After installing the official PHD-VRX2 firmware the unit is 100% operational again (The PHD-VRX firmware completely disables the HDMI output for both video and audio on the new PHD-VRX2, so one should only install the PHD-VRX2 firmware when and if a firmware update is issued to fix problems). However, the same major flaw exists with the 1080P resolution artifact after re-flashing the exact same firmware that shipped with the PHD-VRX2. No matter what video input or channel I have the PHD-VRX2 on, I am losing about a half an inch in the grayish black horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen on a 50 inch Pioneer PRO-101FD 1080P display when the PHD-VRX2 is in the 1080P mode. The native signal source can be 480i, 720P, 1080i, and even when the signal source is a native 1080P Blu-ray the video artifact is present. As soon as I switch it to 720P mode the picture is normal. Also when switching to 1080P the front LED display says “1080P”, however when switching to “720P” the PHD-VRX2 does not briefly show “720P” on the LED display (another bug).
I liked the orange LED display on the original PHD-VRX. The PHD-VRX2 red LED display is so bright. Motorola cable boxes use an orange color and some cable boxes use a dim green or dim red display for the channel number. I wish there was a movie mode menu option on the PHD-VRX2 to disable the LED display and all lights (and a dim mode would be nice). Its just to bright.
Also the PHD-VRX2 has no master AC power button like the original PHD-VRX. Placing a master power button on the back of the PHD-VRX2 would have been ideal.
The PHD-VRX2 comes with the exact same remote as the PHD-VRX. The only indicators on the PHD-VRX2 besides the bright red LED display, is the separate green and red lights.
I would keep the PHD-VRX2 if the 1080P video artifact did not exist. Its not acceptable to have this horizontal gray bar at the bottom of the screen. My original PHD-VRX never had this problem in the 1080P mode.
Edited by HDTV1080P24 - 11/8/13 at 3:04am