Thanks again! Last question - which would you recommend for the best sound experience overall?
I would go with this one, it is USB so it should work easily and it is made by Creative Labs who is the main manufacturer of aftermarket sound cards. This one has an easy setup it appears plus an optical out for hooking it up to home theater systems or speakers that allow digital sound inputs (someone in the reviews mentions the Z-5500 having an input for an digital optical connection).
If you can, I would use the optical digital output. It tends to reduce/eliminate ground loop induced hum and transmits digitally over a fiber optic cable (aka an optical audio cable or a Toslink cable). If you do not have a Toslink cable
If you look at this image
which is the input panel on the back of your control module. You can see the toslink plug with its dust cap on, it is labeled Digital Optical and it has a black plastic square dust cap.
You can get toslink cables either from newegg or monoprice (I LOVE monoprice for cheap cables). Just check which ends up cheaper with shipping. Just so you know, you DO NOT
want the mini
-toslink plugs, you want the regular type of toslink cables (it will say mini otherwise it should be regular). If you are a bit worried then feel free to ask.
Link to Monoprice Toslink cables Link
(ignore the fiberoptic ones at the end of this page those wont work).
Link to Newegg Toslink cables here
Edited by PedroDaGR8, 28 December 2008 - 04:22 PM.