Because my Centronics ZAT-502 started dying, I purchased one of the PHD-205's. Installation and set up were easy. I was able to find the proper codes for my Logitech Harmony 550 programmable remote, so the remote's update went fairly easily. Everything is just fine, so far.
The channel scan went quickly and I was able to delete the unwanted channels, unlike the ZAT-502 which does not allow you delete unwanted channels. I found it very irritating to not be able to delete the dozens of channels you don't watch. It's amazing anyone would build a tuner without this ability.
There is one "rub". I noticed it right away. My wife alaso noticed it, so that's saying something. The video picture has an overall "washed out" appearance, as if the display's brightness setting were set way too high. There is no place in any image where you see full saturation of color. It is as if there's a haze or fog over everything.
The "washed out" appearance is so prominent that I noticed it. In order to ensure I was correct, I re-connected the ZAT-502 and switched back and forth between the two tuners. As I was doing this, my wife, looking in from the other room, started saying, "new tuner,...old tuner,...new tuner,..." as I switched back and forth. Even when I tried to trick her, she got it right 100% of the time.
This is my FOURTH tuner. I just don't know what to say. I am dumbstruck by the products and companies in this industry.
I have never owned a standalone tuner, but I do own an HD projector, and have had an awful time finding a good tuner for it. Every product I see has problems.
Would a unit like this work with a system that needs to run on hdmi? I have and over the air antenna and not dish or cable. The only cable I have running in the wall from receiver to tv is hdmi. I need to be able to attach coax from antenna to someting that will allow me to run hdmi to receiver or tv.