"favorable review"4.5 starson by s5rf5ng
Pros: Great for price
Cons: 17" monitor is still not a 40" screen
Summary: I live in S.F. about a mile from Twin Peaks broadcasting aerials. I inherited(literally) a one year old Dell work station ($3,000) from a music buff (he had a web page on music that got many replies from around the world). I am not very knowledgeable myself about this sort of stuff but this computer probably made things easy for me. With a little bit of anxiety I installed an ATI Wonder card 650 ($100 on sale at Best Buy). Works GREAT. Records (scheduled or push button) HDTV (no quality loss) or FM radio. They say you need an amplified aerial. I put on a connecting coax (have not gotten such aerial yet) put much of the coax in the window. During weather good for reception, I perfectly receive NBC, ABC, KQED(regular broadcast, ENCORE, and WORLD), KIDS and three in Chinese broadcasts. All HDTV. Can always receive ABC. I have a 17" monitor--not bad viewing for one person, but LCD is too directional for more viewers(of course a computer monitor is only designed for one person at a time). Hope eventually to get a bigger screen, but it looks like the screen may be the most expensive aspect of a regular HDTV, so running off a computer may not save much. Looks like 90% of the cost of an HDTV is a result of the screen.Updated
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The 650 works very badly on cable or OTA analog. I got it only for OTA digital, so no problem for me. It is very sensitive to different antenna options. I use a splitter and two antennas. A 30 ft. coax coiled up with a super simple loop off an old $20 TV actually works best on some channels--and I have a Radio Shack $70 amplified antenna. I now get about 17 digital OTA channels.
The 650 crashes about once a month and I have to delete and reinstal.
I have learned the difference between digital multi-casting and digital hi-def--even though the multicasts are often almost as good as the hi-def.
Also noticed good quality production, standard def broadcast received on a LCD can be very close in quality to hi-def.
Also if the original program is not made with very good quality cameras--high def is just a waste.