Originally Posted by DaveFi
Unfortunately this seems to be totally unreliable for me, as I can try to play the 23.976 short and it will only connect 1 out of 100x (much less get over 5800kbps).
I'm getting somewhat better than that. Sometimes I have to restart the BDT220 or S390's Netflix players 3 or 4 times before I get servers, so those would not be my first choice. Most of the time I get up to 5800 Kbps and stay there, always on the PC and TiVo. I suppose there's nothing wrong with using the TiVo; it lacks several features of the other PS3-like UI players, like people search, Just for Kids and scroll-by-three in the browser using FF and REW; the last one is the only one I'd actually miss.
As far as HDMI videocards go, I'm pretty good with these things. Ask me and I'll try to answer. Almost all of the ATI cards made in the last few years will bitstream DD+/TrueHD/DTS-HD, and quite a few of the Nvidia cards will also.
I was thinking about buying the XFX Radeon HD 6450 1GB DDR3
($42 at Amazon--and CA tax now
--$32 after rebate, if I remember to send it in
). It reviewed well enough and I don't need power since I don't game on the PC (other than Rocksmith) though I'm sure that having better-than-motherboard graphics won't hurt. The 6450 HD chipset has audio capabilities but nobody advertises that or mentions it in reviews and I can't find a manual or full spec sheet for most of these cards.
Years ago I was heavily into PC gaming and kept close track of CPU, graphics and audio card capabilities but console graphics became good enough for me with Dreamcast (yeah, that long ago
), so I jumped off the never-ending PC upgrade treadmill. I haven't bought a machine that cost more than $500 since and I'm largely clueless about the state of the art.