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P/N DCT210 ATSC Terrestrial or Clear QAM Digital Cable HDTV Tuner/Receiver

480i, 720p, and 1080i Resolutions Via Selectable HDMI, Component, S-Video & Composite Outputs

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External digital TV Tuner HDTV receiver and cable set top box (stb) QAM or ATSC with HDMI, component, s-video and composite video outputs, closed captions and RF analog pass through.

The DCT210 is a state-of-the-art 8VSB, 8VSB MP@ML, unscrambled "Clear" QAM digital TV tuner for ATSC terrestrial Over The Air (OTA) reception using indoors or roof antennas. It is also HD/SD Cable receiver for use with your local CATV service. Clear (unencrypted) QAM Cable signals required!

The DCT210, ATSC antenna TV tuner or QAM cable TV tuner and receiver, will also take high or standard definition, 8VSB digital signal, and convert it to analog video and audio output thus allowing use of old analog TVs. This HDTV receiver features 4 separate outputs: (1) Composite, S-Video and Component HDTV analog outputs making it compatible with analog TV sets and HDMI output for viewing in full high definition digital televisions.

In addition to its Stereo output, the DCT210 HDTV cable box features Optical digital audio pass-through for Surround Sound receivers or dedicated audio amplifiers.

The RF pass-trough output at the back of the unit makes it easy to connect the receiver to TVs with analog TV tuners.

The DCT210 features a user-friendly set-up guide that allows for easy channel mapping and installation. It is compatible with all Plasma Tvs, LCD monitors, Projection Tvs, Video projectors and regular analog TVs or monitors. (Verification of your A/V receiver with the tuner is required before purchasing).

Use as:
          • Antenna TV Tuner (Digital Antenna TV Receiver)
          • Digital Cable TV Tuner (Digital Cable TV Receiver)
          • Use Also As Digital TV Adapter (DTA) For Unencrypted Digital Cable to Analog Cable

Typical Applications for External TV Tuners:
          • Monitor TV Tuner (Monitor TV Receiver)
          • Projector TV Tuner (Projector TV Receiver)
          • Home Theater TV Tuner (Home Theater TV Receiver)
          • Digital TV Tuner for HDTV Ready Analog TVs

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  • Tunes and decodes all 18 approved ATSC/8VSB DTV broadcast formats
  • QAM unscrambled "Clear" digital HD TV tuner Cable receiver (Require Clear QAM unencrypted channels)
  • ATSC digital HD TV tuner over the air receiver (to be used with indoor or outdoor digital antennas.)
  • Signal Quality Meter (Displayed bar represents SNR)
  • High Definition: Selectable DTV Output resolution (480i/720p/1080i)
  • Aspect ratio control in 4:3 and 16:9 mode
  • HDMI, Component (YPbPr), S-Video and Composite (CVBS) video outputs
  • Stereo Analog audio output - RCA jacks
  • Digital Audio Optical output - Stereo 2.1 and Surround Sound Pass Through
  • Built-in selector switch for channel 3 or 4 Digital to Analog Down Converter via RF Output (Can work as government converter box)
  • Easy user interface: On screeen setup wizard On-Screen Menu
  • Simple Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
  • Auto or manual scan of programmed channels: Unmatched channel mapping options
  • V-CHIP (parents control) & Closed Captions
  • Support English, French, Spanish multi-languages
  • Advanced sleep timer
  • Very compact in size

Terrestrial Reception

Topographic conditions as well as weather conditions and sun activity have great influence on TV terrestrial reception range. Selecting the right antenna for your location will determine the reception range and picture quality of the DCT210. Read more on this subject.
Selecting the right antenna and materials.
Terrestrial digital reception issues.
atsc tuner Terrestrial digital reception issues DTV Multipath Interference.
Cliff Effect in terrestrial digital reception.

Cable TV Operators Compatibility

The DCT210 is compatible with Clear QAM channels of major cable operators such as Cablevision Systems Corporation, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

For maximum satisfaction we strongly suggest to contact your Cable Operator and verify the Clear QAM channels available through your local service.
See the list of operators.
Read more about Cable QAM and "Clear" QAM..

More Info

Other important topics you should read about:

Digital TV Network At Home - Using The Right Materials & Accessories.
HDTV types.
Digital TV Channel Display.
International Digital TV Standards..

Special Uses

The DCT210 Terrestrial off-air external HDTV tuner and Clear QAM Cable receiver is an excellent device for use with projectors and monitors featuring HDMI, Component and Composite inputs. The TV tuner provide excellent picture and crispy stereo sound. Very useful with Projectors, DVD recorders and VCRs without integrated TV tuner!

Tune In To Digital Channels Only:

The DCT210 is a digital TV tuner and will tune in only to Standard Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD) Digital channels. To view the old analog channels (that is the lower band, old channels 1-99) an ANALOG tuner is required.

The DCT210 has Antenna (or Cable TV) pass through feature. While the DCT210 is in Stand By mode the antenna or cable TV signals will redirect to your TV analog tuner through the TV Out connector.

If your TV or projector does not have an analog TV tuner and you still want to see the basic program analog channels you have to use an external analog tuner such as the CATV5 or the CATV6.

Easy To Install

The DCT210 HDTV Receiver Digital tuner set top box is easy to install with the tuner's clear manual.


For maximum indoor reception and performance we suggest to add the following:

20~36db high RF gain
digital outdoor antenna

42db high RF gain
digital indoor antenna

Hi Speed HDMI cable for excellent HDTV video and sound.
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Box Includes

  • P/N DCT210 External Digital Clear QAM or ATSC HDTV Receiver Set Top TV Tuner Box
  • IR Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • User Manual
  • 3ft HDMI Cable - OPTIONAL



Reception Properties
Input frequency range ATSC: 54-860MHz
Cable: 57-860MHz ("Clear" QAM)
Channels ATSC: 2-13 VHF, 14-69 UHF
Cable: 2-135 ("Clear" QAM)
Bandwidth 6 MHz
Antenna Input 75Ω Female (F-Type)
Antenna Output 75Ω Female (F-Type)
Modulation Modes 8VSB, 8VSB MP@ML, unscrambled "Clear" QAM
RF Signal Input Operation Level 10dBm ~ -75 dBm
Algorithm MPEG-2 Digital& Full ATSC Compliant
HD Digital Video Output HDMI Output
Native Mode: 480i, 720p, 1080i
Analog Video Output
(Digital to Analog Downscale)
Composite Video: 480i
RF Modulator: Channels 3,4 at 480i
SD Video Output CVBS (Composite)
S-Video (Y-C)
Algorithm MPEG-1 layer 1 and 2
MPEG-2 layer 2
Analog Audio Output Stereo (RCA jacks)
2.0Vrms Max
>10KΩ (1 set)
Digital Audio Output SPDIF optical
Main AC 100V - 120V
Max. 10W
Operating Frequency 57~63Hz
Standby Power Consumption Less than 1W
Operating Temprature 0~40 oC
Storage Temprature -10 ~ +50 oC
Operating Humidity 5% ~ 90% Non-condensed
Storage Humidity 5% ~ 90% Non-condensed
Weight Actual device Approx. 0.87Kg
(Without accessories)
Dimensions 280mm X 44mm X 156mm
Warranty 90 days

FOOTNOTES: For improvement purposes, the design and specifications of this unit are subject to change without prior notice. Pictures are for reference only. Products may differ slightly from images shown. See more at the footer of this page...



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