Originally Posted by icecow
...Do'er won for the Moo'er
Get er done!
Two areas of focus on my mind:
>which boxes are likely or proven to work nicely with RTV5XXXs WITHOUT wirns
>which boxes are likely or proven to work nicely with RTV5XXXs WITH wirns
Without loading a blaster code the options seem to be limited to the less than stellar RCA or perhaps the Channel Master unit, or down the road maybe the Sling DTVPal due out this summer. However I'd simply load the blaster rid to any 4K/5K. You don't absolutely have to run WiRNS after but it almost always helps in most cases.
After all that has happened (and much has happened) I still prefer the Zenith DTT900 CECB by far over anything else I've sampled. I've played around with everything I could easily get my hands on.
That said, it's not necessarily as simple as running out and getting any Zenith DTT900 you see. What you need is one manufactured April 08 or later since they fixed a rather serious audio bug apparently starting with those manufactured after sometime in March 08.
What this means is going to a big busy Circuit City and digging though all the stock in search of boxes with this
on the (center) barcode sticker on the exterior cardboard box. The earlier defect is a pretty serious audio chirping that may hasten deafness when tuned to certain stations. The problem is reported to be pretty harsh with the LA channels, so try to get the April 08 manufactured Zenith to hopefully avoid the problem. A newer DTT901 should become available next month to replace the DTT900 but it is something of an unknown at this point. Audio problem is rumored to be fixed along with some other changes that may prove good or bad, we will just have to see on that one. I'd personally rather reserve the option of an April 08 DTT900 in case other differences (good or bad) prove significant with the entirely reworked DTT901.
If you decide you want the current Zenith DTT900 and you can't find any with the new date (before your coupons expire) you can purchase older ones and Zenith *should* replace them with corrected units under warranty for no cost. Reportedly just takes a couple of weeks. To do so call the number on the box. This may be the path I end up taking since I haven't yet secured April 08 units.
BTW to tell if you have a *good* unit or not, crack it open and you should see 0809 (or higher) as the third line on the LGDT1111D chip
in the center of the mainboard. This all may seem a little far fetched but this Zenith box is really worth it in my opinion... however you end up using it. I really wouldn't keep one with the audio problem since it rather bugs me personally. Just wanted to Do'er won for the Moo'er and get er done. That's all.
Best of luck and do keep us updated as to the progress of your exploits in this vital matter!