No Gary, I do NOT.
You are 100% wrong.
My PC drives my NEC ISS switcher, which also drives a 24" CRT Triniton monitor.
The Bluray image on that monitor is nothing short of STUNNING. It is magical.
It laughs at 1920 x 1080i at at 96hz. 1:1 lines are etched, not just displayed. The contrast is through the roof, black is black, there is no banding (because the PC is set to retain levels, uses the correct BT.709 colourspace with the correct coordinates) and it is colour calibrated. The only thing that could be improved is the red primary could be a touch redder - Sony phosphurs are like that.
I want to see broadcast/studio monitor with an uncompressed feed, to see how close it is.
It definitively shows that my XG is the weak link in the chain. Not the source, not the analogue connection to the switcher. And I know that digital connection direct the the XG did not make any improvement, the weak link is further inside than the inputs.
I am quite familar with a VP50, to a Ruby, and a G90. While it is a very nice piece of gear, I did not see anything that made me want to ditch the PC and go components - quite the opposite in fact, as waiting for the menus and FBI warnings drove me nuts.
And then there's the fun fun fun with the firmware. My mates $$ bluray player won't play the James Bond collection. My PC will.
I just press the power button on the PC, wait 5 secs, click the Zoom Player icon, and pick my Movie out of the Playlist. All ripped and ready to go, with untouched video and losslessly FLAC converted audio. They play in 3 seconds.
AND it can playback hi res FLAC audio, AND it can record 3 channels of 1080i HDTV at once. And browse the internet, and play games, and everything else.
I admit it was not easy to get the PC to a state where I am happy with it. It took months of fiddling and searching for just the right filter combination, and just the right operating system. You cannot just install Powerdvd and go.
Spending $3000 on a bluray player + scaler + Moome + HDMI cabling, and possibly another $3-5k on a replacement high end surround processor to add HDMI (my Rotel (once flagship) only has 5.1 analogue inputs, not HDMI) is completely insane. Performance will be the same, and I can't have a proper media library- you have to mess with the goddamn discs.
And you guys are nuts if you think anyone will see the difference between a HD Fury for $150 and a Moome EXT-HD for $430 on a PG Xtra.