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Adaptec DUAL TV Tuner PVR 3610 KIT 2144600

by Adaptec

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  • View one program while recording another or record two programs at the same time
  • Connect digital cable and satellite receivers through dual S-Video/Composite Inputs
  • Schedule recordings ahead of time
  • Control your set top box and satellite receivers with one remote control
  • Listen to, pause, replay live FM radio broadcasts with timeshifting
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Adaptec
  • Model: 2144600

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000BAT4QA
  • Item model number: 2144600
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2005

Product Description

The Adaptec Dual TV Tuner for Windows XP MCE 2005 offers the ultimate in digital entertainment. The USB 2.0 Dual TV Tuner, FM Radio, and integrated IR remote control lets you watch one TV show while recording another, or record two TV shows while watching a pre-recorded show simultaneously. Listen to, pause, and replay FM radio broadcasts, or even record two shows and watch another pre-recorded video. Enjoy DVD-quality video on your desktop PC or notebook. It also has easy connectivity through a single USB 2.0 cable. The integrated remote control lets you control your entire digital experience, even your cable satellite box or other TV source, without extra boxes or cables, or leaving your chair. Record programs in stereo audio and DVD-quality video

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Customer Reviews

So don't invest in this product as I now have 5 doorstops.
E. Maghanoy
As with XP the 3610's drivers didn't load right at first and I had to uninstall them, let Vista find them again, and so on.
XOR42
The tv picture quality is excellent and watching/recording 2 shows at once is great.
J. Snell

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By XOR42 on June 23, 2007
=== Pros ===
Works well with Windows XP MCE, providing dual outboard TV tuners, FM tuners,and MCE remote that all work well under XP MCE. TV tuners also work well under Vista (but not FM).

=== Cons ===
No Adaptec support, support page, or drivers to download. Almost no 3rd party "geek forum" support, either. Drivers can be difficult to load in XP and Vista. FM sound completely unusable under Vista (possible driver problem). Product is like the once-famous Intel Pocket Concert music player: Excellent, ahead of its time, then mysteriously not supported shortly after its release.

=== Under XP ===
I bought the Adaptec AVC 3610 (Dual TV Tuner w/FM) 18 month ago from Dell in Jan-2006 to go with my then new XPS600 with XP MCE. The FM tuner was an added bonus. Though skeptical of the video quality capable from an external USB device, I was pleasantly surprised.

The TV picture quality was excellent and there was no discernable distortion, hesitation, or jerkiness on my Dell 24" wide screen LCD main monitor nor on my 17" CRT 2nd monitor. Loading the drivers was a little problematic at first but a few un-installs and automatic reloads seemed to fix it.

=== Under Vista ===
Problems occurred when I loaded the XPS 600 with Vista Ultimate a few months ago as a 2nd partition using dual boot. As with XP the 3610's drivers didn't load right at first and I had to uninstall them, let Vista find them again, and so on.

HOWEVER, although the TV tuners seem to work just as well as they did under XP, the FM radio terribly distorted - like a weak or very badly tuned station with lots of noise and distortion. I thought I lost my FM antenna connection. I rebooted XP and all was fine. I boot back to Vista and still terrible!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Maghanoy on January 24, 2009
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10/3/2010 Comcast has finally made this unit obsolete, they have changed the way they send the signal. I can now only recieve channels under 20. Every channel over 20 only displays snow or blank screen. I'm forced to invest in Ceton's quad tuner. I ordered 2 months ago but there's a major back log and limited units available. So don't invest in this product as I now have 5 doorstops.

I have built many and have been using Home Theater PC's (HTPC) since 2002 and currently have 7 HTPC capable deployed throughout my house. I prefer dual tuners over single tuners and I've used many different types of TV tuners to include brands from Hauppauge, Adaptec, Aver Media, Nvidia, EVGA, ATI, etc... they all have their positive and negatives but I've pretty much given up on all products except for Hauppauge and Adaptec.
I have just recently retired 2 Hauppauge dual tuners for the moment. While Hauppauge is perfect for 32-bit Vista and XP, I recently upgraded to 64-bit Vista and the card recognition by MCE as well as recordings are very buggy. Also, my Hauppauge tuners seems to be picky as to the type of hardware combinations used in the HTPC build; finally they are tall as well as long boards and a small system cannot be built around it.

Although Adaptec is considered legacy equipment, I've fallen back in love with these dual tuners and plan to buy several more before they become extinct to purchase.

At first I didn't want to have anything external to my PC; I technically still don't. That's the main reasons why these tuners didn't grow on me at first. After a couple of years, of having several computers blow up on me due to heat issues or raising the noise Db level in the room due to additional case fans... I rediscovered the worth of these tuners.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Tolan on November 26, 2007
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The Adaptec Dual TV Tuner 3610 Kit has turned out to be a great purchase. I bought it to replace a PCI TV Tuner card for two reasons: to receive a digital signal, and to allow simultaneous viewing and recording of two independent channels. Although my only HDTV source is over-the-air, this tuner does a fine job. Pairing it with a good HDTV antenna makes a beautiful picture.

Pros:
* Works great on Windows Media Centre 2005. (I've not tried on other OSs)
* Easy setup
* Several connection options

Cons:
* Relies on Windows MCE for digital tv signal strength; would be really nice to have a separate tool.
* FM radio reception is less than stellar, though it may just be my antenna placement.
* Support seems somewhat limited, not that I've had any need to use it.

As a special note, I think Adaptec marketing folks were over-zealous in slapping the acronym "PVR" on this device; it has no inherent capabilities to do this, or any additional software to do this. It relies solely on Windows MCE for this function. MCE does a fine job of that, but that's beside the point.

Overall I think this is a very good product. Its biggest fault is that it's the first of a kind (usb dual tv tuner), and thus doesn't have much following in the market or good product documentation. If you're a bit of a tech nut, you can probably figure most of it out on your own anyway.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on July 19, 2007
Alright, I'm running windows vista home premium edition on a Gateway laptop that has 2 gigs of ram and an AMD dual core processor. I plugged in the device, windows automatically downloaded drivers off the internet, took a couple minutes to install them all and I hit the green button on the remote and BAM!, I'm watching live tv on my computer. That simple of a setup, all it required was the ability to plug in all the wires. Now as far as performance goes, it runs really well. The picture quality is really good. You can flip through channels with practically no lag and it doesn't bog down your computer since all the video encoding is done on the unit itself. The built in IR receiver is a blessing. It saves a USB port and desk space if you want a remote for ease of use. I recently bought a Pinnacle HDTV Pro Stick and it was good, but not great. So I returned it to Best Buy and bought this. Comparatively, this the Adaptec has better picture quality and overall just performs better. Not to mention I got it for $46 on eBay with an included Media Center remote, which would cost $30 at the store just by itself. A good investment, look on eBay though, you'll find a good deal on one. The HP 3610 is the same thing, just OEM with HP and has HP logos (which is what I got). Hope this helps in making a USB TV tuner buying decision.
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