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post #1 of 14 Old 01-17-2011, 11:46 AM - Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Grex video stabilizer lately. I see a few older postings, but nothing recently ... Just wondering, I'd hate to drop $100 and the unit doesn't work. It's for a DirectTV HR24 PVR to Sony RDR VX 500 series DVD recorder/VHS Combo ...

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No reason it shouldn't work as well as it ever did. If there have been newer encryption schemes applied by the content provider, they generally keep those filters up-to-date.
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The way those filters work they should continue to work forever(or until they actually die).
I have a 7 year old Sima filter and last year I tried it with a BR player, worked like a charm and I doubt BR was even around(or for sure not very common) when the filter was made.
These filters are analog devices, not like digital PC programs which may require periodic updates as protection schemes change.
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Didn't realize that. Thought I remembered reading somewhere of a couple people mentioning that the software on theirs was "up to date". Makes sense, though.
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I think they say such things to make people feel better
Of course the old VHS type filters don't work with modern CP schemes but AFAIK anything that says it will work with DVD should work with BR, HBO, PPV, etc.
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Got another one about a month or so ago, works great.
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Thanks guys ... I was just curious because as I did some research some companies were talking up their "most up-to-date firmware ...
Thanks again for the info -
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i had a grex about 3 or 4 years ago. it seemed to produce a softer image than the 2 sima ct-2s i had (still have) so i sold the grex.
but i sometimes wonder if there were ways to tweak it to get it work better.
oh, well.
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I have had mine for almost four years and use it all the time. It has never failed to copy anything I have tried with it. I recomend it.
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My old Sima CT 200 passed away, that's why I got another Grex. I also have two of the Copyall filters and I've never really noticed any difference in PQ among any of them. I'm not a videophile though.
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My old Sima CT 200 passed away, that's why I got another Grex. I also have two of the Copyall filters and I've never really noticed any difference in PQ among any of them. I'm not a videophile though.

i suppose the only reason i noticed a difference betwixt my simas and the grex is cuz i watch on a 84" screen/front projection setup. used to be a 108" screen. and the grex produced a softer image. in my setup anyway.
the larger the screen, the more visible the artifacts become.
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i suppose the only reason i noticed a difference betwixt my simas and the grex is cuz i watch on a 84" screen/front projection setup. used to be a 108" screen.

Good reason.
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I wasted money on units that promised to record everything. They all fell very short. This unit delivers all it promises perfectly every time. Don't waste your money on other units costing less that promise the same. You'll be sorry you did not order a Grex in the first place.
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I wasted money on units that promised to record everything. They all fell very short. This unit delivers all it promises perfectly every time. Don't waste your money on other units costing less that promise the same. You'll be sorry you did not order a Grex in the first place.

Maybe you should post the names of the filters you bought that were crap. That might help other people to avoid those filters,and not waste their money.

Not wasting money on cheap units that promise the same as quality units is true for other types of converters too. G
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