AVerMedia Volar Hybrid Q ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV Tuner

  • Model #: H837
  • Web Code: 10191805
$69.99

Overview

AVerTV Volar Hybrid Q features an elegant exterior and powerful performance that allows you to enjoy digital/ analog TV and FM radio on your PC. The exclusive extendable High Gain Antenna promises robust digital TV and FM radio reception. Even better, by simply connecting analog video devices through Composite or S-Video inputs you can save your favourite videos in various digital formats.

More Information

  • Watch ATSC Clear QAM and Analog TV
  • Listen to FM Radio
  • MPEG-2 & H.264 HDTV Ready
  • Watch & Record Two Channels at The Same Time
  • PIP (Picture in Picture) Function
  • Real-time iPhone/ iPad Format Recording
  • Smart Channel Grouping
  • TimeShift & Schedule Recording
  • Closed Caption Teletext & EPG
  • Customized Colour Adjustment
  • Multi-channel Preview
  • Photo Slideshow & Music DJ
  • Remote Viewing by SnugTV
  • Windows 7 Compatible
  • English Only

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Labour - 1 Year(s)
  • Tuners
  • ATSC Tuner
    Yes
  • NTSC Tuner
    Yes
  • Inputs/Outputs
  • Audio Input
    Yes - L/R Stereo
  • Component Input
    No
  • Composite Input
    Yes
  • HDMI Input
    No
  • S-Video Input
    Yes
  • Audio
  • FM Radio Stereo
    No
  • TV Audio (Mono/Stereo)
    Stereo
  • dbx Stereo
    Yes
  • Capture Details
  • MPEG-2 Decoder (Hardware)
    Yes
  • MPEG-2 Encoder (Hardware)
    Yes
  • PVR Software
    Yes
  • Raw AVI Capture
    Yes
  • Video CD Encoder (Hardware)
    No
  • Accessories
  • Remote
    No
  • Other Accessories
    Installation CD; Quick Installation Guide
  • Warranty Labour
    1 Year(s)


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Critical 10%

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  • from Edmonton, AB
5.0

Fantastic - very underrated!

This has to be one of the best-kept secrets in tech. Turns your laptop into a TV receiver and DVR for amazingly little. I would have bought it for twice the price. Works exactly as advertised, even with just the tiny portable antenna included. It does get better reception and more channels with a helper antenna of some sort, but even a bit of bare wire attached to the provided antenna usually does the job even in remote locations. Gets every air channel available in full HD in most cities. This is the best device ever invented for frequent travelers. Totally intuitive software, was up and running in 10 minutes.


  • from Edmonton, AB
4.0

Great device, could be more intuitive

This tuner is a terrific piece of tech, instantly turning your pc into a tv tuner. For frequent travelers like myself it offers a solid solution to being without a tv or radio. Flawlessly picks up any analog or digital signals in your area and pops them up on your pc. Never miss a show or broadcast. Even the tiny included portable antenna works well enough, only extra equipment required is a longer cable to move it further up or away from your device interference. Only real complaint is that the user interface could be more intuitive and user friendly.


  • from Montréal, QC
5.0

poor software, poor support, problems with windows 10

no support from avermedia and big problems with windows 10, lost of programmation.


  • from Hamilton, ON
4.0

Happy with my purchase

This product works with Windows Media Center as stated on the box which I am really happy about. The software that comes with the tuner works as well, but the TV guide is limited. If you have windows 10 you could get by with the software from Aver Media. I wish it would have come with a remote. We first used a wireless keyboard and now I have purchased a remote that works great. I am not teckki... but it was not too difficult to install. Your antenna cable fits right into the unit. The antenna that comes with the tuner, was not great, but I guess if you were out on the road it might work. I really like the light on the unit letting you know it is recording. I would recommend this product.


  • from Montreal, QC
5.0

The best TV tuner (and also radio) on the market

I own this type of TV tuner since more than 4 years. It's work perfect, and did not give you headaches to install the drivers and applications. Work perfect for analog channels and digital channels, same for FM radio or digital radio which does not exist yet in Canada. I am a traveler and I used in many countries and also work perfect. Before to have this tuner I used hauppauge TV tuner who disappointed me completely because is not so sensible and doesn't have RADIO tuner (FM or digital transmitted).


