The good news is that you can finally get both compressed and uncompressed HD audio
off a Blu-ray Disc and into your A/V receiver without the need of a dedicated sound card
. The bad news is that at $380, the ATI Radeon HD 5870
still costs more than a stand-alone Blu-ray player and that price doesn't even include playback software. That's ok with us though, as we're used to being charged early adopter tax, and now the first video card with this ability is released, it should only be a matter of time before this feature trickles down to video cards we can actually afford.