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Adaptec DUAL TV TUNER PVR 3610 KIT ( 2144600 )
List Price: $227.75

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Product Description

Package Contents: AVC-3610 unit; USB, S-video, RF coaxial, composite Audio Video cable, IR blaster, FM radio antenna cables; cable splitter; power adapter; remote control with batteries; vertical stand; user's guide and device driver CD

The Adaptec Dual TV Tuner for Windows XP MCE 2005 offers the ultimate in digital entertainment. The USB 2.0 Dual TV Tuner, FM Radio, and integrated IR remote control lets you watch one TV show while recording another, or record two TV shows while watching a pre-recorded show simultaneously. Listen to, pause, and replay FM radio broadcasts, or even record two shows and watch another pre-recorded video. Enjoy DVD-quality video on your desktop PC or notebook. It also has easy connectivity through a single USB 2.0 cable. The integrated remote control lets you control your entire digital experience, even your cable satellite box or other TV source, without extra boxes or cables, or leaving your chair. Record programs in stereo audio and DVD-quality video Transfers data using a high-speed USB 2.0 bus port Video Capture Format - MPEG-2 Video Resolution - Up to 720 x 480 Media inputs - 1 FM radio, 2 75 Ohm coaxial TV cable, 2 stereo audio (left/right RCA), 2 composite RCA video and 2 S-video (4-pin DIN) USB 2.0 PC interface Form Factor(LxWxH) - 1.5 x 6.0 x 8.13 Power Supply - 5V/2.5A external power supply System Requirements - Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon, 256MB of RAM, 60MB hard disk space, 64MB DDR frame buffer, USB 2.0 bus port, 4X AGP or PCI-Express graphic interface, CD-R/W or DVD-R/W drive, DirectX 9 hardware acceleration Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Features:
  • View one program while recording another or record two programs at the same time
  • Connect digital cable and satellite receivers through dual S-Video/Composite Inputs
  • Schedule recordings ahead of time
  • Control your set top box and satellite receivers with one remote control
  • Listen to, pause, replay live FM radio broadcasts with timeshifting

Customer Reviews:

  • Adaptec TV Tuner
    Sorry to say, the tuner never worked with XP Media Center 2005. I am returning the item for credit. I gave it one star since I couldn't select anything less - I would rate this item as minus five stars....more info
  • Excellent dual tuner with slight downsides
    This dual usb tuner was everything I expected, but then again im a software developer so I'm more knowledgeable than most. The tuner does everything it says, and that you expect, provided that you use MCE, either XP or Vista.

    However this tuner does not support digital channels so if you want to pick up anything more than your standard channel lineup, you will need a set-top box, however if that set-top box is not a dual-tuner, then you will lose the dual-tuner capability with the Adaptec usb dual tuner.

    I can't say much with the FM Radio in Vista because there aren't many stations where I live [in the country]. The radio does work though.

    There is also no way to change inputs even though it has multiple inputs, 2 composite/s-video inputs, 2 coaxial, and 1 fm. I havn't found a simply way yet to possibly use the tuner and be able to change inputs at will. Perhaps the tv software with Nero 9 will be of help.

    Be sure to read the documention very carefully as it will be very helpful at better understanding the different hookup options for the dual tuner....more info
  • Fantastic
    This is the coolest thing in the world if you are never home. I have this hooked up thru regular coax cable devided into this unit so I can record two shows at the same time. This is the second one I have purchased I thought the first one was bad but it was my computer so after 4 years the first one still is working fine. Vista has a problem sometimes with this but I did the sp1 and now it is working again....more info
  • Home made DVR
    I split my cable to the TV and had this working within 10 Minutes.
    Record two shows a once while watching a previously recorded show.
    My next step is to see if it can control a Digital to Analog Converter box. If anyone has already done this, please post....more info
  • Perfect for cable connected MCE (XP/VISTA)
    I have built many and have been using Home Theater PC's (HTPC) since 2002 and currently have 7 HTPC capable deployed throughout my house. I prefer dual tuners over single tuners and I've used many different types of TV tuners to include brands from Hauppauge, Adaptec, Aver Media, Nvidia, EVGA, ATI, etc... they all have their positive and negatives but I've pretty much given up on all products except for Hauppauge and Adaptec.
    I have just recently retired 2 Hauppauge dual tuners for the moment. While Hauppauge is perfect for 32-bit Vista and XP, I recently upgraded to 64-bit Vista and the card recognition by MCE as well as recordings are very buggy. Also, my Hauppauge tuners seems to be picky as to the type of hardware combinations used in the HTPC build; finally they are tall as well as long boards and a small system cannot be built around it.

