Yea... look at any mini-atx board from asus/gigabyte, theyll have onboard sound... as for mini-itx.. only ones i know of are on atom or ion platforms.. but they still have onboard
And the current HDA is pretty good. It doesn't support things like SB's EAX 5.0, but what do you expect for free.
And Soundblaster makes a perfectly serviceable 5.1 card for about $30.
meh, I just don't understand to problem with giving us quality products... I mean they sell lot's of motherboards that cost 200-300 dollars... so what gives?
They sell lots more costing $75 - $200. I will be willing to bet you, that in a double blind test, 98% of all computer users cannot reliably distinguish between modern HDA and something like an X-Fi using computer speakers.
hmm, maybe you're right... I'll go grab an xFi card off of ebay at some point and give that a try... I'll get my buddy to help... maybe I'll post my results on youtube...