TPeterson, Thanks for the education...
I've re-done a small portion of my previous post in its new, more readable form.
Last night I did the following test:
I first went through lots of channels using the FusionHDTV5 card and
recorded signal strength and reception quality. I then took the cable off
the card and attached it to the SIR-T165 and went through the same channels.
I did not hook up a monitor to the SIR-T165, but determined whether the
signal locked based on the front panel indicators.
CHANNEL FusionHDTV5 SIR-T165
19 25-30 N N
24 62-67 S~ N
29 50-56 N N
30 64-70 S ~S
52 * 75-80 S N
43 60-65 S~ N
45 55-60 N N
49 * 100 S S
50 60-65 ~ N (caused a reboot)
56 77-84 S S~
57 80-90 S S
51 * 60-65 ~ N
47 * 20 N N
Legend: N = No Lock
S = Solid steady lock (Even wife will watch)
~ = Intermittent lock but never steady (wife wonders why I waste my time and money on this stuff)
~S = Intermittent bouts of steadiness (wife finds something else to do)
S~ = Mostly solid with bouts of Intermittent break-ups (wife will watch, but complain)
* = From tower other than Sutro (San Francisco) without rotating antenna
I would summarize the results as follows: With the SIR-T165 (and likely the
MDP-120) I got a watchable signal (S~ or S) on 3 stations. With the HDTV5 I
got 7 watchable stations. I would say the HDTV5 is definitely an improvement
over the 4th generation tuners.