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Hauppauge Colossus Review (with Playstation 3)

The Colossus arrives in a plain looking box with a high resolution image of the PCI express card at the bottom. To the left are some key selling points, for people browsing in a retail store.

The bundle is extensive. It contains a software disc (with Arcsoft ShowBiz and WinTV V7), remote controller with batteries, two sets of component cable adapters, component cables, IR blaster and receiver cable. This IR blaster can let the end user change channels on a set top box directly via the Colossus.

The card is a full height PCI Express design which doesn’t demand a seperate power source, taking enough from the socket.

The card has an HDMI port, A/V Input, A/V Output, Optical Input, Optical Output and IR Blaster output. It is worth mentioning that the HDMI input will not work with encrypted video sources. For those interested, the card can record 5.1 surround sound.

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