I just had to respond to this one as it speaks to me in the form of speakers, and sound cards. If your using a 16 bit sound card you get what you pay for, like you do when you use low, middle, to high end speakers to get that sound just right. If you want to blow your self away and really get the sound just right then you have to fork out a couple grand for a set of "Genelec Speakers". My preference is the 1031a's or the 1032a's are just what you need. Of course not every body can afford such top end speakers, so M-audio makes some great middle of the line speakers that are just awsome. Paradigm Titan Monitor V.6 Speakers, Infinity C205 Bookshelf Speakers, KEF iQ30 Bookshelf Speakers, Mordaunt-Short Carnival 2 Bookshelf Speakers, These are some great monitor speakers and should be run from a 24 bit sound card device so you can really get the full sound you expect from your music. Just be sure not to pick RCA boom box speakers from the thrift store. You can hear the difference I hope.