Ever thought of using your PC as a Home Theater device? Anandtech have some advice along with several of the more interesting TV Tuners, and they have put them through their paces and gives you their insights.
Overall, none of the cards reviewed today are perfect. There are three options covered here: great analog with no digital; great digital with no analog recording unless you have a dual-core system; or decent analog and great digital with a slightly less friendly user interface. What we really want now is to have ATI, PowerColor, or someone else equal the analog quality of the Theater 550 and add in DTV support – and personally the QAM support is required, as OTA just doesn’t work for my needs. Even though dealing with the numerous sub-channels on digital cable can be irritating, it’s better than not to have the ability to receive those channels at all.
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