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Could you imaging wading through a 2TB hard drive trying to find a program on a Maggie? Yikes!!!! One of the weak points of these neat little machines is scrolling through the HDD. I'm up to 25 "pages" on my 500G as it is and it's no fun trying to find something.

Have you tried Wajo's tips in this "Search using Info"?
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Thor.....You're right, it does get confusing...
tons of tuner related questions and the like...

Devoted threads certainly have advantages when one needs to find something fast, however, I sure learned a lot about the 2160's just reading through the thousands of posts and hundreds of pages in just this one great thread.

We all owe Wajo and many others a BIG thank you.
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Could you imaging wading through a 2TB hard drive trying to find a program on a Maggie? Yikes!!!!

How about a hard drive that's 50% larger than a 2TB?
(Several manufacturers will be releasing 3TB drives this October.)

Ain't science great!!!
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Could you imaging wading through a 2TB hard drive trying to find a program on a Maggie? Yikes!!!! One of the weak points of these neat little machines is scrolling through the HDD. I'm up to 25 "pages" on my 500G as it is and it's no fun trying to find something.

Think positive. At least you can name the titles. I don't have that feature on my Sony.
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On which unit to buy, I think I'd go for a refurb'd 2160A at J&R as a starting point... you'll want more units in the future!

In fact, if you get a 2160A now at $159.99, and save $38 over a new A at WM and $110 over a 513 at Amazon. Even if you decide to stick with one unit, the 2160A from J&R, you then have the extra money to updgrade the HDD if the bug stikes you for more rec capacity... by then, you'll know whether you need it or not... 160GB is plenty for most non-gearhead timeshifters.

Just wondering, are all J&R refurbs a 2160A guarantee or you might get a none A version... just wondering since they are refurbs that they might send an older in one of the batches.
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Now I have a few questions:
1. It is an A model magnavox and I would like to know if you recommend I
update the firmware? Has anyone NOT been successful?

2. I plan to burn DVDs of home movies from my HI8 camcorder using S vid.
Should I edit going onto the hard drive or from the HD to disk? Can I
add music while making the transfer?

3. Does everything I watch using this receiver get saved to the hard drive?
I see the record starts automatically while watching and I can pause and
replay. Does that mean if I watch a show and shut it down, can come
back later to watch it again or do I need to tell it to save it before
shutting it off?

4. I know I can not record in High Def but it looks to me that if I watch over
the air HD it looks better if I use my HD TV tuner passing the signal
through instead of the magnovox tuner connected through HDMI in.
Is there some degredation of picture while watching live HD with this
unit?

5. Does it record/playback or send via HDMI 5.1 sound from live OTA?

I know the answers are probably somewhere here and If you could direct me that would be appreciated also.
Thanks for the wealth of info here and on Amazon,
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My set up is a 46 Samsung 1080 LCD using OTA antenna with Channel Master Titan booster and a Samsung Z310 5.1 audio receiver / DVD
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Now I have a few questions:

Recommend you start at the following link where there is much info already posted by wajo.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1054933
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Now I have a few questions:

3. Does everything I watch using this receiver get saved to the hard drive?
I see the record starts automatically while watching and I can pause and
replay. Does that mean if I watch a show and shut it down, can come
back later to watch it again or do I need to tell it to save it before
shutting it off?

4. I know I can not record in High Def but it looks to me that if I watch over
the air HD it looks better if I use my HD TV tuner passing the signal
through instead of the magnovox tuner connected through HDMI in.
Is there some degredation of picture while watching live HD with this
unit?

5. Does it record/playback or send via HDMI 5.1 sound from live OTA?

I know the answers are probably somewhere here and If you could direct me that would be appreciated also.
Thanks for the wealth of info here and on Amazon,
Lex
My set up is a 46 Samsung 1080 LCD using OTA antenna with Channel Master Titan booster and a Samsung Z310 5.1 audio receiver / DVD

Quick answers for your 3,4, and 5:

3. You need to save. The buffer is gone when you power off.

4. You'll watch the SD, if using the Mag 2160 tuner. The OTA coax pass through is still the same signal (a little stronger, actually), so the HD TV tuner works the same as if you connect the OTA coax directly to it.

