|Item Weight||5.44 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13 x 4.5 x 10 inches|
|Item model number||DTB-H260F|
Samsung DTBH260F HDTV Terrestrial Tuner
- Parent control
- High gloss, stylish design
- All 18 ATSC formats
- Digital terrestrial receiver
- HDMI, component, composite, S/PDIF (optical)
- Digital terrestrial receiver
- All 18 ATSC formats
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Samsung brings you great flexibility for delivering over-the-air digital television signals to a DTV-ready television or DTV-capable computer monitors. Award-winning Samsung technology easily tunes and decodes all 18 ATSC Table 3 broadcast formats. With the Samsung DTB-H260F, you can view HDTV, SDTV, and listen to Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio through your audio system. Samsung solves output worries with a wide selection of output options including 1080i, 720p or 480p/i DTV formats, and connection options including HDMI (1), Component (1), Composite (1), Audio-Right/Left, Dolby Digital Optical. Attractive styling and affordable pricing make the Samsung DTB-H260F a perfect solution.
Samsung brings you great flexibility for delivering FREE over-the-air digital television signals to a DTVready television or DTV-capable computer monitors. Award-winning Samsung technology easily tunes and decodes all 18 ATSC Table 3 broadcast formats. With the Samsung DTB-H260F, you can view HDTV, SDTV, and listen to Dolby® Digital 2.0 stereo or Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround audio through your audio system. Samsung solves output worries with a wide selection of output options including 1080i, 720p or 480p/i DTV formats, and connection options including HDMI (1), Component (1),Composite (1), Audio-Right/Left, Dolby® Digital Optical. Attractive styling and affordable pricing make the Samsung DTB-H260F a perfect solution.
- On-Screen Signal Strength Indicator
Have the ability to view whether or not you are receiving a strong signal which may be affecting the quality of your on-screen imagery.
- Full Guide
To find your favorite programs or to see what is currently on and/or available, you will have access to a full guide
- Mini Guide
For a short list and not to interfere with current viewing you can utilize the mini guide to check concurrent programming.
- Intuitive and Iconic Menu
Select the right settings to get the optimal picture.
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Okay, so what is not to like? As other have reported:
- no analog tuner is included. This is non-issue after mid-February.
- the remote is a bit dinky and slow
- the front of the unit only has a faint blue light to show that is on; it is easy to miss
- turning on the unit takes several seconds, and changing the channels has perhaps a 1 second delay. However one can adapt to these nuances.
- my biggest complaint: the audio is very weak. Max volume delivers only barely adequate audio to my television. Thankfully I have a stereo receiver available which solves the problem (..the audio delivered to the stereo is fine). I am using standard audio cables, .. perhaps audio is improved when using HDMI?
So for those who cannot afford a new television and wish to dump their cable/satellite provider I suggest giving this Samsung device serious consideration. However be prepared to have some sort of a/v receiver to take care of the weak audio problem.
Lastly, search around for a decent antenna but there isn't really a need to spend much money. Placement of the antenna is very important (read the instructions that come with it). Expect a good 30 minutes of adjusting the antenna to gain maximum reception, especially if you need to pull in digital broadcasts sent over VHF (UHF broadcasts come in more cleanly for me).
I figured the Set Top would be the perfect solution. It would allow me to record the HD channels. The programs would look much better, if not HD. As at most of the HD channels are in 480 mode anyway, it is not a great loss.
When I connected the Set Box, nothing seemed to work. I attached the Set Box to the antenna cable, and then the RF out to the antenna in on the DVD/VCR recorder. I also tried to use the composite cables. I know the composite mode will work, as the Satellite is connected that way. Still nothing.
I sent an E-mail to Samsung and they gave me a number to call. I had to get to level two help before we has a solution.
I had to connect the Set Box to the TV using the HDMI connection. There might have been other things that would work, but I had the HDMI running from the DVD/VCR recorder, so that was simple way to connect to the TV.
That gave me the menus. Using the menu I scanned for channels. Reconnecting the DVD/VCR recorder showed an input from the composite cables.
It now works great!! Channels are clear we no longer cringe when swapping form HD to non-HD recorder material.
I'm guessing most people will have little or no problem with the Set Box, as it is made to work with a TV. Just beware that you might have to connect to a TV and run a channel scan before you can use it on something else.
The output, at least from the composite cables, are HD only. If you intend to record something off a non-HD channel, you'll have to run a RF cable as well as a composite. I have not tried to see if I can use the Set Box without the composite cables. That could be an issue, or not. I have no idea.
The help from Samsung was professional and there was little wait time. I thought their Web Site was useless, so I was pleased to have such good phone support.
I'm giving this a max score because it does exactly what I wanted it to do, and the support to get it working was so good. I would recommend that those with an older TV, or wanting to use this with an older VCR, be prepared to call tech support. I have a bad feeling that those with older gear will have a lot more problems than I had.
Before calling Tech support, try connecting it to a friends newer TV, as the main issue seems to be doing a channel scan.
I originally thought my unit was defective and returned it only to find that the replacement behaved the same way. I started checking around and found that others had the same problem. It works fine on the component inputs, though, so I kept it. But this can be a limitation if you need the component inputs for something else.
One minor complaint is that the guide memory seems to be limited - scrolling up and down in the guide seems to require frequent reloading delays. Another minor problem is that it won't automatically switch aspect ratio when changing channels, but one button on the remote easily switches this.
A note on the QAM (digital cable) capability: my cable provider (Comcast) doesn't send any program guide data (because they have their own proprietary guide system when using their box), and the channel numbers don't correlate with anything, either. And of course the number of channels sent in clear QAM isn't the full lineup. And Comcast occasionally moves channels around to add to the fun. Since, in principle, the only thing you're saving with this box if you get cable is the modest digital box rental fee, I wouldn't recommend it just for that purpose. But it does work fine.
Otherwise, the picture quality is fine (if you're switching from analog, you'll be very pleased).