A quick background, I am not as into recording as I once was but I could use a quality 2 channel recording setup. I am finishing up a degree so I don't have a lot of $$ to spend and if there is a way to buy something that can help me in more then one way then all the bettter. The x-fi meridian is a well known high end 7.1 soundcard that has upgradeable opamps. I have been interested in purchasing one or a xonar soundcard for my home theater setup for some time. The thing is that to justify it I need to know if it is able to record 2 channel audio as well as it can play it back. Has anyone here used one for recording, has one available to make some recordings with or knows someone who has one that would let them record some material with? I think this would be beneficial not just for me but for studio engineers in general. This card is well suited for use in studio playback of both stereo and multi-channel audio. If it could be confirmed or denied that it makes good quality recordings it would then become an option for home recorders who is their computers for more then one use.