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brettyboy 
17/8/08 7:40:24 PM
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Hey Guys

I'm look at building a media center for my home cinema but have no idea on good TV tuner cards.

But I basically know want I want it to do ie, work like a tivo, with HD and a remote that works in windows media center.

If you could let know of any good tv tuner cards i would be very great fully.

Cheers

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aliali 
17/8/08 8:40:11 PM
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Well I am totally happy with my Leadtek PXDVR3200 H
http://www.leadtek.com/eng/tv_tuner/overview.asp?lineid=6&pronameid=377
but it is an analogue/digital unit and is quite long.
Has XP MCE drivers too, although I have only used it with XP home and Pro.
For a Vista media centre compatible unit have a look at the DTV1800 H
http://www.leadtek.com/eng/tv_tuner/overview.asp?lineid=6&pronameid=388
(PCI)

For digital only
PCI-Express
http://www.leadtek.com/eng/tv_tuner/overview.asp?lineid=6&pronameid=432

PCI
http://www.leadtek.com/eng/tv_tuner/overview.asp?lineid=6&pronameid=382


http://www.leadtek.com/eng/tv_tuner/overview.asp?lineid=6&pronameid=220

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bowiee 
17/8/08 9:03:29 PM
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I have the DTV1800 H and can vouch for that card, easy to use and setup, works with vista, and works with media centre, and is cheap to boot ($67.00 from umart).

Leadtek seems to be the card of choice here as well going by past threads I have seen.

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aliali 
17/8/08 9:17:33 PM
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Quote by bowiee
I have the DTV1800 H and can vouch for that card, easy to use and setup, works with vista, and works with media centre, and is cheap to boot ($67.00 from umart).

Leadtek seems to be the card of choice here as well going by past threads I have seen.


Ye I struggled with a Compro for some years. When it worked it was very good, but I found the software to be flakey at times.
An MSI I have here is just shit as it won't find some digital TV channels.

My Avermedia PCMCIA card is ok but again the software is a bit iffy occasionally too.
Only thing I miss from the Compro is the ability to automatically turn on the PC from cold (not standby or hibernate) and record a show.
Handy if you have a scheduled record set and forget to put the PC in to standby instead of turned off.

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Jules327 
18/8/08 10:25:26 PM
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Unlike aliali I've been using a Compro DVB-T300 for about 3 years with no problems software wise, although the remote that came with it caused me a few headaches, I also have a Hauppauge MCE-150 and it has performed flawlessly!

I'd like to know which version of Windows Media Center you intend running, the XP-MCE edition or the Vista Home Premium version? I have never been able to get the XP 2005 MCE Edition to work to my liking whereas Vistas Media Center runs great on the HTPC system I've just built....

I'd also like to know what hardware you'll be running, while 'in theory' you can throw together a HTPC from a pile of leftovers, in my experiance that's not always the case, even more so if you plan to run Vista.

In recomending a tuner card, I'd go for a Duel Tuner card, Vista Certified, from a local retailer who'll let you return it if you have problems not 'the cheapest online bargain' a cheap card may turn out to be great but slightly more expensive cards are usually worth it IMO

Try to find a Micro$oft MCE Remote/eHome Infrared Tranceiver bundle, it'll work much, much better with Media Center and you don't have to worry if the one that came with your card is a little crappy.

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osama_bin_athlon 
18/8/08 10:47:20 PM
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I'm happy with my DVICO DVB-T Dual Digital 4

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B82R3S 
19/8/08 3:38:03 PM
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i have a hauppage Nova T 500 which wortks perfectly. The latest incarnation the HVR-2200 is pricey but worth it, works perfectly

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Cpt. Lock 
19/8/08 7:47:05 PM
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I've had a Compro DVBT200 and I had random crashes all the time. The Compro software is real flakey.

I can recommend the Leadtek PXDVR3200 H it's a good tuner, though it is a little long. It has vista drivers as well so no issues if you use vista MCE.

The stock software it comes with isn't to bad either

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Rybags 
20/8/08 12:55:08 PM
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Quote by Jules327
Unlike aliali I've been using a Compro DVB-T300 for about 3 years with no problems software wise



I find that very hard to believe.

I've also had that same card for about 3 years.

The first year, the driver and software was utter crap. And, yes, I checked the site almost daily and tried virtually every version.

They'd finally solve a crash issue and usually the side effect would be recordings with lagged audio.

Then they got the interface working nicely and went and totally stuffed it with the shitty looking Version 3 software.

Now, sure it works mostly OK and records properly but the user interface totally blows.

Oh, and it has always had the problem that it intermittently will stop funtioning properly for SVideo and composite inputs and the only way to fix it is to power down totally for 15 seconds so that the card resets itself.

My opinion on Compro - sure the hardware is good, but the driver support and software leaves much to be desired.

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aliali 
21/8/08 8:40:56 AM
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Quote by Rybags

I've also had that same card for about 3 years.

The first year, the driver and software was utter crap. And, yes, I checked the site almost daily and tried virtually every version.

They'd finally solve a crash issue and usually the side effect would be recordings with lagged audio.




Sounds exactly like the problems I had, exactly , so nice to know it was not just me. Behavior was across multiple installs and two different PCs. Finally binned the bloody thing when it decided to only work half the time.

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Rybags 
21/8/08 2:22:39 PM
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The same issues are also common in the TV Cards forum

http://www.tv-cards.com/messageboard/viewforum.php?id=42


The thing is, they did hit on stable releases which worked to a point.

But it took them 2 years just to get Teletext and closed caption working properly on digital.
And, they'd often break one feature when introducing another.

I'd be pretty reluctant about buying one of their products again - to pay good money for something but not be able to use it properly for more than a year just doesn't make sense.

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gazdude67 
21/8/08 8:52:01 PM
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Leadteck for me as well have 2 of them and both are excellant

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