hiya Judas: I noted your comments in your earlier post concerning RealTek. My thoughts are that the thread's OP, can read all and make his decision. Rogaz also posted some helpful info. I'm not intending to dispute your observations with RealTek audio, just summurizing my feelings with onboard sound including RealTek on an Intel motherboard. By us all sharing our experiences and knowledge, the OP can make a more informed decision. BTW, I haven't said hi to you for a while Judas, so Hi Judas!!! LOL EDIT: Oh yeah, that Auzentech X Meridian looks real nice, and nice playback and recording specs, and I'm noting the 115 db SNR! But, for $199.99, I would just go with a Pro soundcard (aand I saw your mention of the reduced price you said you can get the card at).