"The best one"on by tvperson
No buttons on front
Summary The best one out their picks channels up no problem. Better than the Artec and the Tivax I also own
Pros It will make you're ready for the DTV transition
It will give you digital channels
Cons The remote
Doesn't pick up a channel
Hard to go through menus
Summary I'll start out with this. The only good thing this box is good for is for making sure you get channels after the transition. That's IT.
As for everything else, it's pretty bad. For one, the box heats up after it's on for a certain amount of time. I recommend you keep it off when the TV is off if you are afraid of a fire hazard. Next, it doesn't pick up a channel! WBBM here in Chicago isn't picked up by this box. Though, I have no idea whether this is due to a problem with the box, or a problem at the station.
The menus can get a little confusing, and are hard to navigate.
And probably the worst thing... the remote. 1. I HATE the placement of the channel buttons. The first time using it, I used the big arrow buttons. You know, the ones that stick out the most. It took me a minute or two to finally see the tiny channel buttons, off in the top right-hand corner. They looked like any other button at first glance. Also, you have to push them pretty hard to get the channel to change. Also, you can't control any other thing on the TV with this remote. I have to keep the remote that came with the TV at hand to adjust the volume, or change input (say, from the box to the VCR).
Overall, I'd only recommend this box if you need a cheap way to be ready for the DTV transition. But afterward, get a good box to replace this POS.
Pros good picture from the one that worked(4 days)
Cons hard to read remote
Summary I purchased 2 units:one didn't work out of the box. the other worked for 4 days. I'm now without DTV. Only a couple of analog stations still function in my rural area. Have to purchase another converter but not this one (RCA sounds like a good one). Going to return these two to manufacturer, hope the replacements are better then the originals. LOL
Pros Remote don't work with television. Don't buy at Walmart, they won't return your $40 coupon. Don't waste your voucher on this Magnavox junk box.
Cons Remote don't work with television. Don't buy at Walmart, they won't return your $40 coupon. Don't waste your voucher on this Magnavox junk box.
Summary DONT BUY IT YOU"LL BE SORRY YOU'LL LOSE YOUR VOUCHER COUPON
Pros This converter box seems pretty decent - good quality picture, simple setup.
Cons Cheesy make, it feels like it would break, remote feels like a toy - and no buttons on the unit
Summary I have other issues - apparently something in the old TV (RF input only!) - is causing wavy distortion when I plug this or our DVD player into the TV. Hard to accurately judge this unit fairly.