Hauppauge Win-TV tuner cards - features - single versus dual tuners

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I’m building a PC as a high-end media center.  Could someone summarize the differences and advantages of the various Hauppauge TV tuner cards,
the WinTV-PVR-350 versus the 250, 250MCE, and 150?  Are there any opinions as to whether or not the increased cost of the 350 over the 250
or 150 seems justified?      

My understanding is that dual tuner cards allow one to watch TV on one TV channel while recording another.  Is this true?  
Are any of these cards dual channel cards?

Hauppauge seems to set the standard for TV cards.   Are any other companies as well regarded and/or give one more bang for the buck?  
I will be selling this PC.  Being on the safe side, should I stick with Hauppauge or should I consider other company’s cards?

Question by:alanlsilverman
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    I have the Hauppauge PVR-250, and I really like it.  It works with software (SageTV or SnapStream) to schedule TV recording, just like a Tivo, but with all the flexibility of upgrading that a PC gives you.  The card has a hardware mpeg2 compressor so it does not tie up your cpu while it is working, and you can adjust the quality of the capture to space versus quality.

    The PVR-350 adds an FM tuner.

    The 250MCE is just a PVR-250 for Media Center, but it adds support for FM:

    The PVR-150 seems to have the same features as the 250, except it costs less?  (this card was not available when I bought the 250).  I don't know if the quality is the same, because both cards are still being soldat different prices.

    None of these are dual tuners - the 500 is the dual tuner model.

    If you are willing to forgo the integration and hardware compression, the Flyvideo2000 is a decent TV tuner card that works with DScaler and other free software that supports the Bt848 chipset.  This is for those who like to tinker and go for the least expensive solution.

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