Just reading about Creative's new wunderchip today: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/shopper/news/72616/creative-trumpets-the-xfi-xtreme-fidelity-audio-processor.html http://www.soundblaster.com/products/x-fi/technology/ And it looks like it has many features that could be interesting to the home audio enthusiast. Specifically its ability to "analyse frequencies and time elements of a file and add back frequencies that have been chopped out in the compression processes. " for mp3's, wma's and even DD/DTS soundtracks. And how "It also employs algorithms to sort out the multi-channel output from a simple stereo signal". Anyway I'm sure you can read the information in the links. It all looks very interesting and promising though. Is it the future though???