I received my box a few days ago. There are some issues that had me thinking of returning the thing.
I have a Western Digital 400 gig ext hard drive that was causing some jerky, jump-jump recording of one of my channels. Now I think that maybe my antenna connection was a little off, thereby causing the problem. Today I haven't seen any herky-jerky problems. Also I noticed that the recorded picture was a lot darker than the pre recorded picture. I initially thought that the remote locked up during video play, but then I was able to bring up the quick function and adjust the picture quality. So picture quality is no longer a concern. I did notice that the skin tone on the PHD is crappier than on my Samsung LCD TV.
Also, when I first connected my ext drive to the box, the message said "hard drive not supported. Check your connection" (paraphrasing). This scared the crap out of me, but eventually it 'found' it. Also, I pre formatted the hard drive before formatting it again to ext/2 wihin the menue selection. The hard drive formatted in just a few minutes. Pre formatting before ext/2 was 6 megabits (or whatever the tech jargon is). After the formatting, it was up to 23 or so .
OK. Here's my question. Please respond.
When I try to record a signal that is SD 480, it stretches the recording into a very squeezed display. Is there a workaround that will allow me to watch an SD 480 so that it is a near mirror copy?
All hope is not lost as I have a DVD recorder that is hooked up to the box's composite out. It records SD 480 as 480 with no squeeze.
Also, I hooked my infrared headphones to the composite audio out, and the sound quality was just as good as the TV's composite audio out. It's not 5.1, though. But if I want to record to my DVD recorder, I have to switch the audio out plugs from headphones to recorder.
I guess I'll keep this POS. But now I'm thinking of buying another set of headphones and a coax splitter......more $$$. When will it ever stop?????