The Creative SBLive 5.1 Digital or 5.1 Audigy card series with the 5.1 range of Creative speakers (such as the 5300 click here) beat the quality from a hi-fi any day. With this combination, the sound is utterly exquisite, and it is the most riveting Dolby 5.1 home theater experience at such an unbelievable price.
Have to agree with you,I sold my [Once] very expensive and well matched separates Hi-Fi system, and now use my PC with Soundblaster-live 5.1 plus Videologic ZX 500 speakers. The sound output is staggering, and the quality is excellent. j.