    Although Adaptec is considered legacy equipment, I've fallen back in love with these dual tuners and plan to buy several more before they become extinct to purchase.

    At first I didn't want to have anything external to my PC; I technically still don't. That's the main reasons why these tuners didn't grow on me at first. After a couple of years, of having several computers blow up on me due to heat issues or raising the noise Db level in the room due to additional case fans... I rediscovered the worth of these tuners. These tuners are actually my longest lasting tuners and I have never had a problem with heat or noise issues.

    PRO's:
    1. Currently less than 2/3 the price of what I originally paid for when they first came out.
    2. Dual tuners allows multi-task capabilities:
    a. Records using provided hardware, doesn't drain or slow down computer resources.
    b. Able to flip through channels and watch tv while recording another channel.
    c. Able to record 2 channels and watch recorded shows.
    3. No degradation in recording based on settings. While the quality of BEST is fantastic, I set my recording to Good to save on disk space; still excellent recording quality.
    4. I've strapped 2 Adaptec's using MCE Extender to one of my HTPC's and able to record 4 channels at once; never had an issue.
    5. Comes with more cables than you will ever need.
    6. MCE remote and stand included.
    7. Automatically recognized by Vista 32 and 64-bit versions.
    8. Decent FM Tuner
    9. Can control converter/cable/satelite boxes.
    10. Unlike internal cards, does not add heat or elevate temperature within PC.
    11. Two tuners takes up one USB slot.


    CONS:
    1. External - but low footprint.
    2. Requires line of site with remote so tuners cannot be hidden.
    3. Although haven't tried anything else like MediaPortal, documentation states for MCE use only; which I prefer anyways so not really a con.
    4. Not automatically recognized by XP; however, software is easily obtainable online or with provided disk.

    My two cents worth: As far as HD or digital TV is concerned, AINOKEA!

    I'm hooked up directly from cable (No converter box), to the Adaptec dual tuner, to the PC, and then to my LCD; I'm more than happy with the recording quality; approximately 1.7 - 2.4GB's per hour versus more than 5Gb's per Hour for HD.

    Hawaii has already switched to HD or Digital OTA transmissions and they've stated in the mean time we don't have to do anything if we are connected to basic cable. Yes, eventually basic cable will transition to all digital... but I don't see it happening anytime soon... maybe wishful thinking.

    Well, if you are geekier than I am and want to invest alot of money towards recording HD content, you may as well also invest in a lot more disk space as well. Don't get me wrong, I have a couple of hybrid cards stashed away that is capable of recieving digital signals, but today, tomorrow, next week, next month... I won't need them.

    If you decide to go the economical way to build a dedicated HTPC then I whole heartedly recommend the Adaptec Dual TV tuner? I think $60.00 is good investment for today's current cable situation; it's definitely a good start to build your own experience without spending too much money.

    In addition to tv tuners, other experiences has taught me to use a 500 - 750GB Hard drive (currently under $80) while setting the system to record in Good or Better quality. Don't forget to download a really good freeware TV commercial cutter but stay away from those software that converts it to a different file format because the naming convention is terrible and doesn't retain any of the TV shows underlying metadata.

    I'm still looking for the perfect HTPC case. Stay far far away from built in monitor cases; especially MonCaso... ugh! So expensive and disappointing in the end; stick to something functional; the aesthetics will wear off sooner than you know. Once you upgrade to blu-ray, these types of cases become nightmares.

    Hope this helps you Novice HTPC builders and I apologize for the rambling.

    - ME...more info
  • Excellent dual tuner with slight downsides
    This dual usb tuner was everything I expected, but then again im a software developer so I'm more knowledgeable than most. The tuner does everything it says, and that you expect, provided that you use MCE, either XP or Vista.

    However this tuner does not support digital channels so if you want to pick up anything more than your standard channel lineup, you will need a set-top box, however if that set-top box is not a dual-tuner, then you will lose the dual-tuner capability with the Adaptec usb dual tuner.

    I can't say much with the FM Radio in Vista because there aren't many stations where I live [in the country]. The radio does work though.

    There is also no way to change inputs even though it has multiple inputs, 2 composite/s-video inputs, 2 coaxial, and 1 fm. I havn't found a simply way yet to possibly use the tuner and be able to change inputs at will. Perhaps the tv software with Nero 9 will be of help.

    Be sure to read the documention very carefully as it will be very helpful at better understanding the different hookup options for the dual tuner....more info
  • pretty good dual tuner
    I was replacing an identical unit that I fried by using the wrong ac/dc adapter. Replacement works fine, like the other one. Price was 75% off the original price. Service and delivery were perfect.

    Many problems with Windows Media Center but not with the tuner.

    Works fine with my Comcast analog cable.
    ...more info