Originally Posted by systems2000
Between this unit and the DishNetwork units, which has the better PQ and sensitivity?
All I can say is the Pal's sensitivity is on a par with the Zenith - actually even a bit better - but I'd find it hard to believe that any box's PQ could really be that much worse than the Pal's.
Somebody above said that the Zinwell's PQ was about as good as the Zenith's. So even though that's only one person's opinion, you can take that for what it's worth (a lot of people claimed that the Pal's PQ was "very good", also - they must need glasses or something - or they just haven't compared it with some of the better boxes head-to-head).
I suppose there are boxes with worse PQ, but it couldn't be by that
much, otherwise you just plain wouldn't be able to stand watching it, because the Pal's is so soft, it would be downright blurry to the point of being totally out of focus-looking. Watching the Pal even sometimes can give me eyestrain and a mild headache.
For reference, I've been using them on a 32" 480i CRT.
Good guide and sensitivity - that's about all I can honestly say that the Pal has going for it.
You know, people are so concerned about the timers on these two boxes - when your VCR's finally bite the dust, which they eventually will
, then what are you going to do? Good luck finding another, standalone one. You'll likely end up replacing it with a DVD recorder anyway, and that'll have it's own, built-in ATSC tuner, unless you get that low-end, tunerless Panasonic model with the IR blaster and pair it with one of these boxes that can be controlled by it (which the Zinwell hasn't been proven to be able to do yet). The boxes that *should* be able to be controlled by newer units with IR blasters are the Zenith, Channel Master, DTVPal and the RCA. At least of the ones out so far.
And remember that the ATSC tuners in the recorders don't generally have as many features as these CECB boxes do - you can forget about the guide. And, in case you're thinking of getting one, a combo VCR/DVD recorder is going to cost you quite a bit more. Sure, you can set the timers to synchronize on the Zinwell and most recorders - even DVD recorders - but wouldn't it be much easier to just have to do it on one unit? At least you don't have to worry about clock time differences on the two units.
Also, if you want to be able to keep watching what's on your video tapes in the future, it might be wise to get a
dvd recorder now and start transferring that stuff to DVD while your VCR is still working.