I was looking at the barracuda a little while ago. It looks like a great card built using the same chipset as the x-meridian. What turned me off was the fact that (IIRC) it only high-end op amp on the "front" channel speakers, and it had limited outputs.
For a standard card, looks really nice. For a high-end card (such as using VST plugins and console), better is to be had.
edit: wrote the wrong sound card