5. No. The recorded program will be in DD 2.0, if the program was DD 5.1. Same for using the tuner (I think). The only time you'll get DD 5.1 is playing a DVD which has title in DD 5.1.
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Now I have a few questions:
1. It is an A model magnavox and I would like to know if you recommend I
update the firmware? Has anyone NOT been successful?

Yes, it makes Disc Edit ops easier, and no one has reported failure with the FW Update. Follow the detailed instructions in Funai's "Read This First!" pdf.

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2. I plan to burn DVDs of home movies from my HI8 camcorder using S vid.
Should I edit going onto the hard drive or from the HD to disk? Can I
add music while making the transfer?

You can edit either way but doing it on the HDD should be easier since you won't have to anticipate stop/start moves. The 2160 can Pause w/o setting a chapter mark if you decide to edit on the fly.

You could also add music while copying from your Hi8 to the HDD by substituting a music player's audio L/R cords.

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3. Does everything I watch using this receiver get saved to the hard drive?
I see the record starts automatically while watching and I can pause and
replay. Does that mean if I watch a show and shut it down, can come
back later to watch it again or do I need to tell it to save it before
shutting it off?

See Bodhi's answer above.

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4. I know I can not record in High Def but it looks to me that if I watch over
the air HD it looks better if I use my HD TV tuner passing the signal
through instead of the magnovox tuner connected through HDMI in.
Is there some degredation of picture while watching live HD with this
unit?

See Bodhi's answer above.

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5. Does it record/playback or send via HDMI 5.1 sound from live OTA?

All audio processed internally will be compressed to DD2.0. It will play DD5.1 from comm. DVDs and I think it will send DD5.1 thru the coax passthru if you're using an OTA antenna, where I believe some programs might be broadcast with enhanced audio.

I don't have an antenna so can't prove or confirm for sure. It appears you may be able to do so since you're OTA (might just be hard to find a program advertising DD5.1)???
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5. No. The recorded program will be in DD 2.0, if the program was DD 5.1. Same for using the tuner (I think). The only time you'll get DD 5.1 is playing a DVD which has title in DD 5.1.

Viewing a live 5.1 HD program still comes out as 2ch. Watching a commercial DVD with 5.1 will come out the coax as 5.1 as you stated. This is on component. HDMI might be different.
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Viewing a live 5.1 HD program still comes out as 2ch.

Are you talking about a cable signal, not OTA, and thru the tuner or line input rather than the coax passthru, and on programs you know are sending 5.1? Lots of caveats to consider.

I just confirmed that an OTA signal can carry DD5.1 if the program has it, and the 2160's coax passthru should just pass that raw signal thru.

In fact, here's a thread on OTA stations that carry DD5.1.
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I just confirmed that an OTA signal can carry DD5.1 if the program has it, and the 2160's coax passthru should just pass that raw signal thru.

In fact, here's a thread on OTA stations that carry DD5.1.

I might have learned something interesting about DD5.1 thru our TVs. Here's an AVS Forum thread on a Monoprice HDMI switch that wasn't processing DD5.1.

On 03-08-10, "Weirdo" posted on how only one HDTV he knows of can process DD5.1 over HDMI:

"The only time this switch will ever work as advertised is either

(1) You TV can accept DD or DTS 5.1 via HDMI and can send EDID info [see our EDID help file] to your HDMI source device like that. Your chance to get such TV is about 0% because I only heard about one such TV that is promised to come in the future.
Or
(2) Your HDMI source device can overwrite TV's EDID handshake info and send out DD or DTS 5.1 regardless. I know PS3 allows you to do that and some cable HD box (SA8300HD running SARA software) can do that as well.

