Honestly, It's been YEARS since I ever deeply looked into sound cards. Only briefly keeping myself up to date with some of the new ASUS and Auzentech sound cards out available. I've read EAX is pretty much "bye-bye", and X-fi is not the main thing now. Anyhow, a decent sound card I could use for both my analog computer speakers, and home theatre system (S/PDIF connections). I use my computer mainly for gaming, but I'd like to also turn it to a machine where I can watch HD movies, with a digital 5.1 sound system out in my front room with a bigger screen. BTW, my current home theater receiver does not have HDMI (it's old).