Originally Posted by systems2000
The remote is far superior to the Zenith/Insignia. Those remotes are non-standard, smaller, & harder to read in low-light situations.
I agree and disagree.... I have both sitting side by side, and the zenith handles a wider angle and distance than the apex. BUT the button layout on the apex is a little more intuitive. For me, the pin point accuracy required for aiming the apex remote is a bigger PITA for me than the bad layout of the zenith.
Also, I do notice a SLIGHT green tint with the 502 when using Svideo (haveen't tried comp/rca) but it isn't a deal breaker for the unit. The Apex not allowing to rescann is the deal breaker for me though. The Zenith's rescan function is absolutely awesome.
The Zenith pulled in more channels, I believe due to my severe multipath issues (urban location, brick building). however, the apex did pullin one channel from much futher away that the zenith coudln't touch.
So in my experience and opinion?
Remote: total wash, zenith better range and angle, apex, better layout and usability.
EPG: I prefer the simple Zenith guide, but this is completely preference.
Outputs: Apex, s-video, what was zenith/insignia thinking by not including this!?
Smart Antenna: Again, why did apex even bother if you can't rescan!? Retarded to even include it... no points for either box.
Reception: (tested with 4 different indoor antennas paired with both)
Apex: 14 channels, with best antenna pairing
Zenith: 18 channels, with best antenna pairing
Audio: Very close, but the Apex is superior.
Overall, if I could only choose one for my situation (urban multipath reception), I'm sticking with the Zenith, but If I moved to the burbs or country, I'd probably go with the apex due to the extra features, but because bottm line is I can live with a lousy remote and not having s-video but I can't live with out the 4-5 additional channels.