Despite the high popularity of the Internet, the TV’s so ingrained in our daily lives that to refuse it is simply pointless. However, often in order to access the desired channels, you have to buy a special satellite dish and pay a monthly fee: it is profitable and also beats all the desire to watch TV. A low cost solution to this problem is the acquisition of a television receiver.
Many receivers available on the market carry out, as a rule, only one function — to accept a digital signal, but some devices (like Harper’s, for example) combine multiple opportunities. What — analyze the example of digital television receivers Harper HDT2-2010, HDT2-2015, HDT2-HDT2 and 5010-5050.
But let’s start with the main technical characteristics which are almost identical for all the above models.
The table below shows the main differences between the tuners. Add in support for DOLBY DIGITAL from HDT2-HDT2 2015-5050.
As can be seen from the characteristics, the main function of TV tuners Harper — receiving a digital signal format DVB-T/T2 with an external antenna or a normal room. In other words, the device acts as an intermediary between the TV and the antenna, with no additional devices like satellite antennas is not required.
Externally all four of the tuner are very similar, but there are still differences: if HDT2-HDT2 and 2010-2015 has a plastic housing, HDT2-HDT2 and 5010-5050 — metal. Due to this, the metal patterns changed and the location of ventilation holes for better cooling — they are on top. It’s one of the reasons to split the tuners into two groups.
HDT2-HDT2 and 2010-2015 are similar in design. On the front of the device is a display, which displays information green symbols to the left USB port, and on the right there was a place two buttons for switching channels and the power button.
On the rear panel manufacturer has placed two antenna port (input and output), HDMI and a traditional “tulips” — two that are responsible for left and right channel audio (it is possible for them to connect the amplifier, for example), and one for video. Slightly to the right power port, the power supply in this case interchangeable.
The main difference between HDT2-HDT2 2010 and 2015-first has an HDMI cable included (it is rarely found where included), and the second supports the MKV video format in addition to MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H264, AVI, MPG, VOB, MOV and audio format AC3. The equipment is very rich: in addition to the receiver, put a RCA cable, power adapter, remote control and even took care of the batteries to him. A trifle, but nice.
All tuners are working under the control of the processor MSTAR 7T01 and capable of transmitting video resolutions 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. For me, this device has become a lifesaver: despite the fact that the house is located in the city, a normal antenna catches almost nothing (around tall buildings, and line of sight to the tower is not). Even with the regular antenna cable broadcast quality, pleasantly surprised, and about 50 channels found without any problems.
Already used the TV tuner, and it has been a problem — out of sync pictures and sound tracks, so feared a repetition of the problem. But with the device of Harper have not encountered this.
Menu tuner is very simple, you can understand for a couple of minutes without resorting to the instructions. I used the automatic channel search, but there are manual. Struck by the abundance of available functions from blocking channels to record a video. To start recording, simply press the REC button on the remote control before connecting it to the USB port USB flash drive (up to 32GB) or external USB drive (up to 1TB). And support TimeShift allows you to pause the viewing of the television program, the device will continue to record. Just hit pause and you are done! No more missed chances, even live you take control.
In fact, gradually we come to the second function of the tuners — they have a built-in media player. It is possible to connect the same flash drive or hard drive to watch his TV shows, listen to music or view photos. Supported high quality HD video.
HDT2-HDT2 and 5010-5050 also differ from each other by the support of Dolby Digital, MKV (for video) and AC3 (audio). From the previous models, they differ in metal case, stylish glossy front panel with round buttons and more spectacular red display. Solution which will fit in most interiors.
On the rear panel all the same essential set of interfaces, two ports for antennas, HDMI, “tulips”, and the power supply already is not removable, but is integrated in the device.
The quality of picture and operation of the apparatus does not differ from HDT2-HDT2 and 2010-2015, which is not surprising, as both handsets are based on MSTAR CPU 7T01, which is one of the leaders in the industry.. Here the same support for DOLBY DIGITAL, EPG, TimeShift and AVI. Built-in TV guide allows you to always be aware of the current guide, and if the child stay home alone it is only possible to protect from inappropriate content with parental controls.
It is difficult to answer the question of which tuner is better to choose. All four have the presence of the display, are easily set up and perform two tasks on a solid five — transmit a digital signal on the TV, and allow you to play content from external storage. Most popular composite output allows you to use the device even with the old CRT TVs. The only thing — I would give preference to models with support for AC3, it has not turned so that the film is loaded from the stick or disk is played back without sound. Read more about TV tuners, Harper can learn at the manufacturer’s website.