You're welcome, but......
Originally Posted by Davespectral I have to say that I'm BOWLED OVER by the pic quality of the DV502. I narrowed all of them down to the ones that have "S" video out, and there were shockingly only a few. (These companies never learn) I have had Direct t.v. for a long time, and I am convinced that for local programming, the colors are more saturated, and it doesn't look a bit pale, like the Direct T.V. did. I am watching it on a BenQ PE8700, 7 foot screen, at 13 feet. The only reason that I didn't get the hi def box yet is that we can't record high def, and burn a disk of it yet.
The remote gets a D-. It is a cheap, low power JUNK, and the "manual" gets an F--, but I am so happy with this pic, that I give the whole thing a Shawn Johnson Olympic score 62.725! I will throw in a few screen caps, after I get some Olympic stuff burnt to DVD.
THANKS GUYS. If I didn't check back here, I would have wound up with the Channel Master, or the DT250.
If anybody can help me figure out how to program a station in advance, I would appreciate it, 'cause I can't get it. It looks like it'll do that......will it? ......that manual.
"?......In most cases, any
CECB will produce better overall video than standard def satellite or cable!......Perhaps this is your first experience with a CECB, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt but
by stating that you "would have wound up" with the CM gives the impression
that it's inferior
......which is very far from the truth and could (potentially) influence people to choose the Apex over the CM......which (IMHO) would be a mistake!
Additionally, you're making comparisons on on projector
(albeit good quality), with a 7 foot screen no less, which will never
be as telling and revealing as a good direct view TV.
Unless you've made comparisons of various boxes, "BOWLED OVER" is a bit overstated. It's blatently obvious that you've had issues with your satellite system and yes, the Apex is acceptable insofar as picture quality is concerned. However, if you made a comparison, on a better than average
direct view TV (as I've done......very extensively), you wouldn't be as impressed with the Apex's picture quality.
Under these conditions (most users wouldn't be watching a 7 foot projected image), if you had "wound up" with the Channel Master, you would see that it actually blows away the Apex!
Better picture quality
overall without the greenish cast
that the Apex produces!
I've done extensive
comparisons of the Apex DT-502, CM, DS, Zenith, Zinwell and (just within the last two days) the Access DTA-1020D (which gets so hot
that you could fry an egg on top!!). The CM is #1. The Zenith is a close second. The DS comes in third. The Zinwell is fourth but is unacceptable, since it's very poorly designed and the clock and timers are in 24 hour time and inaccurate!. The Apex is fifth. The Access comes in sixth (and is unacceptable
, since it produces a squeezed pan and scan image on most channels, which cannot be corrected)!
I'm rating these boxes based primarily upon picture quality and sensitivity.
I've been meticulous about these tests and I'm very, very fussy!
I'm testing these boxes on a Sony 35" XBR TV, which is very revealing
(especially for an SD TV) and can produce an exceptional picture. My tests have been by direct comparison
with the exact same
signal source and strength.
Perhaps for your viewing purposes (and screen) the Apex is OK but (with all due respect)...... I wouldn't recommend it for the average person......especially if they have a very good to excellent direct view TV.
I agree that the remote and manual for the Apex are very poor!
The CM produces a picture that's more dynamic and has greater color intensity than all of the other's I've tested, so if you feel that the Apex is less "pale" that your satellite picture......try the CM!
The Channel Master and Zenith win out over the competition (so far)......and bear in mind that the Zenith has no S-Video output.
BTW - There are no programming features on the Apex.