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Review of Network TV-tuner AVerMedia HomeFree Combo

Computer technologies develop at lightning speed. Average customers manage to master all intricacies of new gadgets much slower than to keep pace with innovative technologies, since numerous companies introduce their products practically every day. The development of wired and wireless networks is considered to be a foreground direction in the computer technologies market, so the products which serve the platform for those developments appear on regular basis. Network connection, which enables the TV signal receipt by means of PC employment, is implemented via dedicated TV-tuners. AVerMedia company offers a totally new broadcasting solution in the form of free-running network TV-tuner HomeFree Combo which supports as digital so analog broadcasting of DVB-T standard.

Framework and Delivery Set

TV-tuner HomeFree Combo casing is made of dead plastic. The casing clipboard is equipped with light-emitting diode activity indicators, infrared sensor, and indicators signalizing about the operation in analog or digital mode. The backboard contains Ethernet socket, mechanic switch, power socket, infrared-blaster connector, composite socket, and IEC antenna input.

Digital HF-block NXP TDA18219HN and COFDM is called to support DVB-T broadcasting, while HF-block TDA18272/M is called to ensure the receipt of analog signal. TV-tuner works on the basis of NEC D61253F1 processor which secures the efficiency of decoding and conversion activities. The processor is equipped with a dedicated MPEG2-encoder. In its turn, the network operation is realized by means of dedicated Ubicom IP7150 processor.

The nominal delivery set counts up to a dozen of components and accessories which provide for the tuner’s efficiency and good performance. Thus, the set contains the tuner casing itself, user manual with the detailed instructions on utilization, disk with software, power supply unit, Ethernet cable, 3 RCA cable used to connect the tuner with the external sources, collapsible TV/FM antenna, and adapter connectors to connect the device with the external sources.

Specifications and Supported Options

The possibility of open-ended connection with any sources at high and low frequencies is viewed as one of the distinctive features of TV-tuner HomeFree Combo. Such option facilitates the commutation and delivers users from the necessity to utilize signal measure box. Tuner capabilities ascribed to the work with TV signal are not limited by the only option and count a multitude of other specifications among which are:
— accelerated search, switching, filtering of channels, as well as channel groups creation;
— setup of parameters for each channel individually, setup of video modes and remote control buttons;
— noiseless channel recording and video capturing;
— free-running work with the digital and analog signal for different network users;
— wired and wireless broadcasting with the resolution to Full HD.

TV-tuner HomeFree Combo is able to support:
— recording in MPEG2/4 format;
— video modes 4:3 and 16:9;
— analog standards with sound decoding;
— EPG program;
— digital broadcasting in DVB-T format;
— HDTV format in digital mode;
— Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7.

Image and Sound Quality

Image and sound performance of this TV-tuner is rather efficient on usual employment. High image quality is achieved through the operation of high-end video processor and MPEG2 stream parameters which make the compression nearly perceptible. Sound quality doesn’t arouse any negative impressions or complaints.

HomeFree Combo Setup

All HomeFree Combo settings are implemented due to the house AVerTV program and do not require the additional software. HomeFreeQuick program ensures the access to the settings; this program includes a range of sections which enable the appropriate interface, connection and performance setup. For example: ‘On-screen menu’ section is designated for the setup of color gamut and length of the main menu display; ‘Bar overview’ section is responsible for the general interface settings; ‘Other’ section completes the setup of power-saving mode and swerving of applications into the system tray.
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  • 30 May 2012, 21:23
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