Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-usb2 Personal Video Recorder - 941

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As a user of Hauppauge's 350 series PCI cards, I was a bit skeptical if USB could give me equal performance and picture quality. It turns out I was wrong. This unit seems to have equal picture quality and features as the 350 series (It lacks the 350 series' hardware MPEG decoder and S-Video outputs). I suggest only using it with USB 2.0 ports, however, to maximize picture quality. My only complaint is one that will probably be familiar to other Hauppauge users. Driver installation was a little tricky, but definitely easier than with the PCI cards. At one point I had to "clear out" the drivers and reinstall, as my computer insisted it was a different device than what it was. But it's certainly NOT a deal breaker or anything like that. Still, no real problems to speak of. And the new style remote is definitely nicer than the little ones that used to come with similar Hauppauge products. I think I would choose this over the PCI version simply because I would not have to open the case to install it. Otherwise the encoding/recording software offers the same options as its PCI version. All in all, a great product.

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I love my Hauppauge PVR USB2!!! It has worked flawlessly for almost a year now and I have recommended it to many friends for their own PVR (tivo-like) systems. Plus, it doubles as a capture card for excellent quality video conferencing. The software and drivers work with everything I have tried them on and I see there is more support from other companies all the time. Best for a technology with so many possibilities.

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Great TV Tuner and Digitizer

by Steve Savage on 4/25/2005

As a user of Hauppauge's 350 series PCI cards, I was a bit skeptical if USB could give me equal performance and picture quality. It turns out I was wrong. This unit seems to have equal picture quality and features as the 350 series (It lacks the 350 series' hardware MPEG decoder and S-Video outputs). I suggest only using it with USB 2.0 ports, however, to maximize picture quality. My only complaint is one that will probably be familiar to other Hauppauge users. Driver installation was a little tricky, but definitely easier than with the PCI cards. At one point I had to "clear out" the drivers and reinstall, as my computer insisted it was a different device than what it was. But it's certainly NOT a deal breaker or anything like that. Still, no real problems to speak of. And the new style remote is definitely nicer than the little ones that used to come with similar Hauppauge products. I think I would choose this over the PCI version simply because I would not have to open the case to install it. Otherwise the encoding/recording software offers the same options as its PCI version. All in all, a great product.

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this device rocks

by Andrew Wadsworth on 9/23/2005

I love my Hauppauge PVR USB2!!! It has worked flawlessly for almost a year now and I have recommended it to many friends for their own PVR (tivo-like) systems. Plus, it doubles as a capture card for excellent quality video conferencing. The software and drivers work with everything I have tried them on and I see there is more support from other companies all the time. Best for a technology with so many possibilities.

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Product Overview

Watch and record your TV shows with instant replay and program pause. Burn your favorite TV shows onto CD-ROM and play them on your home DVD player. Includes hi-performance hardware MPEG2 encoder and MPEG editor. External USB Plug-and-Play device for easy installation on PC's and Laptop's.

The WinTV-PVR-usb brings live TV to your PC screen. With WinTV-PVR-usb's 125-channel cable ready TV receiver, you can watch TV in a resizeable window or full screen. Or listen to FM radio with our built-in stereo FM receiver. And with WinTV-PVR-usb, there is no need to open your PC. Just plug it into a USB port, so installation is a snap!

But thats not all!!

WinTV-PVR-usb puts TV watching under your control! Watch what you want, when you want! With WinTV-PVR-usb you can pause TV when you want, create your own instant replay and even burn your TV shows onto CD-ROM!

Specifications

Manufacturer Hauppauge
Mfg Part# 941
SKU 10352323
UPC 785428009414
UPC 14 00785428009414
Features
Host Interface USB
Audio Line In Yes
Product Type TV/Video Input Device
Manufacturer Part Number 941
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works
Product Model PVR-USB2
Product Name WinTV-PVR-usb2 Personal Video Recorder
Product Line WinTV
Brand Name Hauppauge
Package Contents 125 channel cable ready TV tunerComposite and s-video inputs to connect to VCR or camcordersHigh quality MPEG2 video and audio encoderdbx-TV stereo decoderFM stereo radio receiverUSB plug and play installation for laptops and PCs
Functions FM Tuning / TV Tuning / Video Capturing
Video Formats MPEG-1 / MPEG-2
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports mini-DIN Video In / RCA Video In / Mini-phone Audio In
Product Type TV/Video Input Device
Manufacturer Part Number 941
Manufacturer Website Address www.hauppauge.com
Manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works
Product Name WinTV-PVR-usb2 Personal Video Recorder
Product Line WinTV
Brand Name Hauppauge
Additional Information MPEG file tested compatible with: MediaStudio 6.0, ULead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 With WinTV-PVR-usb you can: Watch TV in a resizeable window on your PC screen, or watch TV full screen! Record your TV shows to disk using MPEG compression WinTV-Scheduler allows you to schedule your TV recordings Pause and instantly replay your TV shows, with 2X and 8x digital fast forward and rewind Capture high quality still video images from live or recorded TV Create MPEG movies and use them in many popular video editors (our own "cuts only" editor is included)
Package Contents 125 channel cable ready TV tuner Composite and s-video inputs to connect to VCR or camcorders High quality MPEG2 video and audio encoder dbx-TV stereo decoder FM stereo radio receiver USB plug and play installation for laptops and PCs
System Requirements Processor requirements: Pentium II processor 500MHz or faster for TV watching, recording and pause Windows XP, 98SE (Second Edition), Windows Millennium Edition, Windows2000 Free USB port (or USB hub) Sound card CD-RW writer for burning Video CD's (optional) VGA card (PCI or AGP) which supports video overlay (NVidia, S3, ATI, etc.)
Host Interface USB
Functions FM Tuning / TV Tuning / Video Capturing
Video Formats MPEG-1 / MPEG-2
Video Features MPEG capture specifications: MPEG2 capture rates: 2MBit/sec, 4MBit/sec, 6Mbit/sec at full D1, plus S-VCD (standard play, long play, extra long play) MPEG1 capture at 1150 Kbits/sec (Video CD data rate) Audio sampling: 44.1 KHz Chroma sampling: YUV 4:2:0 Video file format: .MPG
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