As expected, the XBOX360 HD DVD drive works like a champ! One quick reboot, and a quick install of Cyberlink’s PowerDVD 7.3 Ultra, and I was watching the included King Kong HD DVD in full HD resolution on my non-HDCP compliant DVI-Connected AG Neovo LCD monitor. As promised, SlySoft’s AnyDVD HD 126.96.36.199 software, which I had long ago installed, allowed me to watch HD movies over a digital display connection without
an HDCP-compliant graphics card (although mine is) and without
an HDCP compliant display (which mine IS NOT). I now have no immediate need to buy
a new HDCP compliant monitor – woohoo!
Additionally, I was IMMEDIATELY blown away by the "Dolby Digital Plus" audio tracks that were fully utilized by my Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro High Definition 7.1 Surround card & controller, and sounded beautiful on the Creative GigaWorks™ S750 – 7.1 700-Watt Speaker System. It made the experience all that much more enjoyable.
I had already planned to integrate this Alienware PC into my entertainment system once I had installed some SUPER-silent cooling fans. Now I feel like I need to expedite the process! And I’ll need to upgrade my Sound System for compatibility with the new Dolby HD soundtracks as well. You begin to truly appreciate how convenient & easy a simple driver upgrade is on your PC when you’re faced with having to upgrade your entire A/V amplifier hardware for an equivalent home theater technology update…