ATI Theater 550 Pro Chip

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Mike M, Jan 10, 2005.

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    Mike M Guest

    Mike M, Jan 10, 2005
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    And how much they will cost!
    Nigel Barker, Jan 10, 2005
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    Jason Tsang, Jan 11, 2005
  4. Hi there

    The ATI TV Wonder Elite will use the Theater 550 chipset, however, it
    appears as though it has yet to be released.

    If you want to purchase one now, you can get the Sapphire Technology
    Theatrix 550 PRO (this PCI board is built using ATI technology and I believe
    is is built to ATI's specs - it looks to be identical to the TV Wonder Elite
    and uses the same purple breakout box to connect to S-Video and RCA audio).

    I'm currently using two ATI eHome Wonder's (recently discontinued by ATI)
    and I am undecided about switching to the ATI TV Wonder Elite/Sapphire
    Theatrix 550 PRO. I would like to see if the audio and video quality are
    better. Anybody have any experience with the new cards?

    In any case, look here:

    Also, you can purchase the Sapphire Theatrix 550 PRO TV Tuner now at

    Ford F150 Guy
    Ford F150 Guy, Feb 3, 2005
  5. Hi

    I just upgraded my dual ATI eHome Wonder TV tuners to dual Sapphire Theatrix
    tuners (based on the ATI Theater 550 Pro chipset). I've only been using the
    new tuners for about 6 hours, however, the picture quality is definitely
    better. It's a bit brighter, richer in color, a bit sharper and high motion
    scenes look excellent. The difference is not night and day, but it is an

    In addition to better picture quality, the other reason I upgraded from the
    ATI eHome Wonder was that the sound on Live TV would occasionally stutter - I
    am no expert but I suspect the stuttering was from the audio and video
    getting out of sync. This does not seem to be an issue with the new tuners.

    Also, other people have mentioned sound issues (like the sound level is very
    low compared to their old tuner) but my system is not suffering from this
    problem at all - sound levels are great. I imagine it's possible going from a
    different manufacturer (i.e. Hauppauge or AverMedia to ATI) could result in a
    larger sound level difference. It's also possible that using the on board RF
    TV tuner will produce different results than using the breakout box with
    s-video and RCA audio connections (I am using the breakout box).

    Overall I am very pleased with my Media Center 2005 setup - I only wish the
    new TV Tuner cards had Component Video and SPDIF input. In any case, there is
    no going back to "regular" TV.

    My system is a Dell Dimension 8400 with a 3.6GHz P4 w/ 800MHz FSB, ATI
    Radeon X800 XT PCIe Graphics w/ 256MB of RAM, 2 ATI/Sapphire Theatrix Theater
    550 Pro TV Tuners, 1GB 533MHz RAM, Maxtor 250GB 7200RPM SATA HD, Creative
    Audigy 2 ZS Soundcard, Hitachi-Goldstar 48x CD-RW, NEC 16x DL DVD-+RW,
    USR5633a 56K USB Modem (for Caller ID), Dell 1703FPT 17" LCD connected via
    DVI, Toshiba 51" HDTV connected via ATI Component Video Out Dongle and a
    Logitech Bluetooth diNovo Media Desktop. I am using dual Motorola STB's (set
    top boxes) connected via s-video and RCA's for audio. Sound is output from
    the Audigy 2 via SPDIF to my Onkyo home theater receiver.

    I purchased my Sapphire Theatrix tuners from for $83 each
    with free 2nd day shipping. recently raised their price to $110
    (without shipping). The Sapphire card looks identical to the ATI TV Wonder
    Elite and it's about half the price. Both the Sapphire and ATI versions come
    with a remote (the Sapphire is IR and the ATI is RF) which is likely going to
    be irrelevant for those that already have a Media Center remote.

    Hope this info helps someone.

    "Ford F150 Guy"
    Ford F150 Guy, Feb 17, 2005
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    Big-D Guest

    I am having the low sound issues too any one have a fix for it?
    Big-D, Apr 26, 2005
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