The Mediasonic HW-150PVR is very popular option thanks to its excellent functionality and affordability. This converter box translates ATSC signals to analog, allowing older analog TVs to display digital over-the-air channels. Although the amount of channels the converter box picks up depends upon your antenna setup, most users report a high amount of channels and visual quality provided by this unit.
The units connectivity options allow for a variety of display options, including a component video (YPbPr) out, single HDMI output, and a coaxial output. The HW-150PVR is a single tuner, meaning only one show can be recorded at once, but programmed recording to a USB flash drive or external hard drive is supported. Other features include parental controls, closed captions, and analog pass-through. Although the interface may take some getting used to, this excellent digital to analog converter box is a well-rounded choice.
The new version of the Medisonic HW180STB is part of the HomeWorx line, a series of converter boxes which transform over-the-air ATSC TV signals to analog/digital TVs, projectors, home theater receivers, and monitors. The devices connectivity supports the output of broadcasts to a variety of devices, including in full 1080p HD.
The HW180STB permits programmed recording thanks to a built-in recorder and it uses a USB flash drive or external hard drive to store files. This allows you to save your favorite shows to view on the TV, computer, or other device at a later time.
As these converter boxes don’t replace a cable box, an external antenna is required to receive a signal; this means the strength and quality of the signal will depend on your antenna and area. Extra features include the ability to set up a favorite channel list, parental controls, closed captions, and analog pass through.
The iView 3500STBII converts over-the-air digital broadcast signals to analog, allowing older TVs and other devices the opportunity to tune into these channels. The 3500STBII also includes a signal quality indicator and an auto tuning feature which will actively seek out available digital broadcasts saving you the need to search manually. Keep in mind that as with any converter box, this model requires being hooked up to an antenna; the antenna quality combined with your area will determine the quality and amount of channels you’ll receive.
This converter also features a dedicated Electronic Program Guide button which allows you to see show times so you can schedule which ones you’d like recorded. The recording is sent to a USB flash drive or external hard drive up to 3TB in size. Overall, the iView 3500STBII is mostly the same as the original, with the primary upgrade being a vastly improved remote control. This converter box is more than a basic device, offering a lot of functionality for the money.
The Viewtv At-163 analog converter box converts over-the-air digital broadcasts so they can be watched on older TVs. Featuring a sleek design, this converter box comes with cables and a remote control included. There are multiple outputs which allow you to hook the converter box up to a variety of devices, and it also records your favorite shows to a USB flash drive or external hard drive.
Extra features include the ability to set up a favorite channels list, parental controls, timed startup/shutdown, and an Electronic Program Guide to see the schedule of your preferred programs. Setup is reasonably simple, although the manual isn’t particularly helpful. While the interface isn’t the most streamlined, this effective converter box is easy enough to use and can be had for a very affordable price.
The Insignia NS-DXA2 offers you solid functionality for a reasonable price. Although this converter box doesn’t include a large number of features, it does offer closed captions, a basic program guide, and an included remote control. As with any digital to analog converter box, the NS-DXA2 requires a separate antenna in order to receive signals. However, this converter box offers good reception and video quality, and satisfactorily receives even weaker signals. Everything is easy to set up and use, making this a good choice for even non-tech savvy people.