The Perfect Upgrade from Basic Motherboard Audio for Enhanced Music, Movies, and Gaming
This ultra-affordable sound card upgrade allows you to start enjoying an audio experience that's not possible with basic motherboard audio. Thanks to the quality of 24-bit ADVANCED HD ™ technology, your music will sound like never before. With Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit, you can convert your old records and tapes into digital audio, immerse yourself in 7.1 surround, and make your games come alive with EAX ® ADVANCED HD ™ technology.
Patented CMSS ® 3D Audio Technology
Listen to all stereo recordings including MP3/WMA and CD music in clear, compelling 7.1 surround.
EAX ® Music Enhancements
Dramatically enhance your music with features including Bass Boost, Multi-Band Graphic Equalizer, Audio Clean-Up, and more!
Full Windows Media Player 9 Support
Enjoy Windows Media 9 Pro audio content in 24-bit/96kHz quality and multi-channel surround.
Complete Cinematic Surround Sound with DVD Movies
Immerse yourself in captivating theater-like multi-channel surround in traditional 5.1 surround, 6.1 surround with additional rear center channel, or 7.1 surround with a rear center or side surround configuration.
Realistic EAX ® ADVANCED HD ™ Effects
Experience the realism of environmental audio that only EAX ADVANCED HD effects can deliver in supported games. Whether you're into single player first person shooters or multiplayer online gaming, you'll hear all the action.
Comprehensive Multi-Channel Surround with 3D Games
Enjoy dramatic 3D positional audio, and sophisticated reverb effects, up to 7.1 surround sound with over 400 existing 3D games and today's hottest titles including Unreal ® Tournament 2004, Battlefield Vietnam ™, Colin McRae Rally 04 ™, and more!
Taking into account that this is a budget soundcard, this is an occasion where the scoring system doesn't quite fit the product, so i've taken the essence of the first two Ratings, Features is in comparison to any other std vanilla sound card, and extras is taken in the context of extra programs installed with the card.
Right onto the review. I have been running a machine with a stock std onboard sound card for a while, and I was getting fed up with the lousy sound quality I was getting in some of the higher end games, so I got myself a new sound card, and boy what a difference it makes, everthing just sounds so much more immersive and richer sounding than any vanilla audio device. I had run an older version of this card a while ago (SB Live Value 2.0) but this just improves things no end even over the older card.
The software supplied with the card is the std lot you would expect from any Creative SB card, but more that you get with the other cheap brands.
And probably the clincher to making this card one to get, it has 7.1 Surround Sound Capability try getting that on any other chep card.
Random listing from 'Computer Hardware'...
Input Interface: D-SuB
Pixel Pitch: 0.264 mm
Max Resolution: 1280 x 1024 / SXGA
Display Color: 16.7 M
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 450:1
Viewing Angle - Horizontal: 160 degrees
Viewing Angle - Vertical: 140 degrees
Scan Rate - Horizontal: 28~82 KHz
Scan Rate - Vertical: 50~76 Hz
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