My RCA DVR2160 arrived today (Wed)!!!! I ordered from HDtoystore on Sunday, so 3 days delivery. My TV is a Mits 65869- the first model with Netcommand (no learning mode), and has an integrated tuner. I upgraded the Netcommand software last year. When I press MENU 0170 on the TV remote, it displays NetCommand Software: V19 001.4 I think this is the latest version for the V19 sets. (Canondave- Can you confirm?)
For initial tryout, I left out the SA3250HD (see my earlier post) My main setup currently has an SA8000HD w/o firewire), but I have an attic OTA ant and get good signals from Philadelphia. I powered up the DVR2160, waited a minute and then connected a firewire cable to it. The firewire lineup was Mits65869 HDTV----Mits 1100U DVCR----DVR2160. NetCommand recognized the DVR2120 and assigned it as AVDISC.
First Test- Record OTA to DVR2160 under NetCommand control- Result:OK (KYW3DT "Dr Phil")- Nice to see that the resulting "guide" of recordings listed "Dr Phil" in addition to the date/time, but you only see the "Dr Phil" tag when you select it to play.
Second Test- Transfer DVHS recording of "Medium" (the 3D glasses episode) to the DVR2120 under NetCommand control. Result:OK, Note- The NBC station that I recorded the show to DVHS from (WCAU-DT) mutiplexes a weather channel. The DVHS tape recorded both, AND both transfered to the DVR2160.
First Problem- When getting ready for the Second Test, I originally got a NetCommand error message when trying to set the input device to the DVCR, but after powercycling the HDTV (left the DVCR and DVR 2160 powered), both were rediscovered, and all was well.
Will do more testing soon. MitsuHelp- Yes when I had the 3250HD (SARA) firewire connected, NetCommand discovered it OK and named it "Tuner". But when I selected Tuner, the screen was black even though the 3250HD was set to a digital channel. Some old posts said this was called the video muting problem and was due to SA not handling the provisions for Emergency Broadcast System correctly. (I think it has to do with the fact that if they drop the BIG ONE, whille your watching Cable TV via firewire, the STB has to get you to switch over to the analog input so the FEDS can tell you to duck & cover, but I could be wrong