Hi, I've been trying to design a nice HT, and I think I'm close to getting it. Recently, I decided to switch from my run of the mill Pioneer DV-414 for a better source. I'm using a DLP projector, and since I had an old PII 450 MHz around, I decided to try something new. I installed a Santa Cruz sound card, an ATI Radeon 7500 video card, Windows XP, the ATI DVD player, WinDVD and Zoom Player. I connected the DLP projector using DVI. I can safely say I never thought the difference would be so... STUNNING. It's so amazing, even my mother noticed I had done *something* to the HT, since the images now looked razor-sharp and amazingly (if not to say "incredibly") detailed. BUT (there is always a "but" somewhere)... It's so damn unstable! WinDVD and the ATI DVD player are very stable, but every once in a while something happens - the menus stop working, or the application locks. The OS itself is rock steady, and I can recover from any situation, but I have to leave the couch and restart the app. Not good by any means. Zoom DVD player is more unstable than either one of the two, and when playing DTS sources, it sometimes locks up. If I wanted to equal my HTPC performance with a dedicated player, how much would I spend? And, would I really manage to reach the quality levels I already enjoy??'