How to Evaluate and Compare a Digital Converter Box

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    • 1). Look at what kind of connection options the digital converter boxes provide. A coaxial cable connection is standard (a single cable connection that provides both audio and video); however, you may also want an RCA connection. This connection uses three different cables (red, white and yellow) to provide a higher image and audio quality than do coaxial cables.

    • 2). Check to see if there is a remote. Most digital converter boxes provide a remote control; if not, you need to purchase a new universal remote to work with the converter box.

    • 3). Determine if the converter box is HD compatible. Some converter boxes allow you to stream HD content to your television (if you opt out of cable/satellite HD services). This is going to force up the price, but it is the highest quality you can obtain. You must first have an HD television before you can use this service.

    • 4). Look on the box to see if the cables are provided (such as the RCA or coaxial cables). If not, you need to buy the cables from your local electronics store. If the store sells converter boxes, it will also stock the needed cable connections.

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