RCA DTA800 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box
RCA DTA800 Digital to Analog TV Converter Box
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The RCA DTA800 Digital to Analog TV converter plays an important role in the completion of the digital TV transition. Designed to easily receive over-the-air ATSC standard-definition and high-definition terrestrial broadcasts, the DTA800 comes equipped with a remote control unit and the ability to provide on-screen program information sent by local TV broadcasters to easily identify details about TV programming. The DTA800 is designed solely to receive digital TV signals with an over-the-air antenna and converts those signals into analog for display through a TV set's analog connections.
|Product Length:||5.13 inches|
|Product Width:||7.5 inches|
|Product Height:||1.38 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.5 pounds|
|Package Length:||8.9 inches|
|Package Width:||6.7 inches|
|Package Height:||3.0 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.6 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 31 reviews|
All-channel tuner 2-69 with RF input/output, digital parental control, and closed-captioning for hearing impaired
Robust design and high-end ATSC tuner insure proper reception
Analog Pass Through; Energy Star Compliant
Displays all DTV formats, all multicast channels, and program information
SmartAntenna interface can electronically control a separately purchased antenna
|Average Customer Review: ( 31 customer reviews )
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128 of 131 found the following review helpful:
I should have bought 2 Mar 24, 2008
By A. Simpson
I bought the RCA DTA800b and the Magnavox TB100MW9 converters at Wal-Mart.
Units cost $49.87 each ($9.87 after coupon)
The RCA is a far superior unit.
The Menu's and remote control functions are excellent.
Similar in nature to a satellite receiver.
Reception was very good even with just a "bow tie" antenna.
The Magnavox is not worth the money.
It is made by Funai Electronics and the remote control has tiny buttons.
The Menu's are just as bad.
Reception was not very good with just a "bow tie" antenna.
Not even close to the RCA.
24 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Great value, great TV, get a good antenna Jun 15, 2008
By Ole Doc S
Have now guided multiple elderly (and not so elderly) family members in the purchase of this easy to use box. All of us have enjoyed the easy to use remote and the box's ability to lay flat or upright. Excellent reception and sound and doesn't overheat like the Magnavox did. People should use Antenna Web or TV Fool to know where to aim their antenna, and purchase what they recommend (TV Fool is better with terrain and if you need to have antenna elevated). Upstairs I use an eight year old Jasco Optima (GE make equivalent now) for stations up 45miles away, but down one flight have to use a Radio Shack 15-1892 directional amplified to get 'violet uhf' for the station 45 miles away. Unlike snowy screens on analog TV's if signal strength is <14% you get nothing. Roof top aerials may not work unless amplified with low noise next to antenna. Also digital reception easily blocked or messed up by metal in walls. Best if antenna is by window if inside or if outside aimed in best direction. RCA will release their 'Smart Antenna' this Fall of 2008; it will plug in the back of RCA DTA 800 boxes and automatically orient itself for best signal.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Junk Quality: Two out of Three Failed Jun 13, 2008
I bought two of these. One failed, bought another and that failed, too. When they work, they actually work pretty well and are easy to use. Nice picture, too. But because they seem to fail so readily don't be surprised if yours goes bad. And they are pain to exchange if you buy them with the vouchers. One Walmart insisted on keeping my voucher when I bought one; another Walmart insisted that I should have kept my voucher in order to exchange the dead box. What a hassle. Good luck.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Poor Design and Engineering Jul 13, 2008
I described the functionality of this product as less than basic, and that is why it is for $50 = $9.99 + $40 coupon.
My review is centered around 3 points.
1- Box doesn't have a Recall feature. So if you are watching Channel X and you switch to Channel Y, but you want to go back to Channel X, you can't. You have to input Channel X digits manually.
2- If you perform channel scan procedure and you realize that the box missed a Channel from the list, it's hard to capture that channel. So for example if you want to catch Channel 13-1 and the scanning procedure didn't capture it, you can't capture it. The box wouldn't let you enter Channel 13-1 manually so you go and change the antenna position to capture it. You can't force the box to latch to Channel 13-1.
3- Each time you use the menu, the box logs you out of what you are watching and takes you to the menu page where you can't see the TV program. So let us say if you want to change the font size, the system logs you out and takes you to the font page. If you choose a font with size large, and you realize it is not what you wanted, you cannot do it on the fly. You have to exit the TV program and go to the font page to reset it, then go back to the TV program.
I would not recommend this converter box at all. Pay $20 plus the coupon and get a better box. The ultimate way to discover the features above primarily is by looking at the remote control.
35 of 40 found the following review helpful:
Can't manually add channels May 02, 2008
By Ben Weintraub
I bought this model because it was the only one available at my local Wal-Mart. I plugged it in and got it all setup and did the scan. It only came up with PBS stations (7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4). The picture on each was amazing! However, this model lacks the ability to manually add channels. To add new channels, you must have the box do an automatic rescan. This was a big negative for me. Without the box and just the rabbit ears, I was able to get 4 or 5 channels, not counting PBS.
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