videobruce, No not at all, but Allen Chang seems to be ;0) His e-mail about your hard drive, more or less says it all, it made me laugh at his technical staff (“engineers”) and realize that if I had found your comments on this product first I would not have bought it!
I shot myself in the foot and gave it two stars on Amazon and reference your post for others to read… if you have already solved the problems I mentioned, sorry I missed them, I only have limited time at my PC (my 11 mo old daughter keeps me very busy ;0)
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Not ready for prime time!, November 13, 2012
By Fixitguy -
This review is from: Full HD 1080p Dual Tuner Digital HDTV Recorder, Receiver and Media Center Box (Electronics)
I have had the unit for over a month and can't recommend it... After you add in the price of a hard drive (not include; i.e. it's not a DVR until you connect an external storage device = $100+) it also has MANY Bugs that make using it less then pleasant if I had read the information by videobruce on "ePVision PHD-VRX Owners Thread" at --- Avs forum (all one word) period dot com --- I would probably not have purchased it, for a bit more I could have gotten a better product ($229+$100 for 500GB HD and External Enclosure =$329)
The PHD-VRX could be a good product if all the bugs where worked out, but at the moment the units have some major problems, for me at the moment the most annoying are; when I look at the guide and then exit it, it stays in preview mode i.e. little screen in bottom right corner, I have to cycle through V.MODE to get the full picture back, it does not record my weekly shows, and won't let me manually record them unless I delete the scheduled recording that is not recording them... also I sometimes get PBS on one tuner but not the other, Menus are clunky and the information boxes on the on screed display go off the edges so I can't read parts of them...
If Allen Chang(Company Owner) gets his act together and fixes the bugs (Through BIOS updates) I will change my rating to reflect its usability :0)