Today was the big day. First on my block to get Adelphia's Moxi HD DVR!!!
I even took off work early to be here for the big event.
They showed up at 2:30 to install the Moto BMC 9012 Moxi, plugging into a Pioneer PRO-910HD 43" plasma.
The local area lead man showed up along with an installer that had some experience (he's been Beta testing at home for a couple of weeks on a 65" RP). It was the first customer install of this unit for both of them.
The install went fairly smooth, the boys knew their stuff pretty well and had me up and running in short order.
I had more than a few issues with the unit tho... and it appears most have been mentioned already in this
thread, but I'll add my impressions.
1) When the 1080i option is selected it applies to all, Wide-screen and 4:3, which is a deal-breaker for me right off the bat. Yes, you can go into the Set-up/Video Options menu and reset to 480p/i to view 4:3 un-stretched, but that adds a certain PITA factor to the channel surfing experience to say the least. No thanks, I don't want my 4:3 stretched.
My current 6208 Moto HD STB is smart enough to figure out how to apply full-screen mode to wide-screen material and leave 4:3 alone. I can then apply full, zoom, w/s, cinema modes or leave it 4:3 as I choose.
2) Speaking of the menus, the fact that this is more a computer than a tuner is quite apparent as it takes forever to scroll (and I use that word lightly) thru the menu options and occasionally, no, frequently gets stuck. I'd say it takes a good 15 to 30 seconds for each click on a menu item to complete.
3) Remote - What to say here...? I guess a comparison will be best. You know how you can wave most remotes in the general direction of the intended target equipment, or even on a 90+ degree angle and it still works? Not so with this baby. Not only do you need to aim it directly at the box, it's real picky about the angle the box is sitting at compared to the beam from the remote. You had better have a clear and straight-on angle of attack, then move inside of 6ft. There, now you have a "remote".
***Hey, at least you're close enough to pull off that convenient little 2-button short-cut on the face of the box to change from 1080 to 480!!***
4) OK, how about the picture? It's pretty hard to screw up HD stuff, but on the SD material, the PQ was significantly impaired by this box, I mean A LOT worse. Focus was much softer, color muted. You know the Claritin commercial where they peel back the film layer and the world gets clearer? This thing is the before shot. (I know, if I had a DVR, I wouldn't have to watch those commercials...). We put the HD STB back to do a comparison because the installers insisted that there should be "no difference in PQ". All they could do was say wow and shake their heads after the old Moto HD was back in place.
Well, I'll suffer thru commercials and watching stuff as it airs for now.
I sent this POS back with the installers.