I'm moving to a different home - at long last, and it's a location offering what appears to be decent-to-good OTA reception. Imay need one or two converter boxes for older SD televisions. This DTA-800B1 version of this RCA box is readily available at Wal-Mart for $49.97.
I realize a couple of other boxes are available through Amazon, like the Zinwell as well as some used Zeniths, but my big question here: what is the reliability of these boxes?
Is the RCA DTA-800B1, or its predecessor unit the DTA-800, any more or less reliable than the other CECBs, most of which have been out of production for some time?
I do know that the original DTA-800 only offered an "automatic" channel scan, there was no ability to input a channel directly to see if there was some signal strength showing. The most recent version, the DTA-800B1, does allow a channel "add" scan in addition to the standard auto-scan. This makes the unit more attractive than it was previously.
One drawback is that the DTA-800B1 is not only SD only, but it only offers the 4x3 aspect ratio, not 16x9.
If anyone here can answer these questions - particularly regarding whether the unit will still be working and functional one year from now - please chime in here or PM me. It's nice to see our old posts on this forum - and to be honest, it's unfortunate that LG terminated production of the Zenith DTT-900/901 CECBs.