I've just done an A/B test of my albeit old Pioneer DV717 and my X-Box. Both were hooked up to my Yamaha A2 amp digitally, the X-box using an optical lead (attached to the advaced scart) and the DVD player on coax. As with others like for like test, I was able to find 2 identical original CD and DVD tracks and found similar (ish) results. Obviously I've note gong full-on HCPC yet and am using the xbox as an approximation. Audio. Firstly I would not have noticed the difference if I'd had to swap the CDs between trays. But toggling the input on the amp meant that even my wife could tell the difference. My old Pioneer gives much richer sound. If I were to sit down to listen to an album I would dig out the CD. I couldn't retire that box. (and I'd like to get an all in one solution) However I've ripped all my CDs to my PC in the other room and can stream these to the X-box using the XBMP. This is very good for parties etc and letting people choose the music. Video This is what annoyed me. The DVD player is quite old and the x-box gives a much better picture (both attached to a 32in Sony CRT using RGB over SCART), in that the Pioneer suffers terribly from "jaggedies" that I'd not noticed before Am I likely to get Audio as good as an old Pioneer from an HCPC set-up? Or would I be better off buying a half decent DVD player and remaining on the fringes of HCPC until I stump up for a Plasma or projector?