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kev13dd
01-06-07, 06:18 PM
So my roommate at college abandoned me over winter break without even mentioning the fact he was leaving. I'll miss my good chum, but I'll miss his TV, microwave, and mini-fridge more. And being TV-less is going to kill me

SO

What's the cheapest solution to watch TV on my tiny 19 inch LCD? I'd prefer a solution that let me play Xbox (non 360) on the monitor too... would it be smarter to just buy a cheapo 30 inch old television? Keep in mind I lack a car on campus so shipping would be a required part of the cost... I would love to get a LCD TV, even if it's only 26 inches or what not. But the only reason I'd want HD-TV would be if I bought an Xbox 360... and shelling out for both a LCD TV and a X360 isn't very... cheap

Any ideas?

K

Starscream
01-06-07, 06:45 PM
Just buy a TV Tuner.

Hauppage makes the best ones.

kev13dd
01-07-07, 04:45 PM
TV tuners (at least the good ones) are usually up above 50 dollars, which once you hit that mark, you're hitting on half the price of a new TV...

I have an amazon 20 dollar gift card, so the two I'm looking at right now are:

http://www.amazon.com/Hauppauge-WinTV-GO-PCI-Tuner-Card/dp/B000LZC6LK/sr=1-3/qid=1168205678/ref=sr_1_3/105-7565888-8364468?ie=UTF8&s=pc

and

http://www.amazon.com/Terminator-Tuner-Stereo-Remote-Color/dp/B0007LBOKC/sr=1-1/qid=1168205678/ref=sr_1_1/105-7565888-8364468?ie=UTF8&s=pc

I know you said Hauppage makes the best ones, but the few Hauppage things I have had well... stunk... and one of them was a usb TV tuner. Since they are both around the same price it doesn't make a difference to me which one I get, I'd just rather get the one that will give me the best image quality on my tiny monitor

K

Q
01-07-07, 04:57 PM
Hauppage is second best since ATI released the Theater 550 and 650 Pro chipsets. I own two PCI-E based on the Theater 550 and they make for one hell of a Tivo unit with Windows MCE.

You can find them for around $50 from time to time.

CaptNKILL
01-08-07, 07:53 AM
My brother has a PCI-E tuner with a theater 550 chip on it. Its pretty good, but I was kind of hoping for more out of a $100 tuner.

It boggles my mind that they can make DVR and DVD recorders (not to mention VCRs and televisions) that get perfect pictures and perfect framerates but PC tv tuner cards are overall pretty mediocre.

nekrosoft13
01-08-07, 08:01 AM
i never seen a good tv tuner, and i used/tried at least 8 different ones

superklye
01-08-07, 09:29 AM
My brother has a PCI-E tuner with a theater 550 chip on it. Its pretty good, but I was kind of hoping for more out of a $100 tuner.

It boggles my mind that they can make DVR and DVD recorders (not to mention VCRs and televisions) that get perfect pictures and perfect framerates but PC tv tuner cards are overall pretty mediocre.
Yeah, that still makes me scratch my head. I don't get why there's such a disconnect, especially when the hardware powering our computers is likely much more powerful than anything in a DVR/DVD player. :-\ :o

BrianG
01-08-07, 09:58 AM
i never seen a good tv tuner, and i used/tried at least 8 different ones
Agreed. I get much better picture quality from the Sling Box. (And no BSODs, either.)