Originally Posted by craigr7
It would be nice if CM and Zenith (and others) could have offered better PQ and flexibility, and still be eligible for the coupons.
How much better do you want? They both have excellent
The coupon program is only for SD tuners, meant to replace the reception of SD analog signals. Those two tuners have exceptional PQ for SD tuners - especially the CM over s-video.
You really are over-thinking this way too much for a $10.00-$20.00 tuner. Figure out what features you really want - the highest priority features - no
box has everything - you'll just have to accept that like everyone else has. These things are cheap, remember? It's not that big of a deal, and shouldn't be that hard of a decision. Both the Zenith and the CM do everything most users would need, and do it well. The biggest obvious difference is that the CM has more to offer in the way of a guide (and it doesn't have pass-through, if that's important to you).
If you are using it on an HD display, then you shouldn't be expecting HD-quality PQ from these CECB's (or the features of those much more expensive tuners) - you should pay up for an HD box, like everyone else has to do. But the thing is, if you're going to buy a new TV in the future, it'll have an ATSC tuner in it already.
For recording to an SD recorder, and displaying it on an HD display, the Channel Master would be the best choice, if
your recorder has s-video in. If only component or less, either the CM or the Zenith is equal. But again, remember, if you ever buy a new DVD recorder, you can get one with an ATSC tuner in it, also.
(note: if you're planning on ordering the CM-7000 today online, you can't do it from Solid Signal, because you need to do it 3 full business days in advance of the expiration date when using a coupon.)