Originally Posted by LenL
You and others may complain about the DVR+ tuners but I am on the other side of the issue. I live in a problematic reception area. I own 3 DVR+ and have combined them with both Sharp and Samsung TVs and I have found the DVR+ tuners to be as good. I receive as many channels with the DVR+ with no channels lost from what the TV Tuners are getting. I may be in the minority but find it odd listening to all the complaints that I don't see as universally true from my experience.
That is easily explained. The problem with the DVR+ tuners is that they can't handle strong signals due to multipath problems, as I understand it. If you're not in a strong signal area, then that would not impact you. But in an urban area like mine (NYC), it plays total havoc with my reception unfortunately.
In any event, the attenuator did not do the trick, pretty much as I was afraid of. Adjusting the variable attenuation DID affect the signal strength, which was never a problem for me. However it had no effect on the signal quality, which was my problem.
At this point, here's what I'm looking for, and it may not even exist: An outboard tuner that can pick up HD channels well, provided one has a decent antenna (which I do, judging by my Vizio TV's performance), and then spits it out on an RF channel selected by the user. I then hook up the output of that tuner, via coax or wireless, to the DVR+; if wireless, it would be my antenna's job to pick up those new additional channels being sent out by this outboard tuner (to make that work, I'd use a splitter; the antenna would be connected both directly to the DVR+ and to the outboard tuner). If the outboard tuner is connected by coax to the DVR+, the tuner would pass the signal from the antenna unchanged through its coax output to the DVR+, merely adding its own channels to that one RF channel.
The user of this outboard tuner is free to pick any RF channel as the tuner's output, and the advisable choice would be an RF channel not used in my area. Looking over my station report on TVFool.com , it appears that RF channels 14-17, 19, 32, 35, 37 and 43 are all open.
So, for argument's sake, I'd assign the RF output of this tuner to Channel 14, and, perhaps, even have the luxury of assigning sub-channels, so this tuner would output signal on digital channels 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3, let's say; those digital channels are also empty in my area. I'd run a specific scan on the DVR for those three channels in order to pick up the tuner's three channels and add that to the DVR+'s channel line-up.
So I would orient the antenna so that the precious nitpicky finicky DVR+ could at least handle the usual ten or so stations. For all other stations, I would assign them as needed to one of this outboard tuner's three channels, and instruct the DVR+, when needed, to tune one or more of those three stations, as needed.
Is there such a beast that anyone knows of?