Originally Posted by Healeyman
I take it that you got your HD and 942 on Tuesday.
Did they install a Dual LNB dish ?
Did you get more than a one room set-up = another non-HD receiver ?
What are your impressions of DN's HD pack and the 942 ?
Even though my wife says she isn't interested in the HD Pak, I am.
I did indeed get the 942 installed on Tuesday and so far, so good. It became a little "buggy" last night in that I would lose audio through my amplifier or the tuner would freeze the screen, but I just reset the 942 per the instructions and everything returned to normal. Installation was less than 45 minutes since I already received the 942 via UPS. They brought a refurbished 942 with them for reasons unknown to me since I already had a new one, but they just scratched their heads and took it back to the truck. Just a little miscommunication, I suppose. All they had to do was hook up the dish and point it. Everything else was already done by me.
For the most part, the installers are fairly knowledgable, but in some instances, they were the students rather than instructors. For example, they were both adamant that DVI and HDMI were one and the same, and there was no way I could/would receive audio over an HDMI. After hearing that, I became a little nervous and started checking their connections! They installed the dual LNB and signal strength was between 100 and 125 for both 110 and 119, so I should have a pretty good signal most the time.
I still have to set up my second TV in the bedroom, but that's pretty effortless and I told them to just set up the HD set in the living room for me. I'll set up the other TV sometime this weekend.
I'm not totally impressed with the HD content they have at this time, but HDNet and Discovery HD are fun to watch. I've got three free months of movie channels, so I'll try to figure out whether to keep them or not. The boss likes all the HD content so far and that's good enough for me.
I'm using an indoor antenna for OTA content and it's plugged directly into the 942. The 942 does an exceptional job of locking in all signals and an even better job of recording the HD content from the OTA antenna. To me, that's probably the biggest selling point. So far, it's been flawless and presents a spectacular picture.
I think the price is right for this unit, even if they eventually do go to MPEG-4. I don't think DN will leave customers out on a limb with outdated equipment when the new format appears and they'll adjust prices accordingly. I've had a few hiccups with the 942, but it's been very easy to alleviate problems. No phone calls to DN and none anticipated.