I run a Dell XPS8700 with Windows 8.1 and the on board sound card does not have the quality that I want. The control of sound is dominated by Windows 8.1 and is a complete mess, and has been since Windows 7. I have spent about 3 weeks hunting for a suitable sound card with no success and wondered if anyone out there knows of one that will fit my needs. I should add that I have no interest in games and do not need 7 speaker or 5 speaker output, or Dolby whatever number. My needs are simple: 1. Headset connection so that I can listen to sound files on my PC, sound tracks on internet sites, make Skype calls and monitor sound coming into the PC. 2. Analogue stereo line in for recording from my mixing desk, preferably using ASIO drivers 3. Analogue stereo line out to feed sound to my mixing desk 4. The ability to use any of the 4 sound connections without having to unplug devices 5. Control software to set, in a single screen, the relative volume levels or mute as required 6. PCIe or external connection Every card that I have checked out fails in at least one of these requirements, and thanks to some very helpful reviews I have been able to spot these deficiencies before wasting money on products that do not fit my needs. Many manufacturer web site fail to make these functions clear. I would not have thought that my requirements are unique, but the lack of suitable products seems to indicate this. Any help available on this would be much appreciated.