Ok so I really am ready to plunk down my money for an external 5.1 sound card to connect my current penryn MBP (and later, my future iMac) to. I want to be able to run my PC games in bootcamp and play them in their true EAX sound whenever applicable. Now I've searched high and low for a quick and easy answer 5.1 gaming on macs, and I know there are a ton of threads out there about it, but none really discuss which device can offer true EAX support. The two devices that are the two most obvious choices is the Griffin Firewave and Creative's Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit external. My knowledge on how windows behaves in bootcamp regarding EAX in PC games is sketchy at best, so I'm hoping someone might lend any helpful tips on whether or not I should go with the Firewave or the SB Live. I've already setup another thread in the mac perhipherals section at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=461258. I just found out that the Firewave was discontinued and is now selling for $29.99... But will the firewave process EAX? or is that done through the game software? See, I'm not quite how it all works, but the SB live obviously supports up to EAX 3.0. Heres the product page at Creative's site: http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=206&product=10702 The only issue is that the SB Live only supports windows according to Creative's requirements section. Does this mean that the SB Live external would just be a dud if I switch back to Leopard? That would really suck since I'd also want that 5.1 support in Leopard too. Ahhh, this quest for the right 5.1 option is driving me nuts. Any help would be heavenly right about now!