Originally Posted by Kiri
I returned the GE to Target yesterday, and exchanged it for
I wanted to make sure I would get a real receipt after the
exchange. Target has a 90 day return policy -- and somewhere
down the line they are likely to get some different models.
(Buying here could be a good idea for those with expiring coupons!)
There was no problem with the return -- the new receipt listed the
full CECB coupon value.
The picture quality on the Venturer is definitely better than the
GE. It's as good as the Philco.
This is a very small box with ventillation holes along the side. It
has an external adapter -- but it is small and slim (like a dsl modem
or router adapter), so only takes up one plug. There is a red standby
light that is on all the time, but not as large as the GE light.
One nice touch -- the box includes a page with codes for many
brands of universal remotes.
Setup was fast, once I realized it comes set for channel 4 (not 3)!
Very fast scan of the channels. Picked up all the same channels as
the Philco and GE.
Channel change is very fast -- faster even than the GE! The remote
is small (they seem to be getting smaller with each model I try!), but
has the best buttons so far. The menu, channel change, and volume
buttons are somewhat large and easy to push.
Direct channel change requires only one button (like the Philco) -- the GE
required 3 buttons! Channel change is much faster than the Philco.
I really like this feature. It's a toss-up which I like best -- the Philco
or the Venturer. The Philco has the pass-through audio which is useful
now when I switch to the VCRs. There is supposed to be another Venturer
model (with a 1 following the number) with pass through, but Target doesn't
There is a signal strength button on the remote -- reacts instantly.
The Venturer doesn't have an EPG -- just an info. But for me that's
a minor flaw -- I don't seem to be using the EPG anyway.
Picture quality was generally very good, but there was a lot of pixillation and
breakup and even no signal on one group of marginal channels (22 and
subchannels). All the major networks were fine. Kind of odd though --
the GE got the 22 group OK, and had trouble with CBS and CW. Maybe the
reception was particularly bad last night.
So far I like this model -- I would like it a little better with some kind
of EPG and pass through. But the quick channel change makes it a
pleasure to use.