Message Edited by CaveCanem on 12-09-2004 08:17 PM
Message Edited by CaveCanem on 12-09-2004 08:19 PM
Message Edited by CaveCanem on 12-14-2004 02:19 PM
I have called, emailed, chatted, and now even forumed to every department that I can think of, but to no avail. Any suggestions?
Do you happen to have the Ultra Top-Secret Specialized XPS Gen 4 TechSupport number?
I am completely out of ideas. My concern is that the card will not work for my setup, which requires Two S-Video and Two Stereo inputs like the nVidia-based NVTV. This will run Two Comcast/Motorola Set-Top-Boxes.
Also, can it capture video to archive video tapes to DVD?
Dell has tapped the Emuzed Angel Dual HQ
for their Dual TV Tuner/PVR Card.
Here is some info on the card and company. Features and Specs are listed below.
Emuzed's Maui PCI PVRs have been used in the MCEs for Alienware, HP, and Samsung. http://www.emuzed.com/mediapcs.html
Emuzed launches dual tv tuner card for windows xp media center ...
Full Story http://www.itnowonline.com/265/35194.htm
New Emuzed Card Powered by NEC Electronics' Single-Chip Solution for Video Decoding, Video Quality Enhancements and MPEG Encoding
FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Emuzed, a leading provider ofmultimedia solutions for PCs and consumer appliances, announced today a dual TV tuner PCI card solution with hardware encoding and advanced video qualityenhancements for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The 'Angel Dual HQ' tuner card features hardware encoding on both channels provided by two NEC Electronics MPEG2 encoder devices (part number uPD61153) that offer avideo decoder with three-dimensional (3D) luminance/chrominance (Y/C) separation, 3D noise reduction, and an MPEG-1/MPEG-2 encoder in a single chip........
View or Record (to disk) analog video from a Composite, S-Video or TV source.
Listen to or Record (to disk) analog audio. Source may be an external source (DVD or VCR player, etc.) or TV.
Dual tuners allow viewing one channel while recording a different channel or simultaneously recording two different channels.
High quality video processing helps to provide a cleaner, low noise picture.
The Emuzed Angel Dual TV Tuner hardware comes with the following software:
Driver setup utility (DrvSetup.exe). Located in the Windows\System32\Drivers\Angel\ folder.
WDM driver (Angel.sys, Angel.inf, EzdCoIns.dll, EzRating.dll)
Diagnostic utility (AnglDiag.exe, AnglDiag.cfg, Angel.device)
The Emuzed Angel Dual TV Tuner is supported by Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) – 2005 release. Microsoft's MovieMaker can be used for raw audio and video capture.
Standard Microsoft Direct Show property sets. The drivers can be found on the Resource CD. An Install Shield is provided to make installation simple. Store the Resource CD that comes with your system in a safe place in case you need to reinstall the software.
