Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, about 40 miles north of "New York"
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Got my two from the Sony outlet store back when I saw on this very list that they'd hit the remainder racks. I went through four or five at the sony outlet store before I got two that worked...luckily work isn't far away-and I've scored other things there, like a top line ES receiver for $285.00. I paid $250 for each one. The sales folks there had no idea what they were. This was prior to analog shutoff...
Had I known, I would have fought for the pretty HDD 500 (gold trim, very nice !!) on the display shelf.
These two grey boxes, prior to Rovi shutoff, saved me a bloody fortune in renting the SA 8300, the crappiest cable box in the world. They were cranky with cablecard, but the solution was to get the apparently only remaining single stream card at Cablevision. Overall, when PBS and then CBS carried a Rovi stream, in the NY DMA they were pretty stable.
I was never too annoyed at the various TVGOS stupidities, as I knew they were a first batch beta, and once Tivo lawyered them up, they shut down production...as a radio geek, it was more a challenge. For the normal buyer who hasn't memorized this forum, knows that Skiffspace isn't a comic book, and has mastered the (clearly leaked) command codes, the returns must have been immense. I was amazed Sony dropped the .21 update....
I'm still using two of them to feed SD Trintrons downconverted OTA HDTV via RGB output. Recording has gone Tivo, and the Cable has since been cut. I thought a $6 per month sports fee was a bit much, for a guy who DOES NOT WATCH SPORTS. At all. Straw, Back, Camel, etc.
(The tivo streams decently, so the WAF remains high) The late production SD sets look really good with the downconverted signals, and for bedroom/office, are leagues ahead of paying $8 x 2 per month forever for cable boxes. (When all my neighbors tossed out the old SD sets, I waited for the cherry Trinitron....and it eventually turned up-an almost unused 2006 (last production run ?)
I will always wonder what the HDD 1000 would have been like. The Sony boxes, while cranky with TVGOS, are solidly built. I dread the day the HDD crashes, as I don't think Sony still fixes them.
Does it still tune with a dead HDD ?
In Vienna we sit, in late night cafe. Straight Connection, on T.E.E.
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