Elgato hybrid or hdtv?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nyprospect, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. nyprospect macrumors 6502

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    Simple question.I picked up a refurb white iMac and i was wondering if using elgato and watching live tv on it would heat up the imac and kill the cpu.Should i get a hdtv(cheap)or elgato hybrid.money is an issue.I can only spend about 250 for a tv.A 15 inch lcdtv maybe or the hybrid? thanks
     
  2. rdhazrd macrumors newbie

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    If heat is an issue, and the hybrid will heat it up some but not too bad (I run one on a mini 24/7), I would get an eyeTV 250+. You can get last years model for the same price as a new hybrid. The 250+ doesn't rely on your processor nearly as much as the hybrid. If you go to http://elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/buy.en.html and scroll down to refurbs you'll see the 2007 models are $50 less than the 2008 models. The main difference is that the 2007 models don't receive Clear QAM from digital cable.
    Hope that helps.
     
  3. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks alot for the link and advice.I want to try it out.I just thought having an 20 inch hdtv and an imac in my small room was over kill.Thanks though i have more thinking to do.Have a great weekend.
     
  4. andejp12 macrumors member

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    I just wanted to pipe up and say that I love my eyetv 250+ When I first hooked it up I told it to do a through scan of all the stations that were available to me and I actually get a number of digital cable channels that include the very few HD channels that are offered by my cable provider.

    It may seem like a bit much to have the HDTV in your room but it's also a matter of taking a regular TV out of your room then. I personally have the 24" in my bedroom almost directly across from my bed and it's a perfect size, if you can swing it I'd highly recommend it as it's a great way to record shows that you want to watch and won't be around for. It really acts better than the DVR that I have through my cable provider, esp. since it will output it to an iPod friendly format.

    Good luck thinking this one through.
     
  5. nyprospect thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow that's awesome.Im only worried about taxing my imac.I probably will sell my tv and buy the 250.Thanks for the excellent reply!
     

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