whilst re-installing my Audigy 2, I noticed a little note in brackets explaining that ASIO is only available on the platinum and platinum 2 edition. Doh! That'll be why I was getting no sound output and not picking up CDs whilst in Meedio with ASIO output selected. So is ASIO the be all and end all? Will it give my PC the edge over my Pioneer DV717 which currently gives a more open and even harsher (but I like that) sound from SPDIF out to my Amp? Has got any before and after experience of SPDIF out sound cards moving from non to ASIO enabled? And seeings as it's purely for audio playback, what's the best buy card (something not designed to produce symphony's on your PC)?