Standalone TV Tuner

The Pro II WinFast TV from Leadtek, is a Standalone TV Tuner that can be used with CRT monitors, as it supports video output at 85 Hz. This tuner comes as a package and consists of the tuner, a stand, infrared remote control, mini 9-pin DIN cable – VGA, a mini jack cable with mini- jack of 3.5mm to plug into a line-in of a sound card, a switching power supply unit of 5V at 2A, and the localized user's guide.

The Standalone TV Tuner has a neutral grey color with contrasting labels and rounded corners, and is appealing to look at. It is sleek and has dimensions of 206 x 125 x 26 mm without the stand. You can place it flat or you can use the supplied stand, and place it vertically. It has good static stability in both the positions. The control buttons are symmetrically arranged on the top and rear panels. You can use the channel and volume control buttons to navigate the menu. The connectors on the front panel are S-Video, the composite input and two RCA jacks. The back panel has the power connector, a mini 9-pin DIN, VGA Out, a line-out mini-jack of 3.5mm, audio-in mini-jack of 3.5mm, a composite video-out and an antenna jack.

The WinFast TV Pro II Standalone TV Tuner has a non-interlaced display mode. The supported resolutions to refresh rates are 640x480 at 60/75 Hz, 800x600 at 60/75/85 Hz, 1024x768 at 60/75/85 Hz and 1280x1024 at 60 Hz. The tuner supports PAL-BG, PAL-DK, PAL-I, SECAM-BG and SECAM-DK in the European version. You can auto scan for TV and cable channels with this tuner. Your screen mode can be the 16:9 wide screen or the 4:3 standard mode, as both are supported by the tuner. It has adaptive de-interlacing of enhanced 3D motion. The tuner also supports NICAM stereo decoding. A channel sorting feature is available and you can also have a favourite channel setting. It has separate controls for brightness, contrast, hue and saturation, and also supports sleep timer. You can select the language of your preferrence from the multi-language on-screen display setting. The infrared remote control has all the controls that the tuner has.

The inside of the Standalone TV Tuner has the main chips located on the same PCB on both sides. This is the only tuner equipped with a TCL MPE05 selector. It has a AL260C, video processor which is covered by a heatsink. The analog to digital conversion is done by a 9-bit SAA7113H ADC from Philips Semiconductors. The stereo audio decoding is done by the Philips TDA9874AH demodulator. The board also contains a flash memory chip of 512 Kbit, 5V, and a MRT M80641-3 micro-controller.

For configuring the settings, there is an on-screen menu of 14 single level sections, with icons arranged in two rows, which are user friendly and easy to go through. There is the Regional settings where you need to set the area or country in which you are located. There is a section for scanning channels, where you can scan either the channels or the frequencies and then fine tune them.