First of all here is my equipment: Paradigm Studio 20's Denon 3802 Soundblaster Audigy Platinum Monster cable Analog = minijack to rca Moster cable digital optical cable ($30) A month ago i was having serious buyers remorse because my studio 20's bass sounded anemic. Fiddling around with the equalizer settings only made it boomy and bright. I then discovered that when I switched from digital to analog connection the bass all of a sudden was present. i did notice though that some clarity was lost and the sound became softer or lost some of its snap. Needless to say, i want the clarity that the optical connection has along with the bass that the analog connection brings. Another funny thing is that when i do the spdif passthru when watching DVD movies using PowerDVD XP it sounds excellent. All the bass and clarit is there but when i use the analog connection in the same situation, the bass becomes overpowering and speech becomes less inteligible. Does anyone have a similar setup like mine who could help??? I'm really confused here. I just want to enjoy music and not worry about my system not reaching its full potential.