Monday, June 13, 2011

AutumnWave USB HDTV Analog QAM Tuner PVR Review


Reviewed by K.C. Kim

Host Interface
USB 2.0

HDTV Tuner
Analog Tuner
QAM (Digital Cable) Tuner
Video Capture
Video Editing

Broadcast Formats
ATSC (Digital TV)
NTSC (Analog TV)
QAM (unencrypted Digital Cable)

Graphics Resolution
Supports HDTV resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 (ATSC)

Video Formats
Composite Video

Video Features

Recording & Playback:
Use the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for OTA Digital TV
Schedule to record up to 80 programs
Real-time or Scheduled Recording on Digital / Analog TV
Pause Live TV and Timeshift using DVR features (Digital TV)
Still image capture on Digital and Analog TV (JPEG or BMP format)
Time-shift support (Digital TV)
Record while in time-shifting mode (Digital TV)
Recording during playback (allows editing / saving of previously recorded material)
D-VHS HD Stream playback and recording (Windows XP only)
Playback HD stream files (ATSC)
Select from six speeds for fast forwarding or rewinding through recorded files
Connect your VCR or Camcorder to record your favorite tapes to PC, DVD or CD
Connect your Camcorder to save, edit, or convert your home movies
Connect your favorite gaming console to play and record games on your PC

Platform Support

1 x TV Antenna Input Digital/Analog TV (OTA and Cable)
1 x S-Video Video In
1 x Composite Audio/Video Input

Physical Characteristics

Form Factor
External Device


Additional Information

User-Friendly Features:
GT easily fits into pocket, backpack or laptop case
USB Powered for maximum mobility
Remote control ... Sleep Timer ... Auto Power On/Off
Digital Signal Strength Display makes antenna pointing easy
Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) (OTA Digital TV)
Zoom Navigator to select and enlarge the TV picture
Wallpaper TV View (live video or captured images as your desktop background)
Connect your favorite video game console to play on PC instead of TV

Main Chipset:
CX25843, CY68013A

LG ATSC / NTSC Tuner (LG TDVS-H062P) 5th Generation Chipset
1 Antenna Input [Digital/Analog TV (OTA and Cable)]
ATSC / NTSC OTA Ch 2 - 69
Unencrypted ATSC / NTSC Cable Ch 2 - 125 & QAM

Digital TV AC3 & 5.1 Channel Decoding Support
Analog TV Stereo / Multi Lingual Support

System Requirement

System With DXVA Support:
CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher or AMD Athlon XP or higher
Video Memory: 32MB or higher
RAM: 128MB or higher (256 recommended)

ATI VGA: Radeon 7200 or higher or Mobility Radeon 7500 or higher
nVidia VGA: Geforce MX 440 or higher or Geforce 4 Go or higher (Geforce 4 Ti not supported)
Intel VGA: Extreme Graphics 2 (865G, 855G, 852G) with driver v6.14.10.3722 or higher

System Without DXVA Support:
RAM: 128MB or higher (256MB recommended)
VGA: 64MB video memory or higher with DirectShow
CPU: Pentium 4 1.6GHz or higher, Pentium M 1.4 GHZ or above Notebook and AMD Athlon XP 2000+ or higher

Operating System Support:
Windows XP Home / Professional with Service Pack 2
Windows XP Media Center Edition 1.x or higher**
Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or higher

**Requires a separate MCE-compatible hardware-based Analog TV tuner to use the "My TV" function of MCE. Full digital/analog support with included OnAir software.

AC3 / AAC audio decoding and output supported Motion Picture Recording

Digital TV: MPEG-2 TS (up to 1920 x 1080 resolution)
Analog TV and Video Input:
MPEG-2 (720x480, 640x480, 480x480, 352x480) for SVCD or DVD
MPEG-1 (352x240) for VCD

Still Picture Capture Format:


What's Included

When you purchase the OnAir GT you will receive the mobile USB 2.0 Powered OnAir GT unit, Indoor Antenna, Antenna Adapter, Mini USB Cable, Remote Controller (AAA Batteries Included), AV Input cable, Getting Started Booklet, Installation CD and Carrying Case.

Intro: I remember purchasing a $50 usb tuner a couple years back and found that I was disappointed with the experience. Slow USB 1.1 connections and poor picture was to blame. Now the next generation of USB TV tuners is available that adds HDTV and are on faster USB 2.0 connections. The Autumnwave Onair GT is of the first mobile HDTV and DVR device to allow on-the-go consumers to receive and record high definition over-the-air' and digital cable (QAM) television broadcasts on laptops, as well as analog over-the-air' and cable broadcasts.

Installation: First thing to do is go to the net and download the latest drivers and software. This is recommended as updates and fixes are available. Follow by installing the drivers and software on to your laptop. Connect the USB to an available USB 2.0 port. And connect the antenna to the tuner. And you’re all set. Scan through the digital and analog channels and your ready to watch HDTV on your laptop. Included is a remote for easy flipping through channels.


Function: The TV tuner can produce crystal clear picture for digital channels. While analog was below average in my opinion. The minimum PC specs are lower than competing HDTV tuners due to the nVidia PureVideo Decoder. Like a PVR the Autumnwave Onair GT can view TV, Record programs, and also time shift.





Conclusion: The next generation of USB TV tuners has arrived and Autumnwave Onair GT is the best I have reviewed so far. If you want to watch HD content but don’t want to fork over the big bucks for an HDTV then the Autumnwave Onair GT might be right for you.

8.9 out 10

Purchase it now for only $179 HERE

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