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Leadtek Turner Card WinFast PxPVR2200 PCI-Express x1 Interface

  • NTSC
  • PCI-Express x1 Interface
  • 1 x F connector for RFTV source reception 1 x RCA connector for RFFM source reception 1 x Mini DIN 9-pin connector for Component video, Composite ,S-Video and stere
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Quit worrying about which port to plug your cable in to get DVR functionality from your PC. The PCIe based PxPVR2200 from Leadtek has a single port tuner for maximum functionality with minimal confusion. There is also an FM antenna port for radio signals and an AV multi port. The multi port can accept Component, S-Video and composite video signals plus their accompanying audio signal.

Once everything is hooked up your PC is now another TV for your enjoyment. The 10-bit video decoder and hardware MPEG-2 encoder deliver a phenomenal picture without taxing your CPU so you can continue with your regular tasks. Picture in picture functionality is included. Its advanced functionality lets you resize the windows and even swap which is the main window.

Advanced PVR functionality lets you do all that the set top boxes do; pause and rewind live TV, schedule recordings ahead of time and fast forward through the show to watch it at your own pace. Those set top boxes won't let you record your shows directly to VCD or DVD, or save them in PSP or iPod format so you can watch them on the go. The software is even power friendly, it will automatically wake up your system from stand-by or hibernate modes to record the program and then put the computer back to sleep.

  • newegg Enjoy TV on Your Computer The Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200 turns your computer into a TV that receives full-band antenna or cable TV programming as well as FM radio, complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg Hardware Video Encoding The Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200 features a powerful hardware encoding chip to record analog video in high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats without occupying CPU resources.
  • newegg A/V Input Support The Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200 features built-in A/V input (supporting S-Video, Composite video, Component video and RCA audio) for connections to various video devices, such as DVD players, VHS players and DVs for digitalizing your home videos.
  • newegg Remote Control With the full-function remote control, access every feature on the Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200 from across the room with fingertip ease.

Learn more about the Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200

Model

Brand
Leadtek
Model
WinFast PxPVR2200

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Analog Tuner
TV Standards
NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
PCI-Express x1

Features

Features
10-bit Video Decoder with adaptive comb filter gives you best video quality ever available
Hardware MPEG-II Encoder free up your CPU resource
DirectBurn
Live Broadcasting
Fully-functional Remote Control with user -friendly interface
Real-time Hardware MPEG-I/MPEG-II encoding & Software MPEG-I/MPEG-II/MPEG-IV*/WMV encoding
Time-Shifting w/ Hardware MPEG Encoder
Recorder-initiated Resume
Set Recording from EPG*
Picture-in-Picture
De-interlacing
FM Stereo
Secondary Audio Program (SAP)
Silent PVR Functionality
Unlimited Channel Surfing in a Snap
*: Required third party software

Specifications

Video Decoder
Conexant CX23885 + CX23417 + Xceive silicon tuner
Ports In
1 x F connector for RFTV source reception
1 x RCA connector for RFFM source reception
1 x Mini DIN 9-pin connector for Component video, Composite ,S-Video and stereo audio input
1 x phone jack for I/R sensor
Ports Out
1 x 4-pin jack for audio output

System Requirements

Processor
Live TV: Intel Pentium 3, 600MHz
DVD recording: Intel Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz or higher or equivalent AMD processor
Graphics Card
Graphics sub-system with DirectX 9.0c or above
Memory
256MB of system memory
Available Slot
One available PCI Express 1X compliant slot
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows XP with SP2 or Windows Vista
Others
One 4-pin audio-in connector in sound card or motherboard

Packaging

Package Contents
WinFast PxPVR2200
Drivers / Utilities Disk
FM Antenna Cable
MiniDin 9-pin AV Cable
4-pin Audio Cable
Remote Control
IR Sensor Plug
User's Manual

Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert
This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the Leadtek WinFast PxPVR2200

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  • LSHK &.
  • 6/10/2009 6:08:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSometimes, cheaper is good...

Pros: Price - Around the lowest for what you get
Quality - Good to Very Good
Software - Yeah, there is better, but for free it works and comes with connection to a free guide. But lets face it, most people end up going with GBPVR or something like that.

Cons: Support - But hey, that's what the Internet is for
Adjustments - Color/Sharp adjustments seem to do nothing. Cannot seem to fine tune channels.

Other Thoughts: Being my only card right now, I have little to compare it to. Honestly, I was expecting much worse for the video quality as this is a cheaper priced card. But I was quite surprised with the results.

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  • Richard H.
  • 3/9/2009 6:37:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Hardware MPEG encoder, works with Vista Media Center
-Included WinFast PVR2 software is enough if you don't have/want Vista Media Center
-Closed Caption support
-Low-profile

Cons: -No sound until you check "Preview TV by hardware encoding"
-Scheduling a recording using an EPG has a bug in selecting the encoding method. After scheduling a recording you have to open the scheduled task and set the encoding method to "Hardware MPEG-2", even if you already did that earlier.
-Requires an internal AUX 4-pin connector, which isn't available with certain X-Fi sound cards. Leadtek does have an internal to external AUX cable, but it's not included in the box.
-Regular analog only

Other Thoughts: -Regular analog is good enough for people who have cable TV unless you really want HD.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/2/2008 11:11:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent card but not the best...

