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Zenith DTT901 HDTV Converter Reviews

Zenith DTT901 converter reviews: 181
Zenith DTT901 average rating: 4.3

Excellent 114 reviews
Good 41 reviews
Average 8 reviews
Poor 1 reviews
Very Poor 17 reviews
Zenith DTT901 converter

Coupon-eligible: Yes
Analog-passthrough: Yes
Smart antenna: No
S-Video: No
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Zenith DTT901 Review #0
Rating: 1 (very poor) Nickname: BenchTech Date: 2009-11-20
Summary: Zenith DTT901
In September of 2008 I puchased a new Zenith DTT901 to use in my own home due to its high praises on the Web. The unit wasn\t removed from the box and placed into service until the switch-over in June 2009. The unit worked although signal reception was below par and even paled in comparison with Zinwell and RCA converters I\ve tested. Within four months the unit began malfunctioning and died shortly thereafter. As other people have experienced, the unit would power up then shut down within a few seconds. Since it had very little usage I decided to call Zenith Service rather than tear into it and diagnose the problem. I spoke to a representative who informed me that Zenith would not stand behind their product despite the fact it was barely used and quoted their pathetic excuse for a warranty, 90days from purchase... period. I would have expected more from the folks at LGE which now own Zenith. Obviously they have adopted the old axiom that the customer is a resource to be fleeced and apparently have a poor Q&A program. Based on my experience with the DTT901 and Zenith\s poor customer service, I will not buy nor recommend their products in the future.

Zenith DTT901 Review #1
Rating: 5 (excellent) Nickname: anonymous Date: 2009-02-18
After reading reviews I purchased one. As one of the 'positive reviewers' stated you just hook it up, scan and go to the menu and personalize the settings. The only disappointment is the program guide - it only shows current and next program. To the 'negative reviewer', READ THE MANUAL! The OFF TIMER is default ON. The aspect ratio setting is CHANNEL specific, not generic. The one reviewer is correct in that the ratio SHOULD have been set to 4:3, but if the channel is broadcasting this ratio just set it to CROPPED and it will fill the entire screen. Overall, a very nice box.

Zenith DTT901 Review #2
Rating: 3 (average) Nickname: Brian48 Date: 2008-11-27
Summary: Box is good but has some problems
The DTT901 is a good box but needs improvement. Phone help is in India so english is not the primary language very hard to understand. Remote control lettering is dark needs to have brighter lettering. The main problem is that Zenith fails to tell you the other digital devices can block signal. My Wife has the Laptop in the living room when we first installed the box the signal was great we had 7 HD channels. The signal seemed to work some days and not on others for two channels then one morning I turned the box on and was watching one of the channels and the signal was clear as a bell my Wife came in and turned on the laptop and the signal was gone. So I put two and two together and the signal problem was fixed. Up to now I thought we would have to invest hundreds of dollars in antenna upgrades to get local channels. We live so far out in the country we can not even get cable. So if you get this one just be aware of the signal problems

Zenith DTT901 Review #3
Rating: 5 (excellent) Nickname: Rochmndx Date: 2008-12-12
Summary: Well designed, easy to use and sensitive
After reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews on sites such as the AVSForum, I purchased two DTT-901s from our local K-Mart. They've been installed on our two TVs for a few months and work great! To start off with, the remote control is well laid out. It has every button you need for normal operation. No need to dig into the menu to find the signal meter! It also operates off of one AAA battery (included) and has an easily programmable TV Power button. The box itself takes all of ten minutes to set up. You plug in the antenna, audio/video out jacks and power, then power up, hit "next" a few times, wait for the channels to scan and volla! After the initial setup is done, I'd recommend going into the menu to turn off the four hour auto off timer, switch the audio to stereo and correct your DST settings (if necessary). If you have an antenna on a rotor, you might not get all available stations in the initial scan. In which case, re-orient your antenna (use TVFool.com to find the stations and compass headings) and then use the EZ-add option, which keeps your existing channels and also adds newly found ones. If you have extremely weak signals, the manual RF-Tuning feature (with a little help from your TVFool plot) can help you hunt for a signal. Signal wise, this is reputed to be one of the most sensitive converter boxes out there. While I've never used another box, I can attest to it's sensitivity. I was able to pick up a station 55 miles away in our basement in a valley with an ordinary set of rabbit ears (I use a big outdoor antenna on top of a hill). Using my outdoor antenna, I can get a solid lock on a station 85 miles away! The menu system good looking and easy to navigate through. The guide system works well, but only show the current program and the one right after it, even though some stations send out program data as far as a week. Note on negative reviews: I've seen a lot of 1 star reviews on this box, mainly because they didn't like the tech support from India of they clearly misunderstood the purpose of the converter. Any converter box, not matter how good is not a miracle cure for all your reception ills. Reception is impossible without an antenna. Also, some people are under the impression that the antenna doesn't really matter with DTV. The truth is, DTV is easier to receive than analog TV, but your still going to need a quality antenna system to receive a reliable signal.

Zenith DTT901 Review #4
Rating: 4 (good) Nickname: anonymous Date: 2008-10-07
Summary: An OK converter box.
Bought this at CC and again, these guys where clueless. I had a choice between the DTT900 & DTT 901, but the sales folks could not tell me the difference (they though it was just a printing mistake). Turns out the DTT901 added analog pass-thru but nobody at CC knows this! This converter does have a very sensetive tuner. Scanning at night picked up all the Chicago stations and many Milwaukee stations. Now I have to physically remove the Milwaukee stations from the channel list because most of the time these signals are not strong enough to receive picture. I would have been better off with a less sensetive tuner. Remote is really cheap. Aspect ratio options suck and have no intuitive meaning. Too many times I can't fill the screen of my CRT TV & I worry about burn-in. The default aspect ratio on this box should have been for the 4:3 standard aspect ratio of most CRT TVs so you don't have to keep changing the aspect option after changing channels.

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