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AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max - TV Tuner Kit for Windows H826-AK USB 2.0 Interface

  • SnugTV Compatible
  • Win7 Compatible
  • ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
  • USB 2.0 Interface
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Turn your PC or laptop into TV with the AVerMedia MTVHVMXSK USB TV tuner. This external tuner turns your display into a digital television as it receives the latest over-the-air ATSC broadcast digital High Definition video and being able to display unencrypted digital cable signals plus NTSC analog signal.

Featuring the sleek and compact size of a USB thumb drive, the AVerMedia MTVHVMXSK is a perfect travel mate with you on the road. Just slip it into your carry case and enjoy the show from wherever you are.

  • newegg Enjoy HD/SD TV and FM Radio on Your Computer The AVerMedia MTVHVMXSK turns your computer into a true media center that receives worldwide analog TV, unencrypted digital ClearQAM cable TV, digital ATSC broadcasts, complementing your digital multimedia experience.
  • newegg HD 1080i Support The AVerMedia MTVHVMXSK supports high definition quality up to 1080i for a true high-definition TV watching experience.
  • newegg Portable Design The sleek, compact AVerMedia MTVHVMXSK is fully powered via USB without the need for a power cord or a bulky power adapter for the ultimate portability.


Learn more about the AVerMedia H826-AK

Model

Brand
AVerMedia
Model
H826-AK

General

Type
USB TV Tuner Stick
TV Tuner
Hybrid Tuner
TV Standards
ATSC / ClearQAM / NTSC
FM Tuner
No
Remote Control
No
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
Create your splendid moments!
Thanks to the support of Digital TV (ATSC) or Unencrypted Digital Cable (ClearQAM*) reception;
the AVerTV Hybrid Volar MAX is the ideal travel mate for viewing High Definition TV on the go.
With Microsoft Windows Media Center, users will enjoy breathtaking and glorious TV viewing.

Add this TV tuner to Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) to turn your PC into
a powerful Digital Video Recorder. Watch Analog and Digital TV channels plus radio and record
your favorite programs.

Enjoy Unencrypted Digital Cable (ClearQAM*) and Over-the-Air Digital TV in HD Quality Video
With Unencrypted Digital Cable (ClearQAM) support, you can easily enjoy more Digital Cable
entertainment and view "ClearQAM" Digital TV Cable channels with HD quality. Beyond that, while
watching Free Over-the-Air Digital TV programs, you can easily use the TimeShift features to control HDTV programs on your PC.

* ClearQAM for Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 and Windows 7

Specifications

PVR
Yes
Input Signal
75 Ohms TV Antenna
Specifications
Closed Caption: Yes
Recording Format: Digital TV - MPEG-2

System Requirements

Processor
For MPEG-2 Recording and TimeShifting
- Intel Pentium 4 2.6GHz
- AMD Athlon XP 2600+
- Intel Pentium Mobile 1.8GHz
Graphics Card
VGA card supports DirectX 9.0c and HD DXVA
Memory
1GB of memory or above
Available Slot
USB 2.0 Port
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7/ Window Vista MCE
* Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic Edition are not Supported
Others
Sound Card

Packaging

Package Contents
AVerTV Hybrid Volar MAX
Quick Instructions Guide
USB Cable

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the AVerMedia H826-AK

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  • superdude
  • 10/16/2014 8:11:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssimple. just works

Pros: lost on shipping but Newegg helped me replace it. Thanks NEWEGG. great customer service. so helpful on the phone.

Cons: a little shipping issue. but... it was resolved.

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  • Nestro
  • 9/6/2014 4:01:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed in AverMedia

Pros: Worked great when it worked.

Cons: Failed after about 8 months. USB tuner would not tune all available channels and became extremely hot. Eventually died. I have other AverMedia tuners (Pcie cards) that have been working perfectly for years.

Other Thoughts: Disappointed in AverMedia. From my past experience I expected better quality.

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  • TheKnack
  • 4/27/2014 2:34:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with WMC

Pros: The setup when perfectly! I'm running Windows 7 64bit Home Premium. My dad bought me this for Christmas 2013 (I'm his son writing this) and I must say this is a great gift. Despite what Newegg says, this does have a FM tuner. HD channels are very clear too.

Cons: The unit is a little finicky about signal quality so my antenna has to be high up. The biggest problem (and it's not that bad) is that the only program it runs with is Windows Media Center. I have laptop that runs Windows 7 Starter and I can't find any (free) programs that will receive TV on my laptop. But then the AVerMedia website does say that it only works with Windows Media Center.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to a friend!

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  • N/A
  • 4/5/2014 10:34:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Win 7 Media Center will auto-detect this tuner and install the appropriate driver automatically, no driver disk supplied, no supplier download needed.

Cons: 6 inch USB extension is only supplied accessory, all others (remote, A/V dongle, antenna) are optional, but they are reasonably priced and available at AverMedia website.

Other Thoughts: Device remains cool during even extended use. Blue LED lights up when tuner is active.

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  • StompM
  • 3/8/2014 4:39:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsUnsure...

