I for one am extremely grateful for the input you give on here and hope you carry on to do so as well.
I am one of the many people in the UK who purchased the card and i for one will be sticking it out and await the driver issues for Vista for which i am sure will not be long off.
I can understand where your coming from and i at first wanted to send the card back, But after getting it to work in XP without a hiccup on my denon 3808 i cannot understand all the bitchiness towards a card that yes i agree should work in Vista and it does but only in LPCM mode, But to say the card is a piece of junk is a little harsh.
I posted my findings early on but will do a recap this card bitstreams every HD format in XP apart from Dolby True HD which was explained from the very start it has not once failed me in bitstream mode in XP or LPCM mode in Vista, It does appear that certain amps dont like the HDMI handshake this card gives but i can 100% say it has worked with my denon 100% of the time and i tested at least 20 movies and watched out of the 20 four of them all the way through and the Xonar did not miss a beat.
As for the Vista situation i am in the same boat too i want the drivers and the TMT update ASAP but i can wait, Also on the subject about the added Brightness OK yes thats not what it should do but if you read the packaging and setup it clearly states that the video signal goes through the splendid engine
Multi-range Video Enhancing
For HD contents, Splendid HD increases color performance and enhances edges for a more brilliant, crisper image. Such as better visual contrast without flickering issue, and much vivid color than reality
The Splendid HD Video Processor uses proprietary Splendid video engine to increase color performance and enhance edges for a more brilliant, crisper image--even on high-definition content at ZERO CPU loading impact.
and for upscaling
For lower resolution images, Splenidid HD recovers clarity which improves consumer experiences when viewing legacy content on today´s advanced television systems.
So it appears it has never been said that the Xonar does NOT leave the video untouched even in the manual, As for the audio quote:
NOTE: Bundled version supports high-definition audio decoding and playback, including DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Digtial Plus. Advanced HDMI 1.3 HD audio pass-through feature will be available soon via TMT patch update.
This quote is also on the packaging that was released by myAV via photo's months ago, I have had a few bad calls about the untouched video and my remark about just re calibrate your equipment well personally i have not and the added so called brightness is not visible in TMT at all in fact going through my IGP 8200 in TMT i seem to lose a lot of colour that i did not notice before, Going back through the Xonar in TMT makes the picture a whle lot better fullstop.
Just to conclude myAV thanks for all the help in setting this thing up and getting it running how it should OK at only 90% maybe but it works, Just hope you stick around and try to inform us when the Vista drivers are here because i for one am sticking with the Xonar.