Well, Ive been thinking about this for a while and to be honest ive deviated from the path by deciding i needed to go with a complete home entertainment system for my 5.1 needs.... That is still an option however but thats not what this topic is about. Ive decided to get rid of my Xonar STX since i dont use any headphones with it. nor have I used ANY headphones with it since its purchase about a year or two back or intend to in the near future. With that in mind i decided to go back to the days of analogue and let the card do all the audio processing instead of just using SPDIF going to my Z5500's. I have spent a few hours already picking out suitable candidates and I have narrowed it down to about 2-3: Creative Xfi Titanium Fatality Pro - not the shitty Recon3D crap - Also the cheapest option here. Having owned one of these in the past I am familiar with it and the sound quality is generally quite pleasant and balanced but nothing special by any means. Asus Xonar D2X - I had one of these a few years back, but i sold it off... I regret it now. These cards are pretty much EoL and there are very very few of them available online, but they do sound great - Price is roughly the same as the Creative. Also as a plus i get to use 3rd party drivers which are better than Asus ones so its less trouble. ROG Xonar Phoebus - this is my first choice, Its pretty expensive but its a good alternative to the D2X which is no longer available. The other thing that holds me back apart from the price is the reports im hearing about it having issues with games, namely BF3 which has been fixed now according to a few websites. There are quite a few games that dont like the Phoebus and that drags me back to the days when i first bought the Xonar D2X - my games totally hated the EAX Emulation and it totally drove me up the wall so Im not looking to experience that all over again. -OR- I could just pull the STX out, maybe sell it off even and plug directly into the motherboard while i pursue the idea of buying a 5.1 surround sound home entertainment system so i can use one of the HDMIs on my graphic cards to hook up to the audio receiver. Id like to hear your thoughts on this. I'll also throw up a vote for those who dont really care to comment but have enough time to click something.