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Insignia™ - Digital to Analog Converter Box with HDMI-output - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 409 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Turn your computer monitor into a TV

    Posted
    Noel
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    I have been buying these tuners for years, but for a different reason - to be able to turn digital TV signals into analog TV. Now there's a new reason to buy - an HDMI output. I am a streaming household, so I don't have cable or satellite. The downside is that I don't have local channels in my home office, and despite having a large 4K computer monitor to work with I had no way to follow local channels and the network programming (think NFL and other live sports) they carry while getting some work done. Enter the newest version of the Insignia digital-to-analog converter - which now has one very digital-to-digital trick). Originally designed for your grandma to be able to watch locals on her outdated tube TV, the big addition to this kit is the HDMI output and the promise to allow HD programming on your computer monitor. Technically this is true, but the highest resolution output I have been able to achieve is a 720i connection, with the alternative of 480p. While I realize that the broadcasters determine the maximum resolution they choose to transmit at, there are certainly some live TV programs that are available at 1080p full HD. Still, it was great being able to pop up the NFC Championship game in a window on my LG monitor, and I expect it won't be long before a version offering full HD is available - for which I would revise my opinion to five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed.

    Posted
    Crystal

    I purchased in store based on reviews. I would not recommend for your primary TV. The pros are that the clarity is very good with a cable connection and it finds a lot of channels. The cons far outweigh the pros. First off it is a European unit. The time is on a 24 hour clock (16:34 24 Jul). The audio is horrible. It constantly goes out of sync-sometimes on all channels. The only way to correct is to turn the unit off and back on. And sometimes there is no audio when you turn on. And the guide also goes out of sync. Most of the time it reads "No description available" and sometimes it will show a program that is on a different channel. There is no customization. For example you cannot correct the clock setting to a 12 hour clock; there is no way to delete/remove unwanted/unavailable channels. These issues all started out of the box. The original 10 year old converter that this replaced was more advanced. I would accept these limitations if this unit cost in the $20-$30 range. Due to Best Buy's restrictive return policy I will not be returning or exchanging because there isn't another option available.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible with my home theater console

    Posted
    jlg123
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    When I connect the converter box to my Bose Cinemate 120 home theater console, two things happen: 1. Only the audio signal changes and not the video. For instance, if I'm watching Netflix off the TV input and I switch over to the CBL-STL input where I connected the converter box, the TV will continue displaying the Netflix video stream but the audio will change to that of the converter box. 2. CEC stops working. CEC allows HDMI devices to be controlled with only one remote control. When I'd hit the Power button on my Cinemate's remote, the console would power on but not the TV. If I'd use the TV remote to power it on, the Cinemate wouldn't come on. As soon as I unplugged the HDMI input to the Cinemate from the converter box, the two issues mentioned above were resolved. I tried the following troubleshooting steps to rule out any other possible cause and came to the conclusion that it's the converter box screwing things up, so I'm returning it: 1. Power cycled all devices. 2. Tried different HDMI cables with the converter box. 3. Confirmed CEC is enabled on the Cinemate and the TV. 4. Confirmed audio settings on TV were correct for ARC use. 5. Factory reset the Cinemate 120. THE LAST STRAW (and the weirdest occurrence): I completely bypassed the Cinemate 120 by connecting the converter box directly to an HDMI port on my TV--it STILL screwed up input switching and CEC on my home theater console.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but not sure if the best

    Posted
    Funny2me

    To start off, I gave it four stars because of one big issue. If your antenna isn't strong enough to pull long range signals, don't expect all your current channel(s) to be there. It doesn't matter if you got them before on your TV with a built in tuner or not. This box will only allow access to those channels pulled in with your current antenna. You can't manually punch in any channel, unless it was picked up during the scan process, which is a common complaint with this product. Because of my situation, I bought a inside/outside antenna to remedy that issue. My current antenna (Gov't free one) wasn't working well anyway (it pulled all the major stations but you were subject to them going in and out by just walking past it). Still, this could be a possibility for you, if you go with this tuner. At $80, is also a bit high, especially with the above issue but I didn't feel a better product was out there for less, especially if you want to connect using HDMI. $50-60 seems more reasonable for it but this is an exclusive product to BB and not much out there that is comparable IMO. If you can wait and catch a sale or if more products come out to compete, I would recommend going that route

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does its job, but one might wonder why

