Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

I am sure when most users hear Creative Sound Blaster it is synonymous with computer audio perfection, many of the top gaming motherboards feature Sound Blaster audio. Today I will be looking at the new Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC & headphone amplifier with Bluetooth. In addition to being a USB DAC and amplifier it also features Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to wirelessly connect with your mobile devices. So can the Sound Blaster E3 live up to Creative Sound Blaster’s long legacy of audio excellence? Read on as we test the E3 and find out!

Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Creative was founded back in back 1981 with the vision and foresight that multimedia would shape and revolutionize the way users interact and use their computers. Back then Creative revolutionized and took the industry by storm with its line of Sound Blaster soundcards and has been an industry leader ever since. They have managed to do this through expanding its product line to cover all aspects of our multimedia lifestyles and thus we get to the Sound Blaster E3.

Special thanks to Creative for providing us the Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC.


Sound Blaster went with a simple compact box design, the packaging itself is a semi-gloss with white print and the brand name, product picture are done in a gloss finish that is visually appealing and eye catching. The packaging is also designed so it could be stood up on a retail shelf or peg hook.

Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

The front of the box features the Sound Blaster logo, E3 in large lettering and glossy picture of the product. At the bottom it is listed that the product is a USB DAC and headphone amplifier in English, French, German and Japanese. Directly below at the bottom they listed the main features printed in white. On the back side we find a detailed diagram showing the main features and the different ways that the E3 can be used. Also listed on here is how the E3 has up to 8 hours of battery life and also on the back there are several other languages, mostly European.

Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

On the top of the box Sound Blaster likes to rub it in that they are number one in computer multimedia products with over 400 Million sold. Also listed on top they invite you to like/add them on social media. On the bottom you also find a disclaimer and also one for the state of California regarding handling the product might expose you to chemicals that may cause cancer, I guess this only happens in California. On the sides of the packing it lists minimum system requirements and on the other side is the barcodes for the different regions that Creative markets its products to.

Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Opening the box up inside you will find the Sound Blaster E3 unit, Micro USB-to-USB cable, 4-pole analog cable, and an On-the-go cable.

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