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AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 MTVHDA18 PCI Interface - OEM

  • ATSC (OTA)
  • PCI Interface
  • S-VIDEO IN VIDEO IN RF 1 IN AUDIO-L IN AUDIO-R IN
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Learn more about the AVerMedia MTVHDA18

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
MTVHDA18

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Digital Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC (OTA)
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Hardware MPEG-2 Encoded
Record, Playback and Time Shift (Pause, Rewind and Instant Replay) TV programs from your PC
Support free over-the-air ATSC signal 480p, 720p and 1080i (with wide screen support)
Dual TV Tuner drivers
Standard Windows XP AVerTV Application Software Available

Specifications

Video Encoding
Hardware Encoding
Video Format
MPEG-2(DVD)/MPEG-1(VCD)
Ports In
S-VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN
RF 1 IN
AUDIO-L IN
AUDIO-R IN
Specifications
Input Signal:
Input frequency range: 54MHz to 864 MHz
Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
Channels assignment: US standard
Input signal level: -80dBm to -20dBm (8-VSB)
Input impudence: 75 ohms
Compliance: FCC Class B, CE

System Requirements

Processor
Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or higher
Graphics Card
VGA Card with 64 MB memory, DirectX 9.0 or higher
Memory
256 RAM or higher
Available Slot
One free PCI slot
Operating Systems Supported
Window XP MCE
Others
Pre-installed MCE 2005 Certified Analog TV Tuner Card
Sound Card

Packaging

Package Contents
MTVHDA18

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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  • James J.
  • 2/16/2007 12:34:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Happy

Pros: Inexpensive.
Works perfectly with Beyond TV

Cons: Only one tuner. Would be better with a dual.

Other Thoughts: Although you don't get anything with the card, hopefully that's why it's so cheap. Download your own drivers and save a couple of bucks, why not.
Again, that's why it's called OEM...duh.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 2/15/2007 11:50:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReception sub-bar

Pros: Relatively inexpensive.

Cons: - Had difficulty installing
- Reception of OTA HD was poor relative to other tuners

Other Thoughts: I purchased this tuner after I decided that Avermedia's PCIe combo card had insufficient NTSC quality (seperate review.) When I first installed, this the driver installer locked up, and I had to actually move the card to a differnet PCI slot for Windows to recognize it. However, the bigger issue was that it had far poorer reception quality than the the Avermedia Combo card (or the Dvico card I also tried.) Channels that came in strongly (4 out of 6 bars) with the other tuners, dropped to 1-2 bars w/ this tuner. This happened for several channels. It's clear from looking at the boards that the tuner components are different. This one just doesn't work nearly as well. Would not recommend this card to someone unless they are confident they get fantastic reception (or are using Clear-QAM)

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  • Arash M.
  • 2/15/2007 7:59:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsfalse advertising

Pros: gives the linux geeks something to brag about

Cons: they falsly claim that this has clear QAM support. QAM support is in hardware only so unless you're a software developer who knows how to write your own windows drivers and PVR software, they are misleading.

Other Thoughts: with the OTA channels, changing channels more than 3 times will cause the averHD software to lock up and crash. tech support said "the software does have its bugs"...my suggestion, just buy a regular TV with QAM built in.

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  • DAVID D.
  • 2/14/2007 3:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Small and dependable. Software has a feature to show about 50 channels in small windows on your screen.

Cons: Not Mac compatible.

But if you have an Intel Mac, then run tuner software via Win XP via Bootcamp (or better) Parallels.

Other Thoughts: Very cool for a notebook PC.

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  • Charles Y.
  • 1/30/2007 10:32:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Works in Linux, great picture quality, not too expensive.

Cons: No NTSC, no 1080p

Other Thoughts: Fairly simple setup in Slackware 11 on 2.6.15, read the walkthrough at on how to set it up. Would be nice if it had a NTSC tuner to pick up analog signals but does a great job otherwise with QAM/ATSC digital channels. I have not used it with a antenna for 'over-the-air' channels but it works fine with cable (basic cable via Comcast) regardless of what the other reviews state. They probably meant to say it doesn't work with NTSC which it never states is does in the specifications. This product does exactly what it says it does which is why it gets a 5 from me.

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  • Arash M.
  • 12/28/2006 5:02:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfaulty software

Pros: the Over the Air HD works nice if you have a widescreen monitor. That's all this does.

Cons: This will NOT work with cable whether it's QAM digital or analog. All it does is work with an antenna. Even then if you change channels a few times, the software locks up and you have to kill it and start it again.
Furthuremore, if you don't use a widescreen monitor the software does not frame box the widescreen content even if you select 16:9.

Other Thoughts: It's my own fault for not reading the fine print but this does not support QAM. The card it self supports it, but their software nor does any other windows software do this. I don't understand why this is becuase the linux people do it and i don't understand why the company doesn't do this when it could really make this a good card.

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  • Jeff R.
  • 12/19/2006 11:03:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsHDTV Beautiful

Pros: Hi-Def looks great when using BeyondTV, SageTV, and Windows MCE on my 37" HDTV LCD. Even fast motion is absoultely perfect with this card. I'm impressed with the picture quality, especially for the price.

Cons: Just comes in a "White Box" with no real documentation.
Ya have to download the driver and use device manager to install drivers.

Other Thoughts: Using this along side a Hauppauge PVR250 Capture Card. I'm amazed that it runs smooth on my old HTPC setup (Athlon XP 2.2ghz, 1gb RAM, ATI 9600SE, 400GB IDE HDD)

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  • Patrick K.
  • 12/19/2006 2:23:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHDTV ONLY!

Pros: Couldn't get it to work, my own fault. HDTV Only!

Cons: HDTV only. Will NOT work with regular cable. Guess that is what I get for assuming it would work.

You have to download the drivers .. no disk or instructions included.

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  • Peter J.
  • 12/14/2006 7:38:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with mythtv

Pros: I used the card in a linux/mythtv/FC6 box. It works well, easy to get the drivers working.

Cons: None.

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  • Nathan H.
  • 12/5/2006 7:00:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost great

Pros: This card has an amazing picture. It does exactly what it is designed to do perfectly. Very easy to setup.

Cons: This card does not work with cable boxes or any other input source then an antenna. grrrr...

Other Thoughts: If this card would just take in a signal from another source it would be perfect.

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