Pros it does work somewhat like it is supposed to
Cons sometimes gets a blank screen, this machine does not work if kept on all day (has to be restarted), the audio seems terrible, has interference, and the picture breaks up often. we will try adding a smart antenna but it shouldn't have to be restarted
Summary terrible, I hope RCA fixes the problem about it getting a blank screen when kept on all day, and sometimes I even have to unplug it and plug it back in for it to work right. The audio is terrible, is too quiet on all the shows, sometimes even has wierd noise interference, and the picture often breaks up. I will try getting a smart antenna but so far I am very disappointed in this product, and expect it to be able to stay on longer without getting blank screens stuck on it with a note saying antenna problems (then after shutting it off and turning back on it works again).
Pros One remote control for TV and box. Excellent picture, excellent sound! more channels than you can shake a stick at. I'm 60+ miles away from the transmitters excellent reception.
Cons What's not to like for $10.00 Target put them on sale today for $49.99!!!
Summary Ahmen now I'm covered until I buy an HDTV. I really did not want to spend the money when my Sony is still kicking A$% and taking names. One remote to control for both units.
Pros Price. Easy setup. Simple, well-designed remote. Vertical or horizontal position saves space -- small footprint. Analog pass-through. Acceptable picture and sound for the money.
Cons Remote does not include a "return" feature (go back to previously viewed channel). Menu is somewhat fussy. On/Standby feature does not completely power down the unit. CC features do not work with our set.
Summary Our cable company recently announced another rate increase, so we decided to cancel our cable service and take our chances with over-the-air DTV. Based on the main CNET review, I was prepared for a tedious setup. I was pleasantly surprised. The unit was up and running within 15 minutes. It immediately found 19 channels with our existing rooftop antenna (prior to that, only 7 channels were available).
We live in an urban neighborhood known for bad reception due to nearby tall buildings. Our existing antenna was very old and worn. It also didn't have a coax connector... just the old style flat wire. Therefore, reception was spotty. Signal strength hovered around 10 to 20% and fluctuated wildly from moment to moment. Channels were fine one minute, but gone the next. We found a local antenna repair service online. For about $220.00 (equipment and labor) they installed a new Channel Master VHF-UHF-HD antenna on a 10 foot mast. The unit now functions as expected, with signal strength averaging 70% or better on all 19 channels.
Some reviewers here complain that the unit does not offer analog pass-through. In our experience, this is incorrect. When in Standby mode, the unit supports non-digital broadcasts when used in conjunction with our TV's native remote control. This probably won't matter after the February DTV deadline, but it's handy. I wish the Standby mode offered a way to completely power down the unit without having to unplug it, but that's a minor quibble.
Those who depend on closed-captioning may be disappointed with the CC feature. It offers lots of options... like text size and color, but does not work with our TV. We simply use the native TV remote to enable CC.
Menu functions in general are a little more fussy than I would prefer. For example, simply switching from wide-screen to full-screen mode requires six clicks or so. RCA should consider simplifying this common operation in future releases.
An important selling point for our purchase (including the main CNET review) is the ability to position the unit either vertically or horizontally. There's a handy flip-out "foot" that allows the unit to sit upright next to our TV. We have very limited space in the cabinets were our TV and audio components live, and this feature is appreciated.
Bottom line? The video and audio quality is completely acceptable for our needs. The video quality is actually somewhat better than what we had with cable. Serious audiophiles might want to pay more. Viewers who live in areas with limited reception may have problems that require a new antenna... but don't blame the unit on that. After all, DTV reception is by nature somewhat more demanding. Best of all, we're free from the tyranny of the local cable monopoly. We miss some of the channels we watched on cable, but just about anything we really want can now be found online. For the money, I would recommend this unit. Kudos to CNET for providing a review that helped us make a fairly seamless transition to DTV.
Pros If I had the instructions & the memory it is easy to set up and use.It works great and I am ready to use on a new TV but I've lost the book with the programming sequence in it.
Cons A few features could be a little more convenient.
Summary Satisfied with the product. It is impossible to find help with the remote online.
Pros This is one piece of junk. It does not pull in a good signal and the instructions came in Spanish. I have spent several hours trying to get the codes for the TV , and I am currently on the phone on hold with Audiovox for over a half hour.
Cons junk electronics
Summary Piece of junk, not even worth the price paid.