We went to Circuit City yesterday and bought a brand new, still-not-in-their-inventory-system Digital Stream 3150 Plus. No special deal, it was the basic $229 price, but I figured if it was anything like the Accurian, at least we'd have a good chance it would work well. Turns out, this Digital Stream is virtually identical to the Accurian, in terms of features and performance. The only differences I could see are that the component outputs can also be set to RGB (but using the same three RCA jacks as YPbPr, not the PC-standard RGB multipin connector). The other difference is that, much to my relief, there is a sort of master volume control. You press the "select" button while watching TV, and a volume control bar appears on the screen, along with a basic signal strength meter and station/program description, which the Accurian also displays. The volume was set rather low at the factory, which had me a little concerned until I discovered this additional control. Aside from that, this is about as close to the Accurian as you can be. The menus are identical. First thing I did was to set it up downstairs, in place of the Accurian. It auto-scanned channels and, with the external antennas, found exactly the same ones the Accurian had found. Good deal. Then I took the unit upstairs, to "transition" our upstairs setup to ATSC. With the Radio Shack double bowtie, and some experimentation of course, the STB found all the local stations, minus the aforementioned WETA (PBS Ch 26) and minus the aforementioned UPN 20. But it also managed to receive one Baltimore station, CBS 13, which in digital is of course a UHF channel, as are all digital channels in this area. We had marginal reception of NBC 4 at first. I tried the antenna close to the window, but that didn't help. Turns out, the original position, which worked best for analog, was still the best. I tried touching one of the VHF rabbit ears, and that helped a lot. While I was contemplating adding a wire to that rabbit ear, I tried instead to simply collapse down the other VHF ear. That did the trick. So now, with the antenna in that one location on top of the cabinet, all local channels, and CBS 13 from Baltimore, are available (minus those mentioned). I can safely say that the experience of receiving ATSC via rabbit ears was very much the same as fussing with rabbit ears for NTSC, in our case. It took no longer to find the sweet spot. Walking around does not seem to affect reception, now that I solved the NBC 4 reception issue by collapsing the one VHF ear. Perhaps an antenna with more gain, like the Silver Sensor, would find more Baltimore stations, but then my bet is that it would be more touchy about all the local stations. Bert _________________________________________________________________ Don?t just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search! http://search.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200636ave/direct/01/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.