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Anyone use a tuner for their projector?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I would like to find a simple ATSC OTA HD tuner for my projector. The few I've seen are ridiculously expensive. I rarely even watch tv, so I am not willing to pay almost $200 for one. I only occasionally watch a few shows here and there. I don't need a DVR or anything fancy on it. Just a simple tuner that does nothing more than hook up to an antenna and pick up local channels. Are there cheap tuners like this?

I can easily do without this, but if a simple, cheap device exists, I would like to have the option to watch tv on my projector if I want. I have a converter box I think I could use, but it's analog, I want something that can display HD channels in HD.
post #2 of 21
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=577291

i bought two of these way back when. one stopped working in less than a year, the other still worked when i quit using it 3 years ago
post #3 of 21
Why did you quit using it?

I have a Centronics zat502hd and it works decent, and they used to be around $120 shipped to the door, but they seem to be back-ordered now.

It's not the most reliable device though because if you check the thread a lot of people had them break within 6-12 months. Also when mine shipped, it arrived with a cable internally disconnected from the circuit board, I had to open the device and reconnect a cable, but hey it works now.

PQ is good and it passes 1080i/720p channels with full resolution, the reception is very good, features are very plain jane, but it works.
post #4 of 21
If you can connect your Computer/Laptop there are a lot of option's under $200 and closer to around $100 or less. Be it a tuner card or tuner usb connect.
post #5 of 21
I also use the Centronics ZAT502. I've had it a couple years and it's worked great, no problems.
post #6 of 21
For me, video on demand just seemd to work so much better, I had an AutumnWave onair GT+media center to record OTA, then with all the streaming options - netflix,vudu,hulu, etc. it just didn;t seem worth it for only a few channels. The picture was fantastic tho.. in good weather.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
The Centronics ZAT502 looks like exactly what I need, but still $120 is way too much. If I watched tv all the time, I wouldn't mind spending that, but, like I said, I will rarely use it. Netflix is what I watch for my tv 95% of the time.
I would only use it once in a while. So I can't justify spending that much. Why is such a simple device so expensive anyway? Because the demand is so low?
post #8 of 21
Then you're out of luck unless you want to try to find a used one.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by bassage View Post

Why is such a simple device so expensive anyway? Because the demand is so low?

Bingo
post #10 of 21
google

epvision phd-205le


hxxp://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/phd205LEmain.htm

you can connect it to your VGA port and you are good to go.

If you have computer you can try a MyHD MDP-130 card. it's one of the best cards ever made if you can still find one.
post #11 of 21
I used a $25 dollar hd tuner card from tiger direct for the last 3 years. It worked great and worked with media center flawless so recording Chuck and of our other shows was a breeze.

I recently got a new computer that doesn't accept that style card and I'll probably get a usb style tuner this time around. Amazon and Tiger have them under $50.

I'd also recommend this windows remote
http://www.amazon.com/Adesso-ARC-110.../dp/B000XVNJRM

I've had this $20 remote for 3 years and it is great. The pause, play ff rw buttons all work with media player, media center etc. It has a mouse pad and makes searching through folders a breeze with 4-way directional controls with an enter button in the middle. I have my PC in my office several feet from my HT room, I just ran a 75' vga, coxial digital audio cable and a usb cable for the remotes sensor, monoprice saved me on cabling cost. Used to have a HTPC in the HT room but hated it, I like my room equipment silent.

