Do we have a Software section in our HTPC area? Seems like most talk is about the hardware, but the software is just as important. For example, my HTPC has HDMI & Optical audio output. Using PowerDVD 8 or 9 Ultra, I can't get any sound from my HDMI. But using TotalMedia Theatre 3 (TMT3), I can get HDMI audio. Another example is Blu-ray vs HD DVD. I know HD DVD is dead, but there are still plenty of BD/HD DVD combo drives around and plenty of people to want to save their HD DVD movies into their hard drives. However, you cannot play HD DVD files with Power DVD 8 or 9. But you can play HD DVD on TMT3. PowerDVD 7 has HD DVD capability, but it is very limited. For me it only played back 2.0 sound.