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Diamond XtremeTV PVR-550RC: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Tuner Performance

A weak signal as viewed from a standard VCR

The PVR-550 shows moderately weaker reception

Diamond XtremeTV PVR-550 reception was moderately weaker than what you'd typically see from other household devices such as your TV or VCR. Even so, it's better than many PC receivers, and a cable booster can reduce such problems.

Stronger channels show up better, but scrolling text is a problem

The PVR-550 performs far better when it receives adequate signal strength. Small problems remain however, such as the poor quality scrolling text and a bit of fuzz at the edges of brightly colored objects.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.