Searching for ATSC + QAM tuner

DicknDenver

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#1
I have a Dell 3300MP projector in a DIY home theater set up. Have Comcast basic digital service, also an OTA antenna lead from a large outdoor antenna. I'd like to find an HD tuner that has both OTA and QAM capability, but no DVR. I want a unit that does not "down scale" the signal as many DVR units do.
One very popular model that would be perfect is the Samsung DTB-H260F. Problem is, it's not being made anymore and I can't find any new ones still for sale.

So the question is: What is a good stand alone HD/QAM tuner that:
----has component video output (my receiver doesn't have HDMI)
----has digital audio out
----does not have a DVR
----has 2 memory areas for storing scanned channels - to avoid having to rescan each time you switch from OTA to cable
----is available new with manufacture's warranty from a reliable outlet
What could be simpler??? It turns out, there aren't many that fit all the requirements.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
DicknDenver
 
#2
Check some of the thrift stores, goodwill, and even flea markets. that's where i spotted my Samsung SIR-T451 HDTV Tuner which does OTA and QAM as well, and i got it for the beautiful price of $5. they thought it was an old cable box lol!

The SIR-T451 (also check ebay), has many different outputs, one of which is your average component video out, and it also has RGB VGA-out for a computer monitor, or even a DVI output. sadly since it's HD it's kinda sad that there's no HDMI out at all. and the switch which changes output from 480i to 1080p is not remote-control capable, instead it's just a switch in the rear of the box next to the Channel 3/4 switch.
 

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