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The tuner chip is fairly new (and presumably 6th generation). The newer generations are better able to deal with multipath; 6th generation chips can even handle situations where the reflected signals are stronger than the direct signal, as happens sometimes in crowded urban environments.

I believe it's a low-cost "universal" tuner chip that can tune DVB-T (overseas) as well as QAM and 8VSB, although of course DVB-T isn't used by the N. America firmware. They probably sell identical or similar boxes overseas with only the firmware changed.

Nevertheless, the Homeworx tuner is not the best around. It's not bad, but I've always had trouble getting the Homeworx to lock onto the 3 or 4 weakest stations in my area. Most of my other tuners will easily lock all but one or two of these. A better antenna will probably help a great deal.
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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

The tuner chip is fairly new (and presumably 6th generation). The newer generations are better able to deal with multipath; 6th generation chips can even handle situations where the reflected signals are stronger than the direct signal, as happens sometimes in crowded urban environments.

I believe it's a low-cost "universal" tuner chip that can tune DVB-T (overseas) as well as QAM and 8VSB, although of course DVB-T isn't used by the N. America firmware. They probably sell identical or similar boxes overseas with only the firmware changed.

Nevertheless, the Homeworx tuner is not the best around. It's not bad, but I've always had trouble getting the Homeworx to lock onto the 3 or 4 weakest stations in my area. Most of my other tuners will easily lock all but one or two of these. A better antenna will probably help a great deal.

Thank you for the reply. I'm going to reserve judgement until I get a proper antenna (ordered the Monoprice 4730) since I believe the signal is fairly strong. I'm on the 4th floor of a condo building, and my balcony roughly faces the broadcast sources which are 3-5 miles away, so I am expecting fairly good results.

Right now I was just using a cheap flimsy wire antenna designed for getting FM radio reception to my A/V receiver haha, so certainly not ideal.

Is there a significantly better tuner box that you would recommend?
Edited by Mark S. - Yesterday at 1:10 pm
post #1233 of 1233
That close and that high up, pretty much any UHF/VHF antenna should work. Chances are your Homeworx will work fine once you put your antenna up.

BTW, since your TV has a digital tuner, you'll probably want to set your HW's RF output to "loop through" and hook it to your TV's RF input. That will let you record one show while watching another (like an old-fashioned VCR).

As far as tuners go, many are somewhat better but I know of none that are "significantly" better. I've tried the CM-7001; it has a better tuner but it doesn't have nearly the features of the Homeworx: no recording, no media playback, no favorites lists, and you can't use SD and HD outputs at the same time. Heck, you can't even delete unwanted channels! Yet it's significantly more expensive than the HW rolleyes.gif

If you want an OTA DVR with a better tuner, you might look for a used DTVPal or CM-7000Pal on eBay. It's a six-year-old design but still one of the best DVRs for OTA use. It also has two tuners instead of one (so you can do things like time-shifting one show while recording another) and comes with a built-in HDD. But it doesn't play media, and you can't copy recordings to a PC as with the Homeworx.

I personally use a HW and a Pal together, and I know of others who do the same. The HW makes a great "overflow" DVR for those (hopefully rare) occasions when you need to record three shows at once wink.gif
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