Creative is an electronics manufacturer that was established in 1981 in Singapore. Since then, the company has created a variety of electronic hardware for computers and other sound-based applications. The Creative SoundBlaster SB0200 is better known as the Creative Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 PCI sound card.
The Sound Blaster SB0200 utilizes a EMU10K1X audio processing chip, incorporating EAX audio technologies to provide developers with the option of creating three-dimensional audio environments. This card can determine if a cable for a telephone answering device is connected. The front-panel circuitry detects microphone and headphone connections. The Creative Multi Speaker Surround feature upgrades regular stereo sound into 5.1 channel sound. This peripheral uses DirectSound3D to create positional, 3D audio effects and is compliant with specifications for PCI version 2.1.
Sound Blaster SB0200 cards support MIDI and host-based MIDI synthesizers. This sound card works with 5.1 analog speakers. Six-channel digital output is produced with an SPDIF format that processes sound at a maximum of 24 bits at 48 KHz. The SPDIF out allows compressed AC3 passthrough. This unit creates a maximum of 1,024 voices simultaneously. The card has multi-channel PCM support for two, four, six or 5.1 speakers and supports WavePCI. This model is capable of stereo virtualization over headphones.
Inputs and Outputs
The Sound Blaster SB0200 has three line-level analog outputs for rear, front and subwoofer or center speakers. These line-outs operate through stereo connectors on the rear bracket. The rear bracket also has a 4-pole, 3.5 mm minijack that serves as an analog and digital out. The front line-out supports stereo headphones with a load of 32 ohms. Analog input for CD, auxiliary and telephone answering devices consist of four-pin Molex connectors located on the card. The rear bracket has one stereo jack input for a mono microphone and one stereo jack input for line-level analog.
Sound Blaster SB0200 cards require 128MB of RAM with 115MB of free space on the hard drive. The card needs one available PCI bus slot for attachment and a CD-ROM drive to install the required software. This model requires the computer to have a Pentium-class processor that is 133 MHz or faster in order to operate. The Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 is approved by regulatory organizations such as the FCC, MIC, BSMI and CE.
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