Have at it.
I have copied PVR's original post in his topic, which follows, and will close it to prevent any further problems.
"h2ofun" had started an old 169time techincal status topic which he later deleted. When he deleted his starter post the forum removed the 100s of useful followup messages.
I am starting a new one with the promise that I will never delete the whole topic.
This intent of this topic is for techincal discussions including trouble reports. If you want to bash the product, or flame a forum member then please go to this topic:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show...threadid=183945
To start things off I will describe the basic 169time components and a brief mention of current issues.
169time makes the HDVR100 board that goes into an RCA DTC-100 box so that the HD datastream can be passed along over 1394 ("firewire") connectors.
With their 1.6 firmware in the HDVR100 many people have been able to record OTA ATSC broadcasts received by the DTC100 then on to various D-VHS VCRs.
The AVX-1 product is a small Linux based PC that acts as a "data fixer" to allow the premium HD satellite channels (such as HBO-HD, SHO-HD and HDnet) to be recorded onto D-VHS tape.
The basic data path is:
DBS Antenna -> DTC-100 -> HDVR100 -> AVX1 -> D-VHS VCR.
There are 3 main brands of D-VHS VCR that have been used with the 169time products: JVC, Mitsubishi and Panasonic. People have had different issues with the different VCRs so you should mention which brand you are using if you are reporting issues in this topic.
The main issue that people are seeing now is added "dropouts" (picture or audio glitches) and/or recordings that stop part way through when recording from HBO-HD or SHO-HD.
Various "band aid" fixes have been suggested to improve the situation. Among these are:
1> Ferrite beads on the IEEE1394 cables.
2> Inline amplifiers on the DirectTV satellite feed.
3> Inline "Pads" (attenuator) on the DirecTV satellite feed.