Originally Posted by Adrenolin
Lith1um.. I've been looking at that same bundle. I'm running XP Pro so need to use the provided software also. Let me know how it works for you once setup. Many thanks!
I received my fusion hdtv 5 usb and I've had the pleasure of using it for a few days now.
The software was annoyingly buggy, as we have all read.
Saturday I downloaded driver version "fusionhdtv3.19.05web.exe". It appears to be very stable and has no glaring bugs poking me in the eye.
Picture quality is stunning. 1080i looks fantastic on the wuxga. Cpu utilization is acceptable, even while recording hd content. (1.86 M) The digital tv audio is either dd2.1 or dd5.1 and crystal clear.
I hooked it directly to my comast cable and I received over a hundred digital channels and around 10 hdtv channels. I also received showtime HD and hbo on demand as well as (spordically) around 5 other ppv stations I havent identified.
I took the tuner to work and connected the bundled phillips anntenna. I got abc,cbs,nbc,phl,whyy,fox,upn and a bunch of others in crystal clear hd.
I work around 30-40 miles from the philly market and the antenna was sitting in a window around 5ft above sea level with a clear shot N towards phil. I was ecstatic.
Today I was working on a gantry crane around 110ft above sea level. I set up my 9300 in the crane's machinery house which is constructed of double walled steel. To my suprise the tuner pulled in several hdtv and digital stations even with the bundled phillips anntenna confined inside the steel walled room. That alone is incredible to me because in that steel room analog signals are too weak for even a 13" tv sitting right next to the fusion to display a decent picture. We had to put an outside anntenna connected with coax to get even poor reception with the 13" tv. I didnt get a chance to try the fusion with that external antenna yet.
I watched monday night football yesterday in 1080i and DD5.1. Unfortunately Im an eagles fan so I almost threw the dam tuner against the wall more than once, lol. But it was still awesome watching football in HDTV while stuck at being work.
Im so glad I bought this thing. It's an awesome piece of hardware and I highly recommend it. Everyone who has seen it in action is totaly blown away by the picture quality and sound.
It does draw alot of power from the usb bus, for that reason I plug it in after the 9300 has completely booted. I unplug it before shutdown and I have experienced no issues.
The tuner maintains seperate channel lists for each input source, cable or anntenna. It makes it convenient because it wont forget comcast's lineup after I use the phillips anntenna on the go and I dont have to rescan when I hook it back up to cable.
I recorded some hdtv shows in mpeg format. I have purevideo installed and the saved video looks absolutely incredible during playback. Crystal clear! It's nice being able to record hdtv movies and other content and play them back at will.
The included remote functions well and it even includes profiles for mce2005, powerdvd, wmp, etc. A nice feature since I didn't buy the mce remote with my 9300 and now I dont need it.
Im kinda rambling now, had a few beverages of choice after work. lol. Wanted to get back to you with some kind of feedback. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Overall Im highly impressed with the fusion5 and thoroughly glad I bought it. In fact, I think I may be giving them out for xmas this year to a few lucky family members. The bundle price at snapstream is a great value imo.http://store.snapstream.com/fusionhdtv-gold-usb.html
It's deffinately worth the $149.00 as far as I am concerned.
I think I would have bought BeyondTv from them too, but I read btv doesnt support Qam tuning yet.
One thing I like is that the usb cable not only powers the device but it also transfers audio in addition to video for a nice clean single cable hookup. All that's left is plugging in an antenna.