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Avertv Hybrid Volar Max TV Tuner Kit for Windows MTVHVMXSK

3.9 out of 5 stars 466 customer reviews
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  • 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 Information

Product Dimensions 7.9 x 6 x 2 inches
Item Weight 1 ounces
Shipping Weight 5.8 ounces
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ASIN B002U6KT8U
Item model number MTVHVMXSK
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3.9 out of 5 stars 466 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #39,859 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Date first available at Amazon.com October 24, 2009

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By L. Russo on April 30, 2010
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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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(Parts of this review come from my earlier review of the Avertv Hybrid Volar Max unit, which is technically similar, but comes with AverTV's own software suite. At the time of this writing I use the Windows Media Center version only).

This unit is intended for use with the Windows Media Center that is packaged with some versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 - check before you buy - if "Windows Media Center" is not an option in your start menu, your Windows doesn't have it, although you can upgrade the operating system to get it. Under Windows Vista and Windows 7, a TV tuner is recognized by the operating system (that is part of the reason Microsoft has integrated the Windows Media Center in some versions of Windows), and handled as an integral part of your computer, it isn't an "alien" device, so to speak. Be aware that some versions of the Media Center under Windows Vista won't recognize digital (Clear QAM) channels - there is a workaround, but that generally requires a Microsoft update pack that is very hard to find, and no longer distributed by Microsoft. Even then, it is finicky, and I would recommend against it if you don't have what we call "Windows internals". The "other" Avermedia adapter Avertv Hybrid Volar Max has its own software for this, and should work right out of the box in this instance, costing $20 to $30 more.

Once the drivers are loaded the Avermedia device is recognized and the Media Center will offer to have it detect and program all available broadcast channels - analog TV and digital TV.
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