  • from Winnipeg, MB
4.0

Does what it should, but ...

I bought AVerMedia for one specific purpose: to manage recordings scheduling of long FM radio broadcasts, specifically, complete opera broadcasts, 4-6 hours long. Granted, this is probably not the most typical use of this software, but my experiences with it in that context is what my review is based on. Now that I have finally mastered the software, relatively speaking, I have to say that it generally does what I bought it for. That being said, I also have to say however, that getting to a mastery of the software was not easy, and that brings me to my first major complaint: the documentation is woefully inadequate for helping the user learn how to use the software successfully. Coupled with that is the fact that the documentation was obviously written by someone whose first language was not English. (I realize that this documentation is not unique in that regard as this continues to be a problem with documentation for much technology sold in the English-speaking world.) Learning to use the software without adequate documentation required a lot of time-consuming experimentation and note-keeping of failures and successes before arriving at reasonably foolproof strategies. A specific example of inadequate documentation concerns the various “After Recording Modes” on the task drop-down list. These are described far too briefly, and not at all well. There are no clear guidelines regarding the specific circumstances under which the user would choose one mode over another. (In fact, the step-by-step instructions for scheduling audio recordings cover only the very simplest and most basic audio recording.) Selection of after-recording mode will determine whether your recording will be saved at all and whether multiple recordings programmed at the same time will record at all. A specific difficulty with the actual software is the necessity to customize certain types of settings both under General Settings as well as specifically for each recording scheduled. It would appear to me that if a setting for a specific recording is in conflict with a General Setting, the general overrides the specific, and the recording I thought I had scheduled may in fact not record at all. To me this seems a serious design flaw. Specifying a general setting should not be allowed, never mind required, when that setting is allowed to vary from one specific recording to another. Further, there is no warning provided when the general and the specific are inadvertently left in conflict. AVerMedia has a “Split File Size” feature. I imagine that this could be quite useful for users dealing with smaller files or with audio/video files. But for my longer audio-only files there is a serious limitation. There is no mention of any maximum file sizes in the documentation, but by trial and error I discovered that my recordings automatically split after 1810 MB, which must be the system default. As my recording can easily run in excess of 2300 MB, it is very annoying to have it split arbitrarily at 1810 MB. This means I have to use other audio-manipulating software to piece my recording back together so that I can listen to an uninterrupted performance and then potentially choose more appropriate places to split the file. The software offers to split a file at 4096 MB for a DVD disc, but that is clearly more than is available for audio-only files. The built-in default of 1810 MB may have something to do with the size of a standard CD, but that does not serve my purposes. Further and again, none of this is mentioned in the documentation. So, while AVerMedia basically does what I need it to, there are too many unnecessary design issues for me to give it an unqualified thumbs-up. And obviously, learning to use the software could be greatly speeded up if a little more time and care had been taken to make the documentation adequately comprehensive, and if it were written, or at least edited, by someone with a better command of the English language.


  • from Kelowna, BC
4.0

Works as expected

Does the job you expect. Comes with a little indoor antenna that works for me as I have a good line of site to the TV towers out my window. The software app it comes with does a decent job for what it's designed for. Only thing is it gets hot so I question how long it will last. Have only been using it for a couple weeks now and so far so good.


  • from Windsor, ON
5.0

Avermedia Volar USB Tv Tuner

Taking the device out of the box, it appeared sturdy & well made. Software was easy to install and detected the USB device. The small antenna was useless indoors but I think its more suited outdoors clipped to my laptop with no obstruction to OTA signals. Hooked up a small tabletop amplified antenna and I was able to get ALL OTA-over the air channels in the Windsor Detroit area. Excellent product. My only small criticism is that a small remote was not included, and would not have mind to pay a bit more for one. Aside from that minor issue, this gives you GREAT VALUE for the money!


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