Ok heres the deal their is a Mic plug on the express sound card also a headphone plug. And a plug for the Docking modual which you have to order separate about 30 bucks from creative.
If you had a creative PCMCIA sound card it came with the plug to hook up surround sound or 2.1,4.1,5.1 or 7.1 speakers with true surround sound. I am certin the plug that shiped with the creative Audigy ZS PCMCIA notebook sound card will work with the Express slot sound card. It is the same thing but the docking modual is a little fancier and not just plugs and wire it has aprox 2 1/2' X 2' inclosure that your speakers system plugs plug into the other end plugs in to the sound card. This is the docking modual http://www.creative.com/products/pro...16779&bypass=1
My thoughts after hooking up my Logitech Z5300 5.1 speakers is awsome!!!!!
I had the D-Dock with a creative labs X-tream Music sound card and it also was awsome. The only Difference in sound quality is a couple of minor things the Express slot sound card does not have that I can tell THX and a couple features in gaming but don't let this stop you from geting it.
I for one use a custom paded lap board I made that my D-Dock ,M1710 ,MX 1000 laser mouse & mousepad and nostromo n52 game pad sits on because of a unfortunate accident i cant sit up at my desk for extended periods of time gaming.
The D-Dock was just too bulky & Heavy but I needed my sound quality I had the PCMCIA sound card with my XPS Gen 2 and it was perfect .......sweet and now that I have the Express slot sound card and the docking modual I am comfortable gaming again as I can prop up a few pillows and sit up in my bed and put my rig on lap again without all that extra frigging weight of the D-Dock on my legs. sweet!
Anyone need a D-Dock and X-Tream music sound card in it?