Hi there folks! I have had a Sound Blaster Live! for about 12 years and was using it on my PC until last week I realized I wanted a new soundcard, but, as many here, I was affraid the benefits of a new soundcard wouldn't be worth the U$160 the new X-Fi Titanium PCIe would cost. The main issue I was having was the fact I have a 5.1 sound system (Edifier M3551, awesome BTW!) and was obligated to use it as a 4.1 system. The second issue that clicked me on buyin a new card, was the games... I missed soooo much the shining hardware EAX and wanted to have it back. (Some would say 3d sound hardware is dead, but, first read the rest of this...) So, I got the courage and ordered a X-Fi Titanium PCI-E, which would fit the requisites I was looking for... being PCI-e, it would fit my mobo and be more future-proof, and the card had a DSP, a very good one, not some C-Media crap... Then, this Wednesday, it arrived... Well I'm a hardware and music enthusiast, and installing a shining new soundcard with such great capabilities was really a thrill! Installation was without much trouble, in spite of a BSOD I experienced when updating the drivers from the creative website (re-did it on Safety mode and it went fine). Then, it was time to test the thing! I was expecting something a little better than my old sb Live! with KX drivers I loved so much... I always loved how the system sounded, and it was already much better then these shitty audio DSPs integrated on motherboars... but.... I ended up being plainly AMAZED. It looked like I had bought a new speaker set! And I was still testing it in 2.1, with music. Without using any of the sound effects, is was already sounding sooo much cleaner, and detailed than the old sb live... Even with 192kb/s MP3s the sound was much better, detailed, I ended up catching instruments and effects I haven't noticed before on my music! The card has the so called 3 modes of operation (Games, entertainment, and audio creation). In games mode, the card creates a species of shortcut for games, re-enabling hardware acceleration access (with the aid of ALchemy, which is a cool effort from Creative, being constantly updated) and any game that is OpenAL ready shined with reverbs and effects. I remembered first time using the SB Live, on windows 98 with a creative ForPoint Surround. But this time around, it was so much better, the effects are natural, for instance, Colin McRae Dirt 2 sounded like another game! Not to mention Crysis 2, and Homefront (first using Directsound3D and the second, OpenAL with EAX5, brand new games that support hardware acceleration). In entertainment mode, the card disables some of the 3d hardware acceleration, but the DSP starts focusing on audio quality... And it does so in a very competent fashion. I personaly don't like effects like Crystalizer and equalizers messing with audio, but, since I have a 5.1 sound system, I was curious about CMSS 3D. I have an audigy SE and didn't like the effect much on it, since it used to eat some of the highs and lows, making the sound muffled. But, this time around, the effect was perfected by Creative, and the sound was so well distributed that the stereo sources sounded like they where originally multichannel! Singer's voices come from center, instruments from the main speakers and ambient sounds only come from the surround speakers! AMAZING! Then, it comes the audio mode that will interest most of you: Audio creation mode is something like having the KX DSP again! You can re-route sound channels like in KX DSP, making a sound card like this have 3 stereo outputs, with independent controls for each, and not only for volume, but by adding effects like reverb, etc, independently for each! And, of course, the card is capable of amazing 24-bit 96khz recording, which I will probably use to record my dad's Vinyl collection, using Flac or Apple Losless... I now realized that in years I won't be able to use all the card's resources! The card is worth for the sound quality alone, which blew the SB Live away, but, the additional resources made it shine, and after some days playing with it, I just can say: If you're thinking of an upgrade, and have the money to do so, DO IT! Just avoid the Extreme Audio version which lacks the DSP, and runs the efects in software (much like my Audigy SE). But for people that will use it only for music and movies, it can be a great option, because of the much better OP-Amps, if compared to older cards and onboard audio... Of course, if someday Eugene starts developing KX drivers for the X-Fi processor, I will be downloading it first hand!!! I could only imagine such a powerful DSP and quality sound with the flexibility of KX drivers... Cya folks, feel free to comment!