Ok, so I haven't had any good luck (Or response) on my other posts and this is probably because I've been asking the wrong question. I honestly am not looking for someone to take my hand and give me a lesson on how a sound card / audio interface works and I've already spent a week farming through Google and trying to see what piece of hardware will do what I'm looking for. I know it's out there, I just need to find educated opinions from people who use these items. I'm looking for an upgrade from my On-Board audio. First off, here are some system specs / info. System Specs. HP M9000t Intel DualCore 2.33ghz 4gb Ram Windows 7 Pro 64bit NVidia 9600GTS (Overclocked) - 2-23" Acer Monitors & Component Breakout to TV) Listening to music - ITunes mainly, or Winamp. Watching/Recording TV - GBPVR, also watch Movies in GBPVR with K-Lite Codec Pack using ffshow to decode DTS/Dolby Digital. Music Production - Reason (4.01) along with some other programs, but mainly reason. I'm in the learning phase. Keyboards M-Audio Axiom 49 M-Audio Radium 49 (Revived now that I can use the Midi ports off the Axiom and daisy chain them!) Korg Nano-Key (Mostly to dedicate to ReDrum or use on my laptop to toy around with) My main issue is Latency / Buffers when it comes to Reason and live Midi performance. I want to get a card that can handle that better, while still carry the features of what my on-board audio can do only better. I don't need a slew of inputs, but having 1 or 2 nice analog inputs would be great. I have friends that play guitar, and I play Trumpet and would like to record that at some point. (I would hook up the "Silent Brass" system to the input for that). My output is mainly through the SPDIF Coax, but I also have the ability to output to Optical and if need be I can also hook up an Analog stereo output for "Monitors" if need be. This is all through my AV Receiver, since my PC also is used as an HTPC. I don't need midi I/O on the card as my keyboards all use USB Midi, but it would be nice to have it. I know an internal card is always the most responsive choice in performance, but I'd like to know if someone can recommend an external device? (I have a Laptop) Or an Internal card with an external box and not a breakout cable hanging from the back? I'd like to not reach behind the PC to plug/unplug things mainly. I've been looking at the following items, I'm sorry if I can't decipher the difference between an "Interface" and "Sound Card", like I said I've spent the last week Gooogling reviews and specs and haven't had any real simple input. That's what forums are for, right? M-Audio Audiophile 2492 M-Audio Audiophile 192 M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro USB M-Audio Firewire Solo E-MU 1212M PCI-E E-MU 0404 USB 2.0 Lexicon Lambda HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 ASUS Xonar Essence ST This is to give you an idea on what I've been looking at. Some state "DTS Passthrough", but does that mean if I software decide it, will it send it to my AV Receiver? Reading the specs doesn't always give you the answer, I know this from being a PC Tech for over 10 years and being a general gadget freak most of my life. Please don't come in with an attitude, or you will get one back. Please don't grunt me an answer, have patience instead and talk to me. I don't expect a magic post saying "This will solve all of your problems!" with a golden ticket and world peace. I can do without the ticket and world peace. Thank you in advance.