I just bought a DRA-01601A today. Here's my take on it- Please note I use OTA exclusively.
The tuner worked fine in NTSC mode but locked up when in ATSC mode. I fiddled with it for a bit, still no go so I exchanged it. I think the board was toast as the F connectors got *hot*. Walmart exchanged it no problems.
OK, so the new one works fine, the ATSC tuner seems to be less sensitive than the one in my 27" ILO walmart TV. I also notice more artifacts/pixellation (I know, not a real word...). The remote sucks on mine too, maybe because the sensor is behind that silver glass panel.
The NTSC tuner seems to be stereo.
The unit will convert a composite or S-Video signal going into it to component, very cool.
*Even cooler* it converts analog audio input to digital! IE: VCR plugged into 01601A,
01601A plugged into HT receiver via S/PDIF Coax and it works! this rocks as I don't have any available analog inputs left on the receiver. On a bad note, I think the ATSC tuner downmixes 5.1 content to stereo. This may be operator error though.
The USB port powers my 20GB portable drive and sees it fine. This unit WON'T play the MP3s! it only sees the WMA files! the box says it plays MP3 CDs, maybe a SW issue?
Overall, I like it. I bought it primarily for the timeshift/buffer feature and it works nicely.
I'd like to see a SW update for it to clean up the minor details and maybe a better remote.
It's fairly easy to use and coming from a dummy like me that says a lot. Even the wife can use it!
on a 1/10 scale I give it a 7.