I have an Audigy2 ZS in my newer rig (built in Jan). I was excited when I purchased it, because it's the most expensive sound card I've ever purchased and I assumed it would do surround gaming better than my old Turtle Beach Santa Cruz card. I finally got the thing hooked up to my Denon 1802 receiver through analog cables to allow the sound card to do positional audio. To keep this story short, it didn't happen. I played for hours and went to multiple audio/computer forums and found no help. I've given up on the card. My TBSC card did it fine in the past (when I played Doom 3). I've tried Battlefield 2 and NR2003 and cannot get either game to play surround. Even Creative's test software doesn't play true 5.1. It's been frustrating. I've considered trying the X-fi, as I've read wonderful things and also reports that it's heaps better than the Audigy 2 and has much better sound quality and less bugs. Is it worth trying this card or should I try something else? I thought about pulling the TBSC out of my old machine, but that had a few bugs I don't want to encounter today. Keep in mind that my goal is to do 5.1 gaming with analog cables through my receiver. I'd like to keep the price under $100. Newegg had the X-fi on sale for $82, but it's back to regular price. Thanks for any recommendations. I appreciate it.