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AVerMedia A188-AF AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner (A188)

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  • Dual digital tuner
  • PCI Express x1 interface
  • ATSC / ClearQAM

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Give your home theater PC a kick in the case with AVermedia's Duet. Designed to receive HDTV over the air (ATSC) or Unencrypted Digital Cable (ClearQAM) on your PC, it's a dual digital tuner that works with a PCI-e interface for a more stable, higher bandwidth connection than with PCI. This dual tuner is able to let you watch one program while recording another at the same time, so you never miss your favorites!

This digital TV receiver not only receives Over-the-Air (ATSC)/Unencrypted ClearQAM (Digital Cable) signals but supports HD sound and image quality up to 1080i resolution, with variable aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. Thanks to the high bandwidth of the PCIex1 interface you can watch flicker free HDTV on your Windows Media Center PC. Advanced PVR functionality lets you pause and rewind live TV, schedule recordings ahead of time and fast forward through the show to watch it at your own pace.

So what are you waiting for? Just give your existing HTPC a “power boost” to enrich your digital entertainment experience.

  • newegg Enjoy ATSC or Clear QAM digital TV on Your PC The AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet receives free-to-air ATSC or unencrypted digital cable (Clear QAM) signals directly to your PC, complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg HD 1080i Support The AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet supports high definition quality up to 1080i for a true high-definition TV watching experience.
  • newegg Double Your HD Entertainment Experience With dual built-in digital tuners, the AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet allows you to watch two different channels at the same time, or watch one channel while recording another, so you don't miss either of your favorites.
  • newegg PCI Express Interface The AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet provides improved transfer speed as almost two times as that of traditional PCI products. This high bandwidth makes it possible to receive and record HD channels stably when other program is running at the same time.
  • newegg Compatible with Windows 7 Compatible with Windows 7, the AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet provides superior PC-TV viewing experiences on PCs running the Windows 7 operating system.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good with antenna

Pros: Dual digital tuner

Cons: Doesn't work with Comcast.

Other Thoughts: only good with antenna for me because Comcast encrypt channels.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
BRING IT BACK

Pros: LOVE this card... dual tuners, compact PCIe x1, awesome sensitivity, ATSC **AND** ClearQAM (see other thoughts)

Cons: AverMedia has NO replacement. I've contacted them and they have no dual tuner (USB, PCIe, or other) that does both (either) ATSC and (or) ClearQAM... the USB tuners are single tuners

Other Thoughts: Regarding ATSC/ClearQAM; really, one or the other... will not switch on the fly with Win MC and will not do one ATSC, one ClearQAM. But this tends to make sense, that is, your either connecting the RF input to an antenna OR to your cable company's signal

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Didn't last long

Pros: When it worked it seemed to be great.

Cons: Blew out after very little use.

Other Thoughts: I decided to write this review after all I have had to put up with. I bought this tuner and it set up easily and worked well. I used it a few times for OTA channels and then it sat unused for a couple months. When I went to use it again on a cable system it would not find any channels when it scanned. After a lot of time trying many scans and emails attempting things ultimately I was sent to their RMA division. This did turn out to be a defective device not of my doing but of course I had to pay to ship it back. Then, I suppose partially my fault it was sent to an old address of mine and not the one I sent it back from. Then I had to go through a bunch of rigamarol, lost time and a $5. cost to get that straightened out. I had better get a properly working device that lasts a long time or I will be back to tell. A lot of this junk is just that, junk. That is known by all and there needs to be more responsibility and the costs bore by the manufacturers and sellers. I am not very impressed with newegg either in these type of things. They hand off the warranty after a short period of time usually 30 days to the manufacturer and for example like this item I am then dealing with all of these shenanigans and extra shipping costs. If an item is only going to last a short time newegg should warranty it themselves. Not my first go around with egg with something like this.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Problems detecting card

Pros: None, from my experience.

Cons: The card was detected by Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) as a usb composite device under human interface devices. I couldn't get it to see the drivers correctly at all. Also, the software that came with this card was fairly useless at correcting the issue, or seeing it's own hardware installed. I'm in the process of returning it now. I'm a Systems Administrator who has worked in Information Technology for over 15 years. I can normally make anything work. I wasted two hours last night trying to get two of these cards running on my media center, then had to revert to the old cards. I'm not happy.

Other Thoughts: This card probably just has issues with 64-bit Windows, I'm assuming the glowing reviews that lead me to this purchase were based on 32-bit installs.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Tuner Card

Pros: Inexpensive, plug and play, dual channel.

Cons: No FM tuner, no remote.

Other Thoughts: It needs a splitter for proper dual channel functionality.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
DOA on Arival

Pros: Switching between Low Profile and Standard Bracket very easy.

Cons: Arrived DOA. Saw channels and signal strength but failed to display video or sound. Returned for refund.

Other Thoughts: Nice feature having the ability to view one channel and record another.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Two tuner setup working great

Pros: Easy installation of hardware and drivers. Works very well.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I've had two these cards for almost a year now (1 year in April 2014). In the original motherboard, I was having issues with the second being recognized. After contacting the motherboard manufacturer, I was able to troubleshoot (mobo configurations were the issue) and get them working only to have a storm fry the motherboard. The current motherboard I planned better for and got one with two PCI-E slots, and everything ran smoothly from day one install.

The cards integrate very well with WMC. I have been able to successfully record 4 shows at once while I flipped back to the TV and watch a 5th at the same time on many occasions, and even with a single antenna powering the whole house (Newegg item N82E16882125334), I got clean recordings - no digitization.

I would highly recommend, and I am currently considering getting a third card so I can have a single tuner and a more powerful video card attached to my main TV since I get digitized signals when watching OTA through my TV.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Easy to setup, works well with included website software, WMC 8.1 Pro detected it easily.

Cons: None that I could see.

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