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07-25-2016, 04:20 PM
I have had a 42 inch LG plasma with no on board tuner. I use a Samsung ATSC unit but sensitivity is poor. Are there any ATSC true HD (not converter boxes, but one with HD out) boxes out there that are better than others?

07-25-2016, 05:54 PM
There are converter boxes with HDMI out, if that's what you mean Example:
Also more expensive Channel Master dual tuner DVR:

07-25-2016, 06:18 PM
Don't get the medasonic. Go to walmart and use site to store and get the ematic converter its true 1080i. I bought the mediasonic it barley lasted a year.

07-25-2016, 09:19 PM
I got this ematic converter box at and it has good points and bad points. Mostly good. I hooked it to my 19" Zenith System 3 in the dining room so I could get the DTV local channels on my cable that's mostly analog. It does work fine for that, but the only major drawback is it picked up a lot of scrambled cable channels I will have to de-program out of the channel scan. When I had an antenna connected, it scanned over the air channels a lot better than cable. And of course your cable could be different from mine, so YMMV.

It also has a feature I've only started to use. It can DVR timer record to to a flash drive or external USB HD. I wasn't particularly impressed with the reception over the air with a rabbit ears RCA antenna from, so have a good outside antenna if you can. It all depends on how far you are from the station.

It's very versatile in that it has the regular F connectors for antenna in and TV out on channel 3 or 4, video and stereo audio out and HDMI out.

08-14-2016, 02:04 PM
In the era when name brands made digital-TV set-top tuners for the USA market (1999-2006, roughly), the best-performing tuners were the LG-built ones in 2003-05, which were sold under several brands. There were versions with and without DirecTV satellite tuning built in, which can be turned off in the menus. I do not remember the model numbers exactly, but they were roughly these:

Zenith HD-SAT520 and HD420
Sony SAT-HD200 and -300 (but not the -100 model)
Hughes HTL-HD
LG LST-3400, 3500, 3510 (one of those was also a DVR as well)