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Zino HD versus Tivo HD

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Thread Starter 
Hello.

I want to add a DVR to my HT set-up and trying to decide between setting-up a Zino HD (DC 1.5 w/ upgraded video) or buying a Tivo HD.

I have basic cable and receive the local cable channels in HD via a QAM tuner. Where I live an antenna is not an option. The Zino w/ a QAM tuner can be 'mapped' to the right channels in WMC. The Tivo would require a cable card for proper mapping. All things being equal, I would perfer the Zino to avoid the monthly CableCard and Tivo subscription fees.

What I'm concerned about though is the video quality of the Zino versus Tivo. I have a Pioneer 4270HD display that I am very happy with the picture quality of for HD channels using the built-in tuner and video processing. Will the Zino or Tivo best match the quality of my current set-up.

Thanks for the input.

Pat
post #2 of 4
The picture quality should be the same as both devices simply record the digital stream directly to the hard drive. If all you want to record is the local channels then the Zino HD would be the better choice. I would highly recommend getting the 4330 video upgrade as well as the 6850e dual core processor. Win 7 Home Premium is only $30 more so I'd get that as well. Unless you have a need for wireless or any of the other available options, the upgrades I mentioned should be all you need to have a nice little HTPC. Don't waste your money on additional RAM either as it is not needed for HTPC functionality.

You might want to consider getting the new cablecard version of the HDHomeRun for use with the Zino HD when the tuner becomes available. This would allow you to record all channels from your provider in addition to just the basic channels. The Zino HD would require an external USB tuner or an HDHomeRun as it has no internal space for expansion.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. Yes, all that I'm interested in recording are local HD channels.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't the video quality be determined by the video decoder hardware/software? If so, is the hardware/software available for the Zino HD has good or better than what is used in the Tivo HD?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by helmanps View Post

Thanks for the info. Yes, all that I'm interested in recording are local HD channels.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't the video quality be determined by the video decoder hardware/software? If so, is the hardware/software available for the Zino HD has good or better than what is used in the Tivo HD?

Thanks!

The quality will be the same. They will both capture (essentially) the MPEG-2 stream from your cable. Tivo will put it in a .Tivo file and 7MC will put it in a .WTV file. It's really semantics...at the end of the day they contain the same information. Playback of the file should be the only variable. The Zino HD should be as up to the task as the Tivo. Given the option, I would go with the Zino. I love my S3 TiVo, but I hate that stinking monthly payment.
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