Originally Posted by Ancient
I prefer the 360 add-on connected to the HTPC. You get the benefit of good load times, PQ that easily can rival the best stand-alone unit, and fine-grained control of the picture and sound that a stand-alone can't match. The only drawback is that it's uglier than sin. Though if internal HD DVD drives ever come out in the US that will be a problem of the past.
Add-on PQ absolutely can not rival, even close, the best stand alone unit. You also should NEVER be controlling ANY picture and sound parameters with the playback device. Your display and audio processor should do that.