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Award-Winning Sound Blaster Live! Value Offers High-Quality Digital Audio Experience

MILPITAS, CA -- September 15, 1999 -- Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), the world's leading provider of multimedia products for the PC, today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) is offering Creative's award-winning Sound Blaster Live! Value audio processor on its performance Presario PC's, for the home user and game enthusiast. Sound Blaster Live! Value is a high-quality audio solution that uses Environmental AudioTM for a compelling audio experience with games, Internet audio applications, music and entertainment. It is based on the same award-winning system architecture as Creative's Sound Blaster Live!

Sound Blaster Live! Value is designed to deliver digital audio processing with interpolation that enhances any audio play back or digital recording. Sound Blaster Live! Value has earned such prestigious awards as "Sound Card of the Year" from CNET Gamecenter. In June, Creative's Sound Blaster Live! Card was awarded "Best Sound Card" and the "1999 World Class Award" by PC World. In addition, it garnered "The Family PC 100 Award" from Family PC.

"It is very gratifying to know that a top Fortune 100 company like Compaq has selected the Sound Blaster Live! Value audio processor for its Presario computer line," said John Troutman, vice president of OEM Sales and Marketing at Creative. "Creative is very proud to offer Compaq the #1 audio solution for digital entertainment, Internet music and gaming".

Features of Sound Blaster Live! Value

  • Hollywood Quality Audio Re-creation: Excellent audio fidelity surpassing the quality of most home theater systems.
  • Powerful EMU10K1 Audio Processing Engine: Superb signal processing at 32-bit, 192 dB, 48KHz using 8-point interpolation. This smoothes the sound waveform, instantly improving any audio source including existing content, Internet audio, CD audio and WAV files.
  • Environmental Audio: Generates true 3D positional audio so you hear sound cues that give the impression you're actually in the real environment of the game or audio application.
  • Sound Blaster PCI Standard: Near-perfect Sound Blaster legacy support in a single PCI card -- no need to keep a separate ISA card. Not available on any competitive audio products, the patented Sound Blaster PCI Standard includes support for previously written MS-DOS and Windows titles.
  • Dedicated Sound Blaster Live! Website: A continuously updated Website providing the latest product news, exciting new environments, feature enhancements, software drivers, SoundFont samples, FAQ, newsgroups and much more can be found at: https://www.soundblaster.com. (part of the Creative.com network)

Environmental Audio
Creative's Environmental Audio goes beyond 3D audio, adding reverb, echo and other effects consistent with the room acoustics, position of the user, source of the sound and many other cues. Environmental Audio enhances any audio content with intense acoustical effects that provide a sense of ambience with preset settings for a variety of room types. Top game developers are supporting Environmental Audio through Creative's widely adopted open API -- Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX). For a complete list of titles that support Environmental Audio please check our Website at: https://eax.creative.com/gaming/

Sound Blaster and Blaster are registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. All other products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such.

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