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Digital-to-Analog converters

by dthoward64 / December 28, 2009 11:47 PM PST

I know I'm behind the times, but at the instance when everything was transitioning to digital I still had cable and so I didnt worry about it. Now after putting up with the cable company's "digital start-up pack", I'm tired of paying thru the nose for TV reception. I'm wanting to purchase a converter box, but most of what I found online either can only be purchased online or has very bad customer reviews. Can anyone point me in the right direction to a fairly reasonably priced good converter box and clue me in on what I will need (antenna, cables, etc)?

Thanks,
David

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Digital-to-Analog converters
by dthoward64 / January 7, 2010 3:54 AM PST

Geez people. Cant someone help me on this? It's been a week and no responses.

David

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Budget?
by Pepe7 / January 7, 2010 6:41 AM PST

Some of the better ones are spendy (like the Winegard brand), not to mention the ones reviewed by CNET last year (or two years ago even) are not carried anymore since most people have already upgraded. FWIW, I found the Zenith DTT901 refurbished @ buy.com (a reputable e-tailer) for $50 ballpark. That list of reviewed boxes came from here-
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-tv-converter/

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=209872773&listingid=44955061

You should look at the CNET reviews, then cut and paste some of the model numbers into froogle.com to see which merchants carry them. Radio Shack doesn't carry particular high quality boxes of any type that I have seen.

When you get a suitable coverter box, not only will an externally placed antenna (e.g. on top of your roof) give the best results, but you will basically be connecting in the best possible way in order to maximize video quality. In other words, coaxial cable (75ohm) from the wall to the coverter box, then out to the back of the TV using once of the following methods: 1) S-Video (best) or 2) (OK) composite video (yello video cable) or 3) (OK) Coaxial cable. If you use 1) or 2), Audio output will require red/white composite cables. #3 doesn't require an additional audio cable.

Good luck.

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