I've been using an analogue configuration with a Creative Audigy 2 ZS for a few days and although it doesn't equal the output of my MC-1 it's good enough for me to want to experiment with an RME solution. Here's the essential bit.. I want to end up with at least 7[Balanced].1 out, I'll only be 5.1 for now but any card must potentially allow this in the future. For solely home cinema use is there any real advantage in going for the HDSP9652 or would I get comparable results from a lesser model? Also what additional boards/cables/devices would I need to achieve 7.1 balanced? Cheers, Mark.