Where to buy cheap converter box?


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    I need one more converter box for a guest bedroom. Any ideas on where to buy for cheap? Went to Walmart this weekend and the cheapest one I could find was . That's worth more than the TV I'm connecting it to.

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    Craigslist or eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I need one more converter box for a guest bedroom. Any ideas on where to buy for cheap? Went to Walmart this weekend and the cheapest one I could find was $50. That's worth more than the TV I'm connecting it to.
    That's one reason I try to steer people toward a new TV instead of converter boxes. Converter boxes have a notoriously short lifespan. It's hard to find a good one these days, too. And those old CRT sets occupy a lot of space in a bedroom! A new basic 32" 720p TV can be had for little more than $200. They're way more energy efficient and have a great HD picture. And factor in that someday your old TV will give out, too - and you'll have to buy a new TV, get rid of the old one, and be stuck with a $50 converter box that you'll be lucky to sell on eBay for $30 or donate to goodwill.

    Just my thoughts on the matter..

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    eBay worked for me -- got a nice Insignia NS-DXA1 for $29, reduced to $14 because of an error in the listing.

    Just did a search and found an "almost new" (probably open box item) APEX DT-502 for $33. According to an old review on this site referring to this model: "The Apex is a fantastic tuner with great features, really a cream of the crop machine."
    Analog to Digital TV Converter Apex DT502 DT 502 | eBay

    But you can probably do better, if you're willing to haggle and bid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickideemus View Post
    eBay worked for me -- got a nice Insignia NS-DXA1 for $29, reduced to $14 because of an error in the listing.

    Just did a search and found an "almost new" (probably open box item) APEX DT-502 for $33. According to an old review on this site referring to this model: "The Apex is a fantastic tuner with great features, really a cream of the crop machine."
    Analog to Digital TV Converter Apex DT502 DT 502 | eBay

    But you can probably do better, if you're willing to haggle and bid.

    Rick
    This is a converter that I still own and use: The DTVpal. I have it hooked up to my 52" digital TV.
    DTV Converter Box Digital to Analog Dtvpal PAL | eBay
    Why, you ask? It has the best program guide of any converter box. My TV has no program guide. $38 is a fair price for this box.

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