I think the massive changes to the card have something to do with the visual quality of the HTPC as a comparative device. I would like to do more.. and will soon. As for the Zoltrix cards, they are $135 each, delivery paid. I use the same card. I have never had any video noise of any kind...except the same amount of noise I get on skipping through channels amd having at least 2 computers on the same Cable TV line, one Server (cable modem) and the HTPC in use. The lower channels are useless. I have NEVER had ANY noise of any kind on any video/composite/s-video source, ever. (please do not read this as me promising/guaranteeing that you will not suffer at all with my card)
Now.. I have only the input device's inherent noise floor... and whatever is left over from the connecting video cable's quality as a factor in such.
Sorry about the lack of reply.. as I said in the e-mail, I have worked hard at removing the western fascination with linear time-sense from my daily diet.. is one of the greatest impediments to ingenuity and creativity that the west has ever produced, so.. it has to go. So, I dump it.Lateral shifting=triangulation=depth of vision=understanding. So I shift....whotta ride.. whotta rush.
Any way.. tangents are the reason and the fun part. Back to the subject at hand.(I think, therefore I coulda hada V8?) The video card. I made one that meets my minimum standards, for video input. (pardon me, my dog wants the icecube from my drink.. 'are you using that?' she queries..) I make it available to you folks on the forum. So far, no-one has complained, so...according to standard North American consumer behavior.. I am forced to conclude that those who have received it, like it. Zero failure and complaint rate.(so far.. knock on skull) Some well known persons on the forum have it... and they are NOT in any any way UN-familiar with the best that video has to offer. They seem to like it, as the best they can obtain for getting NTSC into a HTPC system. Still the best, after a year.
I stated this one before . You will NEVER.. EVER see a company that produces this kind of stuff go after quality at a reasonable price. It is not realistically obtainable. They would instantly remove themselves from the mainstream pricing arena, and kill themselves as a viable company in the regular market. Select items have select prices. At this time, due to the limited market, and market size, my modified input card is still all that is available. Alan would love to sell it, but the FCC approval of it is something that I am not prepared to go after. What I concluded was that the moment I did such... Zoltrix would discontinue the card, and I would be stuck with no product, and huge demand. I decided to forgo the situation that had no safe alternative and outcome. A year later (almost) the card is still available, and the market is still there. This is NOT a commercial forum, and I am glad it is not. For instance.. markR's recent comments on the TAW are starying to get a bit HARD.. ( I have decided to go back and edit this post and aplologize to mark to a certian degree. I could simply remove the comment, but it was made, and so, it stands.)
I agree with the forum rules. Every now and then, they get a bit violated, but that's OK. Democracy has it's faults, but it's better than the alternatives.
So, in that spirit, I am responding to the questions in this thread..but trying to keep it simple, and un-obtrusive.. which is what I ask of all others. Another example of this sort of behavior that is beyond reproach -for instance- is Don Stewart, of Stewart Filmscreen. Man, there's a class act. Such a 'model of behavior' from a 'commercial entity'... well, Don should be commended for his activities and stance.
Anyway.. I have about 5 more cards to go, and then the price will have to go up to $140. My supply of the cheap extra part on the board is nearly gone. The extra part I have added on recently, that I feel is DEFINITELY worth adding on for the increase in quality.. I will have to buy more of them ,and they cost ME $15 each. I am only going to be increasing the price of the card by a total of $10, so, it ain't that bad. ( it is interesting to note that a large number of the Capture card buyers are in the PC and computer industry...) WM (CRT calibrationist of the highest order--he knows effluent from shoe polish), and Jim Taylor (recently head of JVC tech sales--projection..DILA) where satisfied buyers of the card as well. There.. some actual name dropping.
[This message has been edited by KBK (edited 06-10-2001).]