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Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I have Cox cable with HD channels, including premium channels like Showtime. All of them work with this card and I can finally watch HDTV on my computer, unlike with any other TV tuner card (at least that I'm aware of). So glad this card came out!

Cons: The CableCARD slot is upside-down. Also it does not use a coaxial input; it uses a smaller input with a converter cable, and the instructions very clearly specify how delicate this smaller plug is. My PCI TV tuner card had regular coaxial inputs; surely they could have fit one on this, such as to the side of the CableCARD slot.

Other Thoughts: It took me a little while to get this configured correctly and involved some internet research. First of all, you will need the tuner adaptor that your cable company provides, which is a big set-top box. The Cox one had a coaxial input, coaxial output, and USB output. It was needed for most of the channels to work.

The way to set it up is to use a coaxial splitter on your cable. One of the outputs should go directly to the Ceton card. The other output should go to the tuner adaptor, with the USB cord going from its USB output to any USB port on your computer. Once you do that, and you follow the setup instructions in the correct order, then everything will work.

Also after I called the cable company to pair the card, Ceton's diagnostic utility kept saying it was not receiving the CP Auth signal. I had to restart the computer and then it worked.

Finally, be sure to buy a 1000 MHz splitter. Most of them are 900 MHz but the tech person I had called claimed 1000 MHz (1 GHz) was needed for HD. A local store that rhymes with "Thry's" sold both.

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BYTECC SPC-25MF 25 ft. 3.5mm Stereo Speaker Extension Cable - Male To Female, Black Jacket M-F
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works.

Cons: I used these in pairs for a 50' length, going from my PC's sound card's line-out to my amplifier, and over that length there was noticeable sound degradation. The quality resembles laptop speakers more or less - usable but low in quality. Of course over 25' this would be less of a problem but the wires are clearly too thin.

Other Thoughts: I checked and these are composed of three insulated 22-gauge wires; ground is not coaxial. This makes them especially easy to splice so that's a positive I guess.

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Antec Performance One Series P193 V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome aside from limited CPU heatsink room 08/30/2011

This review is from: Antec Performance One Series P193 V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: * Lower chamber has a huge amount of room for the PSU and all of its cables, so unused cables are kept well out of the way.

* Easy to replace the PSU without having to remove the motherboard or anything else (due to separate chambers).

* Upper chamber large and easy to work in.

* Very smooth and easy-to-open front door

* Quick-snap front dust filters covering the front bays, so if you had a 5.25" drive and then removed it, you can just snap the dust filter back in to block that hole.

* Three slider switches for fan control exposed on the outside rear of the case, so you can adjust individually the speed of the two 140mm fans and rear 120mm fan, without opening the case.

* Internal slider for adjusting speed of the 200mm side fan.

* Sleek and understated looks.

Cons: * The side fan sticks inward half an inch. I have a CPU heatsink that is exactly 120mm tall because it's exactly the same size as the 120mm fan I have bolted to it, though the ends of the heatpipes do extend further than that. And the side fan presses against it. However I can still get the side door open, it just pushes against the heatsink a bit which is somewhat discomforting.

Other Thoughts: The box just says "P193 Super Mid-Tower", seemingly referring to this earlier version:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129062

That made me nervous until I figured out how to know I had the V3: only the V3 has the blue USB 3.0 connector on the front; the earlier model just has a silver eSATA connector instead. So ignore the box.

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Display Name: Edward R.

Date Joined: 01/14/05

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  • First Review: 06/26/05
  • Last Review: 01/05/13
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