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Which tv tuner card does the best job?

by highwayjunky / November 9, 2005 6:51 PM PST

I have a toshiba satellite laptop. It has Win. XP Home edition SP2. Celeron M proc./80 gig. harddrive. It also has a DVD/CD re-wr on it. I want to get a tv tuner card for it, but don't know that much about them. Which ones do the best job? Looking for high quality picture without slow video. Thank you

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Pick the USB 2.0 connection.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2005 7:30 PM PST

In closing, TV is ratty video that I've yet to see one tuner win out over another. I do however hear complaints about the quality of the standard TV picture. But again if we look too close, TV images are pretty ratty.

Bob

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They are all the same
by leaglebob / November 10, 2005 11:58 PM PST

I recently went thru about 5 different brands of pc based tuner cards. The tuners all looked the same to me regardless of price or connection type (ie, pci or usb).

The difference I found was in the "capture" programs and there I found a noticeable difference. In my view, stand alone dvd recorders have the very best "low resolution" ((read less space on your hard drive resulting in more storage!)) algorhythms==less blockiness and so forth but assuming you also want "some" capture as well as just viewing, I think all computer based cards are about the same. If you want to save space, go for one that has mpeg 4 encoding so that space is saved if that is an issue for you.

PS--I will also opine that many reviews will state one card is better than another based on captured still frames. That is valid as far as it goes--but we don't watch video one frame at a time and most of the artifacts revealed by such analyse are not detectable by the human brain when viewed as intended. Very subjective material this is.

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ConvertX PX-100U?
by estonb / November 13, 2005 6:54 AM PST
In reply to: They are all the same

Has anyone tried the "ConvertX PX-100U"? It connects via USB 2.0. I saw it on the products page for SageTV. From what I read on the SageTV's website, it looks like it would work pretty well with my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Win XP Pro.

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