Otherwise, you will only gettting PCM 2.0 from the switch's digital out.

For what it's worth, my relatively old LG 37LC2D will pass through 5.1 audio untouched from the HDMI input to the SPDIF output. It worked great, even with my older Monoprice 4x1 switch. I used it that way with both TiVo S3 and PS3. (which properly detected support for DD 5.1)"

This was followed in the next post by RoboRay with this:

"Exactly. There are TVs that will do this, although it's certainly not a common feature.

The last device in the HDMI audio chain (the TV, in this case) is in charge. It's a little silly to blame the switch for not passing audio formats that your TV specifically told the source device not to send out."

So, it sounds as if the HDTV is in charge of the HDMI circuit and *most* won't process DD5.1 over HDMI but will over optical or coax digital?

* * * * * * *

I've updated the "Digital Audio" help file with some prelim. info along these lines.

For troubleshooting DD5.1 problems, a note in an excellent series of short tips (updated 5/10/10) says this:

"National Geographic and HDNet (if you get them) are DD5.1 24/7. If you get these, these are the best channels for testing if you have a problem with DD5.1."
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Just wondering, are all J&R refurbs a 2160A guarantee or you might get a none A version... just wondering since they are refurbs that they might send an older in one of the batches.


Got mine from J&R last Wednesday and it was an "A" with 18 hours of 'on' time and 0 hours of DVD & CD. The appearance of the unit is pristine. I thank everone on this extremely informative forum for their contributions (especially Wajo -- words escape me). I am standing on the shoulders of giants!

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Got mine from J&R last Wednesday and it was an "A" with 18 hours of 'on' time and 0 hours of DVD & CD. The appearance of the unit is pristine. I thank everone on this extremely informative forum for their contributions (especially Wajo -- words escape me). I am standing on the shoulders of giants!

Jim

Luck of the draw. Mine came early this week and....


HDD power on was a little longer that I'd have liked (235 hrs! the longest yet...), but then again, I know that will soon get much higher

There was one recording on the hard drive (17 minutes of CBS morning show, and it seemed to flutter, so I wonder if they were having antenna issues), DVD RW time :19, DVD-RD 2:25, CD time 0:0:0 - it doesn't look as though they did more than watch a movie and try burning a dvd. Probably hit the finalize bug?

So far, so good on refurb #3. Trying to figure out if the slightly soft content I'm seeing on the tv through the 2160A is due to the programming itself (I think the quality of our PBS so called HD signal poops out during the day, and evening programs are sent in higher quality, so I will wait til tonight to tweak settings (as I know the show I'm test recording now is an older broadcast on PBS and may not have been HD to start). Progressive setting seems good for it, I;m outputting to component cause I'm running out of HDMI slots on the tv.

Question -- can I do a triple passthrough of RF without degrading? Cable coax to 2160 to another 2160 to another, or will that totally degrade? They wouldn't all be on at the same time... I was thinking it mgiht be good to hook it up just in case, but I'm mostly planning to use this for dubbing once I swap the hard drive. I could also do antenna input, instead, if the triple whammy is too much for it or if it would reduce the quality of the ones prior. Any thoughts? I think I remember someone (maybe Digado? ) doing a three-way passthrough.


Mine says 3/29/2010 on the bottom of the unit, but I think that's the refurb sticker date, not the manufacturing date. Oh, just found it -- JULY 2009. Firmware is the same as usual for the 2009 models.

It was in great shape, booklet and remote looked fine (WITH batteries, even) The remote has a sticker that says 11-05-2008 but I;m pretty sure that was repackaged, as it's in soft plastic and the video cable is better (heftier) than the one I got with the new unit.
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The J&R units are not all so close to brand new, barely used.

Checked HDD hours: 1270, DVD WR: 83:09, and DVD RD: 206:13

That number of HDD hours would be near 22 weeks of being turned on 8 hours a day, or 6 weeks of being on 24 hours a day.

