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post #31 of 38 Old 11-07-2009, 03:08 PM
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Some of the TRT pics have that CM look. My CM container says made in Bulgaria on the bottom.

All the Best Buys near me have Apex 250s. They used to carry 502s. I don't know which chicken or egg came first. I have lots of Zinwells but not enough Artecs (use for auto/12V).

I didn't know any Artecs had overheat issues but they're kinda new to me and I may not have read back through yonder Artec thread far enough.

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The 502 is newer and has S video.
Some say the 250 is better.
Most don't.
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The DT250 also has S-Video. The DT250 came first, the DT502 was second, then either the DT250A or DT150. EPG style/format information (for several CECB's) can be found here.
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Meritline was out of everything yesterday.

That's odd since they had a lot of different models. Now that I think of it I suspect they shut down that part of the site because they had a 7 day coupon expiry rqt. Will be interesting to see what happens after coupon D-day.

This site claims to take coupons up to the last day but have to pay shipping on most boxes:

http://www.digital-tv-converter.net/

I've had good luck with Amazon too - speedy electronic coupon verification.
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systems, thanks for the Apex chronology. I'm not certain whether my Best Buys here sell 250s, 250As, or both.

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When I checked them a few days back (the day I asked here if anyone knew if they were still available), the site stated that they were out then, too (only checked for the Artec's)
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When I checked them a few days back (the day I asked here if anyone knew if they were still available), the site stated that they were out then, too (only checked for the Artec's)

FYI, I just checked that digital-tv-converter site and it shows everything pictured in stock except the Tivax. I had to click on each box to see the stock details.

I suspect you're referring to Meritline (here and older post); I missed some posts back then (11/6). I just now saw your reply about the cheaply made boxes and now I think I know where your coming from - the actual box and how they look. Yeah when I first saw a Zinwell and its puny remote I thought it would be junk. But it seems to function well and run cool so I can look past the funky plastic box. The remote has been good too, I'm just used to the ol' big RCA remotes. I like what I see at the design/circuit board level. I like the software functionality (menus, etc.) but they should have worked out the Favorites glitches that I suspect are effecting the timer function. I haven't had or heard of any major reliability issues. BEWARE the composite connectors though as they didn't add any mechanical stabilization from the PCB to the box, looks like a PCB/connector crack waiting to happen if a cable gets yanked too hard.

Too bad they all can't be in a CM-like box, now that's a commercial-looking design (rack mount it - LOL). I suspect these little plastic boxes save considerable money. I don't have a Zenith but the pic looks good.

The Artec is tiny, smaller than the Zinwell. Hard to hold it down when cables are pulling on it. Nice for portable use though, can probably strap it to one of those 5-7" TVs or DVD players. The connectors feel more solidly attached.

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I forgot to mention that the Artec has a nice-looking circuit board design. They also used a switching regulator design, very efficient and generates less heat. Also, the Pro is the only box I know of that can be menu-ed by the box's CH/VOL buttons; I don't know if any other boxes even have VOL buttons.

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I forgot to mention that the DT150 seems to be a model # change so that TigerSoftware.com can sell it as if it's a different model. I don't believe there's any real difference between the two.
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