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Avertv Hybrid Volar Max TV Tuner Kit for Windows MTVHVMXSK

3.9 out of 5 stars 465 customer reviews
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  • Supports both Analog and Digital TV
  • High Definition (HDTV) quality support up to 1080i
  • Multi-card support
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 1024

Product Description

Thanks to the support of Digital TV (ATSC) or Unencrypted Digital Cable (ClearQAM*) reception;the AVerTV Hybrid Volar MAX is the ideal travel mate for viewing High Definition TV on the go.With Microsoft Windows Media Center, users will enjoy breathtaking and glorious TV viewing. Add this TV tuner to Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) to turn your PC into a powerful Digital Video Recorder. Watch Analog and Digital TV channels plus radio and record your favorite programs.

Technical Details:

Supported TV Signals: Analog (NTSC) & Digital (ATSC / ClearQAM);
Input signal: 75 ohm TV/FM Antenna ; Using Dongle Cable (S-video, composite, and L/R stereo audio).
NOTE: This product was designed for Windows Media Center and will not work with AVer MediaCenter application.
Windows 7/Vista MCE/XP MCE. Windows 7 Premium logo Certificated. Windows Media Center is required. 32/64-bit driver support

Product Details

User's Guide [341kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6 x 2 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002U6KT8U
  • Item model number: MTVHVMXSK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,750 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 2009

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I've been using Media Center on a WinXP tower since 2004. My HP unit came with a built in tuner which could only receive analog channels and the 2004 version of MC that came with it only supported standard def TV. As the years passed, I was eagerly anticipating for a release of Media center that supported HD programming. Once that happened on Windows 7 (and perhaps Vista), I needed to find a tuner card that would work with it.

Over the years I would check release info on new products and read about one sad experience after another regarding the failure of available HD tuner cards on the market and issues regarding firmware, drivers, configuration settings, etc.

Knowing that most new technology needs a few years to get the bugs out, I didn't buy and waited. The last few months had me itching to try and finally set up a HTPC (Home Theater PC) system. When it comes to video quality, my assumption was that I'd get better performance from a PCI internal tuner card in a tower. Thing is, I don't have a new Windows tower but I do have an inexpensive netbook running Windows 7 Home Premium. As there's no way to install an internal tuner card I'm limited to using an external USB tuner. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided the Volar Max was my best bet (and at $55 I figured I could only go so wrong).

I remember going through error and configuration issues with Vista and XP in the past, the idea that this little flashdrive-sized gizmo was going to allow me to tune in analog channels, digital channels as well as actual hi res HD seemed suspect at the very least. I was dreading the thought of experiencing the usual whole night investment of getting a new peripheral up and running on Windows only to have it not work well.
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I purchased this product expecting it to be something I would use to avoid arguments over the TV. I figured the picture would be just OK. I was wrong. I don't even bother with the television anymore. I have 2 displays on my PC, so I can watch TV on one while doing stuff on the other. I can record shows when I'm away or too busy with life. It's great. The quality of the picture is incredible. I think I'm going to buy another, so I can have true DVR functionality on my PC! When it arrived all I had to do was attach the cable feed and plug it into a USB port. Windows 7 installed the drivers and when I opened media center, media center walked me through the rest. media center took about 15 minutes to scan through all the stations I get and setup, but then it was done (and that includes downloading a 2 week program guide for my cable provider.) I was actually impressed, even amazed at the simplicity and quality of this product. Highly recommended!
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I bought this as a 2nd TV tuner for my Win7 media center computer, because some TV shows I watch regularly have time conflicts. And I wanted a tuner that could receive ClearQAM channels, which my built-in tuner doesn't do. This was perfect. I bought an Avermedia tuner for my parent's computer and they've been very happy with it, so I chose this over some other brands.

The install with Win7 was pretty effortless. Plug into a USB port, plug my TV cable into it, and Win7 installed the driver (no software comes with it, and it's not needed). I opened Windows Media Center, it saw the 2nd tuner, I set up my channel guide listings, and now I can record 2 shows at the same time, with one of them in hi-def. It's fantastic. I rarely watch a TV show when it's actually on, and have gotten used to shows recorded in SD...it's such a treat to watch things in HD now!

I was a little irritated when I saw the recent price drop, but dug around and found that a rebate was available if you look on the list of sellers, and go down to Amazon.com being the seller. So now I'm only a buck behind. Now I'm very happy with the price, the product, and the ease of the install!
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I received my tuner five days after I placed the order. It was packaged well and arrived in perfect condition via U.S. mail. My computer system is a Lenovo W510 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (i7 820QM processor; 8GB memory; 128GB SSD), and I use an external HDD for data storage (Western Digital Elements 2TB).

The "Installation Guide" provided with the tuner is quite basic, but it accurately guided me through the steps to install the tuner using Windows Media Center. Since there is no additional software required (no CD or other media needed) to operate the tuner with Windows 7 and Media Center, the installation was quite simple. It involved attaching the tuner to a USB port on the computer (a seven-inch USB extension cable is provided); connecting a coaxial cable (not provided) between the F-Type coaxial connector on the tuner and the cable TV outlet on the wall (no cable box is needed, even for HDTV); allowing Windows to configure and install the necessary device driver when the TV tuner was recognized; starting Windows Media Center and proceeding through the remaining configuration and setup process for the TV tuner.

The entire process of installing and setting up the TV tuner with Windows Media Center required around 30 minutes, and much of that time was spent waiting for the channel scans of cable TV signals to complete. There were a couple ambiguous areas in setting up correct Media Center options, but that is unrelated to the TV tuner. Since this was my first experience with any PC TV tuner, as well as with Media Center, I had to learn several new things simultaneously. (My own "neural network computer" does not operate as efficiently as it once did -- since I am 68 years old.
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