Originally Posted by Herve
Ed, a bit off topic, but I am very interested in your above comment because I'm having a serious debate with myself over whether to build a dual-format HTPC, buy separates (PS3+XA2), or buy a dual-format player such as the 5000.
If you wouldn't mind, I have a couple of questions for you.
Could your HTPC play both high-def formats? If so, which device outputs the better image, the HTPC or the 5000?
If you had it all to do over, and now having experienced the 5000's disk-play problems you've described, as well as the problems that HTPC entails, would you still buy the 5000?
Yes the HTPC played both formats very, very well...when they played. The latest batch of DRM infested movies has been frustrating and Cyberlink has bowed down to the studios to make playback even more difficult. We are all hoping that Arcsoft can release it's total media solution in English soon because it seems to pass hi def audio and have a better pic than Cyberlink. They may be having 'issues' with the US copy protection laws and who knows if and when we can have a software solution that lets us kick Cyberlink to the curb where it belongs.
HTPC has had the best image by far, but the more I mess with the 5000 the more I am impressed. I cannot reserve judgement as to whether the 5000 has met or surpassed HTPC image yet until I have the system relalibrated by Ken Whitcomb, and I won't spend the money to do that til I am convinced that the 5000 will do what it is supposed to do, pass hi def audio formats over analog and handle all of the new DRM infested movies.
"If you had it all to do over, and now having experienced the 5000's disk-play problems you've described, as well as the problems that HTPC entails, would you still buy the 5000?"
Heck yea. I have a feeling that all of these problems will get worked out. How old is the product anyway? All of one week