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irtehleet March 29, 2012 09:56 PM

Anyway to up the quality on my new TV tuner card?
The quality (audio + video) are terrible on my new Hauppauge WinTV-HVR1600. I'm connecting the output from my Bell ExpressVu satellite (not digital) composite into the card and the results are pretty nasty.

I've tried the software they included and Windows Media Center with no good results. The quality is probably 1/10th of the quality I see on my actual TV with the exact same output. There is intermittent crackling affecting all channels.

Is it just because I purchased a cheap tv tuner and it needs replacement to be a better quality?

Mook06 March 29, 2012 11:29 PM

ive used about 3 different tuners, they all have bad quality (mostly svideo/composite/coax)

i think the solution is to go for something that can capture hdmi

black magic intensity or something along those lines

irtehleet March 30, 2012 12:05 AM

I may try to grab a ground loop isolator as I believe thats my issue.

Mook06 March 30, 2012 01:49 AM


get 2 baluns (matching transformer) for the coax, they are <10bucks each, wire them together so you have coax on each end, this will isolate the coax ground loop

i use one myself its works a treat

chrisk March 30, 2012 03:51 AM

I have used this for the same tuner, actually:
The Source - Next Four-Way Professional Broadband Signal Amplifier customer reviews - product reviews - read top consumer ratings

Put the amplifier as close to the signal source as possible (ie. the main cable line inside your house). Won't help much if you put it next to the PC, where the signal might already be quite weak. Does not block Hi-def and such either.

If it does not work well for you, the Source will take it back no problems.

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