Aurora V-Tune Pro HD Preview
- Product Name: V-Tune Pro HD
- Manufacturer: Aurora
- Review Date: January 08, 2009 08:40
- MSRP: $1299
- First Impression: Mildly Interesting
|RF Input||ATSC / QAM / NTSC signal reception|
|IP Stream Formats||H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4|
MPEG-2 "[email protected]" and "[email protected]" decoder
H.264/AVC main and high profile to level 4.1
VC-1 advanced profile @ level 3
VC-1 simple and main profile
MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple profile @ Level 4
MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple profile @ Level 5 (SD only)
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 / 4:3|
|Video Outputs||HDMI 1.3a HDCP, YPbPr, S-Video, Composite Video|
|Display Compatibility||Compatible with HDTV, EDTV and SDTV displays|
|Other Features||Closed captioning, V-Chip support, automatic or manual channel scan, USB port for firmware upgrade|
|Connectors||Stereo RCA, S/PDIF Coaxial and Optical|
|Control Methods||RS-232, LAN Control (RPC calls via HTTP POST)|
|Connectors||TRS (RS-232), RJ-45 Jack (LAN)|
|10.63 x 7 x 1.75 inches|
|Weight||2.4 lbs. (V-Tune Pro HD only)|
Aurora Multimedia Corp is now shipping the V-Tune Pro HD, the latest in the company's long history of TV tuners. The new V-Tune Pro HD delivers a total tuning solution for any integrated system, whether it requires legacy NTSC tuning or ATSC/QAM capability. The new tuner is also LAN addressable and IPTV ready, capable of decoding MPEG2, MPEG4, and H.264. As with all Aurora Multimedia products, the V-Tune Pro HD is absolutely integrator-friendly. Intuitive RS-232 command sets provide reliable two-way communication via traditional control systems, in addition to IP-based control for networked arrays. A host of video output ports supports composite video, component video, RGB, and HDMI. Audio is supported with both unbalanced RCA connections and SPDIF coaxial digital audio. The V-Tune Pro HD is compatible with nearly any integrated system typology.
So why do you care? Well, if you have a legacy system and you want more functionality than the "free" boxes you get with the coupon, you might want to take a look here. It pretty much does everything including decoding just about every video codec plus is IP-based, has HDMI and coaxial outputs, and has all the tuners you need. If you have a lot of over the air (which we all know offer better HD than either cable or satellite) channels, you should be interested in a box like this.
Why don't you care? IT COSTS $1300!?! Seriously? Let me explain who this product is for... custom installers. They tell their customers that they need it or their $60,000 display with BOSE speakers won't work. For the rest of us, you can sit back and laugh at all the richy riches that just wasted your mortgage payment on a box that does almost nothing that a component a 10th (or less) of the cost could do. Gooooo Free MARKET!
For more information, please visit auroramultimedia.com.
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