7.1 Surround on the cheap?

Mike pointed me to an article over on Tom’s about the new Creative
, a surround decoder that handles all the new formats that have
come out recently, like DTS ES and Dolby Digital EX, used on the recently released
Lord of the Rings DVDs.  The cool thing about this decoder is that for comparatively
little money, you can have a system that sounds great and supports the latest and
greatest for decoding surround sound.  If I didn’t already have my surround
system, I might consider this setup.  It would probably go over better with my
resident interior decorator, as the speakers are all quite a bit smaller and it wouldn’t
take up the majority of the living room…