Hi everyone, I just stumbled upon this forum a coupla minutes ago and from my initial impressions, it's a godsend! I plan on getting a really good quality sound card(to act as a pre-amp) and pair it with a quality power amp to play music off my PC. Doing my homework somewhat narrowed the choices down to the M-Audio Delta 410, Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe, and RME 9636 Hammerfall Light. The M-Audio seems to be better associated with PC Home Theater which paved the way for the DAL to become my top pick. This was until I read Stereophile's review on the RME(i.e. older Digi 96/8 Pro version*). Though the review showed both DAL and RME were neck-to-neck in terms of I/O quality, the latter was the clear winner when it came to jitter reduction. *Btw, since the RME featured in the Stereophile review was the older Digi 96/8 Pro though I'm assuming the newer Hammerfall is more or less equal or even better. Now, on to my "basic" questions about the Newbie RME 9636 Hammerfall Light. 1) Which reputable online vendor can I get it the cheapest(http://www.sfb.net is the best one I've found so far, $US 345.53 plus another $US 57.16 for DHL shipping and handling). 2) Would I have a problem(i.e. PCI latency bug) when I use it with a VIA chipset(particularly a KT133A)? I'm using the lastest 4-in-1 driver(4.38a Final). 3) Would it work when used side-by-side with a Voyetra Turtle Beach Santa Cruz on a Windows 2000 Professional(SP2) platform? 4) Does the sound card function as a pre-amp? If so, would I be able to control the volume via software? 5) Does it pass through DD and DTS signals to a A/V Receiver? 6) Any suggestion on what power amplifier to pair it with? Since the Hammerfall Light is exclusively all digital, it requires the amp to have a digital(i.e. coax or toslink) input. Sorry for the many questions. Thank you.