what's so hard about installing a few
codecs to get good quality playback?
CCCP is basically just ffdshow with a few splitters added for good measure. using ffdshow with MPC gives excellent quality for xvid, mpeg and wmv. if you experienced problems using it, chances are you tried to run it on top of other codec packs like that bloated k-lite rubbish, or you just didn't set it up properly in your player.
i use AC3Filter for audio, it offers a great set of features, including excellent normalization.
Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative are two others i install, they also work nicely with MPC.
finally, Matroska Splitter (part of CCCP) for videos using the MKV container, and CoreAVC to deal with H.264 playback.
but enough words, let's let these screenshots do the talking