I bought a DVR2160 super cheap (<$100 shipped) the week before Thanksgiving from a place called HDToystore. I hooked it up to my Toshiba 52HM95 and it works ok. I'm having issues with a couple of things, but I really feel it's the TV.
Here's what I've sent to Toshiba Customer Support about the issue (Don't tell them it's not a Toshiba Symbio AVHD or they probably won't help you):
If I pause live TV (local HD broadcast from Ant1 input) and resume playback, I have audio. However, if I try to fast forward through commercials (or between plays) I loose all audio during normal speed playback. Once I get back to live tv (not time shifting via the AVHD), the audio returns until the next time I pause and repeat the scenerio.
My other issue with the digital recording has to do with timer recordings. If I schedule a recording(either manually or via the TV Guide), the only way to stop it is to modify the record event to end one minute later. For example, if it is 6:45 and currently recording a 6:00-7:00 program, the only way to cancel the recording is to go into the program and manually set the end time for 6:46 and wait. Very annoying!
Equally annoying is the fact that when it is recording, I can't use any other inputs on the TV. I can't record off the antenna input and watch a DVD on the HDMI input. Is there something I'm missing here?
My only other question is, I don't seem to be able to pass audio from the HDMI input to the optical output. When I watch a DVD from my Toshiba SD-V593 via the HDMI input on the TV, I have audio on the TV, but it doesn't seem to pass the audio out the optical output on the TV to my receiver. TV sound (from the tuner) is output from the optical output to the receiver and sounds great. Is there a setting I'm missing to pass the digital audio from the HDMI input to the optical out?
Their reply was, feel free to contact technical support at 1-800 blah blah blah...
Anyway, I thought I'd post it all to see if anyone here had any ideas. I'll hook it up to my PC tonight to see if I can see anything on the drive or figure out what format the drive is using.