I have spent over a thousand on sound equipment. 1. Xonar ST sound card. 2. 3 Opamps LME49720HA. 3. Gold plated cable. 4. Marantz Amplifier. 5. More gold cable. 6 Wharfedale Amber floorstanding speakers. I think it all sounds bloody good. And I think thats the only way to go when setting up a pc for sound. Soundcard-amplifer-speakers.