I got my 2160A
It looked like new and was shipped in a brown 2160 refurbished box covered by a very thick plastic covering that IMO would have floated if dropped in water
It included all accessories (cables, remote, manual, batteries, etc.) I see no way one could tell from the outside of the box if it was a A
or non A so it seems like Terrence at J&R was just shinning me on
Upon plugging in I immediately noticed the DVD drive door open and the tray came out 1/2" and stopped, I knew this wasn't a good sign
Setup went fine although I have one odd thing to note. In my market channel 2 consists of 2.1-2.4 with 2.1 and 2.2 being on physical channel 34 and 2.3 and 2.4 being on physical channel 16. All my other tuners handle this channel just fine, that is when scanning from the bottom they start of 2.1 then go to 2.2 followed by 2.3 and finally 2.4, the 2160a started on 2.3 then went to 2.4 followed by 2.1 and finally 2.2, not a big deal just different, somehow the 2160a isn't reading the PSIP correctly. I also forgot on Funai DVDRs one is not allowed to delete specific sub channels, only the whole group of channels within a number. In my market I have several channels that simulcast SD on the .2 channel with the .1 being the HD version. On my other tuners I immediately remove the .2 channels from my scan list so I don't have to see them.
I tried manually moving the DVD drive in and out but could not get it to catch even with a disc in the tray, because of this I cannot report if the finalizing bug is present or not. I'll call J&R tomorrow to see about a replacement, I sure hope they pay my return shipping and won't be too happy if they don't. This was definitely DOA and I can't see how it ever made it past the refurbishment
I tried holding down the V.Skip button followed by the 1 2 and 3 but could not get any diagnostics to show up, I'll play more tomorrow.
Initial tuner PQ impressions are quite good, to me SD channels look best set to 480p while HD channels look better in either 720p, 1080i or 1080p. I'm not seeing the black crush
problem I noticed with the 3575 I had for a while, I'm testing via HDMI.