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Digital or Analog tuner

Does this tv require a digital converter box for antenna reception?

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  • Ben Brewer Feb 15, 2012

    Cable provider has nothing to do with it. The signal is received thru the air with VHF/UHF antenna. Have been unable to receive signal to TV without going thru digital converter. Since TV says it is digital can't understand why.

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Hello
Your Apex TV model have the tuner which is capable of receiving
VHF 2~13/UHF 14~69/CABLE TV: MID BAND(A-8~A-1, A~I)

SUPER BAND(J~W)

HYPER BAND(AA~ZZ, AAA, BBB)
ULTRA BAND(65~94, 100~125)
If the signal of your cable provider do not have in these ranges, you must have toconnect a converter.
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Posted on Feb 10, 2012

  • The Knight
    The Knight Feb 15, 2012

    Hello
    The tuner to your tV should be suspected, if it can't receive any VHF/UHF signals. Just test the TVs video section, by giving it analogue audio/video out of a DVD player, set the tV to AV mode, play any disc with the dVD player. See whether picture comes on. If it comes, make sure that the tuner to your TV has damaged. there is no repair to this unit, will look like a stell box. Replacement only can be done. OK.

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SOURCE: Digital or not?

The model you bought IS digital. No box will be needed.

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Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Digital or not?

You will need a converter box with this unit.

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SOURCE: Apex converter boxes malfunction.

If the converter box wont power on and makes a cyclic whinging noise, it may be one of the 4 470uF caps on the low voltage side of the power supply. Check for domed tops on the caps nearest the fly back transformer (center of the board). I replace all four of those caps just to be sure and it is playing fine now.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009

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