    Posted
    EricE
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    A-D converters are becoming a rare commodity. This product was the only one in the store. That gave me some trepidation on the purchase. When I installed the the device for my parent's 1990s VCR, it was reasonably easy to set up, and it performed its function admirably. The receiver picked up more stations than either of their digital TV's receivers. The picture quality from the device was quite good. I said "Yes" to "I would recommend this to a friend" under protest. It is a required choice. In reality, I would recommend to a friend that they update their technology to a digital receiver. However, my stubborn parents are not prepared to give up their VCR because it "still works" (with terrible picture quality). But their old A-D converter just stopped working, so we needed to add this to get a signal for the VCR. Even though they have trouble figuring out the sequence of what to turn on to be able to record and view VHS, they still prefer that confusion to dealing with some new fangled thang. Accepting the devil they know.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Works Excellent

    Posted
    Slick1

    My TV set is an analog type, Magnavox 20MS3442/17 that I bought about 2005. The antenna that I bought to work with this setup is a RCA Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna with an advertised range of 45 miles. I live in Chicago in the neighborhood of Old Irving Park on the third floor of a 4 story 50 unit apartment building. I receive very clear reception of 63 stations. About 5 stations required a slight adjustment of the antenna. The instructions specify 3 types of connections that can be made from the convertor to the TV; HDMI cable (this will provide the best video and audio quality). AV cables (this provides better video and audio quality), and RF coax cable (this provides good video and audio quality). I am connected with a RF coax and I am getting excellent video and audio quality. To increase the volume I must use both my original Magnavox remote and the remote supplied by Insignia. I found the startup instructions to be fairly simple. I myself have 3 years of technical training and 30 years of technical work experience, but I do not see anything in the setup procedure that would confuse anybody. It took me less than 5 minutes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great option for add on TV Tuner

    Posted
    Techie
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    I might be one of the few who is using this to connect to a Sony SXRD projector but there seem to very few good options for add-on TV tuners. I searched high & low & started by trying a generic tuner that had the option to pause & rewind. Unfortunately, that could barely function as a decent tuner and didn't even come close on the DVR functionality. After hours of searching for better options, I decided to give this Insignia Tuner a chance. While it doesn't have any DVR functionality and was more expensive than some of the other online options, I do have to say, it works great! Compared to those low cost, generic options, this works much better and despite the smaller feature set, I really do believe it's the best option out there. If you're debating about this or some of the other, less expensive, more feature rich, generic options out there, save yourself the headache & buy this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Back to antenna I go

    Posted
    StacyB
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    Good little product for the money. We decided to get rid of the monthly TV bill and I am glad we did. We were talking about updating our projection TV to a flat screen as the picture was a bit blurred. Upon switching to this box the picture is crystal clear. Seems the TV wasn't the issue. This unit will record but requires a self powered external hard drive as the USB port isn't powered. Recordings are named weird. They don't have the program name in the title. On the bright side you can manually change each one individually once it has recorded; There is a basic program guide. The instruction booklet is very small print and light on information. I used you tube to figure a few things out. I took pictures of each page and then blew them up so I could read it, even the magnifying glass was a bit of a challenge. On and off lags. Patience is a virtue. Many times I have to hit it more than once to get it to respond And I've succeeded and then reversed the desired response because of the delay. I've learned to push the button and count to five before I try again. It has its glitches but it's a good basic product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the trick.

    Posted
    NWRidgeRunner
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    I had just bought a new smart tv for the living room so I moved the older smart tv upstairs and found this tv did not have a coax input. That's when I discovered that not all tv's have a turner to receive a tv signal. It had worked for me downstairs because I hooked my antenna to a TiVo OVA recorder, which has built in tuners, and the signal from the recorder was sent to the tv via HDMI. Checking online I found only a few digital to analog converters. Then I contact Best Buy and they indeed had one of these devices. The setup was easy. The only downside is that now I have one more external device sitting out and another remote to deal with. Hopefully I can use a universal remote I have to operate both devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You might need this and not even know it.

    Posted
    Weightman714
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    I recently dumped cable TV because of the cost and went to over the air reception. With a signal booster antenna my reception improved greatly but there were still some stations which I should have been able to receive, but couldn't. When I tried the Insignia Digital to Analog Converter Box I went from 29 stations to 60. When you do a scan to see what stations are available using your TV it might not show some of the available station because the firmware in the TV is outdated and can't decode the signal. You need to use the Insignia to decode the signals if you have an older HD TV. If you use the HDMI outlet you will get HD reception if the station is broadcasting in that mode. You need to scan for stations using the Insignia, not the TV Scanner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great converter!

