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This is a splitter from a 10-pin Mini-Din connector to four RCA connectors and one jack. Three RCA connectors transfer RGB channels of HDTV devices. One more RCA connector is a digital SPDIF audio output to connect to a Dolby Digital AC3 decoder. The jack outputs the Line Out of the multimedia card. ATI recommends you plug it into the Line In of your sound card.

Video appliances connection scheme via the given splitter:

One more, simpler, splitter cable serves to connect TV-sets to the output of All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO. It is plugged into the 10-pin Mini-Din output of the multimedia card and splits the signal into one S-Video socket, one RCA video connector, one digital SPDIF RCA connector and a jack plugged into the sound card.

The multimedia card also comes with one S-Video and one composite cable. Thus, ATI made sure that the user of All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO had no (or very little) problem connecting it to any modern video or audio device (either digital or analog).

The multimedia card comes with a remote control called Remote Wonder and powered by four AAA batteries. ATI introduced this thing about a year ago. Since then it’s been included with All-In-Wonder graphics cards and is also available separately as a nice addition to an ordinary PC, even without a RADEON-based card installed. Let’s look at it more closely.

First of all, the design. The control is very handy and sits well in the hand, while rubber keys with smoothed edges are right beneath the thumb. The control is much more ergonomic and pleasing than most remote control units for home TV-tuners. Even the remote control for Pinnacle TV-tuners, which I have considered best, yields to the Remote Wonder in comfort and ergonomics. But this is only a small part of the advantages of this remote control unit. As usual, the most important is hidden inside. Unlike remote controls for ordinary TV-tuners that work with infrared rays, the Remote Wonder uses a radio signal instead. It means you don’t have to aim the IR-receiver with the control each time you want to adjust the sound volume or switch between the channels. Moreover, the radio signal of the Remote Wonder can go through walls so you can make the broadcast louder even from another room!

The connection to the computer is established via a radio-receiver that fits into a USB port of the PC. As the receiver doesn’t have to be visible (unlike the case with IR-rays), you can place it somewhere at the back of the chassis. We will get back to the Remote Wonder in the end of this review to describe how you can remotely control multimedia functions of All-In-Wonder 9700 PRO.

We only want to add that besides the above-described accessories, the box of the multimedia card contains a manual and four compact disks with drivers, the Pinnacle Studio 8 program for video editing, the MatchWare Mediator 7 program for creating multimedia presentations and The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind for play.

 
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