[mythtv-users] WinTV-NOVA-T-500 - buying in the UK

junk junk at giantblob.com
Wed Feb 14 09:32:21 UTC 2007

Robin Hill wrote:
> On Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 08:52:12AM +0000, junk wrote:
>> I'm also interested in getting a Nova T 500. I live in a marginal signal 
>> area. Do you have any idea how sensitive the tuners are?
>> Also can anyone offer advice on relative merits of using a dual tuner 
>> card versus two separate cards from a signal reception point of view? I 
>> want to upgrade from one to two tuners. I'm guessing that using a dual 
>> tuner card (with the signal split directly at the tuner inputs and the 
>> tuner inputs presumably either having matched impedance or a buffer or 
>> something) that I'll get better signal quality than simply using a 
>> passive splitter on the aerial cable and using two separate cards?
> I'm in a pretty low signal area myself (I need a mast-top booster to get
> any reception at all) and the Nova-T-500 is sensitive enough for me.
> I've noticed no difference in reception quality between having a single
> Nova-T-500 and two standard Nova-T's (daisychained as they have an
> aerial output as well as input).  Personally I'd doubt the manufacturers
> put any effort into optimising the signal splitting at all - I think
> they'll have used the equivalent of a cheap passive splitter internally.
> HTH,
>         Robin
Thanks. Perhaps with the potential EIT problem I might be better off 
just getting a second AVer card identical to the one I already have and 
using a passive splitter just before the inputs then - I know the 
chipset on the AVer card words well a second AVer card will be cheaper.

-- jeek

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