The Bottom Line
- Low cost - $135
- Small, lightweight design
- Supports all 18 ATSC formats and VHF/UHF
- Menu system is visually boring
- Doesn't scan for TVs native resolution
- The tuner came with a default 720p output resolution. My HDTV is 1080i so this caused install problems.
- You can get a page that shows all stations being received by the tuner. This is good if you have multiple cities stations.
- Package contents include the receiver, remote control with batteries, all cables, power adapter and a manual.
Guide Review - Zinwell's ZAT-600HD ATSC HDTV set-top box
- 1 - HDTV receiver
- 1 - Remote Control w/ two AAA batteries
- 1 - Component video cable
- 1 - Composite video and RCA audio cable
- 1 - S-Video cable
- 1 - Power adapter
- 1 - User's Manual
The ZAT-600HD was easy to install. I connected the receiver to an antenna with coaxial and to my television with component video cables. This posed an issue. I couldn't configure the tuner because I couldn't see the menu system. The problem was that the tuner comes with a default output setting at 720p. This is fine if you own a 720p HDTV but if your TV is 1080i then the tuner will scramble the signal.
After calling the customer service number in the user's manual, I learned that you should connect the tuner to your TV with a composite or S-video cable then change the tuner's outpot setting to your TVs native resolution. So, after doing that I was able to configure the tuner. I then switched back to component video to watch TV.
Operating the ZAT-600HD
The menu system is somewhat ugly but it was easy to navigate. I liked how you had a list of available channels and the ability to change aspect ratios through the tuner. You can set parental controls, lock your settings, change audio settings and configure on-screen presentation of the menu.
Aside from having to use another remote control, I liked using the ZAT-600HD. It was simple to use. I can watch HDTV on my HD monitor. That is cool.
The dark black casing looks good but it doesn't sit in the stand very well. It feels like you just rest the tuner in the stand rather that it clicking and locking. The user buttons on the tuner casing are not marked well or easy to read. I recommend using the remote control when operating or configuring the tuner.