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|Originally posted by Gil T. Pleasure
Yes, it can record regular DirecTV programs through either your Zenith HD520 or your Hughes TiVo. Note that the 985 has no way of controlling the DirecTV box (or cable box for that matter) so you'll have to babysit the unit. As far as I know, none of the standalone DVD recorders currently available include an IR blaster to control external boxes.
|Originally posted by Scudling
My local Circuit City (Fremont) is selling this for $345. I had to pick it up at the Hayward CC (both are in Northern CA) and they are selling for $499!
I decided to take a chance and pick one up, hopefully I will like it :)
|So the Hayward store honored the Fremont store's price? Or did you have to pay $499?|
|Also, there is no Fremont store. Are you referring to the Newark one?|
|CC's website lists the 985's closeout price as $599.99. Is the $400 price for in-store only?|
|Originally posted by vulture
Also, note that these recorders come with two versions of the optical engine. Decks manufactured after Dec 2002 (made in Hungary) will have the Gen 2 optical engine. You can/should upgrade the machine to firmware FF12r (from www.dvdplusrw.org) that will give you M3 playback and other recording modes (SP+ and EP+). This recorder is region hackable using a special remote hack (the same as the Q50 DVD player), and it can also be used as an external de-interlacer for cable TV and other video sources (component, S-VHS, CVSB) - it is basically a TV tuner with progressive video output! Overall an amazing machine for the money. If anyone knows how to enable it to output PAL progressive please let me know.
|Originally posted by Kurtis Bahr
I have two questions
I created a firmware update disc using Nero "Burn Image" as stated in the dvdplus notes but my 985 opens immediately after trying to read the CD-ROM. Is there something special I missed.
I am also curious as I have seen both box A41 units and another that was made in Belgium but manufactured March 2003. I'm gathering since it was manufactured in 2003 it has the newer optics like the Hungary A41 units. Can anyone verify this.
|Originally posted by ZZtop
The box will say A41 usually near the sticker with model/serial info. If not check the serial number on the back upper right of the unit, if you see any stickers ADDED, the engine was most likely changed at one point , especially if its a RED sticker, I had 1 like that.
They changed it from one engine to another during original manufacture or after but before shipping it out for retail sale. It was NOT an A41 unit but one from Sept last year I believe.
Anyway, you should the A41 as a suffix somewhere there hopefully.
I heard a rumor these A41 units got MUCH, newer better optics.
These babies at the end of the run here are turning out to very nice machines.
|Originally posted by BRGeorge
If you get an answer, please post. I went to Circuit City today. I got them to bring a unit out for me to check the Model number on the box and it was an A03. The price here in Baton Rouge is $434. I tried to talk them down with no success. They said their cost was $461. Anyway, I may still be willing to pay that for the DVDR985 if I can be reasonably sure it is one with the hardware upgrade.