Samsung ATSC Tuners Thread
The Samsung SIR-T451 is the new replacement for the 351. I decided to wait for the 451 after reading many reviews about the problems with the 351. Also the price point of the 451 ($249) was $100 cheaper than the MSRP for the 351. I had to do some searching for an online store that had it in stock (US based of course). In early October Best Buy in the US had limited availability in many places and they wouldn't ship to Canada from their on-line store. If BB in Buffalo has them in stock now that's great.
The unit is small (smaller than a dvd player) and the remote and menu functions are clear and easy to operate. Tons of output options both cables (composite, component and DVI) and signal (480 through 1080) so that it can be used in almost any configuration. Also you do not need an HDTV television to watch the output. If you go to the US Samsung website you can actually view a pdf of the manual.
For those of you planning your own home cable system like mine (see post above) the box passes the analog signal so you can route the coax output from the 451 to your TV. This way I watch the digital signal through my component inputs (AV 1 source) and the analog signals on the ANT source setting. My hardware (DVD, TV and now the 451) are all Samsung and they work well together.
The only problem I have noted that it sometime reboots itself when it is trying to lock onto channel 43-2. But it is so rare that it doesn't bother me. One other plus is that the warranty is Canada / US so that if it breaks down I can bring it in for service here in Toronto (even though they don't sell them in Canada - go figure). I'm happy so far.