Yes, I also remember that Audigy mess when I was trying to decide between an Audigy and a M-Audio card. In addition, the Audigy products were super convoluted requiring some custom cables nowhere to be found unless you bought the "deluxe" model. I ended up buying the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 PCI audio card with no regret (so far).
Does the above apply to the Audigy SE? That is, are there known problems with the SE if used solely for digital playback?
I find the Audigy SE works fine for digital audio. There were some problems getting DD pass through to work with early drivers but that has been resolved. The analog outputs on the Audigy SE are not the best though. The M-Audio Revolution 7.1 is a better card overall but costs more than the Audigy SE. OTOH, I never did get DD pass though to work with an M-Audio Audiophile 2496.
I looked up how to do it again. It appears that the setup is very obscure to get DD pass through to work. Those instructions were not available when I purchased the 2496. It's sitting in a box right now. I will give it another try soon. The Audigy was much easier. Just had to check one box.