Sooo, In a nostalgic mood I researched about building a retro win2000 machine. I got as far as the soundcard choice. Aureal Vortex2 or Creative EAX2? 1st has superior positioning and the 2nd has superior sound- effects and only simulated positioning. It is known that Creative and Aureal had a legal dispute which left Aureal, although victorious, in financial trouble. Creative bought the Aureal A3D positioning tech and... filed it somewhere. Creative pushed it's own EAX and never did anything with A3D anymore, at least, not to my knowledge. Enter Win Vista. EAX5 died a death with no support from Vista. Granted, we've got other simulated 3D sound now. Half-Life 2 uses Miles, I believe and there's the Dolby Headphone and now Atmos. And yet... I have not tried Atmos yet and I've only had the vague notion of software based Atmos for PC coming. Is there any other movement in the hardware based 3D sound tech for PC? While the quality has been upped significantly ( though still has a LOT of potential to improve ), I feel like there hasn't been an innovation in 3D PC sound for the last ... what... 15 years now? Please, if there is, do inform me. Make me happy I just want to be amazed again, playing a game.