All done, ordered the Channel Master 7400. Will update when up and running in a couple weeks.
Ah ha! Trivet, got it, for the heat!
All I know, for OTA only, to us, its the best choice. Some of you were a help with reading that in your posts regarding the OTA tuner. My main concern is a good, strong, clean tuner. I can deal with anything else and I wont have the cable tv issues because I will never
have a cable subscription again in my life.
We get every major network in beautiful HD on our antenna that I mounted in the attic and splits to six rooms and TV's. No issues at all. In fact a few nice surprises of extra useful channels, like 24 hour weather channels etc.
Kids stream anything they want with Hulu Plus, add to that my wife and I subscription to Netflix streaming and Blockbuster DVD by mail and never mind the Redboxes on almost every corner ..... what the heck did I have cable for!>!>! ? True, if you are a local sports fan I can see the need for cable but boy you pay for it, I rather be out on my motorcycle! From now on, if its not on network TV I wont be watching it, except for movies.
Savings of over $1,200. a year for a pretty stripped down cable package but thats not the point, the point is it was wasted $1,200. a year because we never watch anything but network TV, rent Bluray DVD's, stream Netflex from the blueray player once in a while.
BTW ... antenna I was in a rush for, didnt want to wait for one in the mail so bought a RCA ANT3036XR from Lowes, claimed 65 mile range and we are within 30 miles from all network stations so knew I would be good in the attic with 6 TV's. Always double the range of the antenna if you want to avoid issues and good quality coax.
Set up ... 6 year old prewired home, Coax cable from the attic to a junction box on the main level, connects to the center of a splitter about the size of a pack of cigs surrounded by 8 outlets, no power is supplied to the splitter but looks "beefy".
2 outlets are left open and from that box coax cable runs to each of 6 rooms. Largest TV is 60 inch plasma and what I use to evaluate the picture, since the smaller screens always more or less look good.
Very noticeable picture improvement after I cut my cable and hooked up the antenna ... in fact, good god, saving 1200 a year and noticeably better picture AND better sound.
I know not having cable isnt for everyone but we REALLY enjoy a perfect picture and your not going to get that with cable IF the antenna option is there for you. Its not like the old days of ghost imaging, static, "snow" ... the signal is either there or not, really not much room for in-between.
Most signal strength on the meter on the TV comes in above or around 90, got one station in the upper 70's.
I ordered it directly from Channel Master ... they updated the website quite a bit, all manuals and such are online and down loadable if you hunt around ... here is a link and no, I am not in anyway related to the industry. I do security systems.
Here is the newer Channel Master Site ... for the 7400.http://www.channelmastertv.com/solution_s/12.htm