Originally Posted by Rammitinski
When I checked them a few days back (the day I asked here if anyone knew if they were still available), the site stated that they were out then, too (only checked for the Artec's)
FYI, I just checked that digital-tv-converter site and it shows everything pictured in stock except the Tivax. I had to click on each box to see the stock details.
I suspect you're referring to Meritline (here and older post); I missed some posts back then (11/6). I just now saw your reply about the cheaply made boxes and now I think I know where your coming from - the actual box and how they look. Yeah when I first saw a Zinwell and its puny remote I thought it would be junk. But it seems to function well and run cool so I can look past the funky plastic box. The remote has been good too, I'm just used to the ol' big RCA remotes. I like what I see at the design/circuit board level. I like the software functionality (menus, etc.) but they should have worked out the Favorites glitches that I suspect are effecting the timer function. I haven't had or heard of any major reliability issues. BEWARE the composite connectors though as they didn't add any mechanical stabilization from the PCB to the box, looks like a PCB/connector crack waiting to happen if a cable gets yanked too hard.
Too bad they all can't be in a CM-like box, now that's a commercial-looking design (rack mount it - LOL). I suspect these little plastic boxes save considerable money. I don't have a Zenith but the pic looks good.
The Artec is tiny, smaller than the Zinwell. Hard to hold it down when cables are pulling on it. Nice for portable use though, can probably strap it to one of those 5-7" TVs or DVD players. The connectors feel more solidly attached.