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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Sound Card (70SB006003007)

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  • Experience real-time digital audio & effects with head-turning 3-D positional audio from the EMU10K1 Digital Signal Processor
  • Create CD quality MP3 or WMA files with a 320Kbps encoder & up to 9x encoding acceleration
  • Surround yourself with theater-like Dolby Digital 5.1 audio in movies
  • Easily connect to Cambridge SoundWorks DTT3500, DTT2200 and other Dolby Digital-ready 5.1 home theater systems
  • Compatible with Windows 95/98/98SE/NT/2000/ME
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Product Manual [958kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 4 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005UK8V
  • Item model number: 70SB006003007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at September 4, 1973

Product Description

Bring cinema-quality sound to movies, music, and games with the Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Sound Card. An EMU10K1M Digital Signal Processor delivers high-quality sound reproduction with real-time audio. With a 320kbps encoder & 9X MP3 acceleration, Creative PlayCenter lets you create, customize & listen to MP3/WMA files. It even has the ability to connect to Dolby Digital & multi-channel digital speaker systems or analog audio devices, bringing true 5.1 surround sound to PC audio entertainment.

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Customer Reviews

Card will not work without the driver.
Barbara King
They tell me to change slots and make sure it's plugged in all the way, things any computer user would check and do first.
Do get the latest drivers from the and don't use those on the CD.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Carpenter on September 26, 2004
I've read the poor reviews for this soundcard. However, I thought for the price of this card (30 bucks), I'd give it a try.

In other Amazon posts I've said, "When all else fails read the directions," and this installation is no different. I went through the installation procedure with my 12-year-old daughter. I did help her with lining up the card on the board, but after that we turned on the machine and booted into XP (we put the Sound Blaster installation CD into the CD drive before Windows fully loaded). The system found the card immediately and pulled the driver from the CD.

She said, "Is that it?" I said, "I believe so," and yep it sure was. Now we have pure, crystal clear surround sound from a thirty dollar card!! I also do not have any hissing or cracking noises out of the speakers others mentioned.

The Sound Blaster Live! CD also lets you install apps that work with the card and they were just as easy to install, but I did not install all of the apps.

Now I am not saying you will not have any problem (how would I know that?) as I have had some Creative issues with some other products, but I have always gotten around them.

Some tips:

1. If you are going to purchase this card online goto the Creative website and do some research. (e.g. is the card compatible with your Operating System? do you have any available PCI slots, how much memory does it require? THE BASICS!). Otherwise, just goto your friendly neighborhood office supply store and read the specs there (and be careful when the friendly clerk wants to give you a lesson in sound cards, you'll pay more in the end).

2. Consider which other devices you may wish to connect to the soundcard e.g. a mini disc player, microphone, etc.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2003
This card has been nothing but an endless headache for me. I've had more problems than I can name with this card. First, the card's quality isn't very good at all. Second, the card has a bad hiss in the rear signal (it's not my speakers, I checked). Third, the card has useless onboard stuff that cause MORE headaches. The mixer they give you is completely useless. It has no equalizer or anthing of the sort. It simply affects volume levels. The "diagnostics agent" is annoying and useless and occasionally starts up with my computer on startup (randomly) and starts checking stuff. All programs and utilities are annoying and useless overall. Fourth, the drivers are bad. I have a brand new computer with XP on it and it doesn't work well. I'm a good computer user and can't figure this update thing out yet. For some reason, the updated drivers won't install because the program claims my drivers don't exist, which they do. This card has caused me MANY other problems, including severe distortion problems, but they just don't come to mind right now.
Bottom line: Save your money and get one of the following:
--Augidy 2
--Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
--M-audio Revolution
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Josh-Daniel S. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2011
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I've got a Windows 2003 system and needed basic sound for a media server, and for when I feel like playing music. I don't need any amazing functionality, etc.

I tried several other cards, both an Audigy and a SIIG CMedia sound card. Both resulted in system crashes the instant the driver loaded.

This card fits the bill. It's the gold standard for basic sound support. The card is 32-bit PCI, half length, full height, and works under pretty much every operating system.

The card I received was 1102:0006, which was the Dell 5.1 edition. Nothing really different from the SB Live! Value edition other than the device ID, but you have to pick the right driver pack from Creative's website.

This card has a gold port for digital audio out. It also has line in, line out, microphone, and speaker, for traditional audio functions. This supports 5.1, and has a D-Sub15 Midi port.

Internal connectors include 4-pin audio for aux, CD and digital -- everything you'd expect all through the last 15 years of basic audio cards.

The drivers are from several years back, but that's OK for 2003 and earlier, MacOS and Linux. YMMV with Vista, Win7, Win8 and 2008.

If you need something with large sample bank RAM, 7.1 optical output, 96-bit DAC, etc, then this is not the card for you. However, if you need basic audio for business, light gaming, and media serving, then this is an inexpensive and reliable way to get exactly that.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Anaguma on February 18, 2002
The sounds are great between snaps, crackles, and pops. Since Creative Audio hasn't ever replied to my request for a solution, I went online and "searched" under "Soundblaster," "live," and "crackle." You'll be surprised at the number of hits you have to choose from and explanations ranging from "PCI bus noise" to "busy CPU." Creative Audio said they were working on it (June 2001). They still must be. Avoid this board, especially with XP or 2000. If you don't believe me, do the search on yourself for the "crackle" problem. Otherwise, expect to get the old vinyl record sound, both on PCs and Macs, and on CDs, DVDs, and games.
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