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  • Good quality and cheap DVB-T tuner

    posted by OMA2k9 on 02/08/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - Adds a DVB-T tuner (called TDT in Spain) to your PC very easily without having to install a PCI card

    - Good price!

    - Standard European antenna connection, not the small one, like the other version available here at DX: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8309

    - Good image quality, if there's good reception

    - Raw stream recording (records the original DVB-T/TDT stream without reencoding)

    - The driver CD includes BlazeVideo HDTV Player and the legit serial to unlock it. A $49,45 value! ( according to its developer's site: http://www.blazevideo.com/hdtv-player/ ). The CD includes version 4.0, but you can download version 6.0 from that site and the serial seems to work with that, too!

    - You can use the included mini-antenna with other DVB-T/TDT and even analog TV appliances. Good for my PC monitor, which includes a TV tuner, but this feature wasn't used until now, since I couldn't be bothered to bring an antenna cable to this room :)

    Cons:

    - The BlazeVideo 4.0 program freezes if reception is not optimal. To unfreeze you have to restart the program. This is specially problematic if you want to record shows. I solved it using a shorter antenna cable, which seemed to improve reception a lot, so now the program works fine. But be cautious before buying if you don't have good reception.

    - The included mini-antenna is pretty useless with the USB tuner, since it pixelates a lot, but can be used with other "less picky" DVB-T appliances and the image is fine.

    - No analog Composite/S-Video connections, but I wasn't looking for that anyway, since I already have an analogue Hauppauge card with those features.

    - Remote is a bit flimsy, but to be expected at this price point

    OtherThoughts:

    If you are looking to buy BlazeVideo HDTV Player sofware, you can buy this instead for less than half the price of BlazeVideo and you get a USB digital tuner free! ;-)

    Bottomline:

    Cool and cheap item! :)

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