The unit was like brand new in appearance, and the remote was in a remote-sized plastic wrap with new batteries included.
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that's the longest I've heard about, but again, these are optimized for continual use so not really an issue. I bought this last one to swap out the drive, but had been thinking that maybe I should swap out an HDD of an older unit. Then... I checked the AR that everyone has been talking about.... it's a JULY unit and it is not behaving the way my prior MAY 2009 units did... this one requires a channel change or a source change before the AR loop begins. Maybe that tells us something? Firmware is identical to my prior units, though. Weird.
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Question -- can I do a triple passthrough of RF without degrading? Cable coax to 2160 to another 2160 to another, or will that totally degrade? They wouldn't all be on at the same time... I was thinking it mgiht be good to hook it up just in case, but I'm mostly planning to use this for dubbing once I swap the hard drive. I could also do antenna input, instead, if the triple whammy is too much for it or if it would reduce the quality of the ones prior. Any thoughts? I think I remember someone (maybe Digado? ) doing a three-way passthrough.

I'm one using a 3-unit passthru, 2160>3575>Pio640, and getting a great pic.

I put the Pio last in line cuz it doesn't have an amp'd passthru circuit, so gain>gain>loss (or preserve>preserve>lose).
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Question -- can I do a triple passthrough of RF without degrading? Cable coax to 2160 to another 2160 to another, or will that totally degrade? They wouldn't all be on at the same time... I was thinking it mgiht be good to hook it up just in case, but I'm mostly planning to use this for dubbing once I swap the hard drive. I could also do antenna input, instead, if the triple whammy is too much for it or if it would reduce the quality of the ones prior. Any thoughts? I think I remember someone (maybe Digado? ) doing a three-way passthrough.

I've got 4 (3 Mag 1 Phil) daisy-chained. Works well here and I've been known to have all 4 recording while I watch program 5.

I saw more signal degradation by using a splitter between the cable feed and the TV / DVDR's.
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...Question -- can I do a triple passthrough of RF without degrading? Cable coax to 2160 to another 2160 to another, or will that totally degrade? They wouldn't all be on at the same time... I was thinking it mgiht be good to hook it up just in case, but I'm mostly planning to use this for dubbing once I swap the hard drive. I could also do antenna input, instead, if the triple whammy is too much for it or if it would reduce the quality of the ones prior. Any thoughts? I think I remember someone (maybe Digado? ) doing a three-way passthrough.

As the 2160's RF antenna IN>OUT is passthrough (with slight amplification), you should have minimum signal loss in a triple passthrough setup. Signal loss would be much greater using a passive (unamplified) type 'splitter', as the RF signal in those devices is divided by the number of outputs the 'splitter' provides. For example, a two-way splitter would have roughly 50% of the incoming RF signal strength at each output. A four-way 'splitter would have only 25% at each output.

With any RF cable installation, greatest signal lose is effected by cable type used, cable length (shorter is better) and the number of connectors and/or splitters (fewer is better) inserted between antenna and receiver.

You can check the RF signal strength each 2160 is receiving, by tuning various channels and pressing the DISPLAY button on your remote. A new window with signal strength bargraph (green) and numerical readout can be seen in upper left of that window.
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this is great, thanks, guys. I am trying it now, but can't "SEE" how it looks since I've run out of tv inputs for the moment. Probably should have mentioned that the cable is already split for cable /internet and tv (and that is split for STB and maggie #1) All seem to be doing OK.

I only have a standard video port left over on the tv, so now I'm considering whether it might be better to use that for casual viewing of already recorded content on the maggie), or if I should try a 2160 HDD --> 2160 HDD (using L1 svideo+audio) connection, which would allow me to view the already recorded material on Maggie 2, and it would only require one tv input from Maggie 3 (currently component).

