What I meant was, what features on a new sound card would impress you? The Recon3D cards were absolutely awful. The Xonar Phoebus was absolutely terrible as well. Therefore, I ask politely, what features would impress you on a sound card? Even better, what would melt your butter, put you over the moon, just plain knock your socks off?
I have had sound cards since the SB PRO days and I am truly wondering if consumer, not professional grade, sound cards for the PC will continue to be produced. Creative and ASUS have both backslid with the Recon and Phoebus lines, respectively. There is really nothing else I see coming from either of those two companies.