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Adaptec AVC-3160 TV Tuner: 2 in 1

Adaptec has been producing the AVC-3160 USB 2.0 external TV tuner for some time now, but the company has been shipping it to OEM customers and in the Hewlett Packard zd8000 Media Center Laptop. But since recently the vendor decided to retail it as well, let's take a closer look.

The key peculiarity of AVC-3160 is that it contains two hardware MPEG-2 coders. So you can watch one program and record another or record two programs simultaneously. In addition, you can watch a recorded program while recording two live programs.


  • Video Resolution: NTSC up to 720 x 480
  • Video Capture Format: MPEG-2
  • Video Input: 2 composite RCA video and 2 S-video (4-pin DIN)
  • Audio Input: 2 stereo audio (left/right RCA)
  • TV Input: 2 x 75 Ohm coaxial
  • Radio Input: FM
  • IR Input: 2 infrared
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0
  • Form Factor: 1.5" x 6.0" x 8.13"
  • Power Supply: 5V/2.5Amps external power supply

    The tuner costs $229 in USA. The package includes all necessary cabling, a remote control and a vertical support.

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