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Radio Shack HD tuner for $89!

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by ChrisPC, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I don't know exactly how far I am from my stations... but I'm pretty close to them where I live, probably 20-30 miles at a quick guess. Still, this receiver is picking up some channels and locking with much weaker signals than my Satellite box does, and it doesn't seem to lose signal/breakup when a truck goes by or a stray cloud floats overhead either. All-in-all, seems to be a better tuner than my satellite box with the same antenna configuration.

    Picture quality is great. I have two Toshiba TVs. One is a 32-in standard TV that I've had for 10+ years, and the picture quality really makes that TV look brand new. Even the downconverted HD looks crisp and clear on it. As for my HDTV in the main room, I hooked the box up there too and it does a great job at 1080i. I didn't try 720p since my tv is 1080i native, so I suppose your mileage could vary.
     
  2. digital223

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    I don't know exactly how far I am from my stations... but I'm pretty close to them where I live, probably 20-30 miles at a quick guess. Still, this receiver is picking up some channels and locking with much weaker signals than my Satellite box does, and it doesn't seem to lose signal/breakup when a truck goes by or a stray cloud floats overhead either. All-in-all, seems to be a better tuner than my satellite box with the same antenna configuration.

    Picture quality is great. I have two Toshiba TVs. One is a 32-in standard TV that I've had for 10+ years, and the picture quality really makes that TV look brand new. Even the downconverted HD looks crisp and clear on it. As for my HDTV in the main room, I hooked the box up there too and it does a great job at 1080i. I didn't try 720p since my tv is 1080i native, so I suppose your mileage could vary.


    HDMe,

    Thanks for the speedy reply and the above info.
    Looks like I'm on my way to R/S tomorrow to pick up an Accurian 6000.
    If I receive as many locals and the PQ quality is what I anticipate, I may just drop my Local subscription with E*, and opt for additional programming with the savings.

    Thanks again,
     
  3. peters

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    Stopped by the shack today in Mountain View CA. 94040. The guy told me they were sold out in the district. Not sure how wide that is, but I would figure: Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino.

    Well at least it was worth a try :)
     
  4. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    I checked in store availability for my area, and three stores had it. I dropped by after picking up my kid from school, and a guy told me the same spiel. In order to save some gas, I called and checked with the other store and was lucky to have the last one available, like the website said. He was nice enough to hold it for me, even though later he told me his employees wanted to buy it for themselves. :)

    Try your luck on other stores in your area.
     
  5. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    Picked up the last one at my local RS today. Haven't hooked it up as yet.
     
  6. ebaltz

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    I snagged one of these at my local store, only three stores out of like 20 in town had one. It seems to do what it is supposed to. Now I can record a network HD program with my dish box and watch another with this box at the same time.
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    I'm having the same problem, the remote with the unit I got isn't working at all. Is there anything that can be done? If not, where can I find these "other posts" you are talking about above? And anyone know the remote codes for an RCA-810 remote control? I can't even get the original remote to program my universal remote, it seems like there is no signal coming out of it at all.

    Anyone?

    Thanks.
     
  8. compubit

    compubit AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I picked up 2 - got the first one, then drove called around Houston to get the second...

    I'm happy with the output - just on my Analog TV (I can now get KPRC OTA, no thanks to a nearby powerplant which kills Ch. 2...). I took it to Dallas during my Rita evacuation, and hooked it up to my parents' Sony HD monitor - the NFL and other OTA programming looked great on the screen (although that monitor automatically letterboxed all programming coming in on the components, which meant that even 4x3 full screen would show up as letterboxed - with black bars down the left and right).

    It makes great DVDs of OTA content, plus I can record some programs without network bugs, if I record the "Zoomed" picture (the bug falls outside the zoomed in area...).

    Jim
     
  9. Cholly

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    I don't know if these are still available anywhere, but I can report that mine works quite well with my iLo 26" LCD HD monitor TV. I've been using a Terk indoor antenna with it, and those locals I'm able to receive are great. The EPG is a pain, as others have noted, taking quite a bit of time to refresh. The box would benefit from an outdoor antenna, or something better than the Terk/Silver Sensor type antenna, which is very directional in nature.Looking at the station chart on antennaweb.org, direction to local stations is from 304 degrees to 10 degrees, and distances range from 11 to 36 miles. Some of the distant stations come in better than the close ones.
    I'm using a Home Theater Master programmable remote with mine -- also have the remote programmed for the TV, TiVo and Sanyo DVD recorder. Cuts down on remote clutter!
     
  10. gbranch

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    I also report a good experience with the HTS-6000. :) Aside from the crappy remote and EPG, my box, connected to a Channel Master 4228, pulls in signals from 50 miles away quite nicely. And, with no local weather from Directv, it's nice to get local weather and radar on 2 digital subchannels.

    The only issue that I have had is a known issue with lockups on a Fox affiliate. I emailed the station about the problem several weeks ago, and haven't had any lockups since.
     

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