MSI has done a good job at taking a proven product from ATI and implementing it into their own package. Hardware-wise, the MSI Theater 550PRO leaves little to be desired. There are multiple video sources, covering TV to camcorders, as well as a decent FM tuner. The signal strength was decent, on par with our home theater receiver. Video playback was very good, though the quality will be hinging on what input you use.
For the cool price of $74 USD, the MSI Theater 550PRO is a pretty good value when compared to many other TV Tuners, including ATI’s own TV Wonder Elite which goes for almost double the price. Considering there isn’t much difference between the two in terms of software bundles and hardware, we’d lean towards MSI’s version of the card if you’re in the need of a tuner for your HTPC box.
Published in: Graphics Cards on 2005-10-18