I'm new to the AVS forum, I do indeed have the Rc-dt09 (just got it today). I ordered this unit from Solid, as none of my local retailers had any boxes in stock. I wanted to get the Zenith unit.
So far so good. I live 30 - 40 miles away from most of the transmitters in my area, which is a bit hilly.
My Antenna is the smallest Radio Shack roof/attic yagi antenna, mounted in the attic. My analog stations came in strong except for channel 52, which had some noise in the picture. The Winegard box was able to tune all local stations, but with 62.1 - .3 the picture occasionally breaks up.
The remote is tiny, about 1.5" wide and 3.5" long. It has a "signal" button that will display a signal strength meter on screen.
Menu layout is simple and fairly easy to understand (for me). I have no other boxes to compare this to (have a channel master cm7000 on the way).
The video quality seems on par with the best analog reception I've recieved with this set. My feeling is that I've lost nothing in the conversion from analog to digital. I'm using my tv's composite video / audio inputs.
So far the unit has no issues. The audio is clean, no hissing or strange anomalies, other than variable volume level on different channels, and in general I have to turn the tv volume up a few more notches compared to analog stations.
The wall-wart power supply is a drag, but the unit overall is compact. The construction is adequate without looking cheap, the box looks thinner in real life than in photos. There is a power button and a channel up/down button on the front panel. As stated earlier, no s-video out.
It comes with two AAA batteries for the remote, the wall-wart power supply, the manual and a coax RF cable. No A/V cables.
What else can I add? Let me know if anyone needs more info, or even screen shots.
I plan to compare it head-to-head whenever the cm7000 arrives.