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KWorld SA290-Q DVI External ATSC/QAM TVBox DVI Edition
  • HD 1080i Support
  • Plug & Play
  • Power Smart Function

3 out of 5 eggs SA-280 HDTV DVI converter 08/25/2011

This review is from: KWorld SA290-Q DVI External ATSC/QAM TVBox DVI Edition

Pros:

Some reception - 3 channels during the day, 5 at night. Reception is erratic with sound drop outs and pixelation. At least I have some TV as the digital switchover starts in Alberta in a couple of weeks. For 2 channels the picture quality is excellent.

Cons:

In my location, I can get at best 5 digital channels with a rabbit ears antenna. The reception is worse in the day time, but even at night there is some break up. I may need to get an outside multi-directional antenna to improve the reception. The manual is very poor and I needed help from the phone support guys at Kworld. If the manual had better written instructions, it would be easier to set up. The quality line drawings help to some extent, but are seriously lacking helpful set up info. The online manual at least allows the user to see the on-screen menu. Those in the written manual are way too small.

Other Thoughts:

Unless you are in the perfect reception environment, your indoor antenna will not help you with this converter. If, like me, you cancelled your cable TV service years ago, but want some basic service, get a better antenna. You do not need something full of electronic amplifiers, just a DB2 and an external mount. You do not need a rotator. A radar map of the local HDTV signals will help with location of the aerial.

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  • David M.
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day


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