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  1. Well, it's not an analogue video capture card. It's a dual-tuner digital TV card. What do you want for the money? It's a cheap way of turning your PC into a PVR.
  2. I bought one of these recently. Nice unit. Easy to set up. The supplied software (Arcsoft TotalMedia) wouldn't allow overlapping timer recordings (apparently only allowing record one, watch another, rather than record two). Windows Media Center allows overlapping timer recordings fine though. I'm using Windows 7 32-bit on an Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo. I don't know why they say it needs a quad core.
  3. Just for the record, I swapped the set over today at David Jones, and the new one is much better. Looks like I just got a bad one first time.
  4. I have just bought my first LCD TV, a Sony KDL-32W5500 (81cm) and notice that lines which should be horizontal are not perfectly so. On the right-hand half of the screen, they are pretty well perfect, but on the left-half they dip slightly downwards from the centre to the left edge. I suppose there is some tolerance in the manufacture of these panels, but after putting up with geometric distortion on CRT TVs for years, I guess I was hoping for perfection in an LCD. The problem is visible on the internal tuner (e.g. the Channel Nine cricket graphics), a component input (menus on a media player at 1080p) and a grid pattern file which I created on a PC and put on a USB stick, so it appears to be the alignment of pixels on the panel. I intend to take the USB file into David Jones where I bought the TV, and try it on a display model they have (and hopefully other model LCDs which have USB too).
  5. Excellent idea. I've tried both and the Astone leaves the WD for dead (and it's cheaper).
  6. It's a lot better than the WDTV Live. You can delete files from the same folder view from which you play them, much like a file manager on a PC. With the WD, you play them from one place, then have to go to the separate File Manager section to delete them. Also, when you play a file that has been played before, the default selection is to resume where you left off, not to play from the start as it is on the WD.
  7. The standard firmware certainly doesn't do it, and there is no key for it on the supplied remote control.
  8. PC-based media players, such as The KMPlayer, do a pretty good job of slomo on 24fps xvid/avi and x.264/mkv, as commonly used in TV shows and movies on the net, so I don't see why stand-alone media players can't (except perhaps for processor power). Sure, it's a repeated frame advance so it's jerky at the slower speeds, but that's fine by me. I'm not talking about professional slomo achieved by shooting at high frame rates. As for why I want it, haven't you ever wanted to replay part of a TV show or movie in slomo to check out some detail?
  9. PVRs do respectable slomo on MPEG-2 files, which are compressed. I just found out that the Astone AP-110D's slowmo only works at 3/4 and 1/2 speed. The 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 produce normal speed without audio. They probably haven't found a way to do the slower speeds with decent results. What higher frame rate do you mean? All the compressed media I watch have 24 or 25 frames per second. Slomo is fine with that.
  10. Yes, I know, but that pretty useless for me. I was referring to short skips forward and back, like most PVRs.
  11. Neither did I until I got it, although a closer look at the photo of the remote would have told me! Good grief. I just noticed that iiBuy has dropped the price of the Astone AP-110D by about $15 since I ordered it on the weekend. It's about $98 now!
  12. For me, other key features of the Astone AP-110D over the MNP-101 are a 30-second forward skip (the manual says "around 10 seconds"), an instant replay (around 7-second skip back) and numeric keys on the remote. All that and it's cheaper. Definitely a better buy than either the MNP-101 or the WDTV Live. I just got the AP-110D today and already I think I've finally found a network media player I can live with at a reasonable price (was disappointed with the limited navigation features of the WD).
  13. I bought a WDTV Live several weeks ago, but was rather disappointed in its navigation capabilities (no skip or slow motion, jerky FF and reverse above 4 times) and not being able to play Real Media. I have now acquired an Astone AP-110D and this leaves the WD for dead in terms of navigation. It has 30-second skip forward (the manual says "around 10 seconds"), instant replay (around 7-second skip back) and go to a specified time. It also has variable speed slow motion and frame step forward. It also supports Real Media. On top of all that, it's cheaper (around $115). Picture quality from an xvid up-converted to 1080i on My Panasonic wide-screen CRT looks very good, on a par with the WD.
  14. I see someone else has reported that it works fine with his Sony CRT. I'll just add that 1080i over component is fine with my Panasonic TX76PW300A wide-screen CRT (which doesn't support 720p). Even low-res xvids (e.g. 624x352) can look pretty good up-scaled to this.