||With the change over to digital television coming ever closer in the US, it is important to be aware of some of the options out there for digital converter boxes. Today we will have a look at an offering from Winegard.|
For your viewing pleasure, we start off with a video of the unboxing of the converter box.
Here are some of the key features to compare among analog to digital converter boxes:
- Analog Passthrough: YES
- Smart Antenna interface: NO
- Coax out: YES
- RCA out: YES
- Svideo out: NO
- S/PDIF out: NO
- Electronic Programming Guilde (EPG): YES
- Remote Control included: YES
- RCA cable included: NO
Setup and Menus
Setup is pretty simple. The feed that originally would be connected to your antenna should now be connected to the antenna input on the converter box, and you can use the supplied coax cable to connect the converter box to the antenna input of the television. Optionally, you can use an RCA cable to connect the converter box to the television. This may give you a slightly clearer picture but the necessary cable is not included.
Editors note: I apologize in advance for the quality of the following screenshots. Taking photographs of a television is not simple.
The Output Channel sub-menu is a very basic menu that allows you to select between Channel 3 and Channel 4 for the output to the television when using a coax connection.
|The Analog Audio menu allows you to select either Mono or Stereo audio output, in case your TV has only one speaker.|
|You can also filter movies based on the movie rating.||
If available to you, you can also load Rating Region Tables.
Configuration and Usage
Now that you know what is available in the various menus, it is time to continue with the setup of the unit.
With the approach of the new analog to digital changeover, it is time to make sure that you have all of the components in place to continue receiving Over-The-Air broadcasts on that analog TV that you've had around for a bit now. Once the conversion happens, that means that you'll have to have a converter box connected between your antenna and your TV. The Winegard RCDT09A is one such converter box and it does the job well.
The Winegard RCDT09A does a very good job of tuning signals. There is no noise produced by the unit from fans, and yet the box stays nice and cool at all times. With a small enclosure it is very easy to tuck away into any nook or cranny, and if the box is left out it is not out of place due to its nice aesthetics. With extra little features such as signal strength beeps when the signal button is pressed on the remote, and analog passthrough for the time leading up to the changeover, this box is easy to recommend to all of our readers.
- Compact size
- Silent operation
- Analog passthrough
- Remote does not control the TV
In the end, this is a unit that you can't go wrong with. This unit is quick to setup, and it's easily possible to be up and running in a matter of minutes after taking it out of the box. This unit gets my vote. It's worth taking a closer look at when making your decisions.
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