I agree, but I need true sound and the sad truth is that the only way to guarantee that is by going external and spending many times over what these cost. If you hear things differently it is like adjusting blindly... you won't know what you are getting... so I am hoping to be ale to get the sound that's described to be coming out of a modded X-Fi to hold me over... Just like headphones... I got two pairs of $100 headphones that you'd probably dislike completely, but they are designed to offer the flattest response possible... You usually have speakers that cost $1500 for a pair and again you'd say they sound terrible... but that's cause there is no "embellishment"... when we listen to music in our cars or wherever, just for personal enjoyment, we tweak the EQ to give us what we enjoy, and that is not something you can or should do when you mix... anyway, what I am getting at is that people are going to look at me weird... but this is all I can afford... for mixing it is not going to be right... but that doesn't mean that I'll be completely stoked when I play games!
Thanks for the help aaronman... It looks like I will be pay-pal'ing some cash over to the X-Fi tweakin' master Soloz2, to get it right and get it fast... I'll let you guys know how it sounds after i compare the output straight from the camera to the output straight from the card.