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Supersonic sc-55 PVR multi-media recorder
on August 3, 2013
I have a Supersonic (Ikonvert) sc-55 converter box which I purchased several months ago. (I got rid of cable). I had the volume on 100%; and, as someone else reviewed, the volume burnt out. I think the converter got too hot. It still has sound, but I think it went back to factory reset (70-80% ?) That's alright. I use the volume control for the TV. I now have 4 or 6 inch table fans next to some of my electronics that run hot. This works. Otherwise, I really liked this converter and everything else on it works great. For me, it pulled in more channels than the RCA and Zinwell, both of which I returned. I wanted another one. I have a 20 yr old analog TV and old VCR and I wanted to record on one while (using a splitter) watching a different channel on the other. I received the new sc-55 on 7-31-13. I still had the first packing box. The wording was identical. The converter itself looked the same except for the back. Instead of S-video and smart antenna inputs, it has HDTV (HDMI) and USB inputs along with the coaxial in/out and red, white, yellow inputs. Also, the first unit has analog-pass-thru. The new one does not. In reading the manual, it says it is a PVR MULTI-MEDIA TIMER RECORDER!! I didn't know I would want this; but, I do. I have timer recorded (using a memory card I have for my camera) and playback was great. It has bugs. (See Iview 3500 and Homeworx 150). Mine seems to have the same software. (identical menu and problems). On 8-1-13, I emailed Easy Buyz (seller-fulfilled by Amazon) and Supersonic. No reply from either. On 8-2-13, the basic converter (as described on Amazon) was on Supersonic's website. On 8-3-13, they no longer show any converter box. And, on this date, Easy Buyz no longer sells it. No support. It needs firmware updates. I am returning it to Amazon and getting the Homeworx 150. Both Iview 3500 and Homeworx 150 have the firmware updates to solve the same bugs. Iview website, Mediasonic website, and AVS forums have lots of information and help. (Also, I had put the volume on 85% on the new box and used a fan. No problems). For about the same money, I get a converter box and PVR rather than just a converter box. In retrospect, I am glad I received this new box. I now know what I want. Same thing, just another brand. If you order the sc-55, I don't know what you'll get (the model number is the same). Good luck.