Originally Posted by ikonosin
yeah, I was looking at that (hence me being in this thread, researching). I want one, but with all the tuner issues I'm reading about, I think I'll have to pass (I would need to use this a tuner on my TV, as it has no coaxial input and I am getting rid of my cable box).
Any updates etrojan?
As a matter of fact, yes.
COMPLETE SUCCESS!!! Although the solution cost half what the box itself cost.
I picked up the "1-to-4 Bi-Directional Cable-TV Amplifier" at Radio Shack (tiny url dot com/3b22k2) for $50. It has 1 coax input, a gain control and 4 coax outputs. There is a 1-to1 amplifier for $30, if you don't need four coax feeds.
Fed my cable coax into the input, fed one output to the 8052n, one to the TIVO box, and one to a second TV in proximity. VOILA! Tuner picked up all the analog cable signals clean and clear. I haven't verified that it picked up every single channel, but at quick glance it's at least 90% of them, and I haven't seen a bad signal yet.
I haven't monkeyed with the gain at all, so I don't know if it would improve the signal even more. TV from the 8052n over HDMI looks a heckuva lot cleaner than TV from the TIVO box over S-Video (as one would expect). Next step is to feed the TIVO into the 8052N, so it can benefit from the upconversion over HDMI. (But then I need to reprogram the Harmony remote to set the right TV input and RCA input when I choose "Watch TiVO".
WARNING: Radio Shack also has non-powered "signal amplifiers" that don't do squat. If you don't have to plug it in, it probably won't work for the 8052n