"Best converter box in signal strength and quality!"5.0 starson by Heatherw555
Pros: Best in picture quality by far superior over GE
Best in signal strength. We were able to receive a station's signal 72 miles away using a standard "rabbit ear" antenna.
Quick response time in changing channels and in set-up. Supurb over competitors
Cons: None whatsoever
Summary: We purchased GE converter boxes through Target in early August. I was unable to receive KIXE, our local PBS station, which is 72 miles from where we live. I contacted the broadcast engineer at the station, Tod
Waite, and he said it was most likely our ?rabbit ear? indoor antenna
and the solution would be to move our antenna away from the TV and up as
high as possible, or to buy a big outdoor antenna and either place it on
our roof or in our attic. We moved our antenna outside up on our 12'
ladder and it still did not come in. We were able to see KIXE, but the
signal was far too weak to view it without constant interruption of the
transmission. We were about to purchase a huge outdoor antenna, in hopes
of receiving channel 9 again, then we thought of the cost of the antenna
and all the time it would take to set it up on the roof, and we decided
that Basic Cable at $15.50 a month would be more cost effective.
Before we went to cable, which we did not want to pay for and never had to
before, I did research on converter boxes and found out that they are not
all alike! The Zenith DTT901 rated the best in picture quality a well as
signal strength, so I went to Radio Shack and purchased one for $59.00. I
already used the $40 coupons for the GE converter boxes so I had to pay
full price. We did not expect to receive KIXE on our indoor antenna placed
right over the TV set, because Tod Waite of KIXE said that we are in the
worst transmission area in Chico with the foothills blocking our signal
and we most likely had to get a roof top antenna.
I am overjoyed to say that the Zenith DTT901 converter box, sold at both
Circuit City and Radio Shack, solved the problem alone. We plugged it in
and scanned for channels and there it was all three KIXE channel 9
stations came in great! The power is at 60% and the signal is clear and
works wonderfully. All other stations we receive are at 100% power,
including channel 7 which is also located in Redding, and I am sure that
if we ever do get a roof top antenna or place one in our attic, that KIXE
would also be received at 100% power, but for now with a basic indoor
antenna right over our TV set, we are able to receive KIXE perfectly.
I believe that I have found one of the only options,
other then paying for DISH or Cable, and it is as simple as the right
converter box. Living in the worst
reception area 72 miles from the station, I can pick it up clearly with my
old "rabbit ear" antenna on top of my TV set with the correct converter
box. We love this converter box and want everyone to know they are not all made equally and without the right box, not even the most powerful antenna will help get the signal strength.