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If this is the wrong sub-forum, please move it if needed.
I have more than 2 analog TV's, as most people here probably have.
What would be the best non-CECB box for a 3rd TV? (I would then use the "best" box for my 35" direct view CRT TV)
I only have 2 coupons, and have already used them for two Digital Stream DTX9900's

1. Would I be better off purchasing a non-CECB converter for OTA, (with more features/better quality)?

2. Should I just purchase a CECB box at full price?

The reason for my question is because I haven't seen any posts comparing non-CECB analog to digital boxes for Over the Air only.
What are some good boxes for this catagory of user who has already used their 2 coupons?
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If your "Best" TV is not an HDTV -ready (can display HD, but doesn't have a tuner), you might just be best off getting a 3rd CECB , even if you pay full price for it.

If it is an HDTV-Ready TV with component and/or HDMI video inputs, you need to look in the parent forum (HDTV Technical http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=25) . Myself - I have a Samsung DTB-H260F to use with my HDTV. It has both HDMI and component outputs, as well as a digital audio output (for use with my A/V receiver). The Sammy doesn't work so great if you don't have the HDMI/component inputs on the display (it displays menus only on the HD capable outputs), and it does have 1 S-Video / 2 composite video outputs - these work best for recording devices.

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Hi Jon,
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(I would then use the "best" box for my 35" direct view CRT TV)

You may wish to base your choice on the type of video & audio inputs of your 35" TV. If you have at least component inputs, I agree with Scooper's recommendation for a Samsung DTB-H260F.

If your 35" has s-video input (but no component inputs) and you want digital audio, you may wish to look into an SDTV 480i external tuner. You may find this thread to be of interest: CM-7000 (S-Video) VS Tivax STB-T1 (Component)

If s-video & analog audio are all you need, you may wish to consider a Channel Master CM-7000.
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Per HDTVexpert:
Score bonus points for CM's S-video connector, which makes a noticeable difference in picture quality, particularly when viewing a down-converted 720p or 1080i HD program.

I hope this helps.

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I wouldn't even waste the money on something as expensive as the DTB-H260F at this point. Once that TV dies, if you replace it, the new set will have it's own buillt-in ATSC tuner anyway.
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Thanks for the replies and links.
The TV I mentioned above has 1 s-video jack, 2 sets of composite jacks, and 2 RF jacks (Ant A/B).
It's a 400 pound 35" Mitsubishi. NTSC only model. I assume it will last quite a long time after the year 2009.
I'll probably wait awhile to get a 3rd converter box, but am hoping the Channel Master will be available in stores before 2009. (I cannot purchase online).
Meanwhile, the Digital Stream box works fine with this TV.
If I cannot find a Channel Master box, I'll try to find a Zenith, since the radio shack here only carries the Digital Stream box. My 3rd analog TV is a 19", and it can wait for a converter box.
I'm happy with my 2 Digital Stream boxes, but have read that the Zenith has a more sensitive tuner.
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I'm happy with my 2 Digital Stream boxes, but have read that the Zenith has a more sensitive tuner.

Better PQ, too. If you're happy with the DS boxes, you should be real happy with the Zenith. The only things that are really better on the DS are the guide and the remote. The Zenith only shows the "Now" and "Next" programs.
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Even a composite only converter box will get you DVD quality OTA . But getting anything beyond a CECB is probably a waste for you right now. The S-Video may be a good idea if this TV doesn't have a very good comb filter.

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I'll probably wait awhile to get a 3rd converter box, but am hoping the Channel Master will be available in stores before 2009. (I cannot purchase online).

The Channel Master is available in-store (Fry's), but you'd have to drive to Downers Grove for it. They always have tons on the shelf because they don't accept coupons. On sale again $59.99 through Tuesday.
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How good is CM7000 compare to Zenith DTT900? Is it worth the $$ (At least $20 more with shipping included, that's like a second box purchase for Zenith)?
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How good is CM7000 compare to Zenith DTT900? Is it worth the $$ (At least $20 more with shipping included, that's like a second box purchase for Zenith)?

start reading, grasshopper...

You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...
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Thanks for the replies and links.
The TV I mentioned above has 1 s-video jack, 2 sets of composite jacks, and 2 RF jacks (Ant A/B).
It's a 400 pound 35" Mitsubishi. NTSC only model. I assume it will last quite a long time after the year 2009.
I'll probably wait awhile to get a 3rd converter box, but am hoping the Channel Master will be available in stores before 2009. (I cannot purchase online).

You're welcome.

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  • Inquire if they are able to accept the $40 coupons.

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I wouldn't even waste the money on something as expensive as the DTB-H260F at this point. Once that TV dies, if you replace it, the new set will have it's own buillt-in ATSC tuner anyway.

That's true. But, on the other hand, if you have a HDMI enabled receiver that you use as a hub for all your toys, the Sammy can tie into that, enabling you to have a single HDMI cable to the TV. That way you only have a single cable to run along your articulating flat panel wall mount. That's my plan, provided all the components get along properly.

Enjoying crystal clear TV for free.

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