Upgrading my Tuner Cards - what should I get? (1 Viewer)

elsmandino

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Hi there,

I currently have a Hauppauge HVR-2200 (2 x DVB-T tuners) and an Haupauge Nova SD2 (1X DVB-S2), using them to pick up both Freeview and Freesat.

I have decided that it is time to upgrade my setup due to too many clashes for recordings and my lack of ability to watch anything in HD once the single satellite card is in use.

I originally thought about selling both cards and buying a BGT3600 from Blackgold, but I have heard bad things about this company and have seen lots of posts that for the money, a TBS card is better.

I originally thought about looking for an alternative tuner card that had dual DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 but nothing else seems to exist.

I have therefore thought about buying one of the following:

A dual DVB-T2 card and a dual DVB-S2 card or

A dual DVB-T2 and a quad DVB-S2 card

What do you think I should do and what are my options in terms of recommended brands and models?

Thanks

Alex
 

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    elsmandino

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    Hi Erichzann,

    Thanks very much for that - having read a few reviews, it definitely seems that TBS is the way to go.

    The question now is whether to go for the 2 or 4 version of the DVB-S2. Do you think that 4 DVB-S2 tuners would be overkill along with 2xDVB-T2, considering I only watch Freeview and Freesat? I have four LNBs on my sat dish and only one is being used at the minute.

    I record a lot of TV but not masses but am always getting clashes as all the good stuff seems to be on at the same time.

    I do have a spare unused, single LNB sat dish on my garage - perhaps I should try a different satellite for some extra channels. Are there any English speaking channels on any of the other satellites worth considering?

    Alex
     

    Arfer Daley

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    I have been running the TBS6280 for just over a year I think it has and still is performing great get the odd glitch but I think that's down to where I am situated in the country I have just received my 6982 DVB-S2 and I hope it will run alongside my other card if not will fit it in my second machine we shall see a new adventure I think I am embarking on :) sorry not posted b4 just joined also have a feeling this maybe an old post just finding my way about on here at present
     

    JohnDoe2000

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    Hi all,

    I think I'll buy the TBS 6280. Can someone tell something about the compatibility and the performance of this card? Is it possible to record more than 2 channels at the same time? At the moment I use a twin tuner DVB-T card and it is possible to record six different channels at the same time.

    I'm looking forward to your replays.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Christian
     

    Arfer Daley

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    As I Say Above
    I use the TBS6280 in win7 32bit mce works a treat don't think you can record more than 2 at the same time never tried too be honest as long as you have a good signal on freeview you will be ok where I live the reception is not that good on freeview if the wind starts too blow too hard the ariel moves and ruins the recording s with dropouts etc but its my fault as I can't get on the roof too secure Ariel pole :) so I done the next best thing I purchased a new card TBS6982
    fitted a 4way lnb and so far cushty all the way lol my sat dish is in the garden 6ft off the floor
     

    JohnDoe2000

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    Hi,

    and thanks for your small review. Now I have bought the card and it seems to work. I said seems because I don't connect the power supply of the card. I have read that that makes no difference. Have you connected the power supply of the card?

    I haven't connected the power supply because I have to connect three (!) 4-pin cables. Now I have to buy adapters from SATA power to 4-pin power cable.

    Regards,
    Christian

    As I Say Above
    I use the TBS6280 in win7 32bit mce works a treat don't think you can record more than 2 at the same time never tried too be honest as long as you have a good signal on freeview you will be ok where I live the reception is not that good on freeview if the wind starts too blow too hard the ariel moves and ruins the recording s with dropouts etc but its my fault as I can't get on the roof too secure Ariel pole :) so I done the next best thing I purchased a new card TBS6982
    fitted a 4way lnb and so far cushty all the way lol my sat dish is in the garden 6ft off the floor
     

    Arfer Daley

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    yes I did connect the power to the card I was lucky my psu has a boat load of connections the connection made no difference I think the power is for when you have a motorized dish (not sure on that) but it works ok if power not connected
     

    JohnDoe2000

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    OK, I think so too.

    Another Question: I have problems to grab the EPG of the German main channels. If I select only the main channels it seems to work but if I add other channels the main channels won't be grabbed.

    Have you had similar problems?
     

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