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Do I need a Set Top Box Converter?

I Have a Dynex 13 inch TV Model DX-R13TV. The manual says one feature is "Integrated Digital Tuner-You can view digital broadcasting without using a Digital TV Set-Top Box" Does this mean that I can continue using my rabbit ears that I now have and do not have to purchase the box that the government is sending out coupons for? Will I get good reception as I do now. Thank you.

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  • sydabbey Oct 07, 2008

    Where can I find the switch to change to digital? That sounds like a very helpful solution. Thank you.

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Yes you can continue to use Rabbit ears if you are close enough to the station. Most digital stations are operationg at reduced power. Switch it to digital and let it scan for channels, you may be plesantly surprized at what it finds.

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  • Chuck Simpson
    Chuck Simpson Oct 07, 2008

    I have no direct experance with your model, Explore the onscreen menues or read the users manual.

    There is no further help I can provide, other than to assure you that an attenea for a digital tuner is exactly the same as an antenea for the old analog antennea. Look for an option for analoge pass

    through. Somewhere you will find an option to search for digital stations.

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