Advantages Good, reliable card, unlike some cheap PCI cards.
Disadvantages Slightly overpriced.
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Creative aren't my favourite company really - I feel their products are overpriced compared to the competition, and they have a habit of bringing out many versions of the same product which can be completely incompatible. When my SBLive finally packed up last month, I decided to shop around a bit because I really wanted to break the Creative habit.However, all the cards I got were absolutely useless. Crackling, popping audio, cheap contruction, intrusive drivers and so on. Returning computer components can be a hassle at best, and often a complete nightmare.
Reluctantly, I went back to the SBLive. My last one had suffered from dodgy outputs and inputs (probably a lot of pulling leads in and out), so I really wanted a Platinum version (the version with the 'drive' that allows easy access to all the sockets) - but I guess Creative don't make them any more. So I got a bare SBLive and bought extension cables to save wear on the card and bring my ports onto the desktop. It works just as well, and worked out £20 cheaper than a Platinum would have been. The only downside is that my old digital daughterboard, which was not faulty, is not compatible with my new SBLive.I don't care about 3D sound, digital ports or any fancy features which you can't hear through a normal set of speakers. I need good quality output for my job, and the SBLive is crisp and clear, so it works fine for my purposes. Second to that, I just wanted something that would WORK without any conflicts, unlike the cheap cards. The SBLive fulfills both those criteria, so it's good enough for me.
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