When you talk about your 'hi-fi downstairs' from your description it sounds like a crap midi system. That's not hi-fi. Hi-fi means hi-fi seperates. Not the real bottom end stuff either said:Nobody said you need to spend that kind of money. I was merely making the point (as you have with the "That's not hi-fi. Hi-fi means hi-fi seperates. Not the real bottom end stuff either, and not the crap manufacturers, since there are some." comment that a £300 Hi-Fi is simply NOT Hi-Fi.
I will say again, this is not a hi-fi thread. The question was for the best speakers for an X-Fi card. This has already been answered. Please see my previous post for a link to the Hi-Fi thread if that is the path of discussion that you guys wish to pursue