Reviews and Problems with Avermedia Avertv Hybrid A200
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DO NOT BUY
Colby D., Newegg
29 April 2011
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.
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...
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.
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: If you have RGB in you have to do RGB out, this device will not convert to a digital signal for you.
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: There is no way to extend the IR detector window so you have to have this thing somewhere that it can be "hit" by the remote. But since you can bounce IR off the roof you can put it behind your monitor and shoot up to change channels.
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.