Originally Posted by hick
Seriously listen to rui-no-onna. Seriously, there are so many wrong answers on this forum when it comes to tuners on this forum and he (and me
) actually figure out what you need to do before we spout off random parts that won't do what you need/want.
So if you cable box is SD cable or antenna the 1250 is a great card ( i have one). S-video > composite (rca) > composite. IF it was hd your only real options are hauppauge colossus (internal) hauppauge hd (external) or cable card which are all way out of your budget.
Hey, I thought I did pretty well.
Try to point out the information specific to the topic that you find incorrect though instead of making a blanket statement like this. I think it would help a little more.
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
You might not even need to split the signal coming from the cable box. From what I recall, I can get simultaneous RF coax and RCA composite output from our Scientific Atlanta cable box. You might be able to keep your current RF coax connection to your TV and then just use the RCA composite to connect to the PC tuner. If that doesn't work, then you can think about splitting signals after. Something like this would work: Component Video Splitter
For the audio, something like this would work: 3.5mm to 2 RCA Plug Cable
or 3.5mm to 2 RCA Jack Splitter
paired with regular cables.
The links to the actual cables and splitters really help; good idea. If he get's the HVR-1250, it does not have RCA inputs, so the reference to the RCA splitter is a little confusing, but if he picks a tuner that does have RCA inputs; it is very useful information.
I did not think about the 2nd audio splitter option, but you do have to be mindful of the amount of space you have to plug one of those into an HVR-1250. The IR Remote Sensor is right next to the 3.5mm input plug. It would likely fit if you turn it's longest side vertically, but it is difficult to confirm whether it would push in completely in his case. I think it would myself, but have you tried one yourself? I would get the 1st cable instead for 100%, for sure, compatibility.
I can run simo coaxial/rca outputs in my box too. OP could test this by connecting both ouputs to his TV right? Does he need a 2nd TV to confirm they work together, or is it safe to assume they do when connected to one TV that is not displaying both sources at the same time?
OP, your cable box has to have S-Video out or you will need a convertor box to make the RCA signal convert to S-Video for the HVR-1250 to connect that way. I do suggest you hook it up that way rather than splitting. He makes a great point. The quality is much better! It is very noticible, especially on a LCD TV.
Technically, you could just make due with the splitter though for now. That is budget friendly.Edited by BWG - 7/19/11 at 11:45am