Originally Posted by WeAreNotAlone69
[B]......The reason for this thread is the DISCUSSION OF DEALS, LINKS TO VENDORS WHO ARE STILL STOCKING CONVERTER BOXES....
Over the past few months, I have started seeing more and more digital converter boxes from the 2008-2009 period for reasonable prices, although often missing the original remote control. Used converter boxes are no longer rare and no longer command high resale prices at Amazon Marketplace, on Craigslist or at thrift stores.
The good news: what many of us consider to be the best CECBs, those made by LG and sold under the Zenith and Insignia brands, are becoming surprisingly common on the used market. Thrift store pricing tends to run between $7 and $15, with or without the remote. Interestingly, I'm seeing the same price ranges for other CECB brands such as Philco, Magnavox and RCA.
The bad news: Of the CECBs with detachable power cords, far too many are missing the actual power cord
. This makes the unit undesirable in terms of the hassle and/or expense of acquiring the correct replacement with the correct voltage.
In some cases - notably the Zenith (DTT-900, DTT-901) and Insignia (NS-DXA1 and NS-DXA1-APT) - quite a few of the 2008-2009 Digital TV Conversion CECBs use better parts and are more durable than many of the cheaply-built converter boxes being sold today, such as those offered under the Craig and Naxa brands. Anyone else remember the days when the Craig brand name represented its market position as the king of automotive 8-track tape players??
While the RCA DTA-800B1 is still being sold brand-new at Walmart and other retailers, it's not exactly the same converter box which was designed for the 2008-2009 Digital TV Conversion. Some features were stripped out, without changing the product number, and the quality control may not be as good.
So before spending $50 or $60 on a brand-new el-cheapo converter box, review these threads and look into buying a used CECB from 2008-2009, particularly the LG/Zenith/Insignia boxes. Your vintage pre-2007 television will thank you for it!