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Post 1 made on Tuesday November 9, 1999 at 14:20
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What do they mean by (dual LNB or single LNB)? And what is the difference between a A-2 and a A-4 unit? Aren't all DSS decoders the same? And when I purchase a DSS system, what should I look for in the satellite dishes themselves, as far as size, LNB's, local channel capabilities, and future upgrades, etc. (if they apply)?
OP | Post 2 made on Tuesday November 9, 1999 at 19:10
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I'll take a stab at this, but may need other input to set me right. A dual LNB dish will allow you to connect two DBS receivers (the only way to view two different DBS signals) I don't think it is possible to "split" the signals prior to the receiver. The higher the number and letter in the model number,(SONY) the later the model and more advanced. Local capabilities currently are divided between previous cable subscription and local antenna reception. DishNetwork offers an adhanced version which provides local reception via an additional dish (antenna) to intercept the local signal.(soon all providers will offer local or network signals to all subcribers)
Lastly, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. The deals are out there and the retailers are bending backwards to get your business. (Have you seen the advertisements during NFL broadcasts, which are probably broadcasted to you on a cable signal?) Good luck!
OP | Post 3 made on Wednesday November 10, 1999 at 05:13
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Thanks Dennis
OP | Post 4 made on Wednesday November 10, 1999 at 17:09
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The A-4 is also has Dolby Digital decoder
OP | Post 5 made on Thursday November 11, 1999 at 09:02
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It should include a "D" in the model number to assure it is AC-3 (Dolby Digital) and you will need a 'digital ready' receiver and optical wire to get 5.1 sound. If I were a new customer, I would go for the digital model even if not fully equipped for it. The salespeople should be pushing this. Not many digital broadcasts yet, but be prepared for the future.

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