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Bill7 01-10-2010 10:30 AM

Trying to go TVless-best converter box
 
Well, dishless at least. I know we missed out on the coupon stuff. Older TVs need the digital converter, correct? Our "big" TV (32 in) is a minimum of 12-15 yo, but still gets great picture.

Which are the good converter boxes? Is quality an issue with some?

Thanks!

gregzoll 01-10-2010 07:57 PM

Consumerreports.com and also you can check out AVSforums.com. Consumer reports is the best biased opinion out there.

Bill7 01-10-2010 10:12 PM

Thanks...

I went to the .gov site, and according to their maps, we should get good-very good reception.

Thanks again,

Bill

gregzoll 01-11-2010 07:45 AM

Antennaweb.org is another site that helps in knowing strength. Keep in mind, Digital in some areas is a weaker signal, so even if you have a high tower, and large enough antenna, some far distant channels may not always come in, and will Pixelate.

DangerMouse 01-11-2010 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 380408)
Consumer reports is the best biased opinion out there.

boy, you can say that again.....

DM

pyper 01-11-2010 12:06 PM

I noticed all the converter boxes I could find locally have only a composite output, but composite doesn't work well with my TV, which has an HDMI input.

I got a DVD recorder with a digital tuner. No converter box necessary.

jerryh3 01-11-2010 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pyper (Post 380764)
I noticed all the converter boxes I could find locally have only a composite output, but composite doesn't work well with my TV, which has an HDMI input.

I got a DVD recorder with a digital tuner. No converter box necessary.

Your TV has a HDMI input but not a digital tuner?

gregzoll 01-11-2010 01:11 PM

That would be because if a set has a ATSC or QAM tuner, you do not need a ATSC OTA converter box.

pyper 01-11-2010 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jerryh3 (Post 380770)
Your TV has a HDMI input but not a digital tuner?

Yes. For some period of time before they finalized the digital broadcast standard they were selling HD sets with analog tuners and HDMI input.

gregzoll 01-11-2010 07:34 PM

They still do. All sets still come NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners.

jerryh3 01-11-2010 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 381070)
They still do. All sets still come NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners.

What question are you answering?

gregzoll 01-11-2010 10:27 PM

Look one above the one that you are questioning.

jerryh3 01-12-2010 05:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 381221)
Look one above the one that you are questioning.

OK. I thought you meant that they ONLY come with analog tuners.

gregzoll 01-12-2010 07:55 AM

TV sets have not come with Analog only tuners for around 5 years now.


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