Product Type: Creative sound cards
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Member Name: harryuk106
Creative Soundblaster Live Value
Date: 27/11/00, updated on 27/11/00 (601 review reads)
Advantages: Great output, great functions, great value
Disadvantages: Needs decent speakers, not vital PC gear
Why? Why should you get a new sound card? Your current one plays music and sound effects right? Well fine that's all you need. That's all you NEED. But after installing a Soundblaster Live your old tinny 8bit card is certainly not going to be something you'll WANT. With this soundcard ( available in 3 different versions with varying prices ) you'll notice instantly an increase in clarity of music - but what really makes a difference are the effects. You can choose presets such as 'Quake 2', 'Play CD', 'Microphone' which tailor-make the sound to the chosen option. There are subtle echo effects, changes in bass etc all chosen specifically for whatever you want to use it for. A great function which I've had a huge amount of fun with are the voice-alteration presets - chipmunk, kidnapper, Zeus, male-to-female, etc etc. Just ring up a friend through your microphone and see how long it takes them to work out that it's your voice behind Darth Vader, or Jimmy Krankie. However, when I bought this card, I bought it with a Surround-Sound Creative Labs speaker set, so it's hard to tell how much the card is responsible for the great output I get. What is certain is that if you buy this card yet still have tinny speakers you may well be disappointed - the effects will still be there but you can't get the true impressive scope of functions until you get a 4-speaker set up. Unfortunately those can set you back more than the card itself. But all in all, if you use sounds on your computer regularly then you should seriously consider forking out for one of these. It's not the most vital piece of PC equipment, but it does make using your PC a lot more fun!