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This review is from: AVerMedia H826-AK AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max - TV Tuner Kit for Windows
Pros: I purchased this device for typical retail price in early 2010 to receive OTA HD broadcasts on a custom HTPC. I was initially impressed with the purchase:
- Had slick packaging
- Came with a USB extender
- Relatively unobtrusive design
- Picked up (in some form) all of the available OTA channels in my area.
Cons: Unfortunately, after extended use, I had two main issues with it:
- Some OTA channels did not have very good reception when compared with the tuner in my TV using the same antenna, and those channels were, at times, unwatchable.
- Somewhere between 18 months and 2 years after purchase, the unit randomly stopped receiving broadcast signals. It is still detected by the OS, the driver works, and the activity light illuminates, but no signal is detected in Media Center. Just to clarify, the unit worked FINE, and then one day a recording failed due to no signal. It never picked up a signal again.
I performed extensive troubleshooting and ruled out the antenna, the cabling, the TV, and the computer (installed on three different PCs with the same result every time). I also scrounged up older drivers (to no avail), even though I knew it had been working with the most recent one. The unit is busted and no longer within warranty. Since it still costs as much as I paid for it over 2 years ago, I won't be buying another of this model.
Other Thoughts: It's worth noting that at the same time as purchasing this device, I also bought a very similar tuner made by MyGica (for less than a quarter of the price) to be used on another HTPC. It is still working fine, and it gets better reception than the AverTV or even the TV's built-in tuner. The only downside is that Windows doesn't find the driver automatically, but the driver installation is painless, so I'll be purchasing another one of those to replace the AverTV.READ FULL REVIEW