Terratec 2400 Dual TV tuner
Posted by: Mac on: 03.06.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The Terratec Cinergy 2400i DT is a good tv card, a very good card in my opinion, the picture and sound quality are great, it picks up every channel that’s on air. Please note though that this is at least partially down to other things too no doubt, the aerial that its connected to and location would also play some part in it, you may find otherwise if in a weak signal area and / or using a small aerial.
However in my opinion the bundled Terratec Home Cinema software is a little rough around the edges. There is no denying it works and it works very well, as I said picture and sound quality is as good as any other TV card, it has a lot of user definable settings and does everything that it sets out to do. BUT in my opinion with a bit more time and effort it could have been so much better.
I am certain the channels could have been automatically sorted in the “correct” order as per the order every other digital receiver seems to have the channels laid out. This tiny missing “feature” strikes me as just being down to laziness. Harsh? Maybe, but it is this one little thing that makes Windows MCE a superior piece of software as I personally am so used to the channels being laid out in a certain order, as I am sure a lot of other people are. OK MCE doesn’t offer picture in picture like Terratec’s Home Cinema software but to me that function is little more than a gimmick to show off the dual tuners.
- Bundled software works well.
- Easy to set up using bundled software.
- Uses a single PCI Express slot.
- Good picture and sound quality.
- Impressive software to set up the remote to launch almost any software you have installed.
- Dual tuners allow user to record 2 different channels at once or watch one channel and record another.
- Bundled software sets up channels in random order.
- Needed to download new driver to get Terratec Cinergy 2400i DT working in Vista MCE. This may well be sorted by now.
Reality Check: To surmise I really like this card and when being used with Vista MCE I would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind going round finding the right driver for the issue.
Reviewed by Mac
Many thanks to TerraTec for supplying the Cinergy 2400i DT for review.