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Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit 30SB041000000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Learn more about the Creative Labs 30SB041000000

Model

Brand
Creative
Series
Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit
Model
30SB041000000

Audio core

Audio Chipset
EMU10K1
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
100dB
Polyphony
64 Voices (Hardware)

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front/Rear/Center/Subwoofer/Rear Center
MIC In
Yes
MIDI/Joystick
No
CD/Aux In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Remote Control
No
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 2000, ME and XP SP2
System Requirements
Intel Pentium III 450MHz, AMD K7 500MHz
64MB for WinME, 128MB for Win2000 SP2 & Win XP
WDM driver for the following OS:
Windows ME
Windows 2000 SP3 & 4, Windows XP SP1 (SP2 when available)

Features

Features
MUSIC
Special CMSS 3D Audio Technology Listen to all stereo recordings including MP3/WMA and CD music in 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.
MOVIES

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
GAMES

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!

Packaging

Package Contents
Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit card
Drivers for Windows® ME, 2000 SP4 and XP SP1
Creative Software Pack

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jeffrey A.
  • 1/4/2006 7:23:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the money...

Pros: Cheap price, 24/96 compatibility, really good sound for the money.

Cons: Somewhat clumsy interface; controls to switch to 24/96 should be easier to find (see below).

Other Thoughts: Make sure you do a FULL installation of the software; you can then go into Control Panel to change the sampling settings and unlock the full potential of this card!

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  • Russell B.
  • 1/3/2006 10:31:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsbad card

Pros: no pros. got the card at a nother store. it was fine for about 2 hour. went to play my game and the 3d sound is very bad sound like your in outer space. took out the driver and the software is not much. restart window and window would not restart.had to redo window xp what a pain.put back in my sound blaster live 5.1 with audigy driver work great again.

Cons: it not emu10k chip. music and game run in 16 bit not 24 bit. bad driver even the update driver did not help. no help from creative at all.

Other Thoughts: if you can get the old sound blaster live 5.1 get it and use the audigy driver package.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2005 2:06:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsLinux users beware

Pros: Works fine in Windows, as all soundcards do.

Cons: Watch out, this soundcard doesn't have the EMU10K1/2 chipset and its newer counterparts in Audigy 2 ZS which is fully supported in Linux along with hardware mixing.

Other Thoughts: If you're planning to use Linux and don't know how to set up a software mixing system on your computer, get SB Live! 5.1 or the original Audigy cards which have the EMU10K1/2 chips and can do hardware mixing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/23/2005 10:05:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsCant Go Wrong With Creative

Pros: Great sound, 8 channel

Cons: Port for mic is colored blue?!

Other Thoughts: One of the things I forgot to get when I first built my computer was a sound card. After a while, my onboard sound went bad and began producing a high pitch noise when playing games. With this card I no longer have the hissing noise of my onboard sound. This card is great and my music is clear and full on my 2.1 speakers and gaming headset. Not to mention that this has 8 channels, unlike my onboard sound, which will allow the option for me to upgrade 7.1 speakers in the future. The only thing that I thought was weird is that the port for the mic was colored blue which threw me off. Just look at the little icons near each port to figure which they are.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/20/2005 7:09:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat

Pros: Awesome and cheap card. It's amazing how much improvement this card provides over integrated audio. Program comes with a graphic equalizer and cool sound effects for games and stuff (EAX). Cheap too! And comes with a shiny sticker.

Cons: none!

Other Thoughts: Anything else is grossly overpriced! Get this now!

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  • Stephen P.
  • 12/8/2005 11:11:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSchweet

Pros: The card its selt works great, installation was a snap. Diddn't bother using the software on the CD, but the drivers work fine. Not a whole lot of extras on this card, but if sound is all you need, its great.

Cons: Not alot of "extra" features

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  • Mark K.
  • 12/5/2005 1:30:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsiffy

Pros: used to have great sound quality

Cons: sound is bad with the experience i had with it after a month or so.

Other Thoughts: i installed this back in aug. and all was fine. nice crisp sound coming from my 2.1 desktop speakers with subwoffer. i had to reformat windows cause i got a virus in my computer i couldnt get rid of and ever since then i have had nothing but problems with this card. everytime i go to play music or even games, it skips and it gets really annoying. i tried the drivers from the cd and the website and nothing works.
heres my specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro 2 Rev 2
512MB Kingston 333MHz PC 2700
Gigabyte GeForce FX5200 128MB vid card
this sound card

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  • John S.
  • 11/30/2005 1:23:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is sick.

Pros: Great Sound, Inexpensive, Easy installation.

Cons: Installation CD could be better, too many bundled APPS.

Other Thoughts: I work at home as a freelance programmer, and listen to music all day. I just built a brand new system using a K8V SE deluxe. It has the SoundMAX onboard audio, and a set of cheapo JBL speakers made for Compaq (very cheap). Since I listen to music all day, I decided it was time to upgrade my sound a bit. So I bought the Logitech X-530 surround speakers. I was going to call it a day, but newegg recommended this relatively inexpensive card. So I thought, hmmm, thats a good idea, and bought it too. Well, this card showed up before the speakers, so I installed it with the cheap speakers I already had.

WOW

I was shocked at the sound coming out of the old $x speakers. Literally amazed. Then I found the setting to go from 48khz sampling and 16bit, to 96khz and 24 bit. Now Im speechless. If you dont think there's much difference between onboard a decent card, you are in for a suprise. I cant wait for the speakers to show up.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/29/2005 7:14:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood card

Pros: Very good card for the money.

Cons: none.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/26/2005 11:58:30 AM
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2 out of 5 eggsArchangel

Comments: The reason I give a poor rating is the lack of good solid drivers and false advertising. I have the retail box and it claims to support halo, UT2k4, and the such but if you enable hardware sound in the games you'll get crackle and pops and missing sound. The drivers that came with it destroyed my installation of windows (random restarts) and reformated twice trying to get them to work. DON'T INSTALL THE ONES ON THE CD! download the current ones from the creative website. The updated ones still don't fix the crackle/pop issue in games though.

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