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Help!! What box to choose for fringe???????

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I have 2 coupons to use by 1/28. With the 1st I ordered a CM7000 and I am not sure what other box to get.
I am looking for good fringe reception because I am pretty far out.
I was going to buy the Zenith but I can't find one reasonably priced online.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I don't want to pay more than $20 after the coupon and would like to have 2 different boxes to compare.
post #2 of 8
You're asking the wrong question - if you're living "out in the fringe" - you should be asking what antenna is appropriate, not what CECB. Any ATSC tuner should work, so anything you can find local or online should work. The Zenith's are pretty decent, but then, so are most other CECB tuners.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks, but I have an antenna and a tuner in my main TV that works fine. I just want a box for the garage and one for the lake and wanted some opinions on the best ones for reception at distances. I know that all tuners are not the same because I've personally seen the differences on different TV's in my home. I was just hopping for a response from others in fringe areas with experience with the boxes.
post #4 of 8
JJPP is asking exactly the right question. Since we do not know his particulars, we can not assume he does not have a solid anntennae.

In actuality, he needs both a solid antennae, AND a sensitive tuner (cecb). It is not one or the other, it is both.

To answer his question, try the Insignia at BestBuy. The Insignia is the same box as the Zenith, except for the name branding. They are both made by LG.

Good Luck
DaMountainMan.

Added: All cecb's are not created equal. That said any old set top box will not do. This is especially true when looking for a box for fringe reception. The Channel Master, and Zenith/Insignia have the best reputations for fringe reception. The Channel Master does well with weak signals, and the Zenith/Insignia do well with multipath in fringe areas.

I can not speak to the Apex boxes as I do not have one. My Zenith is more sensitive than my DS9950.
post #5 of 8
Do you use a rotor? If not, I recommend the APEX DT502 (it also has S-Video). You can get one at Best Buy or CompUSA. I wouldn't pay more than $54.00 with S&H.

Mine does well at 72 miles with heavy multi-path. It's more stable than my Insignia -APT.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by JJPP View Post

I was going to buy the Zenith but I can't find one reasonably priced online.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

KMart usually has the Zenith for $49.99. In the Pacific NW the Bi-Mart stores also have the Zenith for $49.99.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by DaMountainMan View Post

we can not assume he does not have a solid anntennae.


"Antennae" is plural. "Antenna" is singular. "A antennae" grates on me the same way that "a houses" or "a books" would.


[added] Ugh, it actually grates even worse! I should have written "an antennae."
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