When you get ur hands on the little tiny tv tuner, you'll be amazed, as well as
It's got it's
as you're aware.
With windows XP SP1, and the new drivers, the CPU usage when watching tv and using the DVR are half of what they used to be, sitting at about 20% and 40%, for tuner viewing and DVR, resepectively. So make sure you use the new drivers as opposed to the ones supplied.
And yes, the noise problem is unbearable, HUMMMMMMMMMMM, it'll drive u
. But don't
, cuz there are solutions, and once these are implemented you will be more than
with the product.
The HUMMING comes from noisy power, the noisy power does not come from the computer/Laptop, instead, the clean power being supplied picks up interference from the 2 data lines transfering data between the computer and VOX. Using a seperate power supply eliminates this problem. As another solution, you can use a small USB extension, the shorter it is the less interference is inhereted. Plugging directly into the USB connector also reduces the HUM to a virtually inaudible background noise.
I've made a short USB extension to be used with my Tuner, it allows you to maintain portability, and reduces the HUM to a point where nobody would notice it unless they knew it was there and listened for it. In my opinion, the HUM is now less than the noise broadcasted by some networks. (PBS!
Well, those are my thoughts, hope they help.
I am also considering trying to tap the 5V supply from another USB port and plugging it into the external power supply port on the VOX, this would be like using an AC adaptor, but without the bulky transformer. The VOX uses up 490-500mA while operating, so it might be a good idea to tap 2 other USB ports to run it. I'll give it a shot some day. But that'll be some
Let us know how it goes with yours.