Originally Posted by zaphod7501
I have a couple of them set up to do this (using Hauppauge capture cards) and the picture quality is very good, better than any analog cable or OTA recording you would have made in the past era.
Note the limitations listed by "smpowell".
The Zenith boxes are one of the best if you have to leave a box powered on for extended periods of time. (turn on in the morning to record something before you get home in the evening)
Did you find a way to control the converter using the computer?
By default all CECBs are set to auto shutdown after a few hours. But they all have a place in their menus to turn off this feature.
If I were doing this with a non-"VCR timer" converter, I'd go with the Zenith or Insignia models with APT. The tuner is good at handling multipath problems (Better than the RCAs) and the metal case is good for disapating heat. The only thing I don't like about the Zenith/Insignia is the "cyclops eye" LED on the front. I fixed this by taping some red plastic over the LED. That way it only lights up when a power failure has reset the converter to standby mode.