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Venturer STB7766G HDTV Converter Reviews

Venturer STB7766G converter reviews: 5
Venturer STB7766G average rating: 2.2

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Venturer STB7766G converter

Coupon-eligible: Yes
Analog-passthrough: No
Smart antenna: No
S-Video: No
URC: Yes
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Venturer STB7766G reviews to 5:

Venturer STB7766G Review #0
Rating: 1 (very poor) Nickname: hillka Date: 2009-09-26
Summary: Junk
I'm in agreement with Dinko's review - this equipment is junk, what a waste of money - not worth the $10 I paid for it with government coupon let alone the $50 retail price! ... and I wasted a valuable coupon! Almost from the get-go it was not reliable as a black box would come up in the picture area covering the lower 2/3 of the picture. The only way to get rid of it was to switch the channel or hit volume level key - but the 'black-out' would often come right back. If I was recording, too bad. VERY frustrating. Now, only a year later, the box is not working. Will NEVER buy a Venturer product ever again.

Venturer STB7766G Review #1
Rating: 1 (very poor) Nickname: dinko Date: 2008-08-05
Summary: Don't buy Venturer products!
I made that mistake; don't waste your money on Venturer junk - worst customer service I can remember (well, if you buy Venturer you are going to need it).

Venturer STB7766G Review #2
Rating: 4 (good) Nickname: anonymous Date: 2008-06-27
Summary: Identical to the Winegard RC-DT09 Good box, with some minor complaints
I did not buy this Adverturer converter box, per se, but I was shocked to see that it is identical to the Winegard RC-DT09 Even the remote is exactly identical. I'm sure they were either both made by Winegard, or Winegard and Adventurer get them from the same manufacturer. I was told by Winegard that they designed and manufactured their own box, to their own specifications, so maybe it is theirs. If you can find a picture of the Winegard, you will see what I mean. I bought two of the Winegards and my neighbor bought one on my recommendation because it was temporarily on sale, and the price was right.

Below is a review I did on the Winegard for another website.

The Winegard is a great converter with many nice little features that make life easier.

First the "pros":

It has channel buttons on the chassis box. This comes in handy in our house where remotes are constantly getting found and lost again. Nice to get up and running when you are in a hurry - not to miss a program.

The menu is full, adequate, and easy to use, with a one-stroke "exit" button. The remote buttons are positive acting and NOT skip/miss like some remotes are. If you like to use captions, it is nice when volume control is used, because the volume bar overrides the captions for the moment it is used. On some TVs/converters the captions cover the volume bar. The "INFO" button, which provides DTV channel information, displays the program information, and a full text box of the program description (if provided by broadcaster.) It also displays up higher on the screen, so it does not interfere with captions.

The remote can go directly from one function to another without turning off the previous function. There is a handy "last channel" button for those who like to switch between two channels during commercials.

Now, the "cons."

The signal bar doesn't have percentages or numbers, just a bar divided into 3 equal parts: "bad", [middle not labeled] and "good." It serves the purpose but, if you like to experiment and record data, and percentage numbers, you are out of luck. Also, there is a "signal" button on the remote, that shows signal strength for the channel you are on, but it gives an annoying beep when it works. You can get the same signal reading through the manual scan control in the menu which does not beep, but it takes a few button steps in and out of the menu.

This box gets awfully warm (some might call it "hot".) "Sleep timer" is factory set at four hours (can be changed/turned off.) When it first shut off, I thought there was something wrong with it. If you like to turn captions off-and-on often, using this converter box remote can be frustrating, because you have to go into the captions menu (two levels) turn the captions on. You have to do the same thing, and also push the button 8 times to turn captions off. I use the TV captions/remote instead.

My Winegard ran fine, but when I tapped the chassis, the audio went out for a second and there was a blip on the screen. I discovered this by accident. I called Winegard, and they sent me a replacement converter immediately, no questions asked. The replacement came delivered with a return shipping label to send back the original converter, so the entire replacement process did not cost me a thing. The replacement works great. You should check with Adventurer to see if they have the same customer service and phone access as Winegard. Retailers like to refer you to the manufacturers. The coupon complicates things. They are not refundable, and can only be used for credit on another converter box. Some retailers may not even take it back.

