The Magnavox was about $50.00 and the Tivax was about $60.00.
I did have two of the government $40.00 coupons to reduce the costs of the boxes.
The Magnavox has three viewing choices, Letterbox, Zoom and Full.
Letterbox is like wide-screen showing a wider view, but "cutting off" the top and bottom of the screen. Zoom zooms in and makes everything look normal, covering the entire screen, but it may cut off a little of the "information" from the top, bottom and sides of the signal and Full shows everything but makes things look tall and skinny.
The Tivax has 4 viewing choices: Normal, Zoom, Wide and Cinema.
Normal shows things normally, but on the main DTV channel, which was the same as the analog channel was before, the viewing area is smaller all around the screen equally, but fills the screen on the extra digital channels. Zoom makes the main channel fill the screen, but makes the other extra channels look like part of the information is off of the screen or viewing area. Wide is like wide-screen, shows everything a little skinny and tall, and part of the picture information is lost off the top and bottom of the screen. Cinema zooms in on like the wide-screen format, so it fills the entire screen, but you don't have the top and bottom cut off, but you do lose some picture information.
I like both boxes, but I do notice one noticeable difference between the two boxes, and that is in signal strength.
I live around 40 miles from one major city where the TV stations are, and that's Wausau, WI, and around 70 miles from the other major city where a TV station is located, and that's Eau Claire, WI.
I get the following signal strength results from the two boxes, using a 120-mile Vhf/100 Uhf antenna pointed at Wausau, Channels 7, 9 and 20, and a 90-mile Vhf/50-mile Uhf pointed at Eau Claire, Channel 13:
Magnavox Channels 7-1,7-2,7-3 Minimum = 10 Maximum = 24
Magnavox Channels 9-1 and 9-2 Minimum = 45 Minimum = 55
Magnavox Channels 13-1 and 13-2 Minimum = 52 Maximum = 61
Magnavox Channels 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4 and 20-5 Minimum = 67 Maximum = 72
Tivax Channels 7-1, 7-2, 7-3 Minimum = 40 Maximum = 45
Tivax Channels 9-1 and 9-2 Minimum = 70 Maximum = 80
Tivax Channels 13-1 and 13-2 Minimum = 77 Maximum = 84
Tivax Channels 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-4 and 20-5 Minimum = 90 Maximum = 100
These were taken on a windy day, but if there is no wind, or if it's at night, the maximum signal strengths seem to stay fairly steady at the Maximum signal strength or close to it.
I don't know if the two signal strength meters or indicators are "calibrated" the same, or if they indicate the same signal strengths for the same numbers, or not, but if so, then the Tivax, connected to the same cable connection, switching between the two boxes, appears to receive the DTV signals stronger than the Magnavox.
I use one Magnavox box on the TV in the living room, and one I have connected to my computer and the Tivax I have connected to the TV in my bedroom now.
I like both boxes, but I prefer the Tivax, but it's a little higher priced than the Magnavox, and I like the Tivax mainly because of the signal strengths, but also because of a couple of other things.
The Magnavox only has the TV antenna connections and the composite video and audio connections, and you need to use the remote control to operate it as there aren't any buttons on it.
The Tivax has the TV antenna connections and the composite video and audio connections, you don't need the remote to operate the Tivax as it has a Standby/On button on it and a Channel Up and Down button. The Tivax also has a Service port and a jack to connect a Smart Antenna to and a switch to choose Channel 3 or 4 for the output.
All things considered though, the Magnavox would be a good buy, and I do have two of them, and if you're in a good area for TV, and/or if you want to save a little money, the Magnavox would be the way to go.
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