Maggie one is connected to cable box and also coax for QAM. It goes to tv by HDMI. Cable box also goes directly to TV by HDMI (for hi def viewing). Maggie # two (disconnected from the tv at the moment) has an almost full drive of back tv shows that I wanted to watch and maybe extract little excerpts for posterity .... rather than disc edit and save to dvd I was thinking that HD to HD might be easier since I could (presumably) edit on the fly as I'm watching, by simply pausing /recording, then burn the final excerpts to dvd. Downside might be loss of quality, perhaps?

Anyway, I will experiment. I have an HDMI input on the tv from a Panny DVD/VCR recorder that is not used much -- I suppose that could be given over to the 2160 instead, since DVD is just standard res anyway. Maybe DVD into Maggie#3 auxilliary input via svideo +audio would be just as good (unless copy protection kicks in? That's one reason I decided to use component cables on this maggie). All this will have to remain theoretical til I get another svideo cable. At the moment I have one HDMI and one new component cable handy, so I will play with those in the mean time.

Long and convoluted way of asking (sorry!) if HD to HD dubbing/viewing works okay using a single output for both maggies to tv? And where the heck should I plug in the roku?

PS Didn't know about the signal check -- thanks. I am getting 92 - 94 on the first one, 90 on the second one. 4 bars. Seems ok, no ? Variation may be due to different cable quality, too.
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this is great, thanks, guys. I am trying it now, but can't "SEE" how it looks since I've run out of tv inputs for the moment. ...

.....I have an HDMI input on the tv from a Panny DVD/VCR recorder that is not used much

Have you considered buying a HDMI switch? Amazon has a 3-Port model HERE for under $15 (including remote control).

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PS Didn't know about the signal check -- thanks. I am getting 92 - 94 on the first one, 90 on the second one. 4 bars. Seems ok, no ? Variation may be due to different cable quality, too.

If you getting 90+ signal strength readings, your in great shape. I've got a couple of PBS channels (transmitter's 75-100 miles away) that only give a reading of 24-26 (1-2 bars). They only occassionally freeze or dropout for a second or two.
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Have you considered buying a HDMI switch? Amazon has a 3-Port model HERE for under $15 (including remote control).

I had considered it awhile back, but assumed it needed a power outlet (I'm running out of those, too!) and thought it might be a pain to switch back and forth, but this one doesn't and it seems to switch automatically when you turn on the device. Great idea, thanks, waldwolf.
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All audio processed internally will be compressed to DD2.0. It will play DD5.1 from comm. DVDs and I think it will send DD5.1 thru the coax passthru if you're using an OTA antenna, where I believe some programs might be broadcast with enhanced audio.

Wajo,

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...7&postcount=45

Re number 4, my TWC cable do carry all local HD programs in DD 5.1 if those channels broadcast DD 5.1.
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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...7&postcount=45

Re number 4, my TWC cable do carry all local HD programs in DD 5.1 if those channels broadcast DD 5.1.

Thanks!

I changed #4 to confirm and link to your post.
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I had considered it awhile back, but assumed it needed a power outlet (I'm running out of those, too!) and thought it might be a pain to switch back and forth, but this one doesn't and it seems to switch automatically when you turn on the device. Great idea, thanks, waldwolf.

There are passive HDMI switches that don't need a power connection; unfortunately, you can't use a remote with them since they're a mechanical switch. I have one and it works fine. Try Parts Express.
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Ok, running into a little problem trying to go HDD --> HDD using either S-video or composite. I get the audio but not the video. I turned off Progressive on the receiving end, since I remember seeing something about not being able to use svideo and component at the same time if progressive is on... and the receiving maggie is connected to TV via component cables. But with or without progressive enabled, I get no video to the aux inputs (tried both L1 and L2). Getting video using L2 input from a vcr, but not from a maggie. Now I'm wondering if I misunderstood and progressive has to be turned off on the SOURCE maggie (which is not connected to the tv at all) , or on the destination maggie when using aux input. I cant really see the settings, but I know the destination maggie is set to progressive off. Any other reasons why VIDEO might not be coming through ? (checked the cables, etc) Figured I'd ask before undoing the whole set up.

