Videokarma.org

Go Back   Videokarma.org TV - Video - Vintage Television & Radio Forums > Flat Panels & Digital Format

We appreciate your help

in keeping this site going.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #16  
Old 01-24-2019, 10:46 AM
dieseljeep dieseljeep is offline
VideoKarma Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 6,538
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpaceAge View Post
Not sure if an obscure Chinese manufacturer qualifies as a "real" company, but yes Insignia is Best Buy's store brand and the products are built on contract. Hopefully I can get at least 3-4 years of use out of mine, we'll see...
The Insignia and Zenith DTV converters are built by LG. Maybe their TV's are, as well.
I never heard any real grumbling about Viseo sets. Every seems to like them a lot .
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-24-2019, 12:04 PM
zeno zeno is offline
VideoKarma Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,264
That was a common big screw up. Even the early Sonys did it.
You have to read the manual before buying. In my area the stations
are in 4 directions. You have to point the antenna first hoping its on
the sweet spot. Then wait for a channel scan. All your old saved
channels are gone. I miss NTSC !

73 Zeno
LFOD !


Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert Grant View Post
Yes, Insignia is Best Buy's house brand.

My In-laws have an Insignia 39". The speaker is timid but the picture is OK.

If your OTA TV sites are not all in the same direction, avoid this set. It has no manual tuning mode, no add-channel mode, and entering an RF channel won't work. Scanning is the only way to acuire channels.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-24-2019, 12:39 PM
Electronic M's Avatar
Electronic M Electronic M is offline
M is for Memory
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pewaukee/Delafield Wi
Posts: 10,376
Quote:
Originally Posted by zeno View Post
That was a common big screw up. Even the early Sonys did it.
You have to read the manual before buying. In my area the stations
are in 4 directions. You have to point the antenna first hoping its on
the sweet spot. Then wait for a channel scan. All your old saved
channels are gone. I miss NTSC !

73 Zeno
LFOD !
Get a Zenith DTV converter box go into the menu manually tune the carrier observe the OSD signal strength meter while peaking the antenna then transfer the antenna back to the crappy internal one in your TV.
__________________
Tom C.

What I want. --> http://www.videokarma.org/showpost.p...62&postcount=4

Reading between the scan lines since the mid 2000's.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-24-2019, 04:32 PM
zeno zeno is offline
VideoKarma Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,264
Tom OM
I gave up on OTA. With ears I only get one station & one other sometimes.
In NTSC days ears would reach out over 100 miles. A big antenna would
get ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, Conn & at nite NY, NJ & PA. all from the average
elevation. Well thats progress ? ........
You know what they say "if its digital its got to be good".

73 Zeno
LFOD !


Quote:
Originally Posted by Electronic M View Post
Get a Zenith DTV converter box go into the menu manually tune the carrier observe the OSD signal strength meter while peaking the antenna then transfer the antenna back to the crappy internal one in your TV.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-24-2019, 05:19 PM
Electronic M's Avatar
Electronic M Electronic M is offline
M is for Memory
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pewaukee/Delafield Wi
Posts: 10,376
Quote:
Originally Posted by zeno View Post
Tom OM
I gave up on OTA. With ears I only get one station & one other sometimes.
In NTSC days ears would reach out over 100 miles. A big antenna would
get ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, Conn & at nite NY, NJ & PA. all from the average
elevation. Well thats progress ? ........
You know what they say "if its digital its got to be good".

73 Zeno
LFOD !
I miss NTSC too...We are probably in the company of most of VK on that.
I'm mostly cable and internet on TV viewing, but I like to DX and play around.... also the family cabin only has access to OTA so I had to get good at grabbing weak signals.

That cabin is so far out in the boonies that the girl who the news says was adbucted and held captive for months was being held a few miles away from there.

Unless you have VHF DTV carriers or are not far enough out to qualify as fringe, rabbit ears are not much better than a foot of random wire jammed in the center of the ant jack...If you want an indoor DTV UHF ant go with a 70s bowtie chop the twinlead off and solder a balun to the feed point with the shortest leads possible.... I was able to best a new expensive amplified antenna relatives bought for the family cabin by a good margin with that 2 buck rig.

BTW if OM was supposed to mean old man I'm still a long way from reaching that title.
__________________
Tom C.

What I want. --> http://www.videokarma.org/showpost.p...62&postcount=4

Reading between the scan lines since the mid 2000's.
Reply With Quote
Audiokarma
  #21  
Old 01-27-2019, 09:11 PM
KentTeffeteller's Avatar
KentTeffeteller KentTeffeteller is offline
Gimpus Stereophilus!
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Athens, TN
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by dieseljeep View Post
The Insignia and Zenith DTV converters are built by LG. Maybe their TV's are, as well.
I never heard any real grumbling about Viseo sets. Every seems to like them a lot .
I own a LG set, a 32" and it's over 4 years old. Excellent picture (720p). Not one problem with it ever. And it's a high hours daily watcher. The Zenith 40" flat panel in the other house, reliable, mom watches it many hours, not one problem. I'd buy another LG set if I needed to replace one.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-28-2019, 03:01 PM
Robert Grant's Avatar
Robert Grant Robert Grant is offline
VideoKarma Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Monroe County, MI
Posts: 481
Quote:
Originally Posted by WhiskeyRebel View Post
We don't view OTA. Our reception with an indoor passive antenna is awful. Dunno if boosting would help or just provide stronger noise. I think I'd need an attic or rooftop antenna to pull in stations clearly.
Digital TV is not always easy, but there are often workarounds.

If you're within 30 miles of your local full-power stations (15 from LPTV stations), you are less likely to have a problem with weak signals than with multipath.

Go to a website that shows the locations of TV transmitter sites (e.g. tvfool.com) to find out where the TV stations are (in relation to where you are). If you find that your main TV is in a room that faces AWAY from the local stations, and you want to use an indoor antenna, consider placing an antenna in a window facing the stations, install an amplifier, and drill a hole in the floor to lead the cable though the basement or the crawlspace, to a splitter, which will allow you to feed several sets. An attic antenna can feed such a system as well if not better.

Also pay attention to the actual (RF) channels all your local stations will be on. If the're all on actual channel 14 or above, a small antenna may be able to receive all of them. If any of them are 7 through 13, you'll want an antenna with High-VHF capability (you may still get the H-VHF stations, if you're VERY close). If any are on 2 through 6, you'll need an all-channel antenna, which must be installed outdoors or in the attic.

Last edited by Robert Grant; 01-28-2019 at 03:19 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-07-2019, 11:40 AM
dieseljeep dieseljeep is offline
VideoKarma Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 6,538
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert Grant View Post
Yes, Insignia is Best Buy's house brand.

My In-laws have an Insignia 39". The speaker is timid but the picture is OK.

If your OTA TV sites are not all in the same direction, avoid this set. It has no manual tuning mode, no add-channel mode, and entering an RF channel won't work. Scanning is the only way to acuire channels.
The sound on some of these lower-end sets is pathetic! The speakers are really tiny. My brother had one of those sets and I hooked up one of those computer sound systems, small left and right speakers and a larger sub-woofer. It sounded a lot better!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

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

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:22 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ęCopyright 2012 VideoKarma.org, All rights reserved.