Originally Posted by J.Francis
Has anyone yet paired the RCA DTA800B1 with an RCA ANT2000 smart antenna? Any performance reviews? I have an RCA ANT2000 paired with an Apex DT502, and the DT502 has many flaws, the worst being that the inability to overscan affects the smart antenna's full capabilites. I know the DTA800B1 has a very long initial scan, which makes me think it will give the antenna more of a chance to lock on to certain signals. .
I have hooked an RCA DTA800B and an RCA DTA809 to separate RCA ANT2000 antennae with excellent results. The DTA809 seems to have a more sensitive tuner, so generally greater signal strength. The RCA ANT2000 does as advertised, helps tolerate multiplex issues, allows people to walk by it without all the pixilation other antennae used to suffer from, but it really needs to be by a window! I live in Eagan, MN, about 16.5 miles from our Shoreview antenna farm, and get all those stations without difficutly, even the low power Channel 17. More interesting is that Channel 41 (46 miles away in Big Lake) comes in well as well, only 10% signal downstairs and 14% upstairs, but it is a stable picture and sound is good as well. I personally like the DTA809 box better, as can move the antenna and re-scan for just the missing channels.
Living in Minnesota also leads to some fun on 2/17/09 as channels 9 and 11 will return to High VHF, channel 5 will take Channel 11's UHF channel, Channel 45 will go to 45 from 44...etc, in other words, lot's of re-scanning on the big day.