I'm going to be purchasing a Panasonic Pro-1000D, & the Replacement video board for it with direct DVI input (the PDA-5002). The rest of my set-up will be an SDI modified DVD Player from Imersive (Probably the Denon 3000), and an HTPC with SDI input... outputting via one of it's two video cards: an AGP based GeForce 4, and a PCI based ATI Board. The video cards will probably be the Canopus TI4600 based card (for its awesome 2D, noiseless fan, and excellent build-quality), and the Appian Hurricane. The new Canopus board won't be out till june, so I'll be operating on just the ATI board for now... no biggie I'll use my other box for games till than.
Appian Hurricane Prouct Page: http://www.appian.com/products/hurricane.html
My question is... will I get better quality going the straight digital route: DVD player --SDI--> HTPC --DVI--> Panasonic 1000HD, or would I get better quality using a PCI radeon with mikes mod (using BNC out)?
Obviously this question is somewhat subjective, but any help is appreciated... I'm trying to get the best picture possible, and sense all my $$$ is going into my plasma, HTPC is my only route as far as scaleing, etc...
but that's ok, I wouldn't have it any other way!
--Does anyone know if the Appian card has any of "issues" associated with some older ATI cards DVI out not outputting proper / full resolution?
--Oh, and one last question, if I do end up using stock DVI out, would I still notice a difference between the Canopus Geforce 4 based Spectra (with the DVI output replacement board), and the ATI card's DVI out?
I've heard the Issue with the lower quality GeForce DAC's is somewhat negated using SDI, and the Canopus is a MUCH higher quality card which boast a much better design, as well as higher quality filters.
PS: Mike either way I'd like to procure one of your boards for testing purposes... sounds like an awesome product you have going there, any idea yet when / how it will be available for purchase?