For those who are looking for an alternative to the SoundBlaster series of sound cards, there is the Philips Acoustic Edge. Head on over to OC Addiction to see if it's any good or not. here's a snip:
"Another thing I really liked was the amount of documentation provided to get both the casual user, and serious audio afficianado started with this product. The CD has several videos showing, not only how to install the card into your PC, but even goes as far as showing you how to disable your AC97 audio in the bios (if you have that sorta thing) so you'll have a worry free install. There are also audio demonstations of the different Q settings."