I got a hauppauge 1600 (1178) at circuit city today. I did plenty of reading before I bought it and understand that it may or may not be QAM (have to open the box to find out). While I would like it, its not mandatory but as it got me looking at the box, it seems to be an old card (the box looks a bit faded and old, and it says that to conect cable hi-def tv, you have to use the rca inputs?). What I'm more concerned with, is the tuner chip. Unless I'm mistaken, its got an lg 5th generation atsc tuner chip, but since this might be such an old card, might it have something else older? My main concern with it is being able to pick up the most channels (I have several analog tuners and they have been the bain of my exsistance due to not finding channels in a poor reception area).
Can anyone help me identify what I got? Links are fine as I like reading up on things (though answers would of course be easier, not that I care about spending the time to research it). Any help would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by ripit
The older (non-QAM) card has RCA jacks for audio in. The newer cards have a mic. type jack.
@redwudz, yea, thats the one. I dont know why I didn't give the circuit city link where I bought it (on sale for 60$ though, no rebates).
@edDV, I'll check it out when the wife gets home (late trip to the grocery store and its in the trunk cause I'm hiding my latest purchase, lol).
Do you know about the tuner chip by chance (if its an older card, might it have an older gen chip or do all 1600's have lg 5th gen chips)? Its my bigest concern (another brand of chip wouldn't be aproblem if it is as good, but the lg are so highly rated, and the 5th is supposed to beter than the 4th gen at getting all the channels and good reception).
I can certainly open it up and see what I got, I'm just not sure how to see what I got (but when I have it in hand after the wifes asleap, I'll check the inputs (rca or mini plug and or the box picture).
Bad news if true
I don't know what chip is in the can.
The 74551 was the one with RCA audio connectors.
I opened and it's a 74041 lf. I'm glad that it has qam and see its not such an old card. Maybe hauppague hasn't redesigned the printing on the box as much as they changed things on the cards. Further, working in retail, I have learned that items stored on the to shelf seem substantially more susceptible to signs of age, as the box gets faded and looks worn even though sealed under shrink wrap).
Should I even be worried about this card and or its age? I have several analog tuners/capture devices (aver, 4 pinnacle/dazzle, ads). I have yet to have a good experience with any of them ( cannot get channels and reception is much worse that a tv gets from the same antenna (stuck with indoor antennas and I got some expensive ones). I have 1 digital tuner. Its an encore usb one (only got it cause newegg was clearancing them cheap). I acutally get an amazing number of channels with its software (which suck), but is incompatible with anything else (nero is tho only other program that recognised it and it only got 9 channels with it out of 40-50 including su channels). I guess I just need to try it out now that its open (I love working on computers, but the crawl space behind the home entertainment center is not only a rats nest of wires with a billion things hooked up and 5 ups's etc, but there is also 4 computers back there (3 desk and a lap) that I am working on for people, and its th only safe place from the kids.
I thank you all for your help. It was of great benefit. If anyone further reads this and knows the chip (I read one place that it was a 5th gen lg chip), that would be great, but in re4ality, once I get it in there, IF it works, and is compatible (many front ends list this card), hopefully my nightmare is over (all I want is a pvr, I could have bought a nice stand alone with all the money I have spent over the years).