Received my eBay RCA DVD Recorder W/ 80GB HDD DVR DRC8030N unit yesterday and my guess was correct, ... it's a MFG. Re-Certified (Refurb) Unit.
The MFG. Box has seen better days
, ... the RCA UNIT was completely wrapped with air-bubble packs
and it included the User Manual, Remote and cables.
Once I unpackaged it, ... the RCA Unit looked clean and nice, but there was a small dent on the top cover.
I covered the dent with my RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box
so, ... I can live with it!!!CONNECTIONS:
I connected it up to my RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box - providing S-Video and RCA-plug R&L Audio OUT (DLP Stereo) to the following respective INPUTs ...
1) RCA DRC8030N
2) Samsung DVD-V330
I even connected the COAX from the Samsung DVD-V330, so the RCA Tuner would have a signal - no lines disturbed the analog video so, ... it was no better or worse than the Samsung DVD-V330 analog tuner.USE & IMPRESSIONS:
Without reading the Manual, I setup the RCA Date & Time, AUTO scanned the Cable channels and then viewed the "LIVE 2" program playing from the RCA analog tuner.
My RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box was ON @ CH. 5-1 CBS-HD and I examined the RCA Remote and found the "INPUT" button and changed INputs = LIVE in1
and the 16x9 widescreen & 4x3 images looked great
- not bad considering I'm using an S-Video Splitter.
I changed the RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box channel to 9-1 (PBS KQED-HD) and pressed the "REC" Button twice and after around 5 mins. or so, ... I check out the HDD recorded image and @ #1:BEST speed, the HDD PQ was as good as the 16x9 widescreen HD broadcast.
Next, I compared the 480i PQ vs. 480p by pressing the Remotes "VIDEO OUT" button and decided that either one looked A-OK upscaled by my Toshiba 62HM196 1080p, ... so I just left it @ 480p.
Now, how to delete the recorded HDD show??? I finally read the manual and I deleted the 1st sampled HDD recorded KQED-HD show.
I changed the RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box channel to 93-13 (MultiPlex) and setup a Timed Recording via the "MENU" ("TIMER / ADD TIMER") options. I recorded "DUNE" - all 2:40 hrs and everything worked as it should.
Again, the HDD PQ @ #1:BEST speed looked as good as the broadcast.
Using my RJTech Digital w/QAM Tuner Box is definitely far superior
vs. the built-in fuzzy grainy 4X3 analog RCA tuner!!! (or Samsung DVD-V330 analog tuner for that matter!)
While "DUNE" was playing, I pressed the "INFO" button on the Remote and jumped 2:00:00 hours ahead by typing the numbers in the "TIME COUNTER" screen and that was pretty cool
- since it jumps ahead based on your inserted time Immediately
after the last second is pressed - you don't even see the last second # on the screen, ... it just jumps to that time slot! Impressively faster than doing the same option from a recorded TV show on my DVD +RWs (via Samsung)!
Talking about DVD +RWs, ... I put in a Memorex +RW DVD and formatted it with no issues - haven't recorded or used the HDD > DVD +RW yet, ... maybe sometime this weekend.
Finally, I Calibrated the Video
(Toshiba 62HM196 Component #2) using the SD DVD side of my HD DVD Digital Video Essentials and then watched the HD montage of images and the Video Calibrated 480p colors, shadows, blacks and PQ detail was excellent - so the DVD is A-OK in my book!
So far, everything is working great and as I type this, my RCA is recording 3 different time slot HD shows on KQED-HD CH. 9-1 this afternoon and I'm looking forward watching those 16x9 HD shows.
Later, I'll setup the "MENU / TIMER / ADD TIMER" to record "Numb3rs" tonight and "Star Trek Original Series" (w/new CGI) @ Saturday 11:00pm.
More to come later after I get to use / learn / play with it more but so far, ... I'm very happy with it!!!