Blaster Live! Platinum - Page 5
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum comes with a special front
panel drive bay, Live!Drive, that
provides easy connectivity to a variety of analog and
digital devices to suit your needs.
new "Live Drive" that comes with the card, is a
modular control/connection unit that mounts in a 5 and
1/4" bay. Screws
are even provided to attach the drive onto your PC. This
unit provides the convenience and connectivity that heralds
a new era in audio solutions. I guess it’s really more
worthwhile to spend S$349 now on a Platinum where you get an
additional front-mounted drive compared to just a Digital
I/O card 12 months ago.
front panel of the Live! Drive
– Painless connections brought to the front
I would like to focus more on the innovative Live! Drive,
which is the distinguishing component in the Platinum,
compared to previous Live! cards that are pretty similar
notwithstanding the software bundle and Live! Ware 3.0.
Furthermore, with EAX being such a widespread technology in
the past year or so, I’d be skipping its mention.
look at the Live!Drive connectors will at once help you
understand how powerful and easily the Platinum can adapt to
your connectivity needs.
This particular connector assist you by allowing you
to transfer audio signals from another digital device like
DATs, CD players or ADCs (Analog to Digital Converter).
As the term implies, this connector works the
opposite of SPDIF In, allowing you to transfer your own
songs, MP3s or any other audio source to a digital device
for recording, listening or just for editing.
this connector can be used as a Dolby Digital PassThru
(AC-3) that is connectible to a Commercial DD5.1 A/ V
Amplifier. This is a great feature especially for those
SoftDVD enthusiasts, however a DVD-ROM Drive is still
In & Out
These sockets allow you to connect your favourite
musical instruments (MIDI based) to interact with the
computer’s software or hardware. Applications like
computer music, music education software or simply having
fun with music.
Line/ Mic In
With this additional Line In/Mic In, you can plug in
a second device like a electric guitar or a MiniDisc Player
or a Second Mic for Karaoke.
This connector is a result of repeated requests from
users who need their own privacy whilst enjoying their music
may think that the Live!Drive is vacant internally and
simply consists of an aesthetic casing with connectors to
the 40 pin cable attached to the SBLive! card itself.
However, look again!
Live! Drive's internals
the rear - the Live! Drive
the Live!Drive has several connectors, providing the
possibilities of even more expansion. Besides the connector to the SBLive! card, there is also a Digital
I/O Connector, a connector to an external Digital DIN
bracket (that is bundled with the package), another
connector for external audio output.
of Live! Drive - Connectors
of Live! Drive - More connectors!
In a nutshell,
musicians will appreciate the coaxial SPDIF In/Out and MIDI
In/Out for connectivity to their recording and musical
equipment. Gamers can also use the headphone jack for a
session of late night gaming and the Mic/Line-In jack
provides easy access to a microphone or a device like a FM
internal connectors also promise to offer great flexibility
in supporting more external components.
card, Live! Drive and all hooked up together
further test its efficiency, I hooked up my Cambridge
SoundWorks FPS2000 to the Platinum.
With the Digital DIN via the DIN bracket that comes
with the Platinum, it is sheer joy to achieve true
“Digital Sound” through the FPS2000. Note that this
isn’t achieved via generic USB Digital, but through
Creative’s proprietary port. In addition, it was
noticeable how the digital DIN lowered the amount of hiss
from the satellites at a higher volume compared with using
its former analog outputs. I can testify that this offers a
definite improvement in clarity.
the other hand, Creative should have included the Optical
I/O feature on the drive, it would be so much more
convenient for me to connect transfer MP3 songs into my
MiniDisc digitally. But if you do not possess such a need,
then I guess missing the Optical I/O would be acceptable.
Apparently, Optical I/Os are included in LiveDrive2, which
is only available as part of the Platinum bundle in the UK.