    Posted
    nuckinfutz
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    The converter we got when they first required them in 2009, no longer worked. We bought one at another retailer but returned it 'cause it was no better than the one we had and the remote was the size of a deck of cards. While at Best Buy, I asked the salesperson if I could check the remote. After seeing that the remote was a good size we purchased it. After setting it up and doing a channel scan, I was pleased but not excited about the difference. But then, I discovered I could plug in 2 antennas. With the use of 2 antennas, I could bring in stations that we could only watch on our TV that is connected to Comcast/Xfinity services. I am very pleased with this unit. I'm going to try another type of antenna next to see if that helps the reception more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works -

    Posted
    techjunkie3

    Easy set up, pulls in strong local stations, not sure about actual signal quality vs reception. with signal level showing 90-100%, there seem to be far too many times when the product loses reception. Does not seem to be much buffering of signal like some streaming devices provide. Not overly impressed compared to units at 1/2 the price that i have seen. Purchased with an RCA amplified indoor antenna. Adjusted antenna to get close to 100% on all channels. Still drops out far too often. It does provide what i was looking for, and does provide a good clean video when working. Ability to scale video is a nice feature and works well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Purchase a different converter box on-line.

    Posted
    MrRory
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    I found the Insignia Digital Tuner Converter Box to be lacking some features that I had on my previous Insignia box. Such as the Sleep Timer is now Power Saver with 4 & 8 hour selection and the default off. The remote does not perform the command that you push as it redirects to what button was used the previous command, leading to conclude of poor quality. The time displays only military option with no choice to use 12 hour option. I will be returning this purchase in search of a better converter box on-line as Best Buy only offers this heap.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible equipment. Don't buy this!!

    Posted
    KeeKee
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    I have had my box for little over a year. The remote failed and even after troubleshooting with Insignia, they could not get it to work again. They sent me a complimentary remote and it stopped working too. Now mind you when both remotes failed, I wasn't even touching them. They were sitting on a flat surface. I contacted the company again and all they said was to buy a replacement. What? When they can't even get the others working. Do not buy this, it is literally a piece of junk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked First Time!

    Posted
    Hawkeye
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    We have a somewhat complicated audio-visual entertainment system that operates off of a single universal remote. When the installed over-the-air antenna system could not be easily configured with the remote, the Insignia™ - Digital to Analog Converter Box with HDMI-output proved to be the best solution to the problem. Set up took about 15 minutes to complete, and our AV entertainment system now operates flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than others

    Posted
    SHORTY
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    First off, I get more stations with this than with the tuner in my Sony tv. Pair it with a good antenna and you will like the results. The reason for the 4 stars is the interface could be a little better considering the price you pay for this box. All in all I am very pleased with this. I have cable but I still enjoy the local OTA programming. I will be buying another one to replace a piece of crap converter I have on a different tv. You definitely get what you pay for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Analog To Digital Converter Box

    Posted
    QueenE
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    It works very well. The colors on my television even look better. Since I will be cancelling my very expensive cable service which is always going up in price as soon as the contract is up. I decided to stock up on some new converter boxes since all of my televisions are analog. It all worked out much better than the old one of the same brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good alternative to a cable box

    Posted
    MeLJ
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    You may need to purchase a TV antenna to make this work. However, I wanted to get rid of two cable boxes on TVs that aren't used that much. I paid $79 per digital converter (one time) and I'm saving $250 a year in cable bills. You still get all the network channels (but not the cable stations). Box only works as well as the antenna you buy. Pays for itself in one year (or one month if you get rid of cable completely). Great for seniors as well as students who can't afford cable, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    KSgirl73
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    We purchased a 70" Vizio not realizing it had no coaxial. We had an antenna we put on the roof and wired into our old cable line. Without the coaxial we had no way to watch local channels. We cut the cord so we used our Roku, firestick and antenna for local channels. This was the solution to our problem. Easy set up. No issues so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It Is What It Is - Very Basic/Serves its purpose

    Posted
    EducationalRule7
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    I have nothing to compare it with other than my previous digital to analog converter, in which I liked. However; it serves its purpose since I have no desire to purchase cable and pay for channels I won't watch....Also, its very sensitive when changing channels. If you scroll from 4.3 to 5.1 it will scroll several channels pass your intent. I would recommend to a friend but all my friends have cable or a satellite dish. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend