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AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max MTVHBVMXR USB 2.0 Interface

  • SnugTV Compatible
  • FM Radio Support
  • Win7 Compatible
  • NTSC/ATSC/ClearQAM
  • FM Radio
  • Antenna included
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Get TV on your notebook with AVerMedia's Hybrid Volar Max. This USB 2.0 interface tuner has support for ATSC over the air and Clear QAM cable digital TV signals. HDTV up to 720p/1080i is supported. There is also an FM Stereo tuner and a Vista Sidebar Gadget to control it.

The kit comes with everything you need, including the antenna, and A/V cables. A travel bag lets you keep it all together. Never miss your favorite show just because you are on the road again.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV and FM Radio on Your Computer The AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV, unencrypted digital ClearQAM cable TV, digital ATSC (up to 1080i/720p) and FM radio broadcasts, complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg H.264 Recording Compression Technology The AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max records TV shows directly into H.264 format at 320x240 resolution for playback on your iPod player. The advanced H.264 compression technology provides higher quality video while taking up less hard drive space.
  • newegg S-video/Composite Cable Included With the included S-video/Composite 2-in-1 cable, easily connect the AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max to your VCR, game console, or camcorder for video capturing.
  • newegg High Speed USB 2.0 Interface The high-speed USB 2.0 interface delivers up to 480Mbps bandwidth to ensure clear video quality and provides hot-swappable, plug-and-play capabilities for easy connection to your computer.

Learn more about the AVerMedia MTVHBVMXR

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
MTVHBVMXR

General

Type
USB TV Tuner Stick
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
No
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista
Features
Analog TV broadcast (NTSC)
Over-The-Air Digital TV broadcasts (ATSC)
Unencrypted "Clear" QAM support (Digital Cable)
High Definition (HDTV) quality support up to 1080i/720p
FM Radio
Windows XP/Vista MCE fully compliant by S/W encoder
Windows Vista Premium logo certificated
32/64-Bit driver support
USB 2.0 interface
USB-IF logo certified
Stereo sound
Real-time H.264 recording support
Multi-card support

Specifications

Ports In
75 O TV / FM Antenna Input
S-Video (Using a dongle cable)
Composite input (Using a dongle cable)
L/R Stereo input (Using a dongle cable)

System Requirements

Processor
For TimeShift and Record in MPEG-2
Pentium Mobile 1.8GHz
Pentium 4 2.6GHz (Hyper-Threading)
AMD AthlonXP 2400+

Analog TV on MCE platform
Pentium 4 3.0G or Equal AMD CPU

For H.264 Recording
Pentium 4 3.0GHz with HT (Hyper-Threading) or Equivalent AMD Processor for Analog TV
Intel Dual Core 1.6GHz or Equivalent AMD processor for Digital HDTV
Graphics Card
128 M VGA card with DirectX 9.0c or above(Supporting DXVA is recommended in HDTV mode)
Memory
512 MB RAM or above
Available Slot
USB 2.0 Port
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP / XP MCE / Vista / Vista MCE/Windows 7
Others
Sound card

Packaging

Package Contents
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD (included AVer MediaCenter)
USB Cable
Bag
S-Video/Composite 2 in 1 Cable
Free High Gain Antenna

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Oscar P.
  • 8/27/2012 3:17:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks on Linux with a little work up

Pros: Its kinda annoying to set-up in Linux, but theres a guide for this model. In WinXP works as advertised

Cons: Had to do some modifications and recompile the kernel module.

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  • Bruce H.
  • 5/9/2012 10:50:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Product

Pros: Outstanding Picture Quality (live & recorded for both ATSC (digital & NTSC (analog)), Reliability

I have tried several other capture devices and NONE are close to the picture quality of this product. When I watch captured video on my big screen HDTV I can not tell whether it is from the TV or the captured image. I do not notice any loss of quality in the recorded material at all.
I own three Avermedia capture devices and have had them for several years. I have never had a problem with any of them

Cons: Software could be better but it is functional and does the job. Not enough of a deterant to take off a star
Getting everything set up for the first time is a true pain in the backside. Getting the right drivers and getting software installed takes a bit of patience. Once that is done however I can not be happier with the product. Most complaints on this product are about software and the majority are at least 2 years old. I have updated my software on several occasions and it seems that all the bugs have been worked out. At least for me they have.

Other Thoughts: Others complained that this will not work with Windows XP SP2 or sp3 or Windows 7/64 bit. I have used on different computers and it works on ALL the above!
Seems to me like a lot of the other negative reviews are by people who don't have enough computer to utilize this device. Analog should work with almost any computer but HD is much more demanding. An atom processor isn't enough. I tried with my netbook atom processor and the picture on HD was choppy.
2ghz processor with 2 gig ram should work fine. You may be able to get by with 1 gig ram. I have with XP
After updating to Windows 7 I tried using Windows Media Center to run this device and the results were awful! Picture quality was terrible. Imediately went back to Avermedia software and problem solved. VERY HAPPY WITH PRODUCT!

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  • Rabon R.
  • 1/28/2012 3:41:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPleased

Pros: Works great in Windows Media Center, clear picture, records well, included antenna works great; however I live in the city w/in a few miles of the station TV antennas. Have used to transfer 8mm video to computer, which has to be done with the included software. Pleased with the transfer results, a little grainy, but not bad. Don't even install included software if not using this feature, just use WMC, as it is horrible for watching TV as opposed to WMC. Great with a laptop, I've watched football games in my garage while working, in my treehouse while hanging out, and while on a camping trip!

Cons: None so far at approx four months in. As mentioned, skip included software unless you need to do video transfer.

Other Thoughts: Go for it, especially when on sale with free shipping. Have always had good experiences with Newegg!

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  • KENNETH S.
  • 1/28/2012 7:36:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK for Media Center

Pros: Worked slick with Windows 7 Media Center. Plugged in and let MC install.

Cons: Tried to install in XP Laptop. The vendor supplied software is junk. Trashed my system. Took me forever to uninstall and clean system. Don't buy if your planning to use on Windows XP..Don't know how would work with Mac OSX.

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  • David N.
  • 12/5/2011 6:21:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well, software stinks

Pros: Works well with Win7 Windows Media Center. Found all my cable stations and tunes them well.

Cons: The AverMedia software couldn't find or tune ANY of my cable stations. Useless.

Other Thoughts: I can't really test the antenna, since we have cable _because_ we get no OTA signals in our location. *shrugs* It's pretty much that way all over America's Third World County. :-) But, tuning cable signal using Windows Media Center and this lil tuner is simplicity itself.

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  • Kurt J.
  • 12/2/2011 10:51:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not for me

Pros: Quickly scans for ATSC channels, picks up more than my dead Hauppauge 950. FM tuner picked up every station I know of and more. I don't have cable, so I didn't test out its ClearQAM ability.

Cons: I bought this to continue copying a massive VHS collection to my computer after my Hauppauge 950 died (long story short, follow your signal amplifier's instruction manual). Apparently the AVerMedia tuner does not copy VHS tapes with Macrovision copy protection. At least I learned something new about the MPAA's efforts to thwart movie copying in the 1980's.

Like others said, the AVerMedia software is pretty bad. It's even worse than Hauppauge. You have to channel up one at a time; you can't just go from channel 3 to 61. You can watch copyrighted VHS through the RCA/S-video inputs, but if you click "record" it will give you an error. Other software gives you a black screen when you try to record it. For this, it loses one star.

Other Thoughts: It's a shame I have to send this back. It's a good tuner that's still good for copying your home movies from VHS and recording live TV. It was also part of a great bundle. Instead I'll be replacing the fried Hauppauge 950 with their 950Q.

Installed on Win7 x64, 8GB DDR3, AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE

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  • Harry B.
  • 11/19/2011 7:24:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAverMedia Aver TV hybrid

Pros: Ease of installation

Cons: The unit would not recognize cable channels. Loaded 5 channels out of 57. Tried both Media Center and supplied software. I tried loading 5 times using different applications but it made no difference. uninstalled software and reloaded but made no difference. It should have recognized the cable and digital inputs but did not. I have moderate experience in installing both hardware and software.

Other Thoughts: Had good luck with Hauppauge WinTV and may stick with that but my WinTV board will not install in my new HP.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max supports analog cable and unencrypted digital cable. If the cable signal is encrypted the TV Tuner does not support it and will not pick up the encrypted channels. Please verify that the channels at your located are encrypted or not. If the channels are encrypted it will require a cable box in order to pick up all the channels.

Please contact Technical Support if you have any questions.

http://support.avermedia-usa.com

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  • Jolene M.
  • 11/18/2011 4:07:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: I decided to get this because I do not have a TV, but my apartment offers free cable. Installation was easy. Originally, I had the coaxial cable hooked from the wall to the usb to the computer. It worked. When I originally called to get the cable line activated, the Comcast representative said they were going to send me a DTA tuner. Once that came, I had it activated & the method of changing channels now changed to the remote from Comcast instead of via the computer. I have more channels this way too. Overall, it works well.

Cons: I was not crazy about the interface. Not that I have things set up, all is good.

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  • Rob R.
  • 10/27/2011 3:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Tuner

Pros: Easy install, up and running in moments.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: I had this tuner once before and had to replace it. i tried SIX different tuners, all had issues. I bought this one again and was up and running in a flash. Will be getting two more to "stock up" just in case something happens to the one I have now. :)

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  • Trent D.
  • 10/20/2011 5:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent TV tuner!

Pros: -Picks up all of the analog and unencrypted digital channels from my cable, and receives several channels off the air.
-Great picture quality; Digital HD channels come in crystal clear, and analog even looks good.
-FM radio gets all stations in my area.
-Even receives digital radio station channels from Music Choice.
-Small size and comes with a small USB extender cord.
-Antenna that came in the box is small and compact and gets relatively good reception.
-Blue light that indicates when it is on.
-Doesn't get hot.
-AVer MediaCenter Software that comes on a CD along with the drivers works well with the device.
-Works elegantly with Windows Media Center.

Cons: -A bit on the pricey side.
-AVer MediaCenter's interface could use some polishing up; can be tricky to figure out, and it would have been nice if it could have some method of automatically getting channel names along with the programs and times.

Other Thoughts: I bought this TV tuner because I wanted to be able to record some of my favorite TV shows on my Dell XPS 15 laptop. I was hoping to get some more HD channels, but my TV provider, Timewarner, doesn't offer to many that are not encrypted, so its not the tuner's fault. AVer MediaCenter actually finds the encrypted channels, but only shows a black screen and no sound when tuned to it. Works well with Windows Media Center, as I'm able to tune into ClearQAM and analog stations when plugged into cable, and listen to FM radio. The recordings even for analog stations can take up some space (an hour long recording took up over 2 GB), but I use Freemake Video Converter to remove the commercials and convert them to a different, more efficient video format. While either watching TV or recording, my computer tops at only 20% CPU load.

I would recommend this for anyone who wants an HD TV that can pick up stations in a variety of formats and can use it on different computers.

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