HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT

Written by Tim Smalley

September 22, 2004 | 00:00

Tags: #9600 #all-in-wonder #mmc #multimedia #radeon #radio #remote #remotewonder

Companies: #ati #his

HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT All-In-Wonder Features
The first part of the PCB that stands out is the analogue TV and radio tuner. It picks up its TV signal from a terrestrial aerial or cable/satellite box via UHF signals and can detect up to 125 stereo channels. There's a funky feature known as TV-On-Demand that is included in Multimedia Center which allows you to use the All-In-Wonder 9600 XT to record live television to your hard drive. There's a similar program that exists for the radio tuner, this is known as FM-On-Demand.

HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT All-In-Wonder Features
Once the tuner has received the signals, whether for TV or radio, it needs to be able to convert them in to a format that both the GPU and Sound Card will understand; this is where the Theater 200 chip comes in. It features two components, namely a video decoder and an audio processor. The video decoding unit has the ability to handle simultaneous analogue inputs at the same time as supporting a wide range of TV signalling standards. The audio processor allows can process sounds up to a 16-bit 96kHz output, and similarly to the video decoder, it has support for a large range of audio signals.

HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT All-In-Wonder Features
The All-In-Wonder 9600 XT has four connectors on its back plate. There's two co-axial connectors, for TV and radio signals, a rather interesting connector that we'll come back to in a short while and finally there's a Video-In port which looks similar to your standard TV-Out that you find on just about every graphics card in this day and age. Interestingly, there are no VGA or DVI ports...

HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT All-In-Wonder Features HIS All-In-Wonder 9600 XT All-In-Wonder Features
In fact, there's no DVI support on the All-In-Wonder 9600 XT. In order to save space on the back plate to allow for maximum features on this board, the main output sockets have been moved to a rather complex-looking cable. There are two VGA ports, one S-Video, one SPIDF, one RCA composite and finally an audio line-out connector. The junction box that we saw on the previous page handles the S-video and composite signals into the board. Once you've got your FM aerial, TV aerial, A/V output and A/V inputs connected, the back end of the card becomes very busy.
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