The Winegard does not have analog pass-through (the ability to switch to analog without disconnecting the coaxials,) but I do that manually with two coaxial AB switches (or with a 2-way splitter and an AB switch) inputting from the antenna to the common line of the AB switch (or splitter,) outputting ONE SIDE (of either A or B side of the switch, or either side of the splitter) to either A or B of another AB switch, and the OTHER SIDE of the first switch/splitter going through the digital box and then coming out of the box, to the other side of the second AB switch. The common pole of the second AB switch (or the ONLY AB switch if you used a splitter) outputs to the TV. If you are handy and have three extra coaxials sitting around, it is cheap and easy. Coaxial splitters and switches should be a few bucks each at your local hardware store/ big box.

If you use two AB switches you set it up to press both A's (or both B's) to either bypass the digital box or go through the box.

If you use the splitter, instead of two AB switches, you only have one AB switch to press, but if you are worried about losing antenna power, note that the splitter will reduce your signal about 3-4 more decibels more than a switch will. I use the A side of the switch for "Analog" the pass through.

Venturer STB7766G Review #3
Rating: 1 (very poor) Nickname: anonymous Date: 2010-10-21
Summary: Worthless remote
The remote on this device doesn't work most of the time. Sometimes some buttons work better than others. I usually have to press the info button to get the remote to respond. The mute button hasn't worked in some time. I don't hit the volume button first to lower or raise the volume because it does not respond for some reason. So I usually hit the info button first because I seem to have a better chance of getting the remote to respond if I hit the info button. If I get a response then I try to change the volume or the channel. But if the box with the time and date and program info stays on the screen it seems that that the volume will not change. I have to hit the info button again to get that box (with date, time, program info) off the screen to change the volume. I can change the channel if the info box is on the screen but I can't change the volume for some reason unless I get that box of info off the screen.

I can be changing the volume and the button on the remote will seem to stop working sometimes. The remote is so hit it or miss that I will just get up sometimes to change the channel or lower or raise the volume on the my TV set. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I have no clue as to why it responds sometimes, why it won't respond at all sometimes, and why some buttons seem to be more responsive than others. This equipment has been nothing but frustration for me.

I keep the captions on all of the time because the box itself needs to be reset just about every single day. I will have to unplug the box to reset it and get it to work again. I get a picture but the box will not do anything when I press the buttons on the box itself. If I try to turn off the box by hitting the on/off button on the box it will not turn off. The box just stops functioning even though I still get a signal. I can't change the channel on the box either. And the way I know it is not going to respond is when the captions seem to stop. The last bit of text will usually get mangled up and just remain on the screen. Without the captions I might actually throw the worthless remote at the TV thinking it was the remote's fault.

Even though I paid something like $12 for this with a government coupon I don't think it was even worth that much. And I don't think it is worth whatever expense it would be to get a replacement remote if that is even available.

Venturer STB7766G Review #4
Rating: 4 (good) Nickname: sodakmonk Date: 2008-08-12
Summary: Analog pass-thru & other nice features

- Cheapest converter box so far with analog pass-thru for existing stations.
- Smaller size than other boxes. Does not run as hot as some.
- Supposedly the OEM is Winegard, well-respected antenna company.
- Good reception and picture quality

- On-screen TV guide is minimal, only the next hour is listed.

I'm an electronics hobbyist, live 30 miles from a large city. With a small, cheap T-stick antenna outside my window, run into a 12db amplifier, I get about 10 watchable analog stations. With this converter I get 25 digital stations , much better than the analog picture quality. With the government coupon, getting one of these is a no-brainer.
If you have an old TV tuner card for your computer, you can run this into it and get HDTV quality on an LCD monitor. This is a way to get high-definition TV without paying for a HD set.

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