I took my coupon card to best buy today and picked up an Insignia tuner.
Box is nice looking. Has a nice red/blue power led on the front. Does not seem to get very warm, is passively cooled.
I have connected it with composite cables to my 9 year old Panasonic 27" CRT.
Setup is guided, quick, easy.
Power up takes about 4s, very quick. Channel changes take only about 2.5 seconds, with audio coming in first after about 1s.
Remote is chintzy, light weight, no lamps. Small black buttons. I'm using a universal remote so I don't mind.
Menus are clear, simple, look good. Channel programming is easy. I like the favorites list, also if you press a number, a filtered pick list is shown.
Unit has its own volume and mute, which attenuates the volume output to the tv, if you use it that way. Neat.
Digital CC is quick, has a dedicated button . It can be set to custom font style if you wish.
Zoom function works well, cycles through "program", letterbox, cropped, squeezed.
EPG is very basic and not too useful, it only shows you the current and next up program, and only spans channels if you spent enough time on a channel to get its data. The Info button shows the current show time, date, rating, cc status, aspect ratio, and description.
The picture is good, but I notice that my Panasonic DMR-EZ17 handles blacks better.
Reception is solid, as good as my Panasonic.
Overall, I think this box is a fine deal, I only mark it down on the skimpy program guide, and cheapy remote. The only box that sounds better might be the Echostar's box if the EPG function is first rate.