You could be right Lothario, although several reports on the internet rather convinced me to go for nVidia's solution. Oh well shrugs
A little report:
Price : just under â‚¬ 100 ; nice
The hardware is excellent:
Aopen Aeolus CinemaFX 5200 (PAL) :
- VGA output
- 49 pins connector for break out box
- PAL TV Tuner
nVidia Remote (rebranded Marmitex X10 remote)
usb reciever for the remote
break out box (49 pins connector) directly connecting to the video card :
- s-video, composite and stereo sound in
- s-video, composite and stereo sound out
The software though .. :
- nVidia NVDVD 2.0
- Ulead DVDR tuner and recording software
- Ulead Movie Creator (or something like that)
- Philips Teletext Viewer (that must have been cheap)
Hardware is excellent, except for the remote control which response is poorly
It's very very easy to make a dvd of your movies, pictures, mp3's or any other media that has to do with pictures or sound.
1024x768 TV out. is nice (still can't read any text though)
Fast 3d card, DirectX 9 supported
Passive cooling, no noise whatsoever
Software is just a bunch of Ulead software, i had expect better from nVidia
Where's Guide+ Plus? never seen it!
Software is extremely resource hungry. Do not expect to game and record simultaneously
The remote control's response is poorly and has lots of buttons you'd never use
Not compatible with Windows XP Media Center
Excellent product for people who want to record their media on dvd.
Great device for turning your pc into a multimedia recording studio, but not to watch tv.
Bad crappy product for people who want to watch tv, record, and playback using only their tv: Get a Media Center PC (2000 euro's) instead.