Having seen on forums that the Xcard can output 720p and 1080i I thought I would compare the output of the Xcard with my (12 months of tweaking) setup of Zoomplayer. Test kit used: Sony 10HT projector Sony STR-DB930 (AV Receiver) 1st HTPC: Abit BH7, Celeron 2Ghz, 512mb RAM, Radeon 9200 128mb, Maudio Revolution 7.1, Zoomplayer (Sonic video filter, NVDVD audio filter, Reclock, AnyDVD) 2nd HTPC: Abit BH7, Pentium 4 1.8Ghz, 512mb RAM, Radeon 9500pro, Sigma Xcard (AnyDVD). DVDs used: Monsters Inc. R1 (Used for Picture) Monsters Inc. R2 (Used for Picture) Terminator 3. R2 (Used for Picture) Talking Heads Stop Making Sense. R1 (Used for sound/dark scene detail) Lion King. R2 (Used for Picture) Saving Private Ryan. R1 (Used for sound detail) Matrix Reloaded. R2 (Used for general watchability) Fight Club . R2 (Used for dark scene detail and panning) The following resolutions were output from the Xcards component and VGA outputs: 1280x720p 50Hz & 60Hz 1920x1080i 50hz & 60Hz 1184x666p 50hz & 60Hz (computer resolution that the 10HT accepts as 16:9) I will start by saying that I love the picture quality of my current setup (1st HTPC). But this took a long time to perfect. I think it important to note that the Xcard took minutes to install and a few more minutes adding resolutions/refresh rates to the registry to enable the Xcard to output the above resolutions. So, what did I see The Xcard output (albeit component or VGA @ 720p or 1080i) suffered from jaggies on movement of fine detail ie fur of Sulley in Monsters Inc. You had to look hard but it was there. Colour was good as was black levels and detail in black levels. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how good the overall picture was. Watching Terminator 3 showed that film stock was more forgiving and the picture was excellent. The Xcard suffered from around 8% overscan. This can be adjusted using the remote while a DVD is playing but loses the settings when the Xcard software is restarted. I have requested a solution to this on the Sigma forum (if there is a solution). The layer change was noticeable slight pause. Playback at 50hz for PAL material revealed absolutely no stutter. Playback at 59.94Hz & 60hz revealed the micro-stutter associated with NTSC material that I am used to, no worse than my Zoomplayer setup. Sound was LFE heavy (much more so than any other player (software or hardware) I had ever used, so adjustments had to be made on my receiver. The sound was on the warmer/relaxed side but still kept detail and directionality intact. The Sony 10HT does not allow 1:1 pixel mapping. My colleague has a Panasonic PTAE100 projector and I am sure he will test the Xcard with this at 1:1 pixel mapping. I will update when this has been done. Further testing will include the use of Dscaler and Zoomplayer with this card. Conclusion then If we can sort the over-scan issue out on the Xcard then I can see myself sticking with Xcard. It is so easy to install and setup. I have AnyDVD that on detection of an NTSC or PAL disc launches the appropriate script that modifies the registry of the Xcard and then launches the Xmedia player. Example: PAL disk is inserted Anydvd detects 50hz PAL disk and launches a script file called PAL.bat. PAL.bat runs a PAL.ini file that writes the preferred display method (1920x1080i 50hz) to the registry of Xmedia player. PAL.bat then launches Xmedia player.