Yeah, I'm lookin' for a new soundcard. I use it mostly for games, listening to MP3's, recording MD's and I also play DVD's on my computer. However, since my computer is connected to my Yamaha DTS receiver, I don't use the card for AC-3 decoding, my receiver does the job just fine (I always use S/PDIF pass-trough). At the moment I use a SB Live! 5.1 Platinum for gaming and a Terratec DMX 1024 Fire for recording MD's. I bought myself a Audigy 2 lately, but that card was a plain horror show! The sound when playing MP3's was very nice. But it bogged down my system and I had several issues with games (sound loss, stuttering, feedback ...). Since only a few games support EAX 3.0/EAX Advanced HD yet, I don't really need it (Creative is working on EAX 4.0 already anyway). The only difference in comparison to my SB Live! 5.1 I noticed was the sound in America's Army anyway, all other games sounded like always. Well, no need to say that I definitely don't want to go for a Creative card again. But I'm also not sure about another Terratec card. The sound of the above mentioned card isn't good at all, and its absolutely useless for games. I have a MSI K7N2 board, but the onboard sound isn't good either (Realtek audio chip). What I'm looking for is a card that's stable, has good EAX 2.0 support, but maybe also A3D 2.0 (and higher)? I've read a lot of times that A3D is so much better than EAX. I love to play games with 5.1 sound (if supported). Honestly, Vietcong, America's Army and IL-2 are the only games I've played yet that make excellent use of 5.1 sound. But I don't want to miss it! I need a card that has a optical S/PDIF out, so that I can connect my 'puter to my receiver again, and, of course, to my portable mini-disc player. Since the later can only receive a signal up to 44,5 Khz, the card should have pass-through (which none of the already mentioned Creative cards have). Short'n sweet: good 3D sound (5.1 support), good sound quality when listening to MP3's, optical out and pass-through for external decoding and MD recording. Any ideas appreciated. Thanks in advance.