Originally Posted by Mevlock
I've already got one, it's multi-region too
But your making far too many assumptions about what people are waiting for, what they want and what they need. Isn't that showing a bias? Something that you often accused the person who started the other HD audio thread of.
People will buy once THEIR requirements are met, and everyone has different needs. Just like some bought the Asus card regardless of the 24Hz problem, some bought knowing they'd have a problem exchanging it. Some waited and will buy once the the slim card is out. Still others will wait for Auzentech's initial release, others will wait for a review, some will wait for a bugfixed verison of PowerDVD, etc etc.
If Asus or Auzentech though the entire market would be saturated so quickly neither would be selling a card. So the idea that Auzentech's release will be far too late is rather silly. There will plenty of people who will be looking to buy it. People who have just bought a blu-ray drive, people who have just updated their receiver and so on.
Competition is a good thing, even if the card is way behind schedule the eventual release can only be good for the htpc market.
First off I only had a problem with someone creating an official thread and then posting nothing but opinion in the first post. If he had removed the official from the title or removed his opinion from the first post then I would have thought it was a good thread. My thread has neither official in the title or opinion in the first post.
And yes everything I have stated in this thread is just my opinion. I may be right and I may be wrong. Only time will tell. However, the fact does remain that those of us with the ASUS card will be enjoying complete bit streaming from a computer while everyone else waits.
I have to disagree with you about the market saturation though. I think both ASUS and Auzentech thought the market was going to be large for a bit streaming card. What they didn't really take into account was that a PCM HDMI video card like the ATI cards were just fine for the majority of the HDMI consumers and analog outputs and toslink are fine for the majority of the rest of the markets.
Once the bit streaming cards got delayed well past the release of standard PCM HDMI cards the general public realized that they really didn't need bit streaming. Some people jumped in(myself included) and bought the ASUS card anyway. After a few months I was able to use the card for bit streaming of all codecs.
At that point I was able to also see that there is an extremely small percentage of the public that have both the content and equipment to realize the full potential of a bit streaming card. I would be willing to bet that less than 10% of all HDMI HTPCs can actually benefit from a bit streaming card over a standard PCM card. That is an extremely small number.
Think about how many people have purchased the ASUS card already. I can't imagine there are too many people left that even think they need bit streaming. Certainly not enough to make a competing card profitable. Personally I think Auzentech realizes that now also. Hopefully Auzentech will eventually prove that statement incorrect but I wouldn't hold my breath.