I have an IEEE1994 input as well as 9 USB ports, and a Toslink input too, which would be a definite plus. In any case, I'll be bypassing the sound module on the motherboard, although it will handle 6 channel game audio, as with most OEM sound products, it lacks almost everything to be desired. The ART PLUS is pushing the budget and partly duplicates my little Berringer USB box. Audaicty software will do lots of stuff, but it sure isn't "intuitive" to use in my limited experience with it. It's something I'll look at. I've considered a phono A-B switch box, but I'm wary of adding noise from it. At 3.5 to 5mV, it's real easy to add noise to the audio flow path, and I have 6 empty line inputs (DVC, VCR2, DAT, and more). Lap-tops are more likely to get "ground loops" and pick-up noise due to their compact construction. Ole' "Frank"(Frankenstiened) here is redundant-redundant as it was a "gamers" 'puter before I got it. A DVD burner, a CD burner, three hard drives and a half tera-bite external drive, plus an "Oh-my-Gosh" video card with a Px driver on it and 4 (!) cooling fans and outputs for three monitors, "wall papered" together...it's a Radeon 9800 Pro Plus which is still a heck of a video card. I tried and returned a well known on-board audio card for burning CD's, and I don't think I'm wanting to go that way again. Besides, I'd like to hook in the Dual without major cable swapping. Ain't it always sumpin'? Thanks to everyone and I'll do some looking and head-scratching.