I've been waiting to see some mention of the new Samsung ATSC STB, presumably a Gemini chip based receiver, to replace the aging SIR-T451. The DTB-H260F seems to be the one. Of course, no mention that this might have the Gemini chip in it, and no performance specs are included in the owner's manual. For some reason, TV equipment manuals do not traditionally provide this sort of information, while audio equipment manuals do. Since I haven't seen this one mentioned before, I'll assume it's the real deal, http://www.samsung.com/Products/DigitalSetTopBox/HDTVTuners/DTB_H260FXAA .asp You can download the user's manual. The unit can tune in 8-VSB and QAM. No NTSC mentioned. It appears to offer only one active TV output at a time, or two if you're using composite video only (there are two composite output jacks). The combination of the resolution select and the DTV Out Select switches implies that only one type of video output can be selected. That's a shame, for those who want to feed a TV monitor and a recording device with one STB. I guess, buy two STBs. It provides two sets of stereo audio outputs, along with an optical digital audio output. These seem to be active simultaneously. The on-screen menu is only available with the component video or HDMI outputs(?). How does one set the thing up if it's being used with a SDTV set? You need to select the antenna input and scan the channels, select the screen aspect ratio, and select the (digital) audio format, before you can use the STB. This is done via the on-screen display. So something doesn't track here. There's no mention of a "scan update" feature. Since there is an antenna input and a separate antenna-or-cable input, perhaps they expect that this is enough. Scan separately for each input. I prefer a "scan update" feature that allows me to select, externally, any number of antennas I please, and then retain all the successful channels in memory. But okay, maybe this works most of the time. A timer is included, and it appears to be a good one. It does permit different stations to be selected for different time slots. I assume that you can turn off the STB after setting the timer, although that isn't clearly explained. Also, the timer is set using the EPG, which may or may not be a good thing. It depends how long it takes to get the EPG info downloaded. With my STBs, if you want to check the EPG days ahead of time, forget it. It just takes too long to be useful, and many stations haven't figured out how to populate their EPG anyway, especially days ahead of time. So I'd much prefer having the option of just setting the date, time, channel. This STB continues the downward trend is power requirements. Where the most recent 3rd gen STBs seemed to require 18 to 22 Watts on, depending on the exact model, and about 2 Watts standby, this one is 15 Watts on and 1 Watt standby. Not bad. The standby power meets the California and Euro rules. So the real question is how well does this guy perform? I have to say, the Accurian and Digital Stream have some advantages, in terms of features. Such as all video outs being active simultaneously and a the scan update. We need to see some real world performance results. No mention yet on the Circuit City web site, although they seem to have dropped the older Samsung STB. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.