Pros: -Cheap price
-Syncs video and audio together perfectly (had trouble with that on my past two cards)
-Works with Windows Media Center
-Hardware MPEG2 Encoder
-AMAZING remote
-Good picture quality (though it's capped at 720x480)

Cons: -Personally, I don't like the software that comes with it. I work with computers for a living and I couldn't get the Direct-to-DVD burning to work right and whenever I scheduled a program to be recorded, it would only record about 75% of the time.
-No HDTV support

Other Thoughts: I've had a total of 5 TV tuner cards and this one is the best I've had but it's not without it's flaws. I'd definitely recommend it but be aware that not all the advanced features will work correctly.

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  • Eric M.
  • 8/6/2008 12:30:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSucks...A Lot

Pros: Can capture video somewhat.

Cons: Audio sucks/non-existant. Software is even worst. Used Virtual Dub, and it couldn't capture real-time movements. Was going to buy splitters, but didn't want to waste money, since the audio lags and at times is extremely toned down.

Other Thoughts: Do not waste your money on this. I thought I would have no problems, but if there's any reviews you need to take to heart, the negative reviews for this product are ESSENTIAL. I wanted a component-in capture, but without audio, and with lag from gameplay, you're better off waiting a few months for a TRUE upgrade from Leadtek.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/10/2008 10:24:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine, I have no issues...

Pros: Works fine with 64-bit Vista Home Premium. Windows Media Center is able to use this card just fine. I bought this card due to it's compatibility with Vista 64-bit and the fact that it has a built-in MPEG2 encoder to keep from loading up the CPU (cheap TV tuners don't have a built-in encoder).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Vista's Windows Media Center is more "elegant" than the WinFast PVR2 software that ships with this card. There is a built-in FM tuner but I've never used it.

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  • Gary M.
  • 6/18/2008 4:05:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMaybe Not For New HP Computers

Pros: Features, price, Vista certified.

Cons: No customer support, absolutely would not install the driver in a new HP Pavilion a6400f. Workarounds and newer driver download useless. You get "This dev-ice is not support". End of the line.

Other Thoughts: HP stated that at this time they have no approved PCIe cards, and suggested removing the modem to use the PCI slot or use a USB device. Preferring hardware processing and compatibility with newer TV systems, plus PVR scheduling etc. leaves to be desired. Hauppauge suggested the HVR-1800 and stated they have few compatibility problems. The price isn't bad, it's full of features, customer reviews are unusually good, and you can get it from Newegg, which will give you a refund if necessary. Will give it a try. Stay away from (oops - not supposed to say the name here, but it's the name of an animal with fangs and claws), they don't, and you'll be stuck with it like a Borg implant.

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  • Ashley H.
  • 4/1/2008 8:44:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible. Avoid like the plague.

Pros: None.

Cons: Absolutely terrible. Works in fits and starts, 3 days on, 2 days off. Randomly starts and stops showing picture, sound always works. No updated drivers for the card, tech support (via email) from Taiwan stated "We cannot guarantee it work with XP SP2." Constantly uninstalling/reinstalling. Garbage.

Other Thoughts: Worst. Quality. Ever.

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  • Roy P.
  • 2/15/2008 3:01:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHad to return

Pros: + Price
+ Features

Cons: + No tech support
+ Leadtek USA phone number no longer in service
+ Onscreen 4x3 TV with S-video in shows as letterbox with hash below letterbox (hash contains program material)
+ Remote controller was DOA (batteries good)
+ No audio out from audio out connector on card

Other Thoughts: After over 30 man hours of trying to get this card to work I gave up and returned it. Using latest drivers from vendor. I have built over 30 PC's and can usually make anything work, but had to give up on this one. No way to contact Leadtek support (USA phone number is disconnected).

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  • Roy P.
  • 2/14/2008 5:35:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReturned

Pros: Vista 64-bit driver. PCI-E interface. Reasonable cost.

Cons: No cable to connect from card to "line-in" (must build your own). No tech support phone number.

Other Thoughts: After over 30 man hours of trying to get this to work I am giving it up and returning it. Using S-video or Composite from a DirecTV box could never get a true 4x3 picture without static. Could never get sound to work at all. Could never get remote to work. Loaded very latest drivers from Leadtek. Using Audacity was able to see/record sound when RCA audio direct into Line-In, but moving audio to Tuner card RCA input and going from Tuner card to Line-In could get no audio signal out of Tuner card. 1 out of 10 times starting application video would show 4x3 fine, but 9 out of 10 would show letterbox with garbage/hash video below letterbox. Remote appears DOA (checked batteries OK).

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2008 6:49:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great with Basic Cable and Vista Media Center!

Pros: Great video quality on Basic Cable. In fact, I couldn't even tell the difference between my TV's tuner and this one. The channels do change fast!

Easy setup too. Downloaded newest driver, pop in card, boot up and install driver. Works perfectly on my system: P4 3ghz, 2gig RAM, Vista Ultimate 32bit.

Comes with a low profile bracket for HTPC's.

Cons: The mounting bracket would not line up correctly in my case. Had to bend it a bit to seat and secure the card properly. Not that big of a deal, really.

The Leadtek software sucks compared to Vista Media Center! The remote would COMPLETELY freeze my computer (not even a blue screen) after a few button presses. After some searching I found a forum post suggesting to set the CPU Affinity for the Leadtek Utility to 1 CPU only. Haven't tried this yet though to say if it would work or not.

Other Thoughts: No this card doesn't do HD or digital, but for a person who only has Basic Cable and uses VMC, it's perfect. 2 or 3 of these would be the ultimate. The remote issue wasn't a big deal for me because I am just using a modded Xbox IR with a universal remote anyhow. I could probably get the Leadtek one working if I wanted to waste enough time. Also I tried to use this card with Media Portal and it wouldn't recognise.

Overall I'd say that I'm happy with the card considering the price and quality of the picture.

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