My thoughts regarding the LG Electronics LST-3410A
The tuner is fantastic. It is so sensitive that I get everything in my area perfectly. Stations that were marginal but receivable with a directional, rotate-able, roof antenna now come in with good on the signal strength meter. It is a great deal better than my RCA DTC100. Just a guess but it looks like the buffer may be larger and so very weak stations take a while to lock but then stay on full time.
Picture quality is incredible through RGBHV output. The composite and S outputs are also first rate. Up and down conversion is indistinguishable from native on a DWIN HD700 3 gun CRT projector.
Waiting for the guide to download was a pain. It finally came down after I stopped playing with it. Sure wish we knew from where and at what time the download occurs.
The learning curve is enormous. There are so many things you can do with the TV guide that learning all the ways to record, skip, drag, modify listings, schedules and on and on has taken me 3 days.
The remote's buttons are extremely indistinguishable and numerous. You will need some light in the room in order to use the remote. Backlighting would have been helpful.
My biggest negative is that there is no simultaneous composite or S-Video when one is watching through RGBHV, Y,Pr
,Pb, or DIV. This means that if you want to watch DTV on a non-HDTV set, you have to change the output selection, aspect ratio, and viewing mode. On my DTV100 I push one button to change its output from 1080i to 480i. Here I have to go through countless button pushes and menu settings. Bad decision LG!!!!!
Programming this machine to record is a real adventure. Would have been nice if they had included a Day, Hour, Ch, and speed setting like every VCR in the world uses. Here you have to go through TV Guide listings that seem to go on forever.
It will record only 8 hour of HDTV. Wish I could record a whole week. AFAIK
you can not change recording quality for Digital channels, only analog. 8 hours just is not enough if you like to watch on the weekends.
It is a great HDTV STB--Great capture and picture. The TV Guide recording system is terrible. The listings may be interesting for some but frankly I find it a pain in the but. The omission of a simultaneous or at least 1 button switch-able S-Video is unpardonable. Sure you can get there but wow, what a nightmare.