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.
Pros the only thing this dtv converter provides is good picture quality.
Cons the converter itself has no buttons on it like many of the others the only way to change channels and to power it on and off is by using the remote the lousy control is not universal so you have to keep your old control handy to use the volume
Summary do not waste your coupon on this converter.
Pros It set up in minutes. It doesnt take up any space.
Cons Of the channels it recieves, they scramble more than Direct TV in a rain storm. Signal goes in and out often. The box says to go into the setup each time to adjust the antenna strength. The remote gives no slack and has to be pointed right at the box
Summary I could have lived with the box if I had been able to get at least the same channels without it. Currently I recieve 4 channels clearly with just a table top antenna. (Spare bedroom TV) With the box I recieve 3 channels with poor signals and scrambled pictures. The box on autoscan picked up about 9 channels, but they are just black screens with no sound. The remote is not user friendly. Buttons are poorly located. It has to literally point right at the box to work. If you have the box on top of a chest of drawers you better have a long arm to use the remote.
Maybe the whole problem is with the t.v. itself. It is an older model without the AV jacks. I used the RF cable to hook up.
My suggestion to folks out there would be 3 things:
Get a NEW TV
Throw away the converter box
"overall "acceptable""on by Z28me
Pros It works, its cheap.
Cons Remote! Its horrible. Also it seems to be very picky with the type of antenna used. I tried 3 different kinds of antenna's.
Summary Not that great. My grandparents bought another model of the magnavox converter (it seems they have 2 versions? My remote is different than thiers?!). I installed it and had the same feeling (is my antenna inadequate??).
I tried 3 different antennas. The first was the traditional rabbit ear type. Decent reception. The second was a newer style one, the 3rd was a high power "plug in" type that worked best before DTV. The "plug in" high power antenna netted the worst recection, the other two were equal. I still do not get channels with the DTV converter that i could with analog.
My parents bought a cheaper converter, Accer or Access (I forget the name) but it seems to do a MUCH better job of picking up channels. I bought 2 of these magnavox tb100mg9 units at the same time and i'm having second thoughts! Granted, they were on sale for $40, so add your $40 cupon & all you pay is sales tax, but I'd try another model if I knew...