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Zinwell ZAT-970A Digital to Analog TV Converter Box (for Antenna Use)

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  • Set-top box converts digital broadcast stations for viewing on your analog television set
  • Standard RF antenna output and RCA with stereo audio outputs for connecting to your television
  • Fully ATSC compliant--receives RF channels 2-69, supports all 18 broadcast formats, decodes Dolby AC-3 audio
  • Parental control with V-Chip technology, lockable channels, and downloadable Rating Region tables
  • Selectable aspect ratio of wide or full for different TV screens
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameZinwell
Item Weight0.6 ounces
Product Dimensions6.9 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
Item model numberZAT-970A
Color NameWhite
Specification Met#REF!, certified frustration-free
Special FeaturesParental Control
Frequency Response Curve60
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #9,969 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 1, 2008
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Technical Details

  • Parental Control

Product Description

Product Description

The ZAT-970A ATSC Digital to Analog Converter from Zinwell is a digital to analog converter that supports analog pass through. It converts digital TV signals to analog and offers several convenient features including multilingual support, digital parental control and an IR wireless remote control for making volume and channel adjustments from a comfortable distance. ZAT-970A ATSC Digital to Analog Converter Feature Highlights: ZAT-970A ATSC Digital to Analog Converter, Supports Analog Pass Through, Sleeping Model, Converts Digital TV Signal to Analog, Multilingual Support, Digital Parental Control, Includes Remote Control


RF Input Connections:
Frequency Range:57 ~ 803 MHz (CH2-CH69)
Channel Bandwidth:6 MHz
F-type connector
Digital Demodulation:
Demodulation Type:ATSC A/53 compliance 8VSB demodulator
Performance:ATSC A/74 compliant
RF Output Connections:
Channel Range:CH3 ~ CH4
Channel Switch Type:Slide Switch
F-type connector
Video Output Connections:
HD/SD Decoding Capability:ATSC 18 mode detection and support
Aspect Ratio:4:3 and 16:9 with latter box Pan and Scan
Output Video:CVBS analog composite
Audio Output Connections:
One pair of RCA jacks for stereo analog audio

From the Manufacturer

Get your analog televisions set up with digital programming using Zinwell's ZAT-970A. This inobtrusive digital to analog converter is easy to set up, and offers convenient features like analog pass through, parental lock, and plenty more. Connect your old analog set and start enjoying broadcast digital programming today.

ATSC Digital to Analog Converter Box

Quick and Easy Setup

The ZAT-970A will have you going digital in minutes. Connect your antenna to the device, connect to your television (via RF or RCA connection), and power everything on. You'll be led through a quick setup for language and time zone, then the ZAT-970A will automatically scan for available channels.

For your convenience, the unit features an on-screen trilingual (English, French and Spanish) menu display, and also allows you to add, skip, or set favorite channels to customize your programming options. For the few remaining low-power analog stations in your area (if any remain at all), an analog pass-through is also provided.

The low-profile ZAT-970A is just 175 x 135 x 33 millimeters, and weighs less than a pound.

Two Connection Options

For televisions with a simple RF antenna input, you'll connect to the television and select either channel three or four on the TV for the ZAT-970A. If your television has RCA audio/video inputs, you're in luck, and can enjoy a better picture and stereo audio connection.

ATSC Compliant

This set-top box is fully ATSC and MPEG-2 Digital compliant, receiving RF channels 2 through 69, and supporting all 18 ATSC broadcast formats, complete with ATSC Dolby AC-3 audio decoding. Translation? You'll be able to enjoy any standard digital broadcast, as standardized by the FCC. Closed captioning and the Emergency Alert System are also both supported.

Selectable Aspect Ratio

Select your picture aspect ratio for either 4:3 or 16:9 TV screens, depending on your set and the current broadcast.

Parental Features

Make sure your children are taking in appropriate programming with Parental Control, with V-Chip technology. A downloadable Rating Region table and lockable channels let you make the call.

Energy Star Compliant

Compliant with Energy Star standards, the ZAT-970A features an energy-efficient design and will shut off when not in use.

Sleeping Mode

The ZAT-970A will be automatically turned off if no remote control button is pressed during the specified time durations.

What's in the Box

ZAT-970A Receiver, Power Supply, RF Cable, Remote Control with Batteries, User’s Manual

Customer Reviews

It was easy to install and works very well.
J. Mallak
The remote nor the power button on the unit would control the box.
Terri Anctil
You must have a good working antenna to pick up the channels.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

289 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Steven Quigley on February 10, 2009
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I've been playing around with three DTV converter boxes over the past three months (Magnavox DTV Digital to Analog Converter, TR-40 CRA by Dish Network, and this Zinwell), and none of them stands out above the rest. They all do about the same thing, providing excellent picture quality over their analog equivalents, and I can get 27/28 channels with a rooftop antenna in the Baltimore-Washington area.Read more ›
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538 of 579 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 17, 2008
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I purchased the two major timer event schedulable/programmable converter boxes available as of Nov 2008: the Zinwell and the Dish Network DTVPal Plus (enhanced version of the DTVPal or TR-40 CRA).

With the Zinwell I found that scheduled recurring events (weekly, etc.) get messed up regularly so I have to constantly monitor them. The Zinwell loses the channel on the recurring events and resets the channel to the highest station number. (I believe this is the most commonly-reported major problem with this device.) Periodically it loses the recurring events completely and they need to be reentered. One-time events also get corrupted at times, although not as often.

The DTVPal Plus also loses timer events on occasion. I have found a couple of sequences of timer events that cause it to consistently drop events. I used several VCRs over two decades and never had a device malfunction on its timer events or spontaneously change the selected channel. Not sure why it is so difficult for these digital boxes.

Timer problems with both devices tend to occur when timer events are scheduled several days in advance. Over time the scheduled events get corrupted. If I am just gone for the day and set timers in the morning, both devices are reliable. If I am gone for several days, I set the devices to never turn off, and I arrange the programming so that there are as few channel change events as possible; for example, scheduling most of the CBS shows on one device and most NBC shows on the other device. I finally gave up on recurring events.

The Zinwell has 8 timer events to 5 for the DTVPal Plus. The Zinwell lacks a recurring M-F weekday scheduling option. Both devices make you go through several menus to get to the timer scheduling.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Vince Leo on May 29, 2009
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I've had my Zinwell converter box for two months and a few days ago, it simply stopped working. The unit powers up and five seconds later goes off. The real problem though is with Zinwell. When I called I went to the tech support line where I was told to leave a message only to find out the mailbox was full. After two attempts, I keyed in the customer service extension and same thing happened. THIS ISN'T BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE, IT'S ZERO CUSTOMER SERVICE. BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Troy on September 13, 2008
The main reason I bought this product was for the DVR/VCR Timer. This feature allows you to program your favorite shows, and the box will automatically change channels to that show. You can then use your DVR or VCR to capture the video off the box.

Other boxes like the Zenith DTT901 have better reception capability, but lack the ability to operate with DVRs or VCRs.

The Zinwell also has analog passthru for people who will be watching Low Power or "clear air" stations after the February 2009 analog shutdown. If you're like me, and don't have any analog stations post-transition, then this feature has no real relevance.

The Zinwell's guide is rather poor, since it only tells you what program is on now, and what program will be on next hour. The Dish DTVpal has a full=featured guide upto 12 hours into the future, but I don't recommend that device due to poor quality build & software bugs that make it almost unusable.

Overall I'm satisfied with the Zinwell's DVR and VCR capability, although I still use the Zenith as my main box when watching live television.
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