Originally Posted by strutter
is it better/worse than the 8300? from my experience so far i wouldnt say it isnt better or worse. yep, the guide is stretched (thats a negative)but other than that its like a 8300 with a bigger drive (a big positive). i can live with the guide as a trade off for a bigger HD. but yes the guide could look better. but i'm glad the side bars are gone. could a lot been better than the 8300? yep, but it aint no worse. i'll take a bigger drive for the same monthly rental
heres a link to the navigator thread where i just posted some pics and if you scroll down a few posts you can see a vid clip i took.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16192088
I generally agree with all of that. The bigger HD is definitely a huge plus. I browsed the diagnostic, and it had an approximation of 80 hours of SD recording. Does that sound right?
A few other observations. One of my gripes about the 8300 was that the analog channels were SO much louder than the digital channels. On this new Samsung, all the channels appear to be the same volume. And it is the louder volume as well. I use to watch analog channels at a volume of about 10 on my TV, and digital channels at about 50. Now, they all sound good and loud at around 10, which is a big plus for me as well. No longer do I have to jump way up and way down in volume when changing channels.
I also tried connection to my LAN. I could never get the "Home Network" light on the front to illuminate. During the initial boot POST, it turns on for a second as a test. So, I know the light works. But, when hooking it up to my LAN, i got nothing. My router couldn't see it. So, I don't think the LAN is active.
I also hooked up an external hard drive to the firewire/1394 port, flipped the hard drive switch to on, and got nothing either. The drive didn't spin up nor did the drives light illuminate. It seems the firewire port is deactivated as well.
So, basically, the box really doesn't offer anything more than the 8300 at the moment, but the bigger HD and the faster processor are welcomed additions. I hope TW pushes out some software/firmware updates and gets some of the extra ports like the LAN and firewire ports activated. This would be very useful in streaming video and audio around the household.