Originally Posted by clintroberts
Hey Ryan, thanks for convincing me to accept the GT.
I never expected it to be this good! especially after trying to get the VBOX and the Artec to work. Yes this one was $179 and the Artec was only $80 but this is worth the $100 more.
I have been waiting for 2-3 years and am estatic. I sound as if I would be getting a kick back for this review but I am just really impressed. Nice work guys. Highly recommended!!!
Agree totally with Clint!
I bought the GT 2 weeks ago through WalMart Online for $174 but said nothing until I finished testing it because I couldn't believe the results I was getting. It is a marvel!
Some past history as a comparison. Three years ago I bought the MDP-100. Of the 8 Atlanta HD channels, I would get reception at 70-80% on half of them and 50-60% on the others. That was in autumn and winter when the leaves were off the trees. Come summer, I would lose half the channels (0%) while the others went down to 60%. Two years ago I upgraded to an MDP-120 and got about a 5% improvement across the spectrum.
My situation admittedly is a difficult one. I am in a valley surrounded by rows and rows of tall trees (30-40 feet high) 30 miles from the broadcast towers. I tried mounting my ChannelMaster 4228 (and many other antennas) on the roof and in the attic - and found my sweetspot inside the attic (with better reception actually inside the attic than on the roof).
This year I decided that OTA was not going to be for me since I could not get the channels I wanted spring or summer. Since I work odd hours, I decided to try a USB receiver for my office (close to the broadcast towers) where I could work late at night or on weekends and have some sports events on TV in background. So I bought the GT not for my home but for my office.
When it arrived, I decided on a whim to hook it up to my antenna at home - just to see whether this "5th generation chipset" was going to be more than just a myth with respect to fringe reception and multipath problems.
WOW! After having done the channel scan, ALL my channels came in (even those the MDP-120 showed at 0%). Better yet, each channel was locked in and stable continuously
. For two weeks I watched programs in HD - through sun and rain, day and night (under all conditions) without a hitch. No hiccups, no dropouts, no fluctuation.
I tested the card in the morning when I got up, on weekends in mid afternoon, and in the evenings. It performs beautifully under conditions the other cards simply fail at.
I never did take the GT to the office. Instead I ditched the MDP and the GT has become my home receiver. I consider the GT worth every penny after struggling to get OTA through many antennas, many mounts and locations, etc. I had tried the ChannelMaster 4228 antenna, the CM 4248, the Winegard SquareShooter, the Televes DAT-75 (yes I still have all those antennas lying around). The GT makes the antenna WORK!
The GT makes OTA a reality for me. Sorry if this sounds like a paid advertisement but it isn't. I waited until another person like Clint reviewed the product to confirm my feelings (since it seemed too good to be true). Thanks OnAir - I love a product that transcends "excuses" and "expert concerns" such as distance, antenna types, weather, multipath and ghosting, hills & trees, valleys & troughs and JUST WORKS so I can concentrate on the content rather than the media.
~ Ben Welijka,