Just got the packages.
I go to open the box with the tuner, and guess what--I look at the back of the unit (was surprised at how light it is, by the way), and there is no dvi port. I repeat--there is no DVI port.
Now, I know I order the 140. I also know the 100 was not supposed to have the DVI port. But I did not order that. I am sitting here fuming. I know the DTV-100 is not supposed to have DVI; this, the 140, is supposed to have it. On the back of the unit, it clearly says DTV-140, so I did not get the "wrong" one.
OK, I need to calm down. There are the following: Ant in, SPDIF (I assume out, but have not hooked it up yet to verify), S-Video, Component, stereo audio, and CVBS (composite video, and stereo audio). I am not sure what CVBS is, by the way. There is also a RS-232 port I assume is for serial upgrades.
Anyway, I am in the process of hooking it up now.
Did I mention that I am pissed? Well . . . maybe the Component can do 1080i out . . .
--A few minutes later--
I just opened the thing. There were 8 philips screws, and the box came apart easily. Just be careful because the front is attached to the mainboard by the kind of flat ribbon you see with laptop keyboards. Have not determined where it goes yet, but it looks like to just the front button controls.
OK, the chips on board--The main chip (I guess the cpu) is a TI. Not sure which model, but the model number on it is TVP9000; 58ZFY89 E1 (maybe this last bit is serial number). There are also two Hynix chips--I presume for memory.
The tuner housing is silver, and says Panasonic--so I guess it is a Panasonic tuner. The number written on it is ENV56M19D8F.
OK; on to putting it back together and hooking up the antenna.
--A couple hours later--
So, on the whole, I would say my experiment has been mixed. Some is probably due to the antenna, some the receiver/tuner itself.
OK. First, it does do 720p and 1080i via component. The remote even has buttons for discreetly choosing (have not had a chance to try my universal remote with it, but this should be good--if this brand is even supported). The the the composite (CVSB) does 480p, the manual says.
Secondly, I could not get the digital out sound (coax) to work. I have a Sony receiver that does dts and dd fine, but it complains about a decoding error. So my only tests so far have been done with stereo out--which is adequate. Maybe this thing outputs in a special way?
Which leads me to my third point. The menus are spartan. There is very little you can change, and I saw no where to set how audio is outputed. Perhaps, it simply detects is coax cable is there, not sure. But there are very few useful options in the menu. Indeed, close caption function seems to take up a great deal of menu space and remote button functionality (I guess digital signals can carry a hefty load of this stuff).
Fourth, switching channels and searching the spectrum does take a while. The last time I played with such a system was one my company put in about 7 years ago. I would not say it is any quicker. Powering up does not take too long, though. On the whole, it is useable--just would probably irritate those who channel surf. Also, the auto setup (channel) function will save something to the memory so that you only channel up/channel down through the channels that had sufficient strength (this has been annoying in setup, because I have to run through this several times to get the correct antenna placement).
Which leads me to five. There is a little signal strength meter in the setup (and there is an information dialog you can bring up when you are tuned to a channel) which tells you how strong a signal is. It fluctuates a bit.
So, how is the reception? Well, antennaweb tells me to point in a direction I get very little signal. I am using an indoor antenna, so . . . I have pointed it about 90 degrees away, and get what seems to be the best set of signals (6). Mosts are KGO/KQED, it seems. I would really like to get better reception of the major networks, so I plan on buy a long cable, and sticking this antenna out the window which has the fewest building in-between. Just for shits and giggles.
On strange thing I did notice with the tuner--the sound just stopped. I thought I had pressed mute or something. After changing the channel, messing with the audio receiver for a minute, I just powered off/powered on the tuner, and the sound was back. Strange.
When I get home from work tonight (I cannot take the whole day off), I will continue playing. I am still pissed that there is no dvi port, and I am unhappy with the signal/stations I am getting--but want to try to make something work. Component is fine (though they and Beach Audio, which is where I purchased it and which is selling through Amaozn) need to update their docs. If you have a roof antenna without obstructions (my landlord does not want me putting anything on the roof; no antennas and no dishes), it might work very well for you.
I did not realize how many soap operas there were on during the day.