DVB-T Twin Tuner for HTPC Build

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by DerekBaker, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. DerekBaker

    DerekBaker Guest

    Prime consideration is quality of the reception and good support.

    Not interested in the software or remote (if there is one) that comes with the card.

    Will consider PCI or PCI-E.

    Haven't decided on which media centre software I will use, but will consider Windows only cards.

    Thanks.
     
    DerekBaker, Oct 29, 2008
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    harikeo Guest

    I use a Hauppauge Nova-DT Dual DVB-T Tuner PCI card and it's fine. I
    don' use the Hauppauge software but it works fine under XP and Vista.
     
    harikeo, Oct 29, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Choosing the media centre software is, I think you'll find, the most
    important
    issue. Do that, then search for problems with such software and any DTT
    cards you are considering. As they are all digital, they'll either work
    with the signal level available from your aerial or they won't. The
    'quality'
    of the picture will be identical - no card CAN be any better than any
    other in this respect. However, the sensitivity of the tuners does vary
    massively.
    I use Nebula DigiTV cards, but can't recommend them anymore as the
    company is still in a mess, it seems. As for software, I went for DVBviewer
    (after wasting a lot of time with MCE) and this works a treat (also controls
    a pci DVB-S2 (HD) satellite card.)

    HTH,
     
    Rob, Oct 29, 2008
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    harikeo Guest

    I looked at Black Gold but chose the Nova-T when an e-mail to BG went
    unanswered. So far I have no problems with the card under Vista.
     
    harikeo, Oct 29, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    * Synapse Syndrome:
    Have looked at the 3520. Like the idea of a UK product and good support is very attractive.

    However I want two twin tuners so the 3520s will be more than £50 more expensive than for example 2
    Compro E700s. Not impossible, but will have to a compelling reason to pay the extra, such as longer
    life. At the moment they say the 3530 will 'probably' be compatible with Freeview HD.

    Also the 3520 is out of stock at the moment.
     
    DerekBaker, Oct 30, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Most of the 'good stuff' for Hauppauge products is in the German forums,
    unfortunately. However, I've always managed to find what I needed,
    thanks to google translations. They make superb value cards, but I don't
    use their media software which is generally poor, IMO.
     
    Rob, Oct 30, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    * Rob:
    What's Hauppauge like for driver updates?
     
    DerekBaker, Oct 30, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    * Rob:
    I thought Nebula had gone bust, but I see their website's still up.
     
    DerekBaker, Oct 30, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Pretty good, with betas often being available on the .de forum before
    they are even mentioned on the Hauppauge UK site. Having said that,
    it is far from perfect, but new/fixed drivers do appear, unlike some
    other manus.
     
    Rob, Oct 30, 2008
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    Rob Guest

    Yeah, been like that for *many* months :( Doesn't look like a fixed
    version of their DigiTv HD software will ever now appear, which is
    a pity as it was a real pleasure to use (until it crashed.)
     
    Rob, Oct 30, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    * Synapse Syndrome:
    Disc space is pretty cheap.

    £10 ex vat; £17.50 with it; £35 on top of the £50 price premium to some other cards. For that I
    might manage with say a Hauppauge Nova-T-500, especially as Freeview HD is more than 4 years away
    here.
     
    DerekBaker, Oct 31, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    Not discontinued yet, but it might be.

    'Dear Sir,

    We are still experiencing difficulties with certain components required
    for the 3520.

    This product is therefore under review, if we are still unable to
    procure the outstanding components, a replacement will be introduced asap.

    But at this time until our review is complete, we are unable to give an
    accurate availability time.


    Kind regards,


    BlackGold Support'
     
    DerekBaker, Nov 1, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    Just out of interest, why'd you buy from GTA and not BlackGold?
     
    DerekBaker, Nov 3, 2008
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    DerekBaker Guest

    Thank to those who replied.

    Gone for a BlackGold BGT3540. Should arrive tomorrow.
     
    DerekBaker, Nov 4, 2008
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