Originally Posted by keenan
My best uneducated guess is that there is something with the Nvidia/hardware/software that's just not up to snuff preventing a clean image from being displayed.
Also having a heck of a time with video stuttering with 1080i material with Sage, 720p is fine, but it doesn't have anything to do with the 2 hardware sources, it's something, again, with Sage and/or the playback software.
Anyway, assuming you'll be able to compare the Sage cable output to a direct cable output, I'm curious what your thoughts will be on the PQ, currently, I'm not all that happy with it. I'm very happy with how everything works with the setup, but it's missing that last, most important piece, how it looks on screen.
BTW, are you the same MikeSM that posts at Sage?
Yes, I am the same MikeSM at the Sage list.
It took a lot of time before I got a really good HD output on my Sony SXRD. This so far has been with MCE. I have a 7900GTO as my video card - overkill, but with Purevideo, it seems to work really well. And pretty quiet as well. It's connected to the display with HDMI, and at 1080p. I had all kinds of problems with my earlier rig, because of codecs and such, and found that my 6600GT wasn't fast enough to do 1080p natively.
I am a big fan of nvidia and purevideo, but boy what a PITA it was to get set right. Audio was actually more a problem than video, but with the new Realtek 882D on my motherboard, things are so much easier. MCE had a lot fewer options than Sage, but in some ways it was easier. With the right hardware, it seems to be easier.