[opendtv] Re: New PrimeDTV PHD-100 OTA STB

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 11:17:23 -0500

Richard Hollandsworth wrote:

> Fol post has info on the $160 PrimeDTV PHD-100 OTA STB.
> It does ATSC and QAM and probably also NTSC (the manual
> is somewhat unclear). Copyright date for manual is 2005
> and the pdf create date is only a month ago: 20Dec2005.

On the question of NTSC support, looks like Digital
Stream used to provide it, but no longer. Their original
1150 supported NTSC, the Accurian and 3150 Plus don't.
Which is probably a good thing. Seems to me that having to
support NTSC can only degrade ATSC performance, mostly
because, all else equal, it probably increases the noise
figure of the receiver.

I was looking for the power requirements of the PHD-101,
to see if the downward trend continues. Couldn't find any
for the PHD-101, but they did mention the unit gets warm.
which makes me wonder. For your info, here are some power
specs in units I've read about, in chronological order:

Digital Stream 1150: 40 W operating, 2 W standby
Accurian: 22 W operating
Digital Stream 3150 Plus: 20 W operating
Humax HFA-100: 18 W operating

(Not sure about the respective ages of the last two.)

I'm all in favor of A/74 becoming the de-facto
performance standard, as it appears to be doing. And
finally this PHD-101 seems to be in line with what I
was expecting as state of the art STBs available by now.
This is great news. Notice also how this unit is easily
configured for any global DTT or digital cable standard.


Thanks for the pointer, Richard.

> I believe that the best performing STBs were probably
> from LG and at least some of the other units were from
> ATI, based on correlation with  LG and ATI test results

I would be surprised if the new Samsung Gemini chip units
don't beat out the LG, after they've sorted out the front
end. Measurements don't lie. (Of course, I'm sure LG
isn't standing still, even if they don't make their good
stuff available as STBs or PVRs.)

I especially liked ATI's testimonial to the FCC.

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