O.k bear with me I've been travelling for a year and I'm about to head home to my toys and I need to get a few things straight.......... I need to build a new HTPC (I sold my last one before I went away) and have read about the merits of the Xcard/sweetspot combo and whilst everyone has mentioned the pros and cons of xcard=>PDI=>sweetspot=>DScaler VS Theatretek............. What I'm curious about is the audio output. i.e is the spdif out is any good compared to, potentially, a high end souncard. Also will the spdif out spit out audio from anything other than the DVD player i.e a ripped film on the hard drive. Also if X Card is hardware based can it be updated at all.....i.e 7.1 or any other future goodies, in the same way software could? I suppose I really want convincing that it's the way to go as I crave a simple solution but I always will be wondering whether it's second best....... my previous HTPC used a Holo3DGraph (which I've still got) to capture the analogue output of my standalone dvd player, deinterlaced with it's own chip and then sent it out via my radeon, but now I like the idea of using the computer as more of a jukebox/hub (film and audio ) whereas before it really was just a scaler. And I can't see how I can intergrate the Holo3dgraph into a setup like this? Come on chaps convince me one way or another!