Eventually I want to set up a HTPC and upconvert DVDs to 1080i, but until I figure the video card situation out, I just want to set up my extra box as an mp3 server. So I want to pick up a sound card that will work for my mp3 server now and will allow me to expand its use for DVDs later. I really want to have a digital connection to reduce hiss and pop, but I think I'm going to have to get one with an optical connection b/c I think my stereo's digital coax inputs are all taken. I keep reading about M-Audio on this board, so when I go and look at their options, it looks like the Delta Dio 24/96 is the way to go b/c of its Toslink connections. Am I missing something here? Are there cheaper options that would give me the optical output and the capability for playing DVDs in 6.1 DD/DTS later on?