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Use old DirecTV as OTA ATSC only tuner?
Not sure where to ask this but here goes. I have cable but was thinking for my monitor display (no tuner of any kind) it might be useful to have an OTA ATSC tuner so if the cable goes out I can still watch local stuff. I assume stand alone units cost hundreds more than I want to spend but I often see at my local thrift store used DirecTV units, with normal OTA antenna in ports, which should fit the bill, unless they have a design which locks up all functionality without a valid account, which of course I won't be activating.
E.g. I saw a Toshiba DST3000 for $5 the other day but hesitated thinking it might be a boat anchor, and also being as old as it is I think the tuner chip is not very sensitive. There was a big leap in tuner sensitivity maybe 5-8 years ago, or so, and this unit predates that.
Remember I have zero interest in the satellite functionality of the these units but first generation ATSC terrestrial tuners weren't so good unless you had a really robust signal. I had the very first one, BTW, the RCA DCT100 maybe? Can't remember for sure the number.
Any comments from the experts as to if my plan is feasible?
In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".
Last edited by m. zillch; 03-11-2015 at 11:29 PM.