After being thoroughly disappointed with the sound output from my HTPC, via an Audigy 2 or SBLive and the on board AC97 soundcards, I decided to try a cheap Phillips soundcard after reading a thread over on AVS. I only want the cards digital pass-through direct in to an external decoder (via Coaxial), so just needed as good a digital output as possible. Well all I can say is that the Phillips Edge Card sold by Scan.co.uk, absolutely annihilates the Soundblasters for sound quality. The sound is still not quite as good as my Pioneer 747 DVD Player, but has certainly made a vast improvement to my HTPC. Far more depth and clarity right through the audio spectrum and tons more bass through the sub. Excellent stereo audio and very clean DTS / 5.1 audio from movies. Considering this OEM card costs £32, turns out to be the Acoustic Edge (706), comes with the SPDIF mini din cable to phono leads (amongst a few others) I think Creative need to get back to the drawing board - FAST! My Audigy 2 cost me £140 and will shortly appear on Ebay! NICE ONE PHILIPS!