Ratings

DTV converter boxes

Last reviewed: March 2009
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Within groups by picture quality, in order of price.

Boxes with same price are in alphabetical order.

Models highlighted in green reflect the most recent ones tested as of February 2009.
Brand & model Price
Best picture quality Capable of images that come close to DVD quality.
Access HD DTA1080D $43 Basic        
SPICA AT 2018 45 Better    
Zinwell ZAT-970A 46 Basic        
Tivax STB-T9 50 Better      
Alpha Digital AT2016 55 Better      
Sansonic FT300A 55 Basic              
Access HD DTA1010D 60 Better        
Lasonic LTA-260 60 Basic              
Microgem MG2000 65 Basic        
Tivax STB-T8 65 Better    
Channel Master CM-7000 80 Better          
Better picture quality A small step below the best, but still better than most analog broadcasts.
Artec T3A Pro 40 Better        
Coship N9988T 40 Better    
Philco TB100HH9 40 Better          
Dish Network TR-40CRA 45 Best        
Winegard RC-DT09 45 Basic        
Sunkey SK-801ATSC 48 Best    
Magnavox TB100MG9 50 Better          
Magnavox TB100MW9 50 Better            
Venturer STB7766G 50 Basic        
Kingbox K8V1 55 Better        
Digital Stream DSP7700T 59 Better    
Apex DT250 60 Better        
Cadence DTVC-9 60 Better      
Dish Network DTVPal 60 Best        
GE 23333 60 Best      
GE 23334 60 Best      
Insignia NS-DXA1 60 Better  
Insignia NS-DXA1-APT 60 Better
RCA DTA800B1 60 Better        
Winegard RC-DT09A 60 Basic      
Zenith DTT900 60 Better  
Zenith DTT901 60 Better
RCA DTA800B 65 Better          
Dish Network DTVPal Plus 70 Best        
Digital Stream DSP7700P 80 Better    
Acceptable picture quality Generally comparable to a good analog broadcast, despite some minor flaws.
Zentech DF2000 50 Best        
Digital Stream DSP7500T 60 Better      
Digital Stream DTX9900 60 Better      
Digital Stream DTX9950 60 Better    
GE 22729 60 Best        
GE 22730 60 Best        
Goodmind DTA 1000 60 Best        

Availability: Visit the NTIA Web site (https://www.dtv2009.gov/VendorSearch.aspx) for a list of online, national, and local retailers, then check online or by phone to see which models a specific retailer carries. At press time, a number of models were out of stock and it was unclear when or if supplies would be replenished.
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Posted: June 2008