Platform Requirements -
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
5400 RPM or faster Disk Drive (Note: Disk DMA must be enabled for proper operation.)
Minimum 256MB RAM, 512MB Recommended
1.8GHz Processor, 400 MHz Front Side Bus
DirectX 9.1 or higher
5 connectors -
1. TV Coaxial Cable
2. S-Video/Composite Channel 1 (VID IN 1)
3. Stereo Audio Channel 1 (AUD IN 1)
4. S-Video/Composite Channel 2 (VID IN 2)
5. Stereo Audio Channel 2 (AUD IN 2)
PCI Card Installation
Model Angel Dual TV Tuner
Connection type Analog and RF
RF(TV) Specifications -
Channel Support Ch. 2 through 125 (31.25kHz steps)
Video Specifications -
Video Format UYVY (4:2:2), Mpeg-2 (4:2:0)
Capture Resolution NTSC: 720x480
Frame Rate 29.97 fps-NTSC
Inputs NTSC: Composite and S-Video RF (for TV)
Playback Resolution Monitor: up to Full Screen
SNR 43 dB (up to 5 MHz with Modulated Ramp)
Chroma Gain +/- 2 degrees (75% Color Bars)
Luma Gain +/- 2.5 degrees (10 step staircase)
Sub-Carrier Deviation < 100 Hz
Frequency Response (-3dB) 3.25 MHz (compressed)
Audio Specifications -
Audio Format 16 bit PCM, Mpeg 1 Layer 2
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz
Modes Mono, Stereo
Line Input 2 VRMS into 20K ohms; Stereo mini-jacks
SNR > 85 dB (1KHz tone)
THD+N < -70 dB (1KHz tone)
Frequency Response (-3dB) 100Hz to 18KHz
Volume Control 70dB
Mechanical Specifications -
PCI Card 5.5" x 4.1"
Cable Crosstalk < -35 dB
ESD > 8KV (recoverable)
Operating Temperature 0° to 55°C
Operating Humidity 5 to 80% non-condensing
Storage Temperature -20 to 70°C
Storage Humidity 5 to 85% non-condensing
Input Voltage (Current) +3.3V (700mA)
Message Edited by CaveCanem on 12-13-2004 02:47 PM
I have purchased the card in my new XPS system, but will not receive it until Christmas Eve, which will be a madhouse. I won't be able to post my thoughts until sometime in January. I was also hoping to here from someone who has it, plus some prior experience with TV tuner cards, to get a better feel for the card.
Here is some additional information on alternatives for a more informed decision. (Taken from a previous post reply for a potential upgrade customer):
Here is a list of MCE 2005 partners, and their approved products. Since you are going to have to go through the trouble of installing the card yourself, you might want to see if there is a card that is a better fit for you.
As for the recently revealed mystery tuner, the Emuzed Angel Dual Tuner. It took a long time to get this much info on it, and still I can't find any info on Dell's site about it. Even Emuzed has zip, nada, zilch! The Angel is strictly OEM for now. I am not sure if it is in short supply, and only new systems have the option, but perhaps if you dig long enough you might be rewarded with one.
My advice would be to do a little research on the alternatives, before you take a spin on the Dell Merry-Go-Round the World!
I was disappointed to see that the Hauppauge 500mce has only one S-video/Composite inputs, and only one set of RCA audio inputs. So instead of being able to connect 2 set-top-boxes via 2 S-video, and 2 stereo mini-jack inputs (as in the NVTV Dual, Emuzed Angel Dual, etc..), 1 must be RF, and the other is a choice between RF, S-Video or Composite. (See earlier post above with links).
So Beware! Not all dual tuner cards have the same features, make sure it does what you want it to.
Dell/Emuzed Angel Dual Tuner Info: Copied directly from Confirmation Invoice:
Media Center Enhancements Dual TV Tuner with Remote Control
Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Logo Partner List
This is an initial list of compatible products. The list will grow as products get submitted into the logo program.
Media Center Extenders
I feel your pain and lived it also. It's like they don't know what they are putting in their machines. I've done all the same research and can't believe how little info is available. Here's my thing, when it says "Dual tuners allow viewing one channel while recording a different channel or simultaneously recording two different channels", quote from the user guide, just how the heck does that happen? I have a new dim 8400 with dual tuner and a LCD TV and a cable line. The joke is when it says to do this refer to the documentation provided with the OSHA. Yeah that tells you a lot. It tells me that I need 2 physical cards!
I can't believe the circles the a consumer has to take just to be able to use what they pay for. Oh and they also advertise on the dell site, radio to go along with the other great features. Don't believe it has that option either. Not every PC buyer is a non-manual reading with time to stumble on to how to do things user. JUST GIVE US SOME FLIPPIN DIRECTIONS! Sorry I feel a little better now
I have a new dim 8400 with dual tuner and a LCD TV and a cable line. The joke is when it says to do this refer to the documentation provided with the OSHA. Yeah that tells you a lot. It tells me that I need 2 physical cards!
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