Tuesday, November 30

Twin tuners, dual tuners, triple tuners – what is what?

When buying a television, there are many device features that you have to pay attention to. In addition to size and resolution, the tuner is particularly important. But why actually? What is a triple tuner and how do dual and twin tuners differ? GIGA explains the terms.

In contrast to the past, nowadays hardly anyone needs an external tuner that is a small box on the TV. The necessary skills are built in and are highlighted in advertising as dual, twin or triple tuners. But what is it actually and who needs what? Should you always take what is probably the “largest” or is a smaller version enough?

Differences and similarities: what can dual, twin and triple tuners do?

In general, tuners should “translate” the signals that come from different sources. A distinction is made between:

  • DVB-T (Antenna)
  • DVB-C (cable)
  • DVB-S (Satellit).

Not every television can handle all sources, so when buying one you also have to pay attention to whether the device fits your reception capabilities. In most cases they can convert at least DVB-T and DVB-C signals, i.e. display programs via antenna and cable. For satellite reception you would need an external tuner again.

“Dual” and “Twin” seem to mean the same thing and indicate two input options, but it’s not that simple.

This is what the names really mean:

description Meaning / skills
Dual-Tuner In the simplest case, you have a dual tuner. It is able to convert signals from two different sources (mostly antenna and cable) into images.
Twin-Tuner With a twin tuner, it’s not so much about the sources, but more about the possibilities: It can receive two channels at the same time and, for example, display a film while another is being recorded in the background.
Triple-Tuner The triple tuner can handle all three sources (antenna, cable and satellite), but can only display one of them.
The twin triple tuner Twin triple tuners combine the option of all sources with the simultaneous reception of two different programs. You can watch one movie and record another at the same time – no matter where the signals are coming from.

What do you really need? Save or go for it?

According to the description above, it makes sense for you to exhaust all possibilities and buy a TV set with a twin triple tuner. However, they have their price and you may need a lot less.

For example, if you never make movies, you don’t need the “twin” at all. It is then completely sufficient to opt for a “normal” triple tuner or even a dual tuner, which will definitely be much cheaper.

If you stream a lot of films and series and use a Fire TV stick from Amazon to do so, but otherwise only occasionally watch something in the “normal” television program, you should simply clarify where your television signal is coming from. Hardly anyone uses cable and satellite at the same time. Antenna TV is also on the decline – despite efforts to establish digital TV via antenna with DVB-T2.

On the other hand, if you belong to the part of the population who, in addition to the German television program, also want to receive one from their home country via satellite, then you have to make a decision anyway: In rare cases you can use TV sets just a satellite cable and then you either need an external box or you can get the German program over the Internet.

So before you buy your new TV, think for a moment about your normal TV consumption behavior: Save the options that you never need and save money at the same time!

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