I have now a Creative X-fi Platinum (this one: http://images.creative.com/iss/images/corporate/artwork/art_xfi_platinum_pdt_lo.jpg ) I get the annoying crackle when i record & broadcast myself (with Sam broadcaster) I looked everything, settings, changed the recording to 2channel 16bit 44,1 kHz. But I still get the annoying crackle. Even looked in SAM if I could change something, but nothing. Tried in all three modes (gamer, entertainment, audio creation) i'm thinking about one of Asus Xonar series one of these: Xonar D2/PM Xonar D2X Xonar Essence STX or can you recommend me a total different sound card? btw: i'm running Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 with latest creative drivers v2.18.0013 tried also older drivers, but still sma problem everything I want is to get rid of the crackling while broadcasting!