I've been looking into getting an HD reciever for my new tv for awhile now and seems like the prices are fairly high on them (didn't see any specials) Just got my samsung LN46A750 and wanted to know if there is any difference in buying a new HD receiver vs and old one. I came across someone selling a DC551P HD reciever for $200 is it worth getting? Any draw backs? If its the wrong section that I'm posting I apologize in advance. You guys have been very helpful so far would appreciate the help. Thanks!
I would imagine that the only difference is that you are gambling the money you are saving against the possibility of a repair or the unit ending up dead. Since you have no guarantee, you can only hope that if it does needs repair it doesn't end up costing more than what you saved. I brought my HD box brand new but with 36 payments/no interest, which makes it easier with my budget. And I added the extended coverage just in case since it was so cheap. If you buy a new unit with your credit card, your credit card might extend the manufacturer warranty period by one year.
The Pace 551 HD is NOT the greatest STB available. If you search in this forum you will find it has a lot of problems with the HDMI connection. I bought one 01/2007, I had some problems, but it has been stable with my Sony Bravia 40***. By the way, I've paid 200$ new. Also, be carefull to buy from somebody that was a videotron client. Otherwise Videotron may refuse to activate it.
Thanks 57 and thanks everyone I think I'll read up a bit more or wait for a sale to come along to get HD in the end is it really worth if most channels are not true HD? I was a long time Shaw customer in Edmonton and I can tell you the customer Service from Shaw is night and day compared to Videotron. I've been with Videotron for my Xtreme Internet for 4 months now and they won't let me rent an HD terminal.
Only you can really answer that question; I watch mostly American TV shows (Fringe, Terminator, Supernatural, Lost, Heroes, BSG) and I love watching them all in HD on my 46" Sony LCD. And nothing beats watching your favorite sports in HD. Watch a single NFL/NHL/MLB game in HD and you will never go back to SD.... So for me it is all worthwhile. If you don't watch TV shows or you are not into sports, it won't be worthwhile for you...