I combed the recording info, but didn't see HD -> HD as one of the set up options. Maybe I missed it? Or maybe it can't be done? (I refuse to accept that as a possibility ) Do you need to physically unplug the component cables in order for L1 or L2 to accept a signal? That cant be so, since I have been doing it with a cable box. So I'm pretty sure my mistake is that the source maggie's settings must need to be retweaked now that I'm using it to feed the other maggie.

Any ideas as to what I should try next?
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Progressive OFF on the sending Mag.

Receiving Mag OFF only if you're using S-Vid or Comp. to the TV for viewing the result.
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Ok, running into a little problem trying to go HDD --> HDD using either S-video or composite. I get the audio but not the video. I turned off Progressive on the receiving end, since I remember seeing something about not being able to use svideo and component at the same time if progressive is on... and the receiving maggie is connected to TV via component cables. But with or without progressive enabled, I get no video to the aux inputs (tried both L1 and L2). Getting video using L2 input from a vcr, but not from a maggie. Now I'm wondering if I misunderstood and progressive has to be turned off on the SOURCE maggie (which is not connected to the tv at all) , or on the destination maggie when using aux input. I cant really see the settings, but I know the destination maggie is set to progressive off. Any other reasons why VIDEO might not be coming through ? (checked the cables, etc) Figured I'd ask before undoing the whole set up.

I combed the recording info, but didn't see HD -> HD as one of the set up options. Maybe I missed it? Or maybe it can't be done? (I refuse to accept that as a possibility ) Do you need to physically unplug the component cables in order for L1 or L2 to accept a signal? That cant be so, since I have been doing it with a cable box. So I'm pretty sure my mistake is that the source maggie's settings must need to be retweaked now that I'm using it to feed the other maggie.

Any ideas as to what I should try next?

My Philips 3576 has a similar problem. This 3576 is my "dual input" recorder connected to an antenna for reception and recording with the internal ATSC tuner and a Comcast Motorola DCT700 SD converter box connected to the L1 composite inputs at the rear. With this arrangement the 3576 works well for timer programmed recordings from both signal sources. (This 3576 has a nearly non-functional clear QAM tuner. That's why its set up set up this way.)

The 3576 composite output is to a HD LCD TV through a switch box, shared with other recorders in my home office. This arrangement functions well enough.

I've attempted to dub to the 3576 hard drive from a Magnavox ZV450MW8 combo recorder connected to the L2 composite input at the front. All I get is audio, no video.

Then I attempted to access the menu for the L2 input in order to check the settings but that wasn't possible.

Following that I disconnected the 3576 composite cables from the STB and patched the ZV450 composite output to those same cables with the result that I was able to dub the ZV450 audio and video to the 3576 hard drive through the L1 composite inputs at the rear.

I suspect that the L2 composite video input circuit is non-functional, or is it?

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Progressive OFF on the sending Mag.

Receiving Mag OFF only if you're using S-Vid or Comp. to the TV for viewing the result.

perfect, that did the trick. I thought, since it wasn't connecting the machine to the tv by component (or anything else, for that matter) there was no need to switch the settings, but they kept the video from outputting anyway, even though I wasn't actually USING the progressive. So, I replugged in the component in order to disconnect the progressive, and that worked.

Thanks Wajo, as always you had the answer!
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I'm one using a 3-unit passthru, 2160>3575>Pio640, and getting a great pic.

I put the Pio last in line cuz it doesn't have an amp'd passthru circuit, so gain>gain>loss (or preserve>preserve>lose).

Very similar setup here: My 3575 is first in line feeding the original 2160 and the Polaroid DRA-01601A is the last in line - because it has NO digital pass-through. The analog and digital tuners have separate inputs, but only the analog has an RF output.

The Polo is the only one that can currently record WMPT-22, the PBS station for Maryland, from the raw cable feed, after Comcast snagged it away last year.
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