AVL schrijft: "Michael Brinton van Sharky Extreme heeft een review van de Sigma Designs Hollywood Plus geplaatst. Dit is één van de betere MPEG-2 decoders en kan desgewenst ook met afstandsbediening geleverd worden":
As a long time user of software DVD decoders, I was a little skeptical about the real benefits of a hardware decoder, especially for high-end CPU owners. After testing out the Hollywood Plus DVD Decoder, I can safely say that it offers the best image quality of any computer DVD player that I've seen, and rivals set-top DVD boxes. The picture is vivid and very sharp. No decompression or motion lines are visible. To top it off, the framerate is consistent, and I never detected any dropped frames (which can cause a choppy display). Of the DVD decoders that I've seen, the Hollywood Plus' image quality has the most realistic feel to it.
The main advantage to a hardware DVD decoder is a low CPU utilization rate during playback. Whereas, software DVD players take up 60-90% of the CPU cycles, hardware DVD decoders rarely go above 40%, regardless of the CPU speed. To test the Hollywood Plus' CPU utilization rate, CPU use was measured during the first scene and the opening credits of Tomorrow Never Dies. For comparison, results from ASUS's V6600 Pure (GeForce 256 SDRAM) using ASUS's software DVD decoder are included. Both decoders were run at 1600x1200x16 for optimal image quality.