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post #1 of 6 Old 11-27-2001, 03:40 PM - Thread Starter
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I posted this thread in the HDTV Hardware forum.
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Substitute in a larger hard drive (say 60 GB) and this would sound fairly promising, and at a decent price as well.

Of course questions remain, notably regarding the tuner chip used (in other words, will the reception be comparable to the latest HD tuners, or will be like the older models) and the timer recording interface. Assuming that this is not tied to TiVo or a comparable guide service, I would assume that it would be manually programmed like a VCR (which suits me fine -- I have no desire to pay $10/month simply to avoid the easy task of setting a timer myself) -- but how many programs can it be set to record?
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only has RCA inputs, so no HD recording
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only has RCA inputs, so no HD recording
I think that it records HD that it tunes internally.

As for disk size, I'd like for things like this to use the 160GB drives that are out--that'd provide for over 20 hours of recording, a reasonable amount of time.

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Of course questions remain, notably regarding the tuner chip used (in other words, will the reception be comparable to the latest HD tuners, or will be like the older models) and the timer recording interface.
This press release is over one year old, so it's not clear if the new receiver will use the NxtWave's NXT2000 tuner chip.

More news...

There is a company in Australia called David Porter & Associates that will sell the ZDT-410HD in Jan/Feb 2002. It is similar to the ZAT-410HD except that it tunes DVB-T (COFDM) signals instead of ATSC (8-VSB) signals.

The Zinwell receivers seem to be popular in Australia as they are often discussed on the DBA Forum.
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We have only one HD capable receiver(DG-TEC) here in Aus and it doesn't record.

Eric, I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of the ZDT-410HD and hope it arrives sooner than later.

The current Zinwell receiver is not HD capable and not real sure how popular it is here.
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