I finally got the PRO and the HD Connect package at FS this morning. The PRO is a step up from the Classic in picture quality. IMHO, the 50 bucks for the HD Connect is also worth it. It not only comes with the "dongle" that allows pass through of component video and audio signals but also with decent component and stereo RCA cables.
What surprised me about the HD Connect package was it that it also came with an Remote IR Cable with 4 IR emitters. So in theory I can control 4 devices with the PRO when using this cable.
Compared to the Classic, the PRO with the HD Connect package allows me to watch HD channels in real Widescreen (16:9) mode... no black bars on the bottom or sides like what I get when viewing HD channels using the Classic. The picture quality is also better and I am getting an average stream rate of between 6000 and 6600 Kbps which is approximately 3X what I get from the Classic. I have the PRO connected to a Linksys WRT54GL wireless G router running in client bridge mode (thanks to the open source DD-WRT firmware). Signal is then wirelessly streamed to my main router, another WRT54GL, to which my primary PC is connected.
Connecting the PRO was not that difficult as I was already using the latest version of the SlingPlayer. After connecting the cables to the HD Connect dongle and hooking up the PRO to my remote router running in client bridge mode, it was immediately recognized by the SlingPlayer software on my PC and all I had to do was configure the video for maximum PQ.
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