I have an Inspiron 8000 and I'm looking for a way to use it as a CD/MP3 player with my reciever. I want to be able to listen to CDs in 5.1 so I want a card with either an optical output or 6 channel outputs. Since it's a laptop, the card will most likely have to be external. So far, I've found the Extigy by Creative and a Yamaha which is incredibly expensive. The extigy is more in my price range, but a few of the reviews I read on it said that it can't ouput 5.1 via its optical port. Does this mean that it wont put out a DECODED 5.1 signal or it won't output one at all. If it just doesn't decode the signal, that's fine since I can just use the reciever to do that. If anyone has any answers or knows of other similar products, please let me know. Thanks and sorry for the wordy post.