High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource

Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource > High Definition Hardware > High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos
Rules HDTV Forum Gallery LINK TO US! RSS - High Def Forum AddThis Feed Button AddThis Social Bookmark Button Groups

High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos Discuss High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos, etc. Post reviews ask questions, etc. RSS - High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivo's

Recommendations for OTA set top box?

Reply
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2005, 09:15 AM   #1
What is HD?
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3
Default Recommendations for OTA set top box?

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a OTA set top box? I have seen a Samsung at Circuit City for $200, don't know if it is any good. Do I need one with dvi or hdmi or will component give just as good of picture? Running signal to infocus 4805 screenplay projector it has digital and component inputs.Thanks. I have regular cable now no desire to go to digital cable at this time or near future, just would like to get OTA signal for now.
Darren Hug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
High Definition is the definition of life.
 
Jsantors's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Ramon, CA
Posts: 69
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darren Hug
Does anyone have a good recommendation for a OTA set top box? I have seen a Samsung at Circuit City for $200, don't know if it is any good. Do I need one with dvi or hdmi or will component give just as good of picture? Running signal to infocus 4805 screenplay projector it has digital and component inputs.Thanks. I have regular cable now no desire to go to digital cable at this time or near future, just would like to get OTA signal for now.
I recently purchased the Samsung T451 to pair with my DLP 63W.
I use the STB DVI connection and currently enjoy OTA w\ 720p resolution. The TV reports broadcasts at 1280x720 and I am also receiving Dolby 5.1 audio. A lot of folks like the LG 4200, but I have nothing bad to report on the samsung, plus the remote for my TV controls the STB as well. Only problem is the samsung STB is hard to find right now. I got lucky and found one at a small audio/video retail store in my area.

Last edited by Jsantors; 01-21-2005 at 10:29 AM.
Jsantors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 12:44 AM   #3
What is HD?
 

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2
Default

Go with the LG 4200A. It is the current king of the hill in set-top boxes. I have it and it's great. It has both component and HDMI outputs along with the optical sound ouput. The picture looks amazing and it tunes in stations really well.
TimX90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 07:07 AM   #4
Austin,TX
 

Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 144
Default

The SIR-T451 is a good STB for ATSC.(DT). but
The 4200A is better I think(course that's what I have.)
The 4200A also has a NTSC(analog tuner) which make it
nice if you have some analog channels. The LST-4200A will run about
$190 on line but well worth the extra bucks.
martin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 08:07 AM   #5
What is HD?
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3
Default Lst 4200a

where'd you find it online for $190?
parnelljw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 08:18 AM   #6
Austin,TX
 

Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 144
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by parnelljw
where'd you find it online for $190?
Dumb me I can't type I meant 290 will edit my post.
martin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 01:19 PM   #7
kill'n time...
 
Xplorer's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 106
Default

never used it, just seen it in the local store

thought maybe you'd like to know... FWIW

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...21791%3A179886

__________________
Sony 51"
Adelphia-6200
xbox
NE Ohio
Xplorer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2005, 11:52 AM   #8
High Definition is the definition of life.
 
Jsantors's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Ramon, CA
Posts: 69
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xplorer
never used it, just seen it in the local store

thought maybe you'd like to know... FWIW

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...21791%3A179886

Walmart and HDTV seem like an odd pairing.
I'd stay away from motorola and US digi STBs.
I prefer the Samsung and LG's myself.
Jsantors is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2005, 03:18 PM   #9
High Definition is the definition of life.
 

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 759
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by martin1
The SIR-T451 is a good STB for ATSC.(DT). but
The 4200A is better I think(course that's what I have.)
The 4200A also has a NTSC(analog tuner) which make it
nice if you have some analog channels. The LST-4200A will run about
$190 on line but well worth the extra bucks.
How does the NTSC work with the ATSC tuner? Does the 4200A have a second antenna input such that you could connect regular cable as well as your OTA coax? If so, are the two sources integrated and displayed as one series of channels or would you flip a setting back and forth between antenna inputs?

I currently use a T351 and am exploring the possibility of dropping my digital / hd cable service. However, the 351 does not have a NTSC tuner.
slowmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2005, 10:52 AM   #10
High Definition is the definition of life.
 

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 759
Default

From the spec sheets, it looks like the 4200A only has one antenna input, so you have to choose whether you're running analog cable / antenna vs. digital antenna?

Looks like the 3410A (DVR/OTA) actually has 2 antenna inputs; thus, maybe able to run analog cable and OTA concurrently?
slowmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2005, 01:53 PM   #11
Austin,TX
 

Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 144
Default

the 4200a has only one input. But you can get a remote A/B switch
from RS. You will have to scan for channels on both ota and cable but when you switch from one to the other after scanning once you don't have to rescan.
martin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource > High Definition Hardware > High Definition Receivers, Recorders, Players, Tivos
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads to Recommendations for OTA set top box?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need advice on signing up (former customer) scola77 DirecTV Forum 9 11-11-2008 09:21 AM
What set top box can I use to receive HDTV/Digital OTA and view on a regular TV? donronz Local HDTV Info and Reception 8 08-15-2005 11:14 AM
Building my own HTPC?? HighdefDoug Computers/HTPCs 13 06-03-2005 10:40 PM
cable and hdtv routing to tv Darren Hug Local HDTV Info and Reception 9 01-17-2005 10:31 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:50 AM.



Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2004 - 2008, High Def Forum