Well I finally found one here in central Iowa. I have been looking for weeks now and went into Malwart on a whim. They had two, and I thought about buying them both. But I decided I would wait and see whether I got a good one and if I liked it.
It was late and I had to get up early so I didn't get to play with it much. I didn't hook it up to cable, so I can't attest for QAM, but I did hook it up to my rabbit ears and the ATSC works ok. My Pioneer TV can pull maybe 7 digital OTA channels and this thing got 5. They were not good reception, but in all fairness, I didn't even tweak with the antenna. My first thought was the remote was way better than everyone said. The unit is up 8 feet from the couch on a shelf, and 15 feet ahead, so it's not really in an ideal place. But after 15 minutes, I kinda understood what you mean. Eventually I want to get a universal anyway (if they work with it).
I didn't get to mess with the DVD recording yet; that's tonight's project. I didn't bother to fish out my S-Vid or Component cable, so I just used the provided composite cable. I was actually impressed with the PQ (considering). But I was messing in the setup and set it to output 480p instead of 480i and the screen went blank and couldn't figure how to get it back. I reckon it's because of my cable right now. But I left 'er unplugged overnight and will see if it helps.
Maybe everyone's bad experiences left me with low expectations, but I think this thing has merit. But maybe I need to test it longer than 30 minutes.