I'm using two 23 elites striped w/my full DigiSuite. They can't do full lossless D1 (which your LE won't do anyway), but I run most things at 5mb/sec and they do splendidly. Haven't had one hiccup with the drives. I think you will like the set up very much. BTW, I think my DigiSuite puts out visibly better pictures than my PVR did.
> Is 5mb/sec about the max for a sustained rate from the 2 Elites?
No. My pair test out at about 18mb/sec. I'm told the point of diminishing returns is 4 or 5 of these drives striped and the max is something like 24mb/sec. In any case, short of the min. 30mb/sec necessary for 2 streams of uncompressed on full DigiSuite. BTW, of course you (and I) need at least 10mb/sec for 2 streams of Betacam-SP quality (5mb/sec rate, though some seem to like to go to about 7mb/sec for Betacam)
> One other question. Is SR more stable overall with DS than with PVR?
Having owned both, I would say yes. Partly because I think 4.0RT seems more stable than 3.5. (I haven't used 4.0s) Probably more so because the Matrox driver is, in my experience, VERY much more stable than DPS. I used to get "allocation errors" constantly with the PVR. As I understand it, Matrox is something like at least 10 times as big as DPS (and hundreds of times bigger than In:Sync). They can throw more manpower at squashing bugs when necessary. May have something to do with it.
Seagate 23 gig Elite drives have been discontinued. They are still available as of today by many suppliers and the price is quite attractive. I saw them today at pricewatch.com for as low as $1049.00. 50 gig Baracudas are on the way now, but they will cost about $2800 it seems. I'd take two 23 gigs and pocket the difference, I think.