Image Quality Samples , FM Reception and General Impressions
Demonstrating image quality can be a tricky task, with a number of variables to consider, including camera, monitor type and the user's opinion. Furthermore, adding screen shots of various program can only give an idea of image quality, however, nothing beats seeing it for yourself in action. Nonetheless, we've pulled together a few samples taken with the Noise Reduction set to High, the Comb Filter enabled and the Picture Mode set to Vivid.
In each image, the quality of the DualTV was quite good. Not only were we looking for a clear picture, but also sharp text and un-feathered or block moving objects as well. Note how the text in the first three images is sharp, with clear edging. What was also good to see is a loss-less transition when pausing and rewinding an image. Pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding was seamless and had a virtually instant response time. Channel changing was also fairly rapid, with a minor delay detected. Overall, we found the DualTV MCE's image quality to be very good for an analog tuner card. We also ran the picture simultaneously next to a standard 32-Inch TV and found the image quality comparable to the set-top cable box's output.
We also spent a little time with general FM reception as well and came away rather impressed. In the past we've seen interference when trying to receive FM signal in a PC environment, even hearing changes in quality by simply walking around in the same room. With the DualTV MCE, however, in our experience the signal was crisp with no noticeable fluctuations. For testing, we simply listened to several stations over a course of several hours and went about normal business and we encountered nothing out of the ordinary at all. Even when turning up the volume to higher levels, there was no obvious hiss which is typically heard in FM reception. The only real negative we could find was a very slow Seek time when scanning the spectrum for stations. Tuning and Seeking for stations was definitely slower than with some competing solutions, although once stations were located and saved, toggling between channels was much better.