The Venturer STB7766G Digital-to-Analog Converter Box is sold by Target. Neither the outside of the box nor the instructions nor the Venturer web site reveals that this unit will not receive sub channels. For example my local PBS broadcasts two signals on channel 31 (one as 31-1 and second different programing on 31-2). This unit only receives 31-1. I know that 31-2 is there because I have a second converter box from BestBuy that gets it (Insignia NS-DXA1). Also, the tuner in the Venturer is poor. Whereas the Insignia gets a "good" signal (slightly into the "good" third of the total rating area - probably about a 70% rating --- I'm a long ways from my PBS station), the Venturer gets just to the middle of the signal strength band - a 50% rating. This unit was cheap; only $48, but is only suitable if you NEVER expect any sub channels in your area AND you are very close to your stations broadcast towers with very powerful signals.
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6/5/08 at 9:33am