Diamond Xtreme TV PVR600 Power Pack
The Diamond XtremeTV PVR600 offers a comprehensive bundle of hardware and software for users who want to record TV programs on their PCs without the hassle of installing a PCI card. The heart of the PVR600 is a USB 2.0 TV tuner box, but the $149 package comes with lots of extras bundled, including USB and A/V cables and a remote control. Of the external USB devices we've tested, the Diamond PVR600 offers the best combination of performance and features, making it our recommendation for external TV tuners.
The external USB 2.0 box is about the size of a flask. Its front bezel contains an illuminated power switch, stereo audio ports, and S-Video and composite-video ports, all of which are color coded. The back panel supplies a USB 2.0 port and a coaxial connection, as well as a power jack. Although the PVR600 draws power from the PC's USB port, a DC power cable is included if you are connecting to a nonpowered USB hub. A Firefly remote and IR receiver are also included, but you'll need a separate IR blaster if you want to control your set-top cable box.