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One thing I willl mention. A custom HTPC like the XL2 has some custom driver software in it. You are wholly dependant upon the vendor - Sony in this case - to support and update these drivers. Sony is on the opposite side of the DRM (Digital Rights Management) issues than most HTPC users, who tend to favor consumer rights.
Just so you know, the AACS and 5C systems (used for copy protection on HD disks and HD broadcasts respectively) were created by Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Matsushita (Panasonic), Warner Brothers, IBM, Toshiba, and Sony.
Therefore you will NOT get any help or support from Sony if it is your intent to use the XL2 as a Media Center to rip CDs, DVDs, and HD-DVDs or Blu-Ray disk media to a hard drive. In fact you may reliably assume the machine has been configured to prevent such usage by some clever people.
If your intended usage includes any of the above (perfectly legal HTPC uses under the "Fair Usage" doctrine for media you own), you would be better off with a generic HTPC.
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