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HD-5500 vs HD-3000
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 5:25 pm Reply with quote
scotchfx
 
Joined: 06 Jun 2006
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I know it was *just* released, but does anyone know what advantages the pchdtv hd-5500 has over it's hd-3000 predecessor (aside from price and a low PCI profile)?

I am turning my old workstation into a MythTV box and am currently in the market for a HD capture card (only get a handful HD stations here over cable - PBS and such - but I expect this will change over the next year or so).

I've looked at the specs of both the HD-5500 and the HD-3000 on pchdtv.com but cannot find a discernable difference in the features.

If anyone has an insight into the new pcHDTV card your advice would be much appreciated.
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HD-3000 vs HD-5500 response from support@pchdtv.com
PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:16 pm Reply with quote
scotchfx
 
Joined: 06 Jun 2006
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Here is the response I've received from support@pchdtv.com...

***************************************************************

Hello,

Yes, it is also supported under MythTV like the HD-3000. The HD-5500
has the latest tuner and demod chip for better reception especially in
city areas. It is a smaller board and we were also able to reduce the
price.

Best Regards,

Jack Kelliher
pcHDTV, Inc.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:39 am Reply with quote
ubulid00
 
Joined: 13 Nov 2004
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Due to signal problems with comcast cable, I took a risk and bought a 5500 to try and debug the issue. The improvement has been substantial in the signal quality. Whereas the 3000 would lose blocks every few seconds, the 5500 receives perfectly...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:33 am Reply with quote
aaronw
 
Joined: 18 Sep 2006
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Location: Silicon Valley, CA




Did the 5500 include an internal audio output connector? This would be really nice for plugging in to my sound card which has internal input connectors for this application. Also, I have another really old NTSC BT848 based capture card which is able to do this.

Also, do you know if it is compatible with the nVidia drive? I am having a lot of problems with my pcHDTV 3000 handling QAM video if I run X with nVidia's driver (with an nVidia 6600 PCI-E graphics adapter on an Athlon64 system).
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:57 am Reply with quote
nybbler
 
Joined: 06 Jul 2006
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The 5500 does not have an internal audio output connector, but you don't need an audio output connector as modern drivers can get the audio through the PCI bus without another D->A->D conversion.

I have no incompatibility with the nVidia drivers for my 6150-based motherboard.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:30 am Reply with quote
ricperry1
 
Joined: 05 Jan 2007
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nybbler wrote:
The 5500 does not have an internal audio output connector, but you don't need an audio output connector as modern drivers can get the audio through the PCI bus without another D->A->D conversion.


Is this also true for ANALOG NTSC capture? My understanding is that there is no encoder on-board, so the video and audio streams will be separated, and you have to capture the audio separately. Maybe the driver for the card sends the analog stream as a composite signal to the encoder...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:20 pm Reply with quote
nybbler
 
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There is an D/A converter for analog NTSC.
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