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Old 10-08-2004, 09:49 AM   #1  
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When I first got DirecTv a few years ago, I bought the 3LNB dish for to prepare for HD. Well, about 2 months before I got an HDTV, my 3LNB dish was broken in a windstorm from a flying shingle. (luckily I had an extra 1LNB dish). Now, I need a new dish for HD.

I've been researching for weeks now, and I'm just more confused. Here is what I have.

1) I've read that you can eliminate 'rain fade' and other problems by going with a higher quality dish. Is this true?

2) WNC, Funai and TERK are consider low quality. True?

3) Channel Master and KTI are considered high quality. True?


Here are a few I have found:

It's URL is TERK, but the picture says KTI. I asked them, and they say it is an KTI. Fishy though. http://sadoun.com/Sat/Products/Terk/TRK-S25.htm
One of the selling points is that it is smaller...isn't bigger better?

If bigger is better, then this would seem the best. Although, it doesn't have a built-in multiswitch.
http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...D=SACGAINCOMBO

This is the one that our local Best Buy has.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....product&cmp=++

Not sure about this dish from circuit city.
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Phase...oductDetail.do



Any, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

--Larry

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Old 10-09-2004, 01:49 AM   #2  
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As far as I know, all of the dishes are the same. They are light weight, but I have can count on one hand the number of times I have had rain fade. Try E-bay for the dish. I think that all of the LNBF's are the same. Good luck, Mark
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Old 11-11-2004, 11:26 AM   #3  
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Go to this link - phone number on the side - Your best bet is the Channel Master Gain (bottom left of screen)
http://www.metrondbs.com/Catalog/05%...Components.pdf
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The Channelmaster is the choice, I agree. You also have the option of using three individual dishes and a 5x4 multiswitch. All three dishes need not be the same size either. We have installed a 30" round for sat-a and sat-b with an 18" round for sat-c, for example. Sports bars hate rain fade!
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Old 11-11-2004, 03:37 PM   #5  
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I'm amazed when someone says they rarely have rain fade. I have it with minimal rain. I turned on a Phillies game this summer on ESPN Sunday night and saw the first and ninth innings. Music Choice frequently has dropouts on perfect days, probably not weather related unless it's at the uplink site. During clear days, my signal strength shows at 98, so it doesn't seem to be an alignment issue. Bigger is better where satellite dishes are concerned. Spring for the larger one. I've tried to get Directv to support larger dishes, but they seem utterly confused by the question.
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Just recently, I bought one of the Eagle Aspen Phase III dishes off of eBay. I heard that it falls into the "cheap" category, but I have had no problems over the past several weeks, even during a decent rain storm.

For the price (I got mine for under 20 bucks, shipped) it seems like a good deal. I'd recommend trying a cheap one. If it don't work well, upgrade to the Channel Master and sell the old one on eBay. You might save some decent money.
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