This afternoon I read all 19 pages of this thread. Why? Because I have had my heart set on
buying the HDD500. It was supposed to ship last
When it didn't ship, I built two MythTV systems,
each with two tuners, one SDTV and one HDTV.
It was the most fun I've ever had building something
from just the parts, but it was also the hardest damn
thing, as well. Nothing worked the first time, and
it always took Google lookups to find how to make
After reading the 19 pages of this thread, I no longer
want a Sony HDD500. My MythTV systems, each
soon to have an Air2PC HDTV tuner added, suffer
none of the main problems discussed in this thread.
I was very surprised to learn that Sony actually uses
Linux, and find it shocking that while they actually
have two tuners (SDTV and HDTV), only one program at a time may be recorded.
The thing I am most impressed by, with the Sony
HDD500, is the picture quality as reported by all
the owners. The picture quality of my systems
is acceptable, but actually quite poor. No doubt
this is because the TV sets are 10 and 20 years
old, respectively, and obviously not HDTVcapable.
Earlier this afternoon, just after starting to read the
thread I thought, "Well, maybe I'll get an HDD500
just for backup, say if I hose MythTV during an
upgrade". But not anymore. It was so damn hard to
get all the pieces of MythTV (mythtv, ivtv, lirc, etc.)
to work, I wouldn't want to suffer through all the
TV Guide troubles. Troubles that look like they
are not going away anytime soon. (How could
Sony make a design choice to use ANALOG TV
for listings? Yikes!)
Thank you, to all of the current HDD500 owners
who took the time to post their experiences and
answers to all the questions. All of your information
has been a big help to me.
I hope Sony will announce follow-on products
to the HDD500, but I won't be holding my breath.