Could anyone tell me more details about this Polaroid DRA-01601A HDD/DVD recorder.......
I purchased a brand new Polaroid DRA-01601A for $159.99 Canadian at a Canadian Liquidator and the first unit I had would not hold ATSC Digital channels....and it would not recognize any DVD blanks discs I put in it for recording purposes........so it seemed typical of most of the consumer complaints and problems with this recorder.
I pick up my TV signal from antenna (OTA) and not from cable ...I have high end RG6 coaxial cable with very new antenna mast along with an antenna amp and a 40 foot tower.....my over signal pickup is very good.
I can pick up about 14 digital channels out of Detroit (and another 12 out of Cleveland if I turn the antenna)....so I have a total of about 26 digital OTA channels to choose from.
So far, the second unit I got is working perfectly......it holds the digital channels, timer records on the correct time and it recognizes both DVD+/-R discs and even plays WMA music files. It seems to play mpeg/.avi files too .....the only thing it doesn't play that Im a bit disappointed in are MP3s recorded onto DVD-r.
As others have reported, my program guide (which is handy) is also out by about 6 hours (I have my unit set to Eastern Time without auto Daylight Savings on .....one strange thing I noticed is that the program guide carries over the last 7 characters from one channels program description to the next channels program description......so they kind of meld together in the show description from one channel to another ....so that is weird......I dont know how to clear that in the program guide as you surf from channel to channel ?
Also, I don't see any setting for "auto clock set" as has been mentioned in previous posts........I have to set my time manually, but my date set up correctly ? So Im not sure how the date was set correctly, but not the time ? Where is the auto clock setup availability in the setup menu ...I couldn't find it ?
The liquidator I purchased from also had the Philips 160 GB HDD/DVD recorder on sale after Christmas for $179.99, but they were refurb. units....and they didnt have any left when I went in, so I opted for this Polaroid..............I also have the Philips recorder and I think I prefer it over the Polaroid....it just seems easier to operate and has an overall better menu interface......also the Philips is 1080p compatable, were the Polaroid is only 480p max
Overall, the Philips and Polaroid are both intriguing units..they each seem to have unique features.
Anyone else have the minor issues like the ones I am having with my second Polaroid unit ?
Also, does anyone know if there are any firmware updates for the unit yet ?
Happy New Year All !!
I have to add this ......This Polaroid Unit is Indestructable !!
I had my second Polaroid HDD Recorder temporarily connected to my bedroom HD TV to give it a workout after getting the defective first unit, and what do I do ? .....I accidentally knocked the recorder off the bedroom dresser...it fell 3 feet onto its end into low-pile berber carpet with a loud "BOOM" !!
I figured....this will do it in for sure now....it's going to be pure toast after that crash !!
Well, guess what ? , everything still works great on it...it records pre-set timer recordings to the HD without any problem....keeps the ATSC digital channels in memory without any problem...........it even reads DVD -/+ discs without any problem. I figured that the laser lens would have gotten misaligned after that fall.....This second unit I got seems indestructable ! ! I think Im going to keep it .....if it could hold up to that abuse, it should be good for a few years at least !! LOL I still cant figure out how to get the time to set automatically as previously discussed in this thread. ???? Unless it was a coincidence, it did set the date correctly without any problem, just not the time.
Has anyone tried upgrading to the YesDVD Booster pack available at this site for free....for this Polaroid HDD Recorder ?http://www.yesdvd.com/recorder/downloads/default.aspx