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Item#: N82E16882576003

Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD converter box with recording, HDMI output

  • Converts Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV
  • Analog Pass Through
  • Favorite Channel List
  • Parental Control Function
  • Auto Tuning
  • Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan
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Learn more about the Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150VR

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Brand
Mediasonic HomeWorX
Model
HomeWorX HW150VR

Spec

Specifications
Connectors: HDMI 1080P Output / YPbPr output / Coaxial Output

Features

Features
Converts Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV

Analog Pass Through

Favorite Channel List

Parental Control Function

Auto Tuning

Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen

Closed Caption

Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Reocrding

Timing Start Up & Shut Down

USB Multimedia Player

Note:
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1729

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Robert P.
  • 9/24/2014 2:27:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent For Cord Cutters!

Pros: The little box that can! This is the only OTA box I have found that has an HDMI output. This makes it perfect for your projector that doesn't have coax!

The DVR records to .mts which my Mac and Windows PC can read perfectly fine with no converting!!

I have tested thumb drives, as well as large 2TB internal drives hooked up via an external enclosure. Both work great with no requirement to format existing content! (new folder called HBPVR is created)

Cons: Menu system leaves much to be desired. It's not the most user friendly and the guide only shows you what is playing today. User interface could use work, but all the functionality is workable.

Other Thoughts: One of the best $37 a cord cutter could spend. Pair this with an HDX1000 antenna (connects right where your dish used to be and doesn't look ugly!) plus a Chromecast and you will have more content to watch then you could ever consume!

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  • Matt K.
  • 9/10/2014 7:52:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInsufficient Information - NOT FOR DIGITAL CABLE

Pros: Kinda small, powered on. Remote seemed to work (if pointed directly at it).

Cons: Well, for starters I couldn't find anything that said it was only for OTA functionality. "Digital Broadcast"? I guess I should have known that was OTA and not digital cable broadcast... Non refundable and now I'm out $40 for the box and a 3 year warranty - I'm too far out to get any OTA signal so it's totally worthless.

Other Thoughts: Clarity of product capability would have been really nice. Maybe my ignorance to the OTA realm caused the issue, but I sure think some kind of descriptor to depict one over the other would have been nice. Another box for the yard sale pile...

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  • erika c.
  • 9/7/2014 9:08:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMarginal at best for me

Pros: Easy Set Up
HDMI
USB

Cons: Didn't pass through the antenna signal well
no batteries in the remote

Other Thoughts: Maybe a better antenna would have made a difference for me.

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  • Jose S.
  • 8/25/2014 8:49:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad buy

Pros: Worked for the first 6 weeks.

Cons: Broke after the 6th week. Can no longer be returned for replacement. Non refundable too.

Other Thoughts: Bad quality item. High risk buy.

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  • Robert S.
  • 6/21/2014 9:08:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsHomeworx HW150PVR

Pros: Used the HW150PVR to provide cable input to and old Tv that did not have an ASTC tuner on board. Worked OK on both HDMI or component inputs. Failed after several months(out of warranty). When this box worked it was very good and seemed well thought out.

Cons: Rf section failed after several months. The TV still can see either output on the menu function, but the channel scanner function receives no signal. Pass through now has a very poor/unusable signal. E-mail to the service address did not work, so no tech help at all. The TV still works direct on the cable on RF.

Other Thoughts: The RF section of this box seems fragile. While the idea of this box is very good, having it fail like this with little to no factory support makes it a poor buy. Normal TVs can handle a cable signal without fail, so should the HW150PVR!

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  • Craig H.
  • 6/4/2014 11:21:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product at a peachy price

Pros: Easy to set-up; compact; normal AC cord--no wall wart; nice selection of A/V outputs. Recording option with USB drive is a plus. HDMI jack will output up to 1080p/60 Hz! Calling this device a "Converter Box" is somewhat misleading as it is a fully functional HDTV receiver: it outputs HD (via HDMI and component) and SD and downconverts HD for SD output on the composite jacks.

Cons: Inconsistent reception quality: sometimes locks to stored channel when tuning, other times not. Very sensitive to signal level variations--has unusual reaction to combination of input level (in dBm) and tuner/demodulator signal-to-noise ratio: will lock to high S/N and low input combo AND to low S/N and high input level combo, but in between is sketchy. Have tested it side-by-side with 2 integrated TVs (internal tuner/demodulator) and 2 ATSC set top receivers, and one USB stick receiver using the same antenna (outdoor 30-ft mast mounted with pre-amp). They all have different combination tuner/demodulator chipsets. All 5 will lock to certain stations with ease, but the HW150 has trouble with the same ones. I also have tested (2) HW180 boxes and encountered the same issues, but see "Other thoughts" section for specifics. Basically, if you have a strong input signal (greater than about -62 dBm) AND a good S/N ratio output from the tuner/demodulator (about 21-22 dB or greater), the unit will receive the channel (and hold it) perfectly. However, for this price point, a really good performer.

