I took a little trip down to Kmart this afternoon and sure enough, there was a shelf full of DTVPal Pluses. I took it to the counter, paid full retail price, and brought it back hom for testing/comparison to my DTVPal.
When I got home I swapped it out with my original DTVPal, did a scan for channels, confirmed the software version F106 and that it was indeed a DTVPal+ in the menu.It found the exact same number of channels as my original DTVPal and CM-7000 did
. So I tuned it to the channel I was most interested in/often have trouble receiving (WJAC 6-1, 45+ miles away) and it was at 50% signal level, blocky and freezing occasionally. Switching over to my CM-7000 which was feeding my S-video port, I was getting the standard good picture. I unhooked the Pal Plus, put my original DTVPal back in place, and guess what...the signal level on that channel was at 60% and was coming in just fine. (I made sure the signal level hadnt changed in the 45 seconds it took me to hook it back up by switching over to my CM-7000 and checking its signal level before and after).
So in my case, the DTVPal Plus not only didnt do any better than my DTVPal, it actually did worse!
Needless to say I got back in my car, took it back down to Kmart, and got all
my money back. Sadly enough the CECB no return with a coupon situation makes me really appreciate a stores regular return policy...glad I didnt waste a coupon on it.