Before posting this, I read the general topics and quite a few threads/posts regarding related problems with this unit.
Quite frankly, I was skeptical about purchasing it to begin with (considering all the various complaints). Having 30 days to return it convinced me to take the risk.
The unit was working well (in general....see below) for approx. 3 weeks.
I made a recording of "America's got Talent" this past week. I receive it on WNBC (channel 4 here in NYC). My signal is consistantly good (90-95) and I've had no video related problems (after recording this channel on a daily basis).
When I played this particular recording back, the video was perfect. However, the audio suffered from consistant dropouts. Every 15-20 seconds I would lose audio completely for 1-3 seconds. After approx. 15 minutes I lost my patience with this and switched to another recording that I had made at the same exact time on another channel. The audio for that recording was fine. I then went back to replay the original recording and the audio dropouts were still consistantly there.
I then turned the unit off and when I went back to it later (that same night). It was suddenly normal (no audio dropouts whatsoever)!
I've tested it several times since then and its been fine.
I'm confused. The problem was obviously in the playback vs. the recording itself. Otherwise it would never play normally. I thought this was strange.
I'm questioning this problem (and the reliability of this particular unit), since it appeared and then mysteriously dissapeared!
Is this at all common? Has anyone else had this exact problem with the audio?
For the record, on several occasions, with this same unit, I lost the audio completely upon powering it up. Video was perfect but no audio. On 2-3 occasions I simply changed the channel back and forth and the audio was restored. On 2-3 other occasions, I had to turn the unit off and back on to restore the audio. On 2-3 other occasions, there was a channel update screen upon turn on with no audio. When I cleared that screen, the audio was restored.
Are these common problems? Has anyone else experienced these issues?
I apologize if these particular issues were already covered but I'm new to this particular forum and was unable to find any references to these specific audio problems with this unit (especially the on again, off again dropout problem).
Since I still have a (brief) window of opportunity to exchange it.....should I?
.....or can I anticipate having these same problems with another unit?
BTW, It has F208 software.Thank you in advance for any and all responses and opinions!