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Rating digital TV to analog converters

by Doctor Who / July 18, 2008 12:46 PM PDT

I've got my digital TV to analog converter coupons today and so I'm very interested in checking out what's out there and what's the best for my dollar. Are there any comparisons of over-the-air digital TV to analog converters?

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Digital to analog conversion is standard. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 18, 2008 9:36 PM PDT

They all work the same way. Where the "bells and whistles" come in is the price you will pay for the outputs on the converter. A basic converter converts the digital signal to the industry standard for analog and will provide a coax and a composite with sound. Plug it into the TV and tune from the box.

If you have a digital/HD TV without an ATSC (digital) tuner you can get an upscale (read more expensive) converter with component or HDMI outputs. If your TV has these inputs the picture will be digital/HD.

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This is not pretty.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 11:05 PM PDT

There are only a few (two?) approved designs and you should see one offered at the stores. The pressure for low cost blew out any hope of competing for your dollar as well as features or quality.

There is no sign this will change.
Bob

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Re: This is not pretty
by Doctor Who / July 18, 2008 11:28 PM PDT
In reply to: This is not pretty.

My 2 TVs are too old - neither are HDTV, so they don't have connections like HDMI.

What are these features of which you speak? I'm ignorant of this whole process to think that all this digital to analog converter does it enhance the ability of reception. Everything else that I would want to do is still controlled through my TV (like changing the channel, etc). Is that wrong?

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There are none.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 11:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: This is not pretty

Any hope of features vanished long ago. Go shopping and what do you find for this product? I found 2 units in the stores with identical features and price.

I had hoped to share a "this is where we are" and "how things work" but I wonder if that's too much to post here.
Bob

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