Hi, I wanted to upgrade my computer audio and have already decided on the Philips Fidelio X1 headphone - with it I want to get a good DAC and amp, like the Schiit Modi and Magni. However, I do mostly gaming and watch movies, which is why features like virtual surround sound and stuff like EAX support are important to me, and why I also want a sound card. I currently use the Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset with its Dolby Pro Logic IIx virtual surround sound, and I would certainly miss that feature. Now the Creative Sound Blaster Z seems easily the best card out there when it comes to DSP features and especially surround sound, so I thought why not buy the sound card and hook it up via optical out to the Schiit Modi and Magni. But is it actually a good idea to shell out 100$ for features that I might just as easily get using software solutions? Are there any advantages to using a dedicated chip for that and does the Sound Blaster Z provide any DSP features that my onboard (ASUS Sabertooth Z77) audio and software cannot achieve? I also heard of some delay problems using the optical out from the SB Z, is that only limited to Dolby Live/DTS usage? And lastly, while the Schiit Modi and Magni would give me better sound quality, especially because the output impedance would fit the X1's better, I began to wonder if it's really worth it spending 250$ on better sound quality (okay, also a handy volume knob, and equipment that will probably last me through several whatever other upgrades I might go through) if I'm not a die-hard music fan. Not like I don't listen to music often, but gaming is at least as important to me, and movies even more. What's your opinion? Would it be worth it (especially long term) to buy both sound card and the Schiit stack or should I just get one instead of another? I may consider the ASUS Xonar Essence STX if only buying a sound card.