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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

Model

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/viewforum.php?f=44

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • brett a.
  • 5/28/2015 5:28:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgreat till it died.

Pros: nice for recording OTA stuff.

Cons: died after 1.5 years of use.

Other Thoughts: it was great till it stopped outputting video. power light comes on, but no other activity at all.

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  • Chad B.
  • 5/15/2015 4:48:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRecord OTA

Pros: Records OTA channels
Uses USB stick/enclosures/hard drives

Cons: Breaks down after warranty
EPG is very cluncky

Other Thoughts: PVR stopped working after 14 months of use. Was just showing the Homeworx boot up screen then all black. Opened it up since its out of warranty, and sure enough, the capacitor blew. Known to be an issue on Mediasonics own forums. Guess I'll try to solder a new one on, can't hurt it anymore.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, the box itself also serves as recording for over the air TV. if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

or call support @ 888-231-7899

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  • Antoine D.
  • 2/20/2015 12:04:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsEDIT to

Pros: Allows old TV to receive ATSC channels, HDMI output

Cons: Not durable; broke in less than a year. Buggy UI. Recordings are corrupt.

Other Thoughts: Re: old review Buyers Beware. Mediasonic RMA finally replied to me after many weeks and just shipped a new unit.

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  • Juergen S.
  • 2/17/2015 8:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice Idea - Bad quality.

Pros: Transfer recordings to your computer. and play media files on external media.
(Can decode more formats than advertised.)

Cons: Akward EPG.
Corrupts files.
Brakes and turns into garbage.

Other Thoughts: 1 year warranty? Broke after 1 yr + 2months !!
$#@**!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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  • Antoine D.
  • 2/11/2015 3:21:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyers beware

Pros: Could receive ATSC channels while it worked...

Cons: -Buggy firmware and menus : you will crash the unit attempting to browse through the TV guide.
-PVR recordings unreadable : files get corrupt even after the tiniest signal loss.
-Mediasonic RMA doesn't return units under warranty.

Other Thoughts: Bought two, one of them broke after 11 months. My other 150PVR was left unplugged for months but probably doesn't have much time left. After multiple emails to Mediasonic, I received an RMA number and return address. They received the package many days ago and will not answer back to emails anymore. The unit probably had a bad capacitor but I did not want to fix it under warranty. I am now left with a $75+ loss.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2015 2:40:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjailcop 403

Pros: works as described. setup was easy. pulls in all local stations but one low power digital. I haven't tried USB playback or record.

Cons: remote seems weak. need to be straight shot to work well

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  • Vinson L.
  • 1/30/2015 1:13:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnit failed in 8 months

Pros: Tuner is sensitive and picture quality very good

Cons: Not very reliable. Unit died after 8 months.

Other Thoughts: My plasma television has a broken tuner and I bought this in order to receive off-air HD broadcasts. I was very pleased with it while it worked. I had connected it via component inputs as all my HDMI connections were used. Picture quality was great, often rivaling the streaming content from my ROKU box. I am not very happy that it died, however, having read reviews both here and on A****n, it appears that failure of this unit is not uncommon. At least it didn't put a serious dent in my wallet.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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  • Christopher B.
  • 1/24/2015 1:21:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: None

Cons: This device does not work as promised. It has a very hard time tuning into any station (my TV does a better job at tuning in the signal) and it blanks out repeatedly both when watching live TV and when playing back video from the USB port it will hang in the middle. Do not buy.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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  • John G.
  • 1/18/2015 4:23:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI Cannot Recommend This Unit

Pros: First the good part: the test recording I made off the air was perfect. The unit doesn't convert, compress or do anything to the signal. It played back in the exact same quality as it aired.

(I did buy this through Newegg, and it arrived in two days...so they get the usual kudos for good service.)

Cons: Now the bad part...everything else. This is hardware version 3 of the unit. According to the postings in the Mediasonic forum, this version has a severe sensitivity problem...as in having none. Here is what I just wrote to their tech support:

"I am having the same problems as many in the forums. Every other TV, digital tuner, etc. I posses picks up 16 digital home frequencies (XX-1) when plugged into my brand new huge antenna with one single new cable attached. The HW-150 picks up only 6. I live in the New York metropolitan area and am only a few miles from the Empire State building, where all but two of the frequencies comes from...with a clear line of site to my antenna.

Also, when setting the unit to "loop through," I find that just about no signal comes out at all. I dragged out an old analog TV, tested it with an old converter box, found it was working perfectly and found when I set the HW-150 to channel 4 output, there was no signal, and when set to channel 3 output, there was just the slightest indication of signal."

It will be interesting to see what they say...if they do.

The unit will play a variety of video formats. However, the videos play back very dark with low resolution, despite being plugged into my TV with an HDMI cable. These same videos playback much better on two other media boxes I own. The unit will play VOB files, but will not read a TS directory and playback as a DVD. Also, the unit will only delete files with a .mts extension...which is the format container it records in. So if you have files on a USB to watch once and then delete (having them archived elsewhere as I do) then you will not be able to delete them without plugging into some other device, or first renaming every file with a .mts extension on it.

Other Thoughts: This was a major disappointment. I would have been satisfied with just its recording capability...except of course it won't get the channels that are so strong you can get them on your fillings.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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  • David H.
  • 1/4/2015 1:38:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked For About A Year

Pros: Worked well until the warranty period expired.

Cons: Worked well until the warranty period expired.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer

thank you for your support with our product, if you have any questions or in need of technical assisstance, please contact our support at support@mediasonic.ca or visit our forum at
http://forum.mediasonic.ca/

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