I received my coupon this weekend and went out to find a converter box. I didn't do much research of any kind before hand and just followed the instructions on the paper that came with the coupon. This led me to Rite Aid where they had just one kind, the Access 1050D for $59.99. Little did I know this was $10 more than the company even charges for it on their web site.
I really like the box and it's features, and even though I didn't get the universal remote with it (as I should have for the price), I am okay with the dedicated remote.
What is driving me crazy is the audio. If this box was free for me I wouldn't complain, but since I had to lay down $20 additional dollars and I cannot return it, I find it frustrating that it has such poor audio.
The volume level goes up to 63. An odd number, to be sure, but the number doesn't matter as long as it sounds good. Unfortunately it does not sound very good at all.
When using the RF output audio is muddy. The volume level does nothing at all. At 0 there is no sound, and anything from 1 to 63 is just apparently "on".
With the RCA L/R audio output it is a very bright, dynamic sound with fantastic stereo separation. It almost sounds like surround sound with just two speakers. The biggest problem is that even at maximum volume (63) the output is extremely low. It is about one half or less the level it should be going into an amplifier. This means you have to turn the amp volume way up, and when you do so you get to hear lots of squeaky staticy digital noise on the line, as well as hiss depending on the channel. I find this very frustrating. I find myself continually trying to turn the volume up with the 1050's remote, but it just doesn't go over 63. It seems like a major flaw to me in what would otherwise be a great little device.
Also, as soon as I switch the amp to another input source I get my ears blasted out unless I remember to turn the amp volume back down after using the Access HD.
There is no different in audio level between the L/R output at max volume and the RF output.
I wish I could return it and get a different box, but it's the only one the store had so there is no chance. I'd like to get my money and coupon back and pick something else up that did not have this issue... unless it is a factor in all these boxes.
This one says manufactured 9-08. I guess it's been on the shelf a while.