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I posted this in the HDTV Recorders forum a couple days ago and haven't gotten a response. Anyone here have a xxMX195 and AVHD and found a workaround for these big limitations? Thanks.
I've had my Toshiba 56MX195 for a couple weeks now and decided that I couldn't pass up the HDTOYSTORE deal on the 2160. My hope was to use it as a replacement for my Pioneer DVR-810HS TiVo with DVD-R. Going in I knew that the interface wasn't going to be nearly as elegant and robust as my standalone TiVo, but the ability to record shows including HD with no PQ loss would be worth it. However, I've found a couple items that kill the deal:
1. The 56MX195 will not allow you to change inputs while recording to the 2160. This includes scheduled recordings via TVGOS. If I'd like to watch a DVD or play a video game I cannot do so while recording a show. A big red "NOT AVAILABLE" message is displayed in the middle of the screen when trying to change the input. According to the 56MX195 manual, this is by design.
2. I cannot watch a previously recorded show from the 2160 while recording another show. This probably ties in with the TV's inability to change inputs while recording to a AVHD. This is huge. I could probably put up with the "no changing inputs" problem above, but not being able to watch one previously recorded show while recording another is unbearable. I typically don't watch shows "live", but there are many times where I need to record one show while watching another or the "live"show but trailing to skip commercials. I can't even pause/FF/RW the show being recorded if it's a scheduled recording!
I have noticed that I am able to use the channel up/down to change channels while recording as other Tosh owners have previously mentioned. So if I'm recording something on the ATSC tuner I can still watch shows through the analog tuner and vice versa (yes, surprisingly I could record analog channels with the 2160 also!) While recording, channels cannot be accessed directly via the number pad ("NOT AVAILABLE WHILE RECORDING" message) and only if they are not hidden and available via channel up/down.
Have other Toshiba DLP owners noticed the same issues with these AVHDs and found any workarounds? The whole TV shouldn't be tied up just because the ATSC tuner is sending data to the AVHD, but that's basically what happens. Maybe a firmware update that will allow us to change inputs while recording might take care of this...?