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Topic # 68063 14-Sep-2010 13:04 Send private message

Well, finally yesterday the wait was over and my new tuner arrived

Sorry, didn't take photos, was too eager to fit and test!

Installation was a breeze, just had to remember to plug in the power connector to supply power to the LNB (big warning in installation instructions to connect this)

All components and exposed caps etc are all gold - gives the impression of quality.

Fired the HTPC back up and had to manualy install the drivers for each "multimedia controller" found in device manager - no self installing utility unfortunately.

A quick reboot (possibly not needed, but force of habit) and run the tuner setup in MC again to configure the additional tuners.

Voila - All done.

Picture quality initially didn't seem quite as sharp as it did with the Hauppauge unit (using SAT - no DVBT yet). It seemed to get better after about 20 mins use, tho still a bit softer. Eyes are used to it now so I can't notice it anymore.
Channel changing is quicker
Mobo chipsets run cooler - possibly as LNB power supplied by PSU than PCI slot
CPU usage when recording 2 channels and playing back previosly recorded tv is lower - 7-9% instead of 18-22%

First impressions - all good.

WIN7 HOME x64 HTPC -  E6420 2.13Ghz -  4Gb 800MHZ PATRIOT RAM - ASUS HD5670 1GB

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  Reply # 379684 14-Sep-2010 14:24 Send private message

Yeah, the BlackGold cards are good cards. I have one of the older BGT3540's and it's a great card too. I gree that they also seem to be more responsive than the HVR-3000 in terms of changing channels.

Sorry to be a pedant, but picture quality has nothing to do with the tuner card as DVB-S is a digital signal; you either get a picture or you don't. Think of it in the same way as changing your ADSL or cable modem doesn't make Geekzone look any sharper or duller than it did previously. However, it may well offer you more reliable reception than your previous card, resulting in less choppy sound, picture freezes and "green blocks".

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