ATI Fw: Digital Ready TV Radio Alternatives
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Subject: ATI Fw: Digital Ready TV Radio Alternatives
I named this thread very carefully in hopes that as new products come out we
can hold on to it. In researching this for the five hundredth time I found
the following post in an Amazon digital transition discussion. I can't
believe I didn't think of it myself. Only bad part is it still requires
electricity and a fixed installation so it really doesn't solve the problem
of picking up the audio of current over the air TV signals on something
small and portable. The 7 inch TVs that are out cost almost $200 and eat
batteries. Hopefully someone will find a way to make an affordable TV radio
that will pick up the new digital channels. Till then, there's the USB TV
tuners, and this.
R. Allen says:
Hey there's a solution to this that really works. I have done it. I listened
to TV audio at work and was in desperate shape when the transition happened.
Here's the solution and it's not too bad
You get one of those digital converter boxes paid for with the government
issued coupon. Make sure it is a model with the two audio OUT plugs on the
back. (Most have this I believe.)
Then hook up an antenna.
Then you hook up your headphones to the audio out plugs on the back of the
digital converter box using special adapters from Radio Shack. (The radio
shack people might help you find them..they're not that common.)
Then you connect up a TV (one time only.)
Navigate to the auto scan and scan in all your stations.
Then get rid of the TV and just use the converter box remote control to tune
in stations and adjust the volume.
The sound is great. And all you need is a converter box, the headphones,
antenna and those audio cable adapters,(about $10 at Radio Shack). IT
works!!! Instead of headphones you could also connect the audio out on the
converter box to a stereo system with speakers. Also, one drawback, you have
to flip through the channels blindly with no indicator to see what channel
you are on. But you get used to that. Someday the Digital TV converter boxes
might have a channel display. This really does work fine, the stereo TV
audio signal is quite good. -Rick Allen, Loudonville, NY
Here's a website I made with diagram and guide on using a converter box to
listen to Digital TV. You don't need a radio or TV set. The converter box is
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