The remote is a bit awkward to use at first: the buttons are arranged in an inconvenient layout but, like anything else, you get used to it. But, then again, the price point!

Other Thoughts: Chipsets: M-star MSD 7618 VLSI 128-pin CPU chip; Samsung 6-th Generation S5H1411 demodulator chip, and Rafael 820T silicon tuner.

The HW180 model has the same M-star CPU and Rafael silicon tuner, but uses an M-star MSB1237 demodulator chip in place of the Samsung. Samsung discontinued the S5H1411, so I presume the newer HW180 had to go with a different chip (M-star).

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  • Mark P.
  • 5/28/2014 4:24:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHW-150PVR

Pros: A great little PVR for the money. Plug the HDMI into your TV or Receiver and the picture is clear and crisp and the color is excelllent. My Panasonic 50" plasma's tuner makes no better picture than this PVR. Audio output is 5.1 and high quality. Plug in a USB drive and record a lot. I now have 160 hours of shows on my drive. Much better than paying TiVO a monthly fee for mere programming and recording.

Cons: The firmware is almost a joke. The EPG shows the title and show info. If you record it, it show up in the list of recorded shows as the TV Channel Name, Date and Time of recording; you have to rename that to the show's title. The keyboard is ineffective for that. That's a real DUH! The box should have an ethernet port. It should have a way to plug in a wireless keyboard and mouse. I'ld have gladly paid more $ for an optionally better device from HomeWorx. When you select "Recorded TV" the screen switches to something labeled HWPVR and you must again point the mouse at the device and select again, before you see the recordings. The HomeWorx forum is for lightweights. Very little substance there. I'm hoping that will change. You can find good info, but you have to dig around a lot.

Other Thoughts: The remote control is a little too lightweight. It should have used AA batteries instead of AAA. The IR receiver isn't sensitive enough. Simple engineering would have selected in IR diode that has a wider field of "view". If the remote isn't level and center with the IR sensor, it's a no-go. The USB port is on the front panel. It would be wonderful if the firmware was Linux based and HomeWorx would allow developers to make it better. And that would, of course, be at not cost to HomeWorx.

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  • Bob D.
  • 5/26/2014 1:02:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDelighted

Pros: We have a Panasonic DVD recorder which stopped working after a house move. This unit is the replacement and it worked as advertised at a great price. I agree with other reviewers that the tuner is excellent and I have been recording onto a Toshiba 1TB drive with no problems. Timer recording and avoiding commercials with time shift has been a great success. After a couple of months use I'm delighted and highly recommend the unit.

Cons: None.

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  • Nimer R.
  • 5/22/2014 4:48:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic value! Great for cable cutters

Pros: Where do I start? Super lightweight, green (very low power consumption), great features, USB recording, pass thru feature to use your TV tuner too

Cons: Awkward remote control, recording sometimes lags

Other Thoughts: I cut the cable years ago and haven't looked back, between Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle I don't need my cable channels. However, I have an HD antenna to pick the basic 6 channels. I just needed a simple DVR to record shows for me or to pause live TV.

This device was easy to setup and did just that. The screen is crystal clear, I have it hooked to TV via HDMI. Bonus feature: You can configure the 'Antenna Out' port to be 'pass through', which means that you can use the device to record a show, watch a different show on your own TV digital TV tuner.

The only disadvantage I found is that when I recorded Billboard awards, the device lagged a bit playing back loud music / heavy visuals parts of the show (Maybe because it was still recording as I was watching to catch up?)

Either way FANTASTIC device, much better value than simple.tv or worse yet HTPC

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  • Richard H.
  • 5/21/2014 4:54:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: Good for OTA recording

Cons: I have 3 of these units, and have found they have several easily remedied issues.

Other Thoughts: 1) These units are hyper-sensitive to total average RF signal strength.
In a large Metro area, that leads to erratic lockups (the unit freezes
& is unresponsive to the remote until power-cycled).
I found a total solution was to insert a cheap FM trap in series with
the RF input. Others may find a 3-4 dB pad equally as effective.
2) Occasional Missed Recordings: For whatever reason, these units
randomly sometimes seem to fail to recognize an attached USB
device at record time, and the recording is 'missed'.
The total fix to this problem (for me) was to insert a reliable $5 USB
hub (SYBA CL-HUB20132) in between.
3) Recording glitches: As others have noted, this unit is very picky about
the write speed of an attached USB device, but I've found a few Flash
drives that do very well. A good external hard drive solves the problem,
but often leads to the random USB device recognition problem
referenced above (item 2), which is easily remedied as stated.

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