Originally Posted by Dodgexander
Yes,this is true, there are cheaper solutions, but there arent that dont offer a HDMI Connection.
Bistreaming in vista will be released soon, as for Splendid, this will also be fixed soon (it already has with the new XP beta driver).
There is an advantage and thats why i purchased this card.
When you say fixed in xp, do you mean you don't get the brightness issue when using the desktop?
I use vista and I do get the brightness problem, however, I have found a near perfect work around: use NVIDIA's control panel to set the contrast and brightness to correct levels. This works well for me. I had to turn contrast close to 0% and brightness to near 30%. If you can't set this through your video card you'd be out of luck I guess.PS: How the HDAV1.3 sounds with an onkyo x05 receiver:
The HDAV1.3 handshakes much better with my Onkyo 905 than the PC directly. I can now use the OSD feature of the receiver as well as the 1080p option. Before if I used either of these selected, I would get "mode not supported" on my tv and the HDAV1.3 works perfectly. The HDAV1.3 seems to fix all of my onkyo HTPC worries! Now I am no longer constrained to an HDMI "through" setting on the 905 with no immediate OSD.
I can also set the LPCM samping rate to 96khz in windows with 7.1 channels and still use most of Onkyo's DSP options (see manual for details)! However, as on any receiver, setting the HDAV1.3 to 192k disables all DSP options (and maybe even bypasses audyssey, not sure). 96khz sounds great though, and I promise you, you cannot use analog outs from the computer and still use the DSP options on any receiver you can buy in the store so LPCM over HDMI is a must have for me.
I can now play a stereo mp3 on my PC and the onkyo also allows me to use all channel stereo and matrix the sound to all speakers and I don't have to change any options in windows. My set up finally does my thinking for me. Before I'd have to switch to 2 channel spdif via remote or manually in windows spdif wasn't set up correctly for 2 channels. Also, I did have a small amount of static before using 7.1 analog cables, now I hear no static at all even at high volume levels.
You won't miss TrueHD or DTS-MA as I have 30 bluray movies and non of them have higher than 48khz audio (I have verified the blurays on my standalone player connected directly to the 905). Let arcsoft do the decoding for now. It should sound the same (over HDMI with 7.1 LPCM at 96khz) as long as the movie track is sampled at 48khz. I'm going to play with the included arcsoft version and see, but I just hope the version that comes with the card decodes TrueHD and DTS-MA...