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Old 12-09-2011, 08:44 PM   #1
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Digital TV Converter

Well, my Apex digital TV converter box finally died this week (my home TV), and from what I have learned I guess I got more run time out of it than most.

Went on-line looking for a different brand and based on the reviews the majority of them are JUNK, including my Apex.

Those of you using a digital TV box.., how's your unit working, and would you recommend it? Also, does it run hot?

Purchasing a new home "digital" TV would compromise my 2012 camping budget, so we all know the outcome of that thought!

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #2
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Rustic Eagle;
Would you consider having your converter box repaired?
Although I don't have direct experience with Digital Converter Box repairs, I have lots of experience with component level repair of electronic equipment. You may be able to find a TV repair shop (there are still a few around) who would make an effort to repair it. Many times, the failure is within the power supply circuits. Quite commonly, electrolytic capacitors will leak and fail. They are an integral part of the power circuits. They are nutorious for this type of failure from low quality suppliers. You don't say what the failure symptoms are, but these things I mention would be the first place I would look. If the box is repairable, it can be made better than new with good quality components. The component cost will be only a couple bucks. It's the labor cost which will be a deciding factor.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:14 PM   #3
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David,

You made a direct hit....., I actually have started looking at the repair route and have found out the following:

There is a cheap capacitor on the power board that has been the root cause of these Apex units failing, and other brands as well. The Apex has a faulty 470uf 25v capacitor ($1.49 at Radio Shack) which is identified as the C-8 component on the Apex power board.

Sooooo I don't have any soldering tools, but I know my brother in-law does. Going to give it a go and see what happens.

Buying a new box is my backup plan.

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Glad to hear that Bob. Let us know if you have success!
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You could ask around with your friends. There are so many of those a few years ago with all the free coupons floating around, I'll bet someone you know has one stuffed in an attic box. I personally have 2 that are no longer needed. One a cheapie from walmart, the second from Radio Shack which was great before We did away with the old tv.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:09 AM   #6
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snip........There are so many of those a few years ago with all the free coupons floating around, I'll bet someone you know has one stuffed in an attic box......snip
Norty1,

Good point, I'll ask around.

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If you are ever in the Tempe area, I have a couple from Wally World I'll give you.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:28 AM   #8
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Lady Fitzgerald,

Wish I was in the Tempe area right now, it would also be a little warmer than the 25 degrees outside my window!

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The Digital Box was a quick fix to get everyone on the new digital TV networks. I never used mine... I just threw away all my heavy old analog type TVs and got a good HDTV VIZIO brand for under $200.

The digital box converts the digital tv signal back to the analog mode. Since all the TV Stations stopped transmitting in analog mode then none of the TV's will pick up the new digital signal.

The new digital TV signals all now include High Def tv signals that give you HDTV full screen viewing and all the good stuf. Using the digital TV converter you still dont get the full Hig Def viewing on your old analog TV viewing the HDTV signals...

We get anywhere from 6-36 digital high def TV signals just about anywhere we go using our OTA BATWING crank-up antenna using our 22-inch HDTV VIZIO TV we picked up from Walmart. After watching TV in full High Def mode it is hard to go back to the old analog mode TV.

If it was me I would throw away all of the old analog TV SETS which use alot of power to operate and are very heavy. The LCD flat screen HDTV of today are nice and light weight units. My 22-inch VIZIO only draws 56WATTS...

Kinda neat watching NCIS on CBS in full screen high def mode way back in the woods picking it up on my crank-up OTA BATWING antenna. These are the local stations broadcast for the NATL TV Broadcast (CBS-NBC-ABC-FOX-PBS) stations...
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Roy,

I couldn't agree with more. I have a nice Samsung 22" digital HDTV in my TT....., I just haven't upgraded my old analog home TV's yet. Now you know where my technology priorities are placed

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