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DIAMOND ATI TV Wonder HD 650 TVW650PCI PCI Interface

  • ATSC / NTSC
  • PCI Interface
  • F-Type Coax input for Analog TV (NTSC) F-Type Coax input for HDTV (ATSC) / FM Radio S-video input Stereo audio input
  • Remote Included
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Learn more about the Diamond Multimedia TVW650PCI

Model

Brand
DIAMOND
Model
TVW650PCI

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / NTSC
FM Tuner
Yes
Remote Control
Remote Included
Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Single Hybrid TV Tuner Stick for:
Over-the-air Digital TV / HDTV (ATSC)
Over-the-air / Cable Analog TV (NTSC)
FM Radio

ATI Theater? Video Processing Technology
Hardware MPEG-2 compression
Motion Adaptive 3D Comb Filter
Automatic Color Control
Automatic Gain Control
Noise Reduction
Edge Enhancement

ATI Catalyst Media Center? featuring:
Full PVR and time shifting functionality
DVD Playback Software
DVD Authoring Software
ATI Theater? Video Converter

Specifications

PVR
Yes
Ports In
F-Type Coax input for Analog TV (NTSC)
F-Type Coax input for HDTV (ATSC) / FM Radio
S-video input
Stereo audio input

System Requirements

Processor
AMD Athlon or AMD Sempron, Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron, (or compatible) CPU
Graphics Card
ATI Radeon 9600 or newer graphics card is recommended
Memory
256 MB required, 512 MB or more recommended for better performance - XP
1GB MB required, 2 GB or more recommended for better performance - Vista
Available Slot
Free PCI slot
Operating Systems Supported
WINVISTA32
WINVISTA64
WINXP
WINXP64
MCE
Others
Sound card and speakers
CD drive (for installation software)
Cable TV signal or amplified antenna

Packaging

Package Contents
TVW650PCI
User Manual
Driver Disk
Software Disk
Remote
USB Remote Sensor
Battery

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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  • Stephen B.
  • 11/18/2009 10:13:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsYou need an antenna that costs more than the card

Pros: Tech support isn't outsourced

Cons: Never got it to work. Bought a $30 amplified antenna for the card and could not pick up one station. The same antenna picked up 30+ stations on a standard TV. Tech support told me the card was bad. Exchanged for a new one. Still didn't work. Tech support said I needed a more powerful antenna. Bought a $50 antenna. Still didn't pick up a single channel. I'm not about to spend $80 for the next best antenna. Card is going back.

Other Thoughts: Unless you are going to run a paid cable line directly to this card, I cannot recommend using it for free over the air channels unless you plan on spending a fortune on an antenna (which I'm not positive would even work).

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  • Lee W.
  • 9/2/2009 9:30:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Description

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, seemingly easy to install.

Cons: No low profile bracket despite the low profile form factor; bracket not sold (apparently) on their web site. No IR Blaster (USB IR Receiver). Documentation is abysmal.

Other Thoughts: I bought this from a local store with the intent of building a media center PC. I figured, gee, ATI is a well known company, people love their video cards, this should be a decent product.

Nope. The documentation makes a couple of passing references to use with a cable box, but does not address HOW to use it with a cable box. Found an article on the support web site saying you might need an IR blaster for a cable box (figured; was worried when I ddn't see one in the box; crossing my fingers the USB thing was it, but nope). Question - how is anyone supposed to use it's guide and recording features with cable or satellite if you DON'T have an IR Blaster. This is the classic "accessories sold separately" - only, they don't sell them - you have to hunt for third parties to provide them.

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  • Michael W.
  • 7/12/2009 1:51:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHorrible drivers

Pros: Fairly simple setup, works ok in windows media center.

Cons: The drivers crash constantly and the media program that came with it is horrific. It is unable to keep the driver running for long enough to get anything done even after completely uninstalling and re-installing the software.

