Originally Posted by ProAm500
been tracking this thread since day 1, but is it confirmed that Hauppuage has made revisions to the HD-PVR? and do they truly perform better than the "1st gen" ones? Just wondering if its safe to pull the trigger on one now...
I would say yes, provided that you understand what this unit does. As long as you'll find use of its ability to output a h264 TS file to your PC, I'd say go for it. I have found that the following to be true:
- Captures HD/SD feeds from a component output (cable/sat box, blu-ray, etc.)
- Allows you to burn these TS files to a DVD (dependent on file size) that *can* be viewed on a recent SD DVD player (woo-hoo!). Will definitely play on a PS3.
- You should be able to burn the TS files to a Blu-Ray burner as well. I don't have one so I can only assume that it works.
- Members are able to stream these TS files via a media server to a PS3. I assume you could do the same with a XBox 360.
- It is NOT a real PVR/DVR. It is only capable of passing through signals to wherever they're intended to go.
- Digital Optical (SPDIF) 2.0 channel audio works with the C2 revision (recent). The company promises 5.1 audio later via an upgrade.
- FYI -> There are no real usable (e.g. "easy") software applications that will allow you to cut/edit these TS files without losing hair in the process. The provided software is decent, but there are a number of issues which I'm sure you've already read about.
If you're read this thread from the beginning (or at least from when people started to receive their units), then you must have an idea of what the HD-PVR can and cannot do.
I'm happy with my purchase, but there's a learning curve involved. Without this AVS thread, I would have lost my mind however. The people here are excellent and I can't thank them enough.