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Soundblaster Live! Platinum By John "Award" Del Percio, December 20, 2000
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Manufacturer : Soundblaster Live! Platinum 5.1
Interface : Internal PCI
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Closer Look


Overall, the Soundblaster Live! Platinum 5.1 is a good choice if you have the money to spend on it. Most of its features tends to be a bit frivolous, though, such as the remote control and the frontal phones jack and volume controls. If you're involved in music production, the Platinum 5.1 is an obvious purchase, as your MIDI instruments will thank you. If you're just a gamer or otherwise a non-audiophile, you'll enjoy the remote and phones jack, but if you'd like to save a lot of money, you'll do just fine with the X-Gamer 5.1, or even the Value 5.1. If you plan on doing a lot of work in Linux or any other operating system other than Windows, you may want to grab an Ensoniq or Awe 64.


Personal Note

 Reviewed by John Del Percio

I do have to say, I'm about as happy with my purchase as I could be, though I wish Creative spent more time designing their software (and their hardware for that matter.) I really wouldn't reccomend spending the extra money to upgrade from an X-Gamer or a Value, though, unless you have a speciffic reason to want the Live!Drive or the remote. I also should point out that it seems you need to buy the same speakers (Creative's cost between $300 and $400) for Dolby Digital as with the non-5.1 Live!s. I'm still trying to figure out where the feature of the AC3 chip comes in.

Overall Rating


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