Just purchased this unit from Meijer (midwest chain) for my father's Toshiba 27" console. Price ended up being $13 after using his coupon. A few observations:
- Analog passthrough works, but the signal is degraded. Analog signals that are viewable normally, get terrible reception when the Philco unit is powered on. Once this unit is powered off, full reception strength returns to the TV. (SEE POST #10 BELOW)
- Picture quality is noticably better through composite (yellow RCA) than the coax cable. Maybe this is a "duh", but I wasn't expecting that much of a difference.
- The remote is strictly for this unit and can't be programmed to operate the TV.
- You have to enter Setup and drill down a bit to change the display options. eg. zoom, letterbox, full. Would have been nice to have a dedicated button for this. This is also the case to get to the signal strength meter. (SEE POST #10 BELOW)
- Our PBS station is using channels 17-2 and 17-3, currently. 17-1 will be HD, but is not available, yet. This converter won't let you delete a subchannel. You lose the main and all sub channels on a particular frequency when deleting a channel. As you scan the channels, 17-1 is there, but there is no signal and you can't make it go away.
To make this as user friendly as possible, I've programmed a universal remote for his TV and the Philco converter. To watch analog channels, turn off the Philco converter first. Switch over to "video 1" on the TV to watch DTV to get better PQ. Analog passthrough is available, but not usable due to poor signal passthrough and poor PQ on coax compared to composite.