Switching to the Air2PC HD-5000 capture cards for MythTV

When I built my first MythTV system, I used the pcHDTV HD-3000 card. I’ve since switched to the AirStar HD-5000 because the tuner is much better.

About six months before I built the MythTV system, I started with a Hughes HTL-HD set-top box. Back then, I could tell that the tuner in the HTL-HD was significantly better than the pcHDTV card. When I was struggling to get the pcHDTV card to lock up on a signal, the HTL-HD would give significantly better picture quality. Now, the situation is reversed. In almost all cases, the Air2PC card tuner performs significantly better than the HTL-HD tuner. It’s common for the Myth to lock up on a channel and receive a perfect picture while the HTL-HD struggles.

MythTV has a function in LiveTV playback that is supposed to report signal strength and quality (hit F7), but the function doesn’t work with the Air2PC driver. As a result, I can’t really conclude in a quantitative way how much “better” the Air2PC card is. I haven’t tested the pcHDTV HD-5500, but I would assume it is comparable to the Air2PC card. I believe they both use the same late-model LG tuner, though it’s hard to tell from the data sheets.

One Response to “Switching to the Air2PC HD-5000 capture cards for MythTV”

  1. Eric says:

    Question for ya. I’m about to jump into the HDTV capture card market. I notice that you use nuvexport are you using it to convert HDTV recordings to xvid? If so are there any pit falls?

    Thanks,
    Eric

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