Bij 3D SoundSurge is een grote review gepost van de Creative labs Soundblaster Live! Platinum. Kwa hardware niet vernieuwend, maar er wordt wel een handige Live!Drive II frontpanel meegeleverd waarop alle I/O connectors zich bevinden. Check de hele review hier.
I have already heard complaints from people who say the connections are better off on the back, but personally I like them just where they are with easy access. The one omission out of the box is the LiveDrive does not have optical connections. Not sure why Creative went with the LiveDrive II, which has optical in and out in Europe but not North America, but I suspect it has something to do with the greater popularity of MiniDisc players. Most MiniDisc players and some AC3 amps use the TOS Link input, some use the COAX input and others actually have both. Itís the same for home theater speakers as some use optical, some use COAX and some use both. Cambridge Soundworks uses a coax connector so if you want to connect the Live Platinum to Cambridge Soundworks DeskTop Theater 5.1 system there wonít be a problem. However, if optical out is important to you and you are looking at the Americas version of the Platinum then you will have to upgrade to the Digital Output Module that Creative will offer as a separate upgrade. If you use that Module with their upcoming digital I/O board it will also offer optical in. The Live!Drive II will also be upgrade option that for around $150 will add an additional line in as well as the optical in and outs to what you already find on the Live!Drive I.
The actual optional Digital Output Module will connect to the external digital mini-jack on the Live! card itself. The card also has the same digital connector as the original full version of the Live but most likely you will be using this for the Live!Drive. However, the LiveDrive itself has an internal digital expansion connector that is the same as the connector found on the cards so you can check out add on boards from Hoontech with optical in and out as well as the possible optical I/O board from Creative.