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March 04, 2006

Wrapping up our recent look at several AVerMedia brand TV tuners, we have a model called the "AVerTVHD MCE A180 HDTV PCI TV Tuner". As the name implies, this is an HDTV (ATSC) tuner designed for use with Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE for short). So far we have looked at three NTSC tuners with varying interfaces and capabilities, and it will be interesting to see the AVerMedia approach to over-the-air tuning of high definition television signals.

Before diving into the review, let's see what AVerMedia has to say about this product:

"AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 is a full height PCI ATSC HDTV card for free over-the-air digital TV and full quality free over-the-air HDTV reception. It allows OEM/System Integrator to add value to their Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC. Enjoy free over-the-air Digital TV on your Media Center PC, watch, pause and record Digital TV programs, especially 1080i HDTV broadcast programs like NFL Football or the Oscars. Designed for for Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, or XP Home/Professional Operating Systems,the AVerTVHD MCE A180 completes your Home Entertainment Center capabilities with High Definition TV viewing. Watch TV, or use the PVR and Time Shift features to Pause, Rewind and Replay Live HDTV so that you will never miss a moment of your favorite TV programs again."


» Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Certified
» Hardware MPEG-2 Encoded
» Record, Playback and Time Shift (Pause, Rewind and Instant Replay) TV programs from your PC
» Support free over-the-air ATSC signal 480p, 720p and 1080i (with wide screen support)
» Dual TV Tuner drivers
» Standard Windows XP AVerTV Application Software Available


Under Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, there are specific hardware and software requirements to enable the AVerTVHD MCE A180 as a separate Digital TV Tuner device for Media Center...

» A supported DirectX 9.0 compliant graphics adapter is pre-installed
» Users will need to have an analog TV tuner card (like UltraTV 1500 MCE, AVerTV PVR 150 or AVerMedia M150) pre-installed in the system in order to get AVerTVHD MCE A180 to work properly in Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
» The Update Roll up 1 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with HDTV Support (KB873369) is required prior to installing drivers for AVerTVHD MCE A180. More information is available from Microsoft (view Microsoft document)
» A Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 certified MPEG-2 Decoder is required for proper operation of Media Center. Please refer to the Windows XP Media Center Edition Partners site for details on available DVD Decoder component suppliers

Input Signal:

» Input frequency range: 54MHz to 864 MHz
» Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
» Channels assignment: US standard
» Input signal level: -80dBm to -20dBm (8-VSB)
» Input impudence: 75 ohms
» Warranty: 1 year limited parts & labor
» Compliance: FCC Class B, CE

System Requirements:

» CPU: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz, 256 RAM or higher
» Operating System: Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
» Interface: One free PCI slot
» Pre-installed MCE 2005 Certified Analog TV Tuner Card
» Sound Card
» PCI AGP VGA Card with 64 MB memory, DirectX 9.0 or higher

Package Includes:

» AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 Digital TV Tuner Card

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