In a very short audition, the card switches more quickly than the old card. Installed without a hitch, immediately recognized by the installer program as was the upgraded four channel module I installed at the same time. Will fill in some more after spending some more time. Two cool points:
- I knew Storm had a partner in the pro video world to design the card, turns out this was Panasonic. That's a wow to me -- a very heavy hitting partner to have w/obviously huge resources in video engineering. The benefit of this card is not only its performance, but also that Storm is not dependent on MDS or any of the other OEM companies for HDMI solutions and the delays that always come with that not only with hardware, but software fixes as well.
- Wow II, OSD IS COMING with this card by end of this yr or early next. I think the Storm has by far the best UI/ergonomics of any processor on the market, yet has tremendous flexibility and power to configure a system and tailor sound. The superior UI, ergonomics and sound, along with rock solid stability (rare and indicative of the quality of the software engineering/platform) make ti the best processor on the market IMO. We can talk about the DACs, this feature or that, etc., but like anything special, it's something you really have to see, hear and use to really appreciate how it is more than the sum of its excellent parts. My one UI gripe -- lack of OSD -- has been addressed. You won't have to look away from the screen anymore.
- Another coming feature of the card is full video matrix ability. This means you could run two independent theaters off of one processor, sending any video and audio to either zone. Though not a concern for many, impressive nonetheless.
The platform continues to evolve and improve -- as noted, directional bass management coming soon, a lot more exciting things in the pipeline.