updated 04:49 pm EST, Wed January 9, 2013
Model 1512 aimed at home users, Gaming Edition Plus for video gamers
Hauppauge Digital, a developer and manufacturer of TV tuners and HD video recorders, has launched two new models in its line of high-definition video recorders. One model, the HD PVR 2 Model 1512, is geared toward home media enthusiasts; the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus, on the other hand, is designed for advanced gamers. Both units will be available at retail in February, and as yet no pricing has been announced.
The HD PVR 2 model 1512 allows users to create a library of favorite cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD. A built-in high definition video recorder plus an IR remote simplifies channel changing on a set-top box. The unit is connected to both a set-top box with supplied component video cables and to a PC through a USB 2.0 connection, using the PC's disk drive for storing the recordings. With the supplied Hauppauge WinTV v7.2 application, the HD PVR 2 can be programmed to change the channels on the set top box using the IR remote at a designated time. HD PVR 2 recordings are also Windows Media Center-compatible in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The new model for advanced gamers is the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus. Designed to be used with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC game systems where SPDIF and surround sound audio are engaged, the HD PVR 2 GE Plus can record the surround sound audio along with the game play in HD. For gamers who use home theater A/V systems, the HD PVR Gaming Edition Plus also has full surround sound audio pass-through.
Bundled with the unit is Hauppauge's StreamEez video streaming application, which allows game play to be streamed via Justin.TV and U-Stream. Electronista reviewed the previous version of the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition in October.