Originally Posted by Super Eye Kelson thanks for the Hauppauge HD PVR model 1212 link. Looks very promising, what do you think ClearToLand?
When I initially researched the Hauppauge 1212, I was never very impressed - especially with what you get for the price.
I have 4 PCI Tuner cards (all ~$50 each IIRC
- 1 ATI All-in-Wonder 128 NTSC-only bought 'On Sale' - works fine.
- 2 Hauppague WinTV PVR-150 NTSC-only bought 'On Clearance' when the ATSC changeover (2009) either already happened or was happening soon - never used.
- 1 Hauppague WinTV HVR-1600 ATSC/NTSC bought 'On Sale' (which I could never get to work under Win2K Pro - it needed XP and I don't have it, yet...).
Before my unfortunate health problems, I was truly intending to build a HTPC. I already had a DVArchive Server (aka repository) for my ReplayTV recordings. With its built-in Task Scheduler, I would automatically MOVE shows off my ReplayTVs onto the server after 13 days (had the ReplayTVs set up to record 3 episodes of every Prime Time CBS, NBC, ABC show). You could also watch any show on the DVArchive 600GB Server from any ReplayTV.
I have a stockpile of CECBs, so I can still use my FLEET of NTSC-only tuners when a get a 'Round Tuit' and build one of those 'Coat Hanger' 4-Bay UHF antennas. I totally love following Kelson's
I bought a Seagate FAT+ (for its YouTube capability) and 2 Patriot PBOs (for their 'Third-Party' software and BT capability) @ 'Half Price' from Newegg and, although Kelson
has moved on the WDTV, my needs aren't as complex so I'm happy.
research, I *REALLY* like the new SiliconDust 2-Tuner box that he recently purchased. IMO, for less than the price of a 1212, you could get the SiliconDust (to record TWO HDTV shows to your PC) *AND* a Media Streamer (to playback the HDTV shows from your PC). If you remember the old 'Call For Help' shows, Patrick Norton and some of the old crew have weekly YouTube shows and there's a review of the 1212 back in their archives. Since I don't have a PC powerful enough to play YouTube videos, I create Playlists and watch them via the FAT+ on the new Panasonic TC-L32C3 in the living room.
After a quick glance at the specs @ Newegg, the ONE benefit I see for the 1212 is the 'Component Inputs' - thus, you can record HD 'Scrambed QAM' from your Cable / Satellite STBs onto your PC and burn Blu-Rays from there, if that's your goal. If you're just going to feed your Mag HDD DVDRs, the converter that jjeff
uses (Monoprice: Component-to-S-Video IIRC) will retain 16x9 Anamorphic through S-Video at a slight reduction in quality, IIRC.
If I were tempted to spend ~$200 on a 1212 (ONE tuner, AFAICT), I rather spend ~$300 (or a little more, IIRC) on a Ceton 4-tuner (or is there a 6-tuner out now?) with a CableCard slot.
On YouTube, SEARCH:
- Revision 3 - HD Nation
- Revision 3 - SYSTM
for the 1212 review.
It will be interesting to see what you decide upon.