Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Black Friday egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Grooming Deals Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Black Friday Video Game Deals Shop Now PlasmaCar
2015 Electronics Holiday Gift Guide
70SB049000000 - Creative ... has been added to your Cart

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

70SB049000000 - Creative Technology - Creative Sound Blaster Live 24-bit External - Sound card - external - USB

122 customer reviews
| 3 answered questions

Price: $100.41 & FREE Shipping. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Bookseller Jim and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
  • Convert Old Recording to MP3 - record old cassette tapes & vinyl to MP3 with included software
  • Enjoy Crystal Clear 24-bit Audio - With 256 times the resolution of your basic built-in sound, all your music, movies, and games will sound better in 24-bit ADVANCED HD quality
  • Create MP3s, Organize Music, Burn CDs - The full-featured Creative MediaSource digital player allows you to make high quality MP3s, manage your music library, and burn personalized CDs
  • Make Your Music Sound Even Better - Dramatically enhance your music with features including Bass Boost, Smart Volume Management, Multi-Band Graphic Equalizer, Audio Clean-Up, and more!
  • EAX Effects - add acoustic effects like Concert Hall
2 new from $100.41 2 used from $35.00
$100.41 & FREE Shipping. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by Bookseller Jim and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Product Description

Product Description

This ultra-affordable upgrade allows you to start enjoying an audio experience and quality thats not possible with basic on-board audio thanks to 24-Bit ADVANCED HD and EAX ADVANCED HD technologies. Your music will never have sounded better and youll even be able to convert your old tapes or vinyl to digital audio. Finally your games will come alive while youre also immersed in 5.1 surround sound. All this in a simple USB solution that installs in a snap!

Billed as the easiest way to upgrade from basic built-in PC sound to home-theater audio, Creative's USB SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit external sound card is an affordable stand-alone audio interface for your PC that hooks up to your computer via a single, simple USB 1.1 connection (cable supplied). The card offers analog inputs for a microphone and an audio component (CD player, DVD player, etc.) and outputs including optical and coaxial digital-audio jacks and a trio of minijack analog audio outs that you can use with 5.1-channel surround-sound speaker systems. Your music and games will never be the same.

Now you can create MP3s from your CDs easier than ever and digitize your old cassettes and LP records, cleaning up the sound as you do so using Creative's supplied software. (Be aware, however, that LP record playback requires, in addition to a turntable and cartridge, an outboard phono stage or an integrated amplifier equipped with a phono preamplifier; the USB SoundBlaster Live! accepts only line-level analog inputs.)

The unit's onboard 24-bit Advanced HD and EAX Advanced HD technologies encode and decode (record and play back) audio at up to 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution, though you must disable realtime audio monitoring at the highest settings due to limitations in the USB 1.1 data-throughput spec.

Creative Multi Speaker Surround (CMSS) multispeaker technology lets you "upmix" stereo sources to 5.1-channel surround sound. The software includes a professional-quality panning and mixing algorithm, front and rear balance controls, muting, and panning control for mixer sources.

Realistic EAX reverb, panning, and elevation effects bring your music and games to life. The kit also includes advanced time-scaling (which allows variable playback duration without altering the pitch of your original content), an audio clean-up feature (which removes noise and clicks from playback of vinyl disk or cassette recordings), bass boost, smart volume management, and a multi-band graphic equalizer.

Use of the sound card is as simple as plugging it into any available USB port: there's no power adapter required. The card has an infrared receiver for use with an optional Creative remote control, which will let you operate your computer from the comfort of your sofa or bed, at a distance of up to 13 feet.

What's in the Box
USB SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit external sound card, a USB cable, a quick-start guide, and an Installation CD (containing drivers for Windows XP, SP1, and 2000, SP4; Creative Software Applications Suite; and a user's guide).

