Originally Posted by Malouff
So about the image quality is it like the images HDTVexpert posted
the GE/Goodmind has these aliased (stair-stepped) edges?
Can you confirm that "A standard definition television won't have the resolution to have any issues with it at all"
About the quality meter being almost worthless.
Did you find the reception/sensitivity also disappointing with some digital break-up CNET
I find it strange because HDTVexpert said it was a tie with the Digital Stream.
I don't see how it can be a tie in one review and a total flop in another.
GE was saying at first you needed the to be released GE Smart Antenna so that might be part of the Antenna problem.
About the manual scan, station list, and deleting stations/channels HDTVexpert had the following to say.
I was watching news this morning to try to see stair-stepping. Can't say I found any but my comb filter maybe removing them.
I don't have access to a standard TV at my place. Maybe I can take the unit to a friends house and look there. I did say that based on experience that I had with a Panasonic DVD recorder (I think a DMR-ES35) my friend brought over to look at. He said it looks great on his set but put it on mine and it was soft focus. The Goodmind DTA1000 is much better than the Panasonic unit. I have been wondering if my TV isn't producing some of the image quality issues but I haven't had time to use the Digital Video Essentials yet to confirm that.
A direct comparison to the Apex DT1001 on reception. The Apex unit is better for reception no question. The short time I had it on the mini-yagi antenna on the unit confirmed that.
I would have to agree with the review from CNet and say the Apex DT1001 looked better overall for image quality. Of course I am referring to composite to composite outputs. The S-Video output on the Apex is much better. The Goodmind DTA1000 tends to smear over fine line details like grass where the Apex DT1001 didn't. Sharp contrasts are maintained in the picture though so overall I say it is acceptable.
What I meant when I said the quality meter was worthless. It is on auto scan, manual scan and signal screens there is a quality meter. The signal screen also has the power meter that I ended up using to tune the smart antenna. The quality meter reads very high all the time except if the signal is very weak. Doesn't work well with the smart antenna; maybe because this smart antenna has a tight enough beam that it doesn't do any multi-path. My TV doesn't report any multi-path when using the smart antenna. So maybe that is why the quality meter always reads high. I could try putting the mini-yagi back this weekend and see if the quality meter works better when there is multi-path issues. The DX Antenna DTA-5000 antenna is larger and has eight UHF antennas in it. I would think the GE probably would be smaller with only four UHF antennas since it is designed for indoor use. So maybe the auto tune will work better with a smaller weaker antenna where it might still see multi-path reception.
I haven't found any way to delete stations or sub-stations either, HDTVExpert is right. My guess is that you will have to reset the unit and do manual scan on the stations you want. It would still pick up all the sub-stations on those RF frequencies though. And as HDTVExpert said, there is no map and the manual scan screens don't tell you what stations are mapped in or not.
I haven't seen anything on the GE smart antenna availability. I got this one tuned, after many many ... many many button pushes and it is working very well now. I was planning on getting a GE antenna to test out but my job is very much in the air so I am cutting back on some spending.
As for my big experiment to see if I can use a CECB to control a smart antenna and split it to my TV receiver for high definition. Last night it was raining and I only saw one quick pixel blocking during two hours. Very much improved over my old situation. The leaves still need to get out on the trees for the real test.
Also, I have tapped the news off of the Goodmind DTA1000 for a few days now and haven't had any drop-outs after getting the smart antenna tuned.
So far I would say I am happy with the unit even with the issue listed. I will be using it to tape TV and as a auto-rotor controller for the smart antenna.