Reviews and Problems with Avermedia Avertv Hybrid A200
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DO NOT BUY
Vermont L., Newegg
29 April 2011
Summary: NewEgg should stop selling this, it's junk.
Pros: Nice Concept.
Cons: Horrible in reality. DVI output is unreliable, picture quality is poor on both SD and HD signals. Audio/Video don't sync well, the menus are very poor, supported resolutions are lacking. On and on with issues.
Summary: After almost a year, I started getting SPAM/junk email from this company.
Pros: Avermedia - the company answers their phone.., and I can only say good things about Newegg's service. I do 90% of the purchases for my business through Newegg, and they always helped me out.
Cons: I can't believe Newegg still sells this junk. I had Avermedia replace the product two times! two times!, still the unit runs super hot, delays in closed captioning, poor receiver, etc. I'm sorry to have to say this, but stay away from this product. It is a nice concept, but real poor design, you'd think they'd fix it, add a fan, something...
Summary: If you don't care about captioning, get a cheaper device. If you want captioning, get version 9 of this product, the captioning is much better on version 9 (no lagging, even better readable font. If you do want DTV reception, just get a converter box, and put version 9 behind it.
Pros: Does shoes TV on a VGA or DVI screen.
Cons: The captioning lags horribly, if you are like me, I like to read the captions while I listen to the program. The device gets extremely hot, be careful not to touch the connectors, you can get a skin burn. The QAM receiver on cable gets confused, in the station list the text from one station covers the ones underneath making it unreadable so it is not going to be able to replace your digital cable box.
Summary: Briefly there were some combo PC Monitor/TV tuners from Samsung and others, now there are TVs that can also be useds as PC monitors (but generally max out at the 1080p resolution). As its getting harder to find a monitor that can take S-Video input this is a way to add it to your PC monitor (allowing you to play your game console games on your PC monitor fairly easily).
Pros: So this unit does exactly what it says it does, with our without a PC turned on. It puts a TV on your DVI or VGA monitor. The output adapts to the monitor so if you have a wide screen monitor you get wide screen output (even if the source material didn't ask for it) and a 4:3 monitor gets you 4:3 output. No options to letter box the sides or top and bottom if you're media's format is different than your screen.
Cons: There is one huge issue with this unit, it periodically forgets its settings. Not sure why but if you set it to CABLE-STD for example, it will not tune any channels until you go through "auto program" which can take over 30 minutes! So if you turn it on, and its forgotten its settings you've got about 30 minutes or longer before you can be watching any TV on this thing.
Cons: Box keeps locking up, especially in preview mode, channels are grainy and picture is horrible with hd channels. doesn't support progressive scan except in 480p, my old tuner looks closer to hd than this thing. definitely not worth the hassle if you are looking to use a computer monitor as your tv look somewhere else
Summary: I'm using an RGB connection from my work pc to this device before going to my 24" westinghouse LCD monitor, (work pc, can't install a better video card) operating at 1920x1200@60hz which is the max that this device can handle & is the native resolution of my monitor.
Pros: This tuner does do exactly what I was expecting and needed it to do, which is to provide a translucent pip window from component inputs playing a video from my ipod, so I can continue to work, all while not making any alterations to the PC (hardware or software).
Cons: You may have to power the unit off and back on if you get into a weird mode and can't get back out. While set to translucent PIP, you can't adjust the translucency, only the OSD translucency.
Summary: Got this as open box, so price was ok. Haven't tried the digital tuner yet. Gets kind of warm, but so do some other boxes like this I've tried. Remote works fine, but true I am sitting right next to the receiver. OSD took a little getting used to, but it is simple.
Pros: Takes 16:9 input, resolutions up to 1920x1200. Can specify various output resolutions. Output video looks pretty clean. Great variety of inputs and outputs.
Cons: Can't output DVI input to any output other than DVI. No controls for output video frame sizing or positioning (I was pretty disappointed about that). Price seems a bit high.
Summary: I am now using the second unit after the first one failed after a short while (would not turn on anymore). This unit also has problems powering on, but so far it has been working. I am afraid to ever turn it off which might not be a good idea b/c it gets so hot - that can't be good for it.
Pros: great concept
Cons: it seems that this product is not quite refined enough.
Summary: The manual is skimpy, but pretty much describes the inputs and outputs. The menu system is functional but not particularly intuitive. If you are comfortable adding a second monitor to your system this will be easy.
Pros: The AverMedia box can turn a spare DVI input monitor or VGA monitor into a television. That's pretty cool. As a pass through device it supports 1920x1200 and can put the TV picture in a picture, extra bonus. Your PC doesn't have to be turned on, epic win.
Cons: I would give this thing 5 stars if it had an option to *not* stretch to 16:9 the input signal. If you're watching old school 4:3 content it will be stretched if you're watching it on a wide screen monitor, even in PIP mode.
Summary: I hope the replacement unit works. The alternative is to run TV through a computer connected to the monitor using MythTv or window media center, but I like tivo as a DVR.
Pros: There is no other product like this that I have found. I wanted to use an Apple cinema display as a TV in my new kitchen b/c I like its looks. The apple monitor only has a DVI connector. This device adds antenna, composite, and DVI connections and the ability to switch between them and even do picture in picture like a standard TV would have.
Cons: The first one I got was defective. It has trouble powering on. For about a week, I could get it to turn on if I unplugged and replugged the power a few times, but now it won't turn on at all.