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Greetings!

First my Philips DVR that also had a OTA tuner died. I was limping along without a DVR but still pulling in local OTA HD channels for viewing through my SIR-T150 receiver. Unfortunately it bit the bullet recently (well, I should say dying as a little warming up and will work for a little).

I looked around in places like Walmart, Target, Best Buy locally but couldn't find any with OTA HD tuner. I couldn't find any OTA HD tuner either. Is there any in the market? I can live without any recording features but I couldn't find any OTA HD tuner either. Are there any out there - online or B&M?

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PHD-8VX from ePVision is a very good tuner. But you have to tweak the picture adjustments to get the best picture. They also have a dual tuner DVR, the VRX. And Channel Master Store online sells a basic HD tuner box, the 7001. Which is also the same as the Centronics ZAT502.
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Hi Tyler,

Those are nice, especially with the DVR, but even without it was out of my budget. Luckily my friend had a digital converter box he wasn't using (APEX). Too bad it outputs only composite or S-video, and analog stereo sound (red & white).

I was wondering if the COAX, which I think is the analog pass-through, will give me better picture than S-video? My HDTV is also an old one, Mitsu WS-55819, that does 1080i from component input. I'm wondering if Ant A or Ant B inputs will display better picture? Do you know? I guess I'll find out next weekend!

Thank you again for the leads - greatly appreciate it!

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My understanding is, with these converter boxes, that the yellow composite video input and S-video input will give you better pic quality than the coax input. With S-video being the best.
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Thank you again Tyler! For now S-video it is!

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My understanding is, with these converter boxes, that the yellow composite video input and S-video input will give you better pic quality than the coax input. With S-video being the best.

That's correct. The coax input is basically a composite signal modulated onto an analogue RF carrier - and is likely to be noisier and possibly lower bandwith than the RCA Phono composite output.

S-video will improve on both as the chroma information and luma information are kept separate (carried on separate pins) avoiding the cross colour/cross luminance interference artefacts that you get with composite (the most common example of this is black and white stripes getting coloured bands appearing)
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