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Digital Stream Analog Pass-through DTV Converter Box

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3.9 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: DTX9950
  • Model Number: DTX9950

Product Description

Convert over-the-air digital signals so you can see them on your analog TV with this Digital-to-Analog Converter Box. Make the transition from analog to digital broadcasting with ease. The analog pass-through feature ensures that you will be able to receive signals from both analog and digital stations. New factory sealed item. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Ships immediately! What's in the box Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Remote control "AAA" alkaline batteries (AAA) User's guide Startup guide RF cable

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001TO3L8Y
  • Item model number: DTX9950
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,828 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 22, 2009

Customer Reviews

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O.K. folks, here is a review that might prove helpful to someone. I too had problems with my DTV converter box. My brother has the same model that I have, and his box failed after about a year. My brother somehow found out that there have been many of these Digital Stream boxes that were apparently manufactured with a faulty capacitor on the power supply. This capacitor will ultimately fail, probably within a year or so after first turning the box on. My box started acting funny after about a year and a half of operation. The first clue that the box was going bad was that the picture started developing lines across the screen. I tried several different things, thinking maybe it was a bad cable or connection. I ultimately decided that it was the converter box. One day, the box just wouldn't turn on at all. Thinking it was probably the same problem with a bad capacitor on the power supply that my brother had, I opened up the box. What do you know, a bad capacitor, same one as on my brother's box. After changing out the bad capacitor and soldering in a new one, all is well again. There are now no lines in the picture, and the unit powers on just fine. I forget the value of the capacitor that you have to change, but you can probably find the value by doing a Google search for something like "Digital Stream capacitor problem." I think the bad capacitor is something like a 16 Volt capacitor, and you have to replace it with a capacitor of the same capacitance, but a higher Voltage rating, like a 20 Volt. The fix involves simply unsoldering the bad capacitor, and replacing it with a good capacitor of a higher Voltage rating. I don't think Radio Shack currently carries the replacement capacitor, so you might have to order one from one of the major online electronic component dealers.Read more ›
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Amazon has 2 Digital Stream units in their list. The other cost ~$30 more but looks identical (the other has a shipping weight of 200 lbs unless they fixed the error). The unit is made by NHENS Digital and is sold mainly at Radio Shack.

I've tried 3 units, the Tivax STB-T9 recommended by Consumer Report, the DTVPAL TR-40CRA, and this Digital Stream recommended by friends.

All 3 boxes converted the digital pictures well. All has the electronic program guide (EPG) but the DTVPAL and Digital Stream were the best.

The Digital Stream would be my top choice if it had a timer for the VCR. It has a very good universal remote(I was able to find the code for my old JC Penny TV), a seperate button for channel signal strength, a built-in transformer and manual On & Up/down channel buttons.

The DTVPal has a timer so you can program it to turn the box on and off for a specific channel to match your VCR timer. The remote is convoluted and non-universal so you can't turn on your TV with this remote. It has an little "brick" transformer, no manual control buttons, a very bright ON LED and a cheap looking plastic box.

The Tivax is built with a metal box instead of plastic and has a built-in transformer but seems to run warmer than the others. Manual On, Up/down channel buttons. Very basic but simple remote. I don't know why Consumer Report gave this unit such a high rating. I bought this unit from Amazon's link Solid Signal which handled the coupons easier than Amazon.
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My first box like this developed audio issues after a relatively short time - had to turn the volume up to maximum to hear, but then there was so much static that it was very unpleasant. Figured the box was a lemon, so got rid of it and installed the second one that we'd ordered at the same time with our coupon. Same problem happened the other day. After disconnecting the box saw the customer service # printed on it and decided to give it a
try. What a pleasant surprise. Had to wait awhile on hold but then spoke with a very helpful lady who walked
me through a factory reset. I had limited hopes for this remedy but it worked. My tv is on and sound is fine. I've made myself a note to do this next time it happens. Hate to be a pessimist, but I expect it will. You can also figure out how to
do the reset yourself. Just push 'menu' on the remote - go down 4 to the 'function' screen. Go right to 'Factory Reset' and follow the directions.
She also told me that audio could be tweaked by installing red, yellow, and white audio cables into the back of the box.
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I'd like to start out with what I like about this product. The design is slim, feels sturdy, and it does the job well enough so far. The remote is cool because it is universal and has a "Power on" and volume button that you can program into your tv (mine is a 1990's 11" Sony Trinitron)... This converter box works great for my small TV. The only problem that I have heard about with this converterbox is rather common with these-a bad power capacitor. Fortunately, the capacitor in question is available >$5 at Radio Shack. If I ever see any problems with the box, I may just go ahead and replace it with a higher quality model. As far as I know, there are no other widespread internal problems with this box. Overall it seems that this is a rather stable system for everyday use SO FAR--doesn't heat up too fast either. Thanks!
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