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Zenith DTT900 Digital TV Tuner Features, Spec Sheet & Quick Start Guide
http://www.zenith.com/dtv/dtt900.html

Zenith DTT900 Performance Report *(first known hands-on Review)

by John Shutt: WKAR TV-23, DT-55 (PBS) East Lansing, MI
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post13047439

First Tests Of The Zenith Converter Box

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post13196355

User Review by Bob Diaz, LA, Calif.

EnergyStar.Gov lists 2 new revised LG Converter Boxes with Analog Pass Through & lower Power Consumption

- LG: Zenith DTT901: On Mode: 3.9W, Sleep: 0.5W

- LG: Insignia NS-DXA1-APT: On Mode: 3.9W, Sleep: 0.5W
http://energystar.gov/ia/products/pr..._prod_list.pdf

Posted by AVS member Smoke_signal on 4/11/2008

Screen Shots [three zoom (aspect) modes for the Zenith DTT900; also "channel list"]
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...post13252117
More Screen Grabs From The Zenith [Menus, Signal Strength, Program Info, Program Guide]
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post13233193

Photos & text by Bob Diaz, LA, Calif.

Zenith DTT900 DTV Converter, >>> NUDE
 

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Some of their comments are hilarious, the links are a good read at least.
 

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I wonder if this uses LG's sixth-generation 8-VSB chip.

Having SmartAntenna technology would be more effective for achieving the best performance.


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And who has a SmartAntenna? Who'll know how or where to buy one? Will it be easy to mount indoors, or wherever the current antenna may be? How much more $$$$ will the SmartAntenna cost? Who will understand what it's all about? Will anybody be convinced it's worth anything?


The point is, the digital transition in itself will bend the minds of the average American OTA viewer. I don't think they'll want to bend their minds more learning about a "smart antenna"; they'll just want the box to work with what they've got. A sixth-gen 8-VSB chip will help a lot more people in this regard than a SmartAntenna connector or a fifth-gen chip combined.
 

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And who has a SmartAntenna? Who'll know how or where to buy one? Will it be easy to mount indoors, or wherever the current antenna may be? How much more $$$$ will the SmartAntenna cost? Who will understand what it's all about? Will anybody be convinced it's worth anything?


The point is, the digital transition in itself will bend the minds of the average American OTA viewer. I don't think they'll want to bend their minds more learning about a "smart antenna"; they'll just want the box to work with what they've got. A sixth-gen 8-VSB chip will help a lot more people in this regard than a SmartAntenna connector or a fifth-gen chip combined.

SmartAntenna is discussed in the RCA thread cited below:

RCA DTA800 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=934600


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EnergyStar.gov

Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes (DTAs) Qualified Product List

List Current as of October 31, 2007


Company Name | Brand Name | Model | Date Available


LG Electronics Zenith LSX300-4DM 12/1/07

LG Electronics Insignia NS-DXA1 12/1/07

LG Electronics Zenith DTT900 12/1/07

Falcon Digital Falcon FT-200 1/1/08

Falcon Digital Sansonic FT-300A 1/1/08

Falcon Digital Sansonic FT-300RT 1/1/08

Google's HTML version of .XLS file:
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache..._prod_list.xls

EnergyStar.gov MS Excel .XLS file:
http://www.energystar.gov/ia/product..._prod_list.xls


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Seriously, there are going to be a demand at the end of 2008/early 2009 for these things down in SE Arkansas from the rural-elderly crowd. Even though the area I live in has high D* and E* penetration many OTA antennas still stand, and nearly all are VHF/UHF combos or older VHF-only antennas. And these are not those in houses with the "tar paper" shacks or trailer parks, but generally socially conservative folk that often fear the "Internet" and "Cable TV" content.
 

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EnergyStar.gov

Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes (DTAs) Qualified Product List

List Current as of October 31, 2007


Company Name | Brand Name | Model | Date Available


LG Electronics Zenith LSX300-4DM 12/1/07

LG Electronics Insignia NS-DXA1 12/1/07

LG Electronics Zenith DTT900 12/1/07

Falcon Digital Falcon FT-200 1/1/08

Falcon Digital Sansonic FT-300A 1/1/08

Falcon Digital Sansonic FT-300RT 1/1/08

What's the difference between the LSX300-4DM and DTT900? Will the Insignia version have functionally identical remotes and menus (I can understand slight cosmetic differences)? And why's the RCA DTA800 not on the list?

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Originally Posted by Avio /forum/post/12384255


SmartAntenna is discussed in the RCA thread cited below:

RCA DTA800 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=934600

Now how to get that info to Americans? And again, who's going to want or care about mounting brand new antenna equipment, or understanding how it works, when the box can work fine with what they've already got (unless their current antenna doesn't support UHF)?
 

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What's the difference between the LSX300-4DM and DTT900? Will the Insignia version have functionally identical remotes and menus (I can understand slight cosmetic differences)? And why's the RCA DTA800 not on the list?


Now how to get that info to Americans? And again, who's going to want or care about mounting brand new antenna equipment, or understanding how it works, when the box can work fine with what they've already got (unless their current antenna doesn't support UHF)?

All good questions... I don't have the answers. Let's stay tuned and see.


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Another product I don't need.


If anyone sees a news story about LG coming out with a full over-the-air HD tuner using their 6th generation chip, please post a new thread ASAP.


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They said long ago that they weren't. Only in TV's.

That was years ago and they said it because construction costs were high. With the forced phase out of analog, and construction prices way down because you can put more circuits on one chip, they might have a change of plan.


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I guess the smarmy tone should be expected from Cable News.

But, uhh, I don't need your stinking cable to get HDTV, and, frankly, the box and an old analog TV will probably be near as good as your bit-starved offerings.
 

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Retailers Answer DTV Converter Call

Cable Digital News: December 12, 2007
http://www.lightreading.com/blog.asp...41266&site=cdn

Avio

So how does one "request" a digital converter box coupon? It says you can request one starting January 1st. That is just a few days away. Can you do it on-line? Is there a URL set up already for this?


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There is supposed to be a site " www.dtv2009.gov " , but it is not up yet. There will also be an 800 number setup for people to request them.
 

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You know I think I will get one. The Zenith box will have LG's 6th generation tuner in it, so I can use it as a back-up for times when my built-in HDTV tuner in my big screen TV does not work. I guess with the 40 buck discount, and the boxes selling for 60 bucks, it will cost only 20 bucks. Is that correct? Are all the brands of boxes going to cost the same?


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