Well, I did a little research on the RGBHV switchers. They aren't as expensive as what I was expecting, but they are a little more than what I was wanting to spend. I did like the Zektor HDS4. It isn't very expensive ($299 new), but more importantly it is controlled by IR (must have) and appearance wise it will integrated well with my other components. I also read several good reviews on this board.
I figure I have 2 options:
1) Have my Radeon 9700pro and AccessDTV card go to separate inputs on the Zektor via RGBHV breakout cables, or
2) Use the passthrough on the AccessDTV.
Concerning quality, I think option 1 will be the best. But I will do some testing on that. Concerning price, I'm not sure. Everything that I have read about using the passthrough on the OTA HD cards state that a transcoder is required if you want to toggle between HD and the desktop. If I decided to use a RGBHV breakout cable from the accessdtv card directly to the tv, will I still need a transcoder if I wanted to view both sources? I haven't read anything about that, it's always VGA to component via a transcoder. I'm not sure technically what RGBHV is compared to component. I know that they are different. But is one better than the other? I'm assuming RGBHV is better, because there is less conversion of the original signal as opposed to a transcoder converting to component. I'm probably wrong on that, so please feel free to correct me.
After my last post, I realized that if decided to get the HD Tivo instead of the accessdtv, I will still be in the same situation as I am now. That is one of the reasons why I'm leaning toward using a switch instead of the passthrough. If I decided to get the HD Tivo in the future, which l probably will (Big TiVo fan
), then it will easily migrate into my home theater. The other reason being, I will get the best possible picture out of all the sources.