tarek at tarek
Oct 27, 2002, 11:13 AM
Post #2 of 9
I do not know for sure about the WinTV Stereo, but my experiences can
help you extrapolate..
I have a WinTV Go, which is a step down from the Stereo.. I suspect the
only true difference between the two is the mono/stereo, to be honest,
which is why I got it (my sound comes in through my sound card from an
external tuner, so it remains stereo)..
So, what do I think? The WinTV Go is amazing.. If I run xawtv, and am
outputting through my nvidia at 640x480 to my TV, you cannot tell that
there is a computer in the middle (on my admittedly not so demanding
sanyo 30ish inch).. For me, that is a good thing : ) Of course, output on
the TV is a little different when MythTV is involved, but that is to be
I got the WinTV because of the very well-supported chipset, and there's a
reason it's well-supported.. it seems it's pretty good quality..
signal input: DirecTV Tuner sending through composite
card input: WinTV Go
video card output: NVidia GeForce 2 MX 400
Distro: Mandrake 9
CPUs used: P2-333 (great quality there) and Athlon 1.2 (great quality
Hope it helps : )
tarek : )
> OK, I think I'm going to give mythTV a shot...I mean, what do I have to
> lose except time and money ;) Seriously, looks like Isaac is doing some
> amazing things (as a side note, Isaac, you should put up a
> ThinkGeek/CD/DVD/etc wishlist. Those of us that don't have time to
> contribute to the code would still like to contribute *some* way!)
> It looks like I'm going to (I need to) get the WinTV-Stereo card. Here's
> why I'm going with this card: (1) I need to have stereo outs, (2) my
> cheap mobo has a built-in graphics card with *no* AGP slot, so I have to
> go PCI, and (3) seems like a lot of people are using the WinTV cards.
> Does this seem like a wise choice? Does anyone want to push me into
> another direction?
> I poked around a bit on-line and several pages say that the card does:
> - VIDEO INPUTS: CABLE COAX RCA AND S-VIDEO
> - VIDEO OUTPUTS: NONE
> - AUDIO CAPTURE: YES
> - VIDEO STANDARDS SUPPORTED: NTSC
> - RESOLUTIONS SUPPORTED: 160 X 120
> - COLORS SUPPORTED: 256
> This doesn't seem right...a resolution of 160x120 and 256 colors?! Is
> that the software that's causing that limitation? I'd like to do 640x480.
> Is it possible with the WinTV-Stereo?
> Yeah, I know, a lot of questions, but I'd kinda like to get some straight
> answers before making a purchase.
> Thanks all,
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