Any advice or experience with this appreciated.
Internet is my backyard...
Please read the Geekzone's FUG
I use it for media centre.
-It supports HDCP so you don't need to worry about DRM issues.
-Component and HDMI support 1080P
-HDMI Audio can be passed through to 3x 3.5mm analog jacks, It supports 2 channel PCM or Dolby Digital
-It can suffer from more picture and scaling artifacts since it has to scale upto a higher resolution.
All lcd displays look worse with a lower resolution signal, ie HD will always look better than SD, thats why Sky charge for HD!
The lower the source resolution the more it has to be scaled to match the display, ie:
-720x576 scaled to 2560x1600 has to add 3.5x as many lines horizontally.
-1280x720 to 2560x1600 has to 2x as many lines horizontally.
There are other factors like even though all dvds in NZ are 720x576 they aren't all the same picture quality, it depends how the movie was filmed, edited etc; getting it to display on your screen is just the final part in the process. If SkyHD is broadcast with a high quality picture then it will look really good, but not so good if they compress it too much, like the espn channel. Also note that different tvs scale in different ways so even with the source on 2 screens being the same you can still end up with a slighty different picture.