creative Sound Blaster E3 HD Sound Card and Headphone Amplifier with Bluetooth

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About this product


  • Portable external USB sound card that can also be used as a headphone amplifier wirelessly or wired
  • Up to 17 hours of portable use thanks to the built-in lithium battery
  • Lighter is always better – and this card is compact and light at only 44g, making it highly portable

Product overview

• Portable external USB sound card that can also be used as a headphone amplifier wirelessly or wired
• Up to 17 hours of portable use thanks to the built-in lithium battery
• Lighter is always better – and this card is compact and light at only 44g, making it highly portable
• 112dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) gives you playback with superb clarity
• Maximum playback quality of 24-bit and 96kHz, providing you with stunning sound quality
• Input connections: 1 x 3.5mm jack port (mic in), 1 x 3.5mm jack port (line in), 1 x microUSB port
• Output connections: 1 x 3.5mm jack port (headphone out), 1 x 3.5mm jack port (headphone out – shares same port as mic in)
• Manufacturer part number: 70SB161000000

Special features
• Convert your headphones into a wireless pair with the Bluetooth functionality and NFC compatibility
• Can support headphones that are rated up to 600ohm sensitivity
• Use your normal headphones for calls or video calls with the built-in mono microphone
• Dual headphone jack inputs, so you can share what you are listening to

What can I do with this external USB sound card?
The Sound Blaster E3 is a USB sound card that is both portable and capable of being used as a headphone amplifier to enjoy studio quality audio – either wirelessly through Bluetooth, or wired through USB and 3.5mm connections. Reward your ears with superb clarity thanks to the 112dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This sound card is compatible with headphones with impedances of up to 600 ohms, so you can match just about any headphones with it. What’s more, it has two 3.5mm jack headphone out ports which you can use to share your music with your friends. Audio fidelity isn’t compromised when both ports are used, so audio quality remains the same even when powering two outputs.

How portable is this?
Compact and weighing in at only 44g, you no longer need to haul a large headphone amplifier around with you to enjoy better audio. Powered by an internal lithium battery, you can use this for up to eight hours per charge via Bluetooth or 17 hours via analogue audio playback, giving you plenty of portable use before charging is needed. An integrated clip allows you to clip the sound card on to clothing, for extra portability.

What devices can I connect it to?
This sound card has a multitude of connectivity options – wired and wireless. You can use the supplied microUSB to USB cable to connect it directly to a Windows or Mac computer or laptop through USB. Additionally, you can use a compatible on-the-go (OTG) cable with Android (supplied – microUSB to female USB) and Apple devices (sold separately), for uncompressed digital audio streaming. An analogue connection can be set up too – using the supplied 4-pole 3.5mm jack cable you can connect this sound card to a computer, tablet, smartphone and more audio sources.

This sound card can wirelessly connect to smart devices via Bluetooth, allowing you to stream music to it without wires – meaning you can have your phone in your bag while you are listening to music. Setting up a Bluetooth connection is easy, as with support for NFC you can simply pair NFC-enabled devices with the Sound Blaster E3 through a single tap. You can alternatively pair it to your device manually by holding the power button.

Does this have a microphone?
The built-in microphone on the sound card gives you the ability to record sound. You can also use your normal headphones for conversations over the phone. When connected to a computer you can utilise CrystalVoice Technology, a suite of enhancements that reduce noise and provide clearer conversations.

Is there any software provided with this?
SBX Pro Studio technology is available when connected to PCs and Macs, and gives you a whole host of options that you can implement to adjust the sound to suit your tastes – including CrystalVoice. You can also enable SBX Surround to adjust the immersion level of surround sound that you like. SBX Bass will adjust the amount of bass you hear, and Scout mode can enhance sound effects when gaming and much more.


Operating Specifications

Operating Range:


Signal To Noise Ratio:




Portable headphone amplifier and DAC



1 x 3.5 mm jack port (mic in or headphone out)
1 x 3.5 mm jack port (4-pole line in)
1 x microUSB (charging and digital line in)


1 x 3.5 mm jack port (headphone out)
1 x 3.5 mm jack port (headphone out
shared with mic in)

Product Specifications

ASIO Driver Support:

Yes – up to 24-bit / 96 kHz

Headphone Amp:

600 ohms


Package Contents:

Sound Blaster E3
Micro USB to USB cable (1 m long)
4-pole analogue cable (0.8 m long)
Quick start guide
Warranty leaflet
On-the-go cable (Male microUSB to female USB)

System Requirements & Software

Compatible Operating System:

Windows: Windows Vista
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.8 and above
Other: Android 2.3 and above for Bluetooth
iOS 5.0 and above for Bluetooth
iOS 7.0 and above for USB audio streaming via lighting port

Included Software:

SBX Pro Studio

Power Specifications

Power Supply:

Lithium battery



2 years

Dimensions & Weight