Originally Posted by TrevorS
PS. I've seen Tivax T8 and T9 described as top third video and audio quality, whereas the Zinwell is in the middle third. If Zenith is in the top third also, and Artec uses the same front end, are they equivalent performance?
The Tivax is supposed to have excellent PQ over composite - nearly as good as the Channel Master CM7000 over s-video (but not quite, of course).
Only somewhat negative things I've heard are that it changes channels a bit slowly, and it's not the most sensitive tuner out there for fringe reception. Sounds like it's good enough, though, and most owners are basically satisfied with it.
As far as the Artec(s), I've always been curious to know if it's PQ, performance and reliability are anywhere near as good as the Zenith, also. But, other than having the same, LG tuner in some of them (some are reportedly Sanyo), the only thing I can remember seeing here (in pictures) is that the menus and interface are exactly like the Zenith's (don't know if the features and remote are, though).
Personally, unless you need or want the timers (and/or the guide in the Pal), I would choose either of those other two over the Zinwell or Pal. I've had the Zenith, Channel Master, Pal and Zinwell, and the Zinwell is the one I would recommend the least out of all of those. I just don't care for it's features or performance in comparison (decent PQ, and the reception quality's good - but that's about it. No program info other than the titles, and very "cheaply-made").
The Zenith had the best combination of fringe reception (Channel Master was usually #1), multipath handling and picture quality (again, the CM over s-video is #1), so based on that, I'd seriously check into the Artec (the Zenith is the all-around, #1 recommended box on this forum - at least in the "Best CECB" poll sticky). Maybe post over in the Artec threads, and see if there's anyone who's actually had both to compare head-to-head.