Terratec Cinergy 1400 DVB-T digital TV tuner
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 30.12.2005 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Upon opening the box you are greeted with the remote, drivers, ir lead and some batteries, as well as the registration documents (for warranty). All of these were in perfect condition and had no marks on them.
Underneath we have the ain card itself wrapped in antistatic bubble rap, this should ensure the card arrives in a1 condition. Lets take everything out of the box and lay it out to see what we have.
As you can see included is the card it self, a remote sensor, remote, batteries, software CD and warranty. I have to say that although the instructions are on the cd I would like to have seen a little manual or a quick start guide. Apart from that everything look as if it was how it should be so lets take a look at the card itself.
The card itself is pretty strange with a orange on white PCB, this is quite a change from what end users expect to see and to be honest I like it.
The tuner is a Thomson made component and I believe a good choice, a good read on the chips capabilities more than reassure me that its upto the job.
The chipset used on the card is the well known Conexant brand and a great set to choose and with the setup this card has it should be more than capable of competing with the best of them.
The rear of the card is plain with just the website and model number on the card, but itís not what it looks like really is it, so before we install the card lets take a look at the inputs on the card.
Now this is already were the Cinergy 1400 DVB-T beats a lot of cards and I donít know why they donít make a point of it more in the info about this card. There is a pass through for the aerial that works exactly the same way as a VCR pass through. Now itís not a major thing as without good operation of the chipset it could mean nothing, but to me an excellent addition to the card. I know plenty of people with TV cards that run an aerial splitter to get a signal on TV and PC, but with this card there is no need for a splitter. This would also benefit media centre owners wanting to run a dual tuner set up as you wont need to send two aerial cables to the MCE PC and would just need to take a cable from the aerial output of the Cinergy 1400-DVB-T card to the second tuner.
Also on the back with these was the remote sensor input and a svideo in port (or composite via adaptor included), there was no audio input but you can use your sound cards line in for that. The Remote included was fully featured as well and had all the functions I would expect.
A nice plain and not complicated remote which is ideal for its use, although not to my self ( I run MCE ) but it still boasts the features you would expect.
Now we have taken a look at the card its time to get it installed and see how it performs.
Next page Install and Use