Basically, it's make your best deal wherever you can find one. I picked up a Samsung T-151. It's ATSC-only, but makes for a dandy second receiver. I have a Zenith DTV-1080 as my main receiver. The Sammy spends most of its time on a standard-def TV.
You can see the STB Review sticky at the top of the page for all you'll ever need to know.
I just ordered a Samsung SIR-T151 on E-bay with a factory warranty delivered for $285. I stopped by BB for an open box special and it didn't have anything but the receiver itself and they wanted $329!!!
Try a walk-away deal. My local electronics store wanted $350 for an open box 151 w/remote, cables, manual, warranty card. I pulled $270 out of my pocket and said, "This is all I have. Take it or leave it." They took it. (Of course, I had another $20, but they didn't need to know that).
I also read that, but it is too late now! Oh well, I think I might be going sat anyway. I do have a question about the hughs 86. I of course would use it for Direct TV but also for my OTA channels. Would I need seperate component cabels to run both of these or could I use the same one out of the box to the TV.
The reason I ask, my TV only has 2 component inputs and I am already using one for my DVD.
Has anyone had problems with the 151 remote? I had to go through all the codes to find one that works with my Sony XBR (063). However, the volume keys dont seem to work. I programmed the remote for another TV I had and still does not operate. I am wondering if its my remote or a general Sammy remote problem. Can anyone comment?
I have the same problem with a KV-9PT20. Of course, the question is, "what am I doing using an HDTV STB with a 9-inch NTSC set?" However, no, the volume keys don't work for it, either. I figured they just didn't bother to program it with codes for non-HD sets...
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