Pros: My knowledge is fairly high for computers, and electronics. Where I have 4 TV's using 1 antenna to clearly pick up 30 stations, programming the TV's were a breeze!!!

As for this lil' gadget, I felt frustrated, incompetent, ignorant, insulted and found myself laughing hysterically (without drool) as I realized this lil thing kicked my nerd-like-mind... lol After a lot of trouble, and searching, I was finally able to find the correct drivers (I think that has a lot to do with my issue, I wanted to use it on an XP MCE OS.) Finding that it wasn't as easy as I had hoped (Universal drivers do not function for my computer, I had to go down to the XP only driver). The guide still doesn't download (I plan to clean install my PC, or upgrade it to Win7 to give this a fair chance for simplicity.

As for finding channels/channel search I did not see that option in my Media Center. Probably has a lot to do with the Guide not working I think. I was however able to "Add" channels, analog/digital. So I only took away one egg for simplicity not being there for me, however since I'm basing it off dated technology I felt it was fair to only take 1 egg away, it works great once the trouble is taken to get it working, so one really can't complain for the price! Just realize you will want to study up on your XP MCE OS before thinking this is a plug-n-play device! It certainly wasn't for me, I don't think it is advertised as such either, so that being said as well, my rating still may not be fair! :P

Great price, great service as far as Newegg! Their Open-Box makes it too easy to start that would be project today! I feel this is an avenue that will be worth learning about in any case, so I recommend this to anyone and everyone if they want to watch those TV shows that are only one while they work or sleep! It will prove to be well worth all the "Google" searching (or whatever search engine you prefer to utilize!).

Long of the short: It works great, just requires a ton of patience and learning/reading/searching for older OS's!!!

Thanks NewEgg!!!

Cons: It seems to get warm, so give this lil gadget some room to breath. When your software says no channels detected, don't jump to conclusions it's just not clearly stated how to scan for channels (not even sure if that is an option)! I had to add my channels (99% if not 100% of the channels now days are digital so keep that in mind before you try to add an analog channel)!!! Utilize TV fool to find your REAL RF Channel Numbers, but start your adding with the Virtual Channel Number it will ask for the RF Channel after you enter the Virtual Channel!

Long of the short here, no obvious channel scan! Gets warm, but I think cheaper and more expensive models do as well, if not get very hot!

Other Thoughts: If I had to do this all over I would have selected a Digital Tuner only instead of the Hybrid. Analog channels are almost extinct...

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  • Kris
  • 10/4/2013 11:07:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great device, bought 2 for my Windows 8 machine

Cons: none

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  • jim
  • 9/20/2013 2:27:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat tuner

Pros: I just got this tv tuner, and the picture quality is great.
In the newegg description is says that the tv tuner doesn't have an fm tuner, but the one I received does. It was easy to install, and only took about 5 minutes

Cons: I can't think of any

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  • glenngds
  • 6/19/2013 5:07:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat TV tuner USB 2.0 adapter

Pros: Works great and has done so for over a month.

Cons: There is a lag time of about 3 seconds with the device displaying live TV and clicking live TV in Media Center.

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  • N/A
  • 4/21/2013 11:13:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworked great on Window 7 Ultima x86

Pros: it's really plug and play. Drivers automatically detected and installed by Windows. It was a brand new clean Windows installation.

The images were clear, tuner was quick. I was recording shows in about 15 minutes after I installed this thing. I have already records hundred of hours of shows since installation and haven't had any problems.

The package came with a usb extender. I thought was it pretty thoughtful. I needed it.

Cons: none (yet)

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  • rolls20s
  • 12/11/2012 8:04:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth the cost.

Pros: I purchased this device for typical retail price in early 2010 to receive OTA HD broadcasts on a custom HTPC. I was initially impressed with the purchase:

- Had slick packaging
- Came with a USB extender
- Relatively unobtrusive design
- Picked up (in some form) all of the available OTA channels in my area.

Cons: Unfortunately, after extended use, I had two main issues with it:

- Some OTA channels did not have very good reception when compared with the tuner in my TV using the same antenna, and those channels were, at times, unwatchable.

- Somewhere between 18 months and 2 years after purchase, the unit randomly stopped receiving broadcast signals. It is still detected by the OS, the driver works, and the activity light illuminates, but no signal is detected in Media Center. Just to clarify, the unit worked FINE, and then one day a recording failed due to no signal. It never picked up a signal again.

I performed extensive troubleshooting and ruled out the antenna, the cabling, the TV, and the computer (installed on three different PCs with the same result every time). I also scrounged up older drivers (to no avail), even though I knew it had been working with the most recent one. The unit is busted and no longer within warranty. Since it still costs as much as I paid for it over 2 years ago, I won't be buying another of this model.

Other Thoughts: It's worth noting that at the same time as purchasing this device, I also bought a very similar tuner made by MyGica (for less than a quarter of the price) to be used on another HTPC. It is still working fine, and it gets better reception than the AverTV or even the TV's built-in tuner. The only downside is that Windows doesn't find the driver automatically, but the driver installation is painless, so I'll be purchasing another one of those to replace the AverTV.

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