Other Thoughts: I find it amazing that, after 15 years or so, ATI cannot write a driver to save their collective lives. ATI has always made excellent hardware but support and drivers are definitely not their forte. I am already looking at network based receivers to replace this card.

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  • WILLIAM D.
  • 7/9/2009 1:39:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPerhaps call it "It makes me wonder"

Pros: Card sets up easily. Worth the money at Newegg's price. The remote control is nice. If you are going to be serious about this card print out the manual which you download from ATI's website. It's 102 pages long but worth it. I printed in B&W but color would have been better.

Cons: Not happy with software. Its "cutesy" menus are not user friendly. The tuner works fine electronically BUT again not user friendly. Down load the update from the web site as it improves operation. If you are going to do video capture use Nero! BE CAREFUL of the power button on the remote. It will shut down your computer instantly!

Other Thoughts: By all means register the product that is if you can find the page on their website. I'm still looking.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2009 9:53:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Card, Low Compatibility

Pros: Seems like a solid card, works well with my Digital HD Antenna.

Cons: This devise is NOT compatible with linux. It is not compatible with MythTV. Only has one digital reciever. I would suggest going with a newtwork based tv-tuner. Ethernet can carry a much faster signal than is needed for HDTV.

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  • Ian W.
  • 3/16/2009 2:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks but remote is locked to ati media center

Pros: Works fine. Setup was easy. Video quality is fine. Card works in MediaPortal with no hitch.

Cons: WINDOWS ONLY (I didn't deduct anything for it not working in Linux, just thought I'd give a heads up). This is NOT a TV Wonder, nor is it a TV Wonder HD, both of which work in Linux, but it is its own thing, so it is Windows-only.
However, the remote only works in the ATI software which I didn't care for. Lost an egg for that.

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  • jeff p.
  • 12/8/2008 8:14:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Does what it says. and works great with media center.

Cons: Wish it was a dual, so I could watch somthing else while recording.

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  • George J.
  • 9/24/2008 3:43:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis is my second one.

Pros: After a year and a half, the first ATI TV Wonder 650 stopped working. I decided to try the Haupage but the picture was very poor. Thanks to New Egg, I returned it and then decided to try another TV Wonder 650. The picture quality is excellent. I just hope this one last much longer. Also, ATI has good tech support.

Cons: First one stopped working after a year and a half.

Other Thoughts: I use Vista Home Preimum. Works great with Media Center.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 8/25/2008 8:20:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Picture Quality

Pros: Excellent picture quality with ATSC OTA-HDTV, especially when compared to the Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro (USB) and the Hauppauge HVR-1600. I do not use any software provided by the manufacturer other than drivers. I have used this card successfully with 32bit Vista Media Center, BeyondTV, and SageTV. Clarity and Color are very crisp, sensitivity of the tuner is on par with other cards, and it does not overly tax my CPU. Great purchase overall.

Cons: As with most tuner cards the software is absolutely dreadful, but you don't really buy these cards for the software. I did not test the remote, but it seems like it would perform much like other comparable remotes, which is to say mediocre. Low profile bracket not included, shame really, as it prevents this card from be utilized in a cramped environment.

Other Thoughts: Great card for a full-size HTPC. Price is great here on Newegg, I paid about $20.00 more at a brick & mortar big-box retailer. This card does not seem to work with Media Portal yet, but I am sure support will be forthcoming.

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  • Leonardo G.
  • 8/12/2008 7:56:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRepeated Problems

Pros: The quality of picture when the card works is great. It's crisp, clear and overall gives a great video feed.

Cons: The card doesn't actually work for me! I had to RMA it twice now and each time it repeats the same errors. Blue screens and for some random reason my processor decides to start using up a huge load of it's resources without anything even running. I've tested this out on 3 different PCs and it was the same results over and over again. My coworkers had issues with Diamond capture cards as well and we are going to be switching to other companies since all these problems arose.

Other Thoughts: As stated by hundreds of other users before, the software that comes with the card blow. Recommended to find other video capture software.

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