Product Information

Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Brand NameCreative Labs
Item Weight1.3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H10 x 4 x 7 inches
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableNovember 28, 2006
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Romeo Faison on June 24, 2005
Verified Purchase
When I ordered this external sound card, I was skeptical, but when I received this card,hooked it up,it sounded fantastic. I had realtek onboard sound. I disabled it in the device manager tab, before i downloaded the drivers for the sound blaster live card, and without any problems. I'm running windows XP, with service pack 2. There is a big difference, no hiss, or distortion,and you can turn the speakers up louder, without sacraficing clarity. I would not hesitate to buy this card, even though you can't get updated drivers, the ones that come with the CD is just fine, and they are certified by Microsoft. Thank You for reading this. And remember, you can always switch from one sound card to the other.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Thursday Trader on November 12, 2005
An outstanding and innovative product. What's cool about this product is that you can place it anywhere near your computer, allowing you to have all your sound ports/jacks and volume controls within quick and easy reach: With its microphone port, in/out line ports, speaker ports, and multiple other ports, you can connect just about any type of audio device directly to the SoundBlaster External Card.

The multiple media software applications that are included free (on one CD) is alone worth the price you pay for the sound card. With the SoundBlaster External hardware and the included recording software, you can record anything (CDs, casettes, old vinyl records, your own live voice and music) and easily convert it to a digital audio file. From there you can use the editing software to clean-up and enhance your recording. Once you have saved your sound file, here are some ideas for you: email the sound file, or convert the file to an mp3 for use on a portable music player, or burn the file onto a CD: All of these you can do with the SoundBlaster External Sound Card. And, oh yes, the SoundBlaster External will make your computer sound absolutely great!

For the very best functionality, be certain to get the updated driver to the SoundBlaster Live External Card at the website:

Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Crosstie Walker on July 5, 2006
This is a handy device to have if you are unsatisfied with your stock soundcard (or have no soundcard at all). Its handy USB plug-and-play connection and variety of inputs/outputs can expand or enhance your multimedia options. Sound is adequate to good and fidelity was noticeably better than the stock card in my Dell Inspiron 9100.

Like many other musicians, I have been exploring the possibilities of home recording, taking advantage of the huge leaps in technology (hardware, software, editing/mixing) and the accompanying huge drops in recording-related expenses, i.e., studio time. My main PC is the aforementioned Dell. It's a heavy beast with plenty of hardware guts and speed...definitely in the desktop replacement category. As such, outboard USB or PCMCIA are the only options for add-on devices.

Unfortunately, this SoundBlaster product didn't make the grade in the recording arena, at least using Adobe Audition.

The first hurdle was constant 'out of USB bandwidth' error messages. This may not entirely be the fault of the SoundBlaster but it did become a deal-breaker.

The second hurdle was latency. USB 2.0 features respectable transfer rates but doing any overdubbing/multitracking was impossible. The click track lagged behind the guide track, which lagged behind the other existing track(s). In short, it was impossible to synchronize anything and I didn't fancy nudging tracks back and forth in an attempt to synch them up.

To be fair, Creative aims this product at a certain market segment and recommends the Audigy line for recording and more intricate functionality. So...I took their advice and exchanged for the SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS which has worked like a champ in all departments: sound quality, speed and of course no USB bother!
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Coady on April 7, 2006
Verified Purchase
Contrary to what many opinions on the net, this USB audio device will work with OS X Tiger WITHOUT additional drivers. To use the device just plug it in and go to System Preferences/Sound and select Sound Blaster Live! External for the input/output devices. That's all that you need to do to get stereo sound and an amplified mic jack to work. If you want to use the 5.1 capability you'll need to configure additional speakers. Open Applications/Utility/Audio MIDI Setup. Select SB Live! for Input and Output. Select SB Live! under the Properties For menu. Under Audio Output, Select 6-16bit or 6-24bit for Format. (note: it is not recommended to connect this device to a USB hub-- if you have to connect it to a hub it may limit your output options) Click Configure Speakers. Click MultiChannel and select 5.1 Surround. You should be able to click on the buttons for the various speakers and hear static tests.

I have played back a DVD with 5.1 using VLC without any problems. I was not able to get WoW to work with 5.1 yet though.

Problems: The volume/mute controller on the box itself will not work. The mute button will mute the audio but not unmute it (you can still unmute from the keyboard though). Also, if you plug headphones in it will mute the sound (which you can unmute from the keyboard).
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews