HTPCNews has got a review of the new Xtasy Theater 550 PVR card. The new Visontek Xtasy PVR card comes in classical PCI and new age PCI-Express x1 flavors, whichever suits your taste best. From the review:
“The software bundle is the one area that really puts this card above the rest of the competition. Instead of going with a inexpensive program such as Cyberlink PowerCinemaTV that the community doesn’t find as a worthy application, VisionTek went the extra mile and included BeyondTV Subscriber edition and a 30 day trial to Snapsteam.net.”
I read through the review and it is compared to the Hauppauge PVR500, and both have their pros and cons. It looks like the PVR500 doesnt keep up with the Visontek with true blacks and whites, but the Visontek cant keep up with the 500 in image sharpness. Go over to HTPCNews and take a gander yourself and see what you think of it.
JohnL Comment — This review is particularly nice because there is included pictures of the streaming video to compare the two. You can actually see the difference in the two cards with the included screenshots.