So If you have attic access or a way to run a few cables from your home pc to your projector, for around $120 (usb tuner + cost of cable+remote) you can use your pc and be able to DVR anything your tuner picks up (media center gives you a 7day schedule for all the channels you get, so you can set it to record ahead of time or every episode of whatever you want) , browse the web, and best yet if you happen to have a pc full of hd quality movies you are all set and can control it all with the remote. Of course you'll need an AVR with at least 5.1 (which I'm sure you have) and an audio card with a digital output (fiber optic or digital coax, another $30 if you don't have that output).
post #12 of 21
I used a LG LST-3510A HDTV Receiver Tuner for a couple of years and found it worked really well as long as you had a strong signal to feed it. This model also has a built in DVD player but there is another LG model that is just a straight tuner. I think you could buy a used one of these for $100 or less. I think I paid $60 used for mine on eBay. I could list it if you want, since I use a sat box now feeding the projector.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 257roberts View Post

I used a LG LST-3510A HDTV Receiver Tuner for a couple of years and found it worked really well as long as you had a strong signal to feed it. This model also has a built in DVD player but there is another LG model that is just a straight tuner. I think you could buy a used one of these for $100 or less. I think I paid $60 used for mine on eBay. I could list it if you want, since I use a sat box now feeding the projector.

Do you know the model number of the LG tuner without the DVD player?
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Do any of these use HDMI? I've been looking around on ebay and some other places and I haven't seen any that use HDMI.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by bassage View Post

Do any of these use HDMI? I've been looking around on ebay and some other places and I haven't seen any that use HDMI.

My Centronics ZAT502 does.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by bassage View Post

Do any of these use HDMI? I've been looking around on ebay and some other places and I haven't seen any that use HDMI.

This one does and it does a great job!!

hxxp://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/phd205LEmain.htm


This one is even better but it DOESN'T have a 15 Pin VGA OUT Port.

hxxp://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/phd8vxmain.htm


Bohanna
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
ok, I guess the ones I've seen are very old models. I'll just keep searching ebay until I find a nice used model with HDMI for a good price.
post #18 of 21
I used a LG LST4600a tuner. It has DVI output which you can use with DVI-HDMI adapter. Look at ebay.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by bassage View Post

ok, I guess the ones I've seen are very old models. I'll just keep searching ebay until I find a nice used model with HDMI for a good price.


good Luck but my guess is finding one with and HDMI port used is going to be pretty hard. Is there a reason you won't buy one of the new ones? They should last a long time and you can use them on many different displays.

Bohanna
post #20 of 21
You got options on tuner for OTA stations and unencrypted cable.
I am using SiliconDust HDHomerun which has 2 tuners in it (can be used for both OTA or unencrypted cable) and if you have windows 7 can set it up to record channels or watch them LIVE. Very nice in high def. But you need to have PC on to watch anything. But you don't have to add a card to your computer. The homerun plugs into your network and will be seen on any PC on your network (wifi or wired). Depending on your computer, vga or hdmi. My computers have hdmi out so I get sound and video when I connect to my projector and have option of speaker system in PC or projector speaker.

Here is link to Amazon , this is a newer model than mine, I had the white version . http://www.amazon.com/SiliconDust-HD...8655397&sr=1-1

There is even a newer version for OTA and full blown cable but it's 199 and it doesn't sound like you got cable, so forget about it.

If you don't care about high def use those government coupon digital tuners, the ones from a few years ago, I got dish network ones which are cool , they were rated as very good when everybody made the switch to digital. These should be super CHEAP, ask someone that moved to HDTV's if they have any those digital tuners laying around the house when everybody made the switch to Digital Channels a few years ago. I bet they do and they are not using them. Maybe get it FREE too. Doesn't sound like you watch much TV so maybe first try the digital boxes that came out a few years ago, it has menu and you can see what is gonna be on for I think 14 days. No PC hookup and you get the listing OTA. Of course it will use the RCA inputs (yellow,red,white). Every projector should have composite I would think.

If you are interested in recording anything then move up to high def for sports and CSI and other shows with the Homerun. Watched the Superbowl using the homerun, very nice.

p.s. I just tried out my dish digital to analog converter box (DTVpal) and it looks really good, I get about 47 stations and the built in over the air TV guide is very nice, gives signal strength, and as grid type station menu and it can auto switch stations to next program you want to watch. It is 480i but it's clear and bright and very watchable.
post #21 of 21
Still around $200 but at least it's current and does more than just live TV.

http://www.boxee.tv/live
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