Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS review

Terratec isn’t a well-known name in the Mac market, as it tends to mostly concentrate on the PC side of things, but its clunkily named Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS turns out to be a very good TV tuner for the Mac.

As the name implies, this is a hybrid tuner that can pick up both analogue and digital TV channels, so it’s a good choice if you live in an area that doesn’t have good digital reception.

As it’s not a Mac-specialist, Terratec has licensed Elgato’s EyeTV software to allow the Cinergy to work with Macs, so it has the same range of easy-to-use recording features as the EyeTV DTT, along with its ability to convert recorded programmes into H.264 format for use on an iPod.

Like the Hauppage HVR 900, the Cinergy tuner has an additional video input connector that allows you to watch old video tapes from a VCR, or even plug in a Sky box.

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And it outguns all its rivals by also including a separate handheld remote control so that you can sit back and change channels from the comfort of your sofa.

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