cough *creative* cough lol as rightly said above.. qft but it was just so hard to resist... a friend of mine who is an audiophile did not like the issues he was getting with his x-fi and he sold it to me for £25 and so i bought it (keeping note that I never had a sound card in my 2 year old pc and just used the on board sound) and I was happy with the quality although I feel like somethings missing. My friend got a new maudio card, and imma get his xfi this monday. I have been looking at the market for a new sound card, but the xfi never for once was on my list.. it was either the audigy 2 zs, some trust sound card... and i think this would have been the winner if I did not get my xfi. It works, looks nice, and performs according to the reviewer. So its more than enough to supply my needs.