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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 vs SiliconDust HDHomeRun?


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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:00 PM

Hi Anyone,

I was just going to purchase the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail from Newegg.com but then I came across this - SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface - Retail at Newegg.com also.

The HD HomeRun offers a network connection allowing you to access the TV signal from any PC.

I would just like to know if this compares to the Hauppauge. It seems advantageous and I would also like to know if it would work with AT&T's U-verse - to plug it into the U-verse router allowing it to be accessible from not only all my 2 PCs but also from all of my 2 TVs sense U-verse uses a Ethernet connection to run the signal to each TV.

Anyone?
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:59 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I've been looking at Hauppauge cards for the last week or so...you did the read the user comments on that 2d device you linked to, right?

I've had various tuner cards for about 10 years now (I think)...Pinnacle, ATI AIWs, Hauppauge...and I no longer consider ATI products.

Buying a tuner card ultimately comes down to...what tier do you want to embrace?

Example: I care less about HDTV capture capability or HD at all...I'm a person who finds that I can't get into the "Wow!" mentality that is designed to sell products to impressionable consumers. So I don't even both considering a card that emphasizes HD capture...unless it also features analog (TV) capture via cable. I capture from my cable service and this is what I need.

I've convinced myself that the HVR 1800 is what I need...but I see the 2250s being offered for just a few dollars more, $108, and that's probably the way that I will go.

The one thing that I will say about capture cards or video-editing software...research the product and company first. SiliconDust may be a technology leader of some sort...but I've never heard of them or their product until you posted. I don't think that's a good thing for anyone considering a purchase of anything ostensibly developed by them.

Another key item...always check the support site (drivers/FAQs, etc.) to see the lay of the land.

Lastly...do a Google search for said product and precede the search phrase with "problems with" and you eliminate the possibility of failing to know something that everyone else knew was a problem with a given product.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:05 PM

I like your advice hamluis, I think I'll have to go with it.

I can't find any reviews on HDHomeRun like there is with the Hauppauge so I'm going to have to go with the Hauppauge.

Only, where did you find it for $108.00 only?

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 11:11 AM

I use the bizrate website to check on relative prices for specific hardware items, http://www.bizrate.com/videoeditingcapture...0__sort--5.html.

I always consider whether shipping is free or not when making these comparisons.

http://www.buy.com/prod/hauppauge-wintv-hv.../208809706.html

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:55 PM

Just want to add that if you purchase from an unknown dealer, check them out first at:
http://www.resellerratings.com
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:18 PM

Thanks for the advice guys.

I went with Newegg.com. I got the 2250 with the remote. I think I paid $10.00 more than the best deal on bizrate.com but I went with a retailer that I am familiar with and have done business with.

I will have to remember to use the http://www.resellerratings.com the next time I'm shopping.

I'm looking for ward to playing with it and seeing how versatile it is for TV on PC purposes.

Edited by Johnz414, 08 October 2009 - 03:20 PM.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:22 PM

A wise move :thumbsup:.

www.buy.com is also a reliable vendor, I've done business with them before.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:45 PM

That's all I'm looking for, is reliability and $10.00 is $10.00.

I'll be looking at them next time I purchase. And their ratings on http://www.resellerratings.com ain't to bad either.

Edited by Johnz414, 08 October 2009 - 03:47 PM.

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