I see Soundblaster come out with a sale on the 'AE-9' sound card (and others), and it's tempting, but I'm doubting I'd get much benefit at all. I'm not even clear what the benefit is supposed to be any more. Vague sound quality benefits. We'd all like 'quality' sound and 'quality' surround effects... I need to get my 'good' headphones hooked back up. That's what really helps.