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post #691 of 698 Old 02-10-2016, 08:48 AM
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Excellent. Breaking it into two tables makes it a lot easier to read. Each one fits, even on a smaller (1440x900) monitor.
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I've been making changes to the tables since posting them on Jan 31.

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Posts 1, 2 & 4 are updated. Post six revised with current list.

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Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.

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Which off air DVRs have the strongest tuners

Looking for a new DVR, I have a IVew and a TVio series 3 DRR which is HD. But the picture is poor quality for HD and some dark on the TVio. Both of these have weak tuners as my signal is not the strongest. Both do drop out on signal, My Question is which newer DVRs have the Strongest tuner. Both of my Vizio Tvs have much stronger tuners never loose picture, as I am off air user not cable. If I buy to try and see if it has strong tuner then I would need a Store with a very good return policy.
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There shouldn't be a whole lot of difference between tuners these days. It sounds as you are need in a serious upgrade to your antenna. What exactly do you have?

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iView, HomeWorx, eMatic, etc. comparison chart

Here's a chart I put together summarizing the (mostly minor) differences between the various under-$50 DVRs on the market. Note that there are some unknowns in the table, which I marked with question marks:
Make
 
iView
  
HomeWorX
 
Boost Waves
eMatic
RCA
ViewTV
Model
3500STB3500STBII
3200STB
HW-150PVR
HW-180STB
HW-220STB
BW1658
AT103BDTA880
AT163
Power Supply
Internal
Internal
External (5V, 2A)
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
External
Internal
RF Out Switch
Software
Varies
Hardware (Ch. 3/4)
Software
Hardware (Ch. 3/4)
Hardware (Ch. 3/4)
Software
Software
Software
Software
USB Port
Front
Front
Side
Front
Back
Front
Front
Front
Side
Front
SoC
7816
Varies
7802
Varies
7802
?
?
7816
?
?
Video Outputs:
3500STB3500STBII
3200STB
HW-150PVR
HW-180STB
HW-220STB
BW1658
AT103BDTA880
AT163
HDMI
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Component
X
X
No
X
No
X
No
No
No
X
Composite
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Audio Outputs:
3500STB3500STBII
3200STB
HW-150PVR
HW-180STB
HW-220STB
BW1658
AT103BDTA880
AT163
L/R Analog
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Coaxial Digital
X
X
X
X
No
X
X
No
No
X
Front Panel:
3500STB3500STBII
3200STB
HW-150PVR
HW-180STB
HW-220STB
BW1658
AT103BDTA880
AT163
Numeric Display
X
X
No
No
No
X
X
X
No
X
Controls
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
None
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
Channel Up/Down
Full Menu
Special Features
None
None
None
None
None
Karaoke
None
Games
None
None
I think the RCA DTA880 clone may no longer be on the market. I couldn't even find a decent picture of it on the Internet, which is why it has so many question marks. Edit: Found a listing at eBay that shows pictures of the DTA880 box. That's good enough, because the box has a drawing of the back panel. I've filled in its video and audio outputs according to that drawing.

I tried to identify the SoC used where I could, mostly because different SoCs require different, incompatible firmware, so it's important if you're trying to ensure compatibility of your recordings when replacing one of these boxes, or if you experiment with "foreign" firmware. All these boxes seem to use either a 7816 or a 7802 SoC. The iView 3500STBII and HomeWorX HW-150PVR have been sold with each of those two SoCs at various times.

All the firmware for the 7802 SoC I've seen addresses a longstanding bug with displaying closed captions on playback. Unfortunately the 7802-based iViews have managed to introduce a few new bugs in the process

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Thank you for the summary! I had an iView that died after a couple of years and then a Homeworx that just appears to have died after a couple of years....but have liked the functionality.

I think I'll try the RCA next based on your table: even if it's basically the same internal system, I'm hoping the External power supply gives me a little longer life. Thanks!
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Hope so. The nice thing about an external power supply is if that fails, you can replace it without replacing the whole box.

I had an eBay link for a seller with a couple of RCA DTA880s, but it looks like they've sold out now

If you can't find an RCA, the iView 3200 also uses external power. The firmware is buggy, but if you still have the remote from your HomeWorX, you can cross-flash the 3200 with certain versions of Homeworx firmware to eliminate the bugs. Check the latest posts in the iView 3500STB thread for more details.
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