Zinwell arrived from Solid Signal this afternoon in the original box taped - no extra packaging. Box was a little chewed up but contents were OK.
Remote buttons are even tinier than the Zenith and it took a few minutes to get oriented to where everything was.
Channel scan picked up all my channels, after which I deleted the weather and PBS crafts sub-channels.
I prefer 4:3 aspect ratio on my old 19 incher and it was easy to do. Picture alignment is identical to the Zenith - no left shift like reported on the PAL. No VBI observed.
It took a while to figure out why the volume was so low. Had to change from line to RF. Still a bit softer than the Zenith.
All channels were 100% signal quality and strength in the 85-95% range. No breakups observed. It will be interesting to see what happens when the hurricane hits (I'll be on the western edge so lots of wind). PQ is soft compared to the Zenith.
APT is not as easy as the Zenith - it is not passive. ZAT has to be plugged in and the switch to APT made via the menu. IMO it would be easier for me to just connect the two lines and bypass the box rather than the hassle of resetting the menu but then I don't have to do it often.
I much prefer the Zeniths and will probably not use this box that much. It will only be necessary when I want to record on different channels unattended (which isn't often).
Timer tests are for another day. Stay tuned.