UPDATED PHD-VRX2 INFORMATION
In my email communication with EpVision technical support they informed me that the PHD-VRX2 gray horizontal bar issue has not been fixed yet. It is unknown if this issue can be fixed with a firmware update. EpVision is checking with chip makers to see if the chip makers are able to create a software driver modification to eliminate the gray horizontal bar issue that occurs on high-end displays that have a Dot by Dot mode. Displays with Dot by Dot mode matches the input signal to the same number of screen pixels in a 1080i and 1080p signal. There is something wrong with the PHD-VRX/PHD-VRX2 1080P output which does not correctly map the pixels exactly. This issue is noticeable on 50 inch and larger displays with a half inch gray horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen on the PHD-VRX2 and a black letterbox style horizontal bar on the PHD-VRX. According to EpVision this issue only effects certain brands and models of displays. Using a zoom mode on one’s HDTV might hide the 1080P artifact at the cost of not watching the channel at the correct screen ratio.
In the next firmware release for the PHD-VRX2 I was informed that 36bit deep color support will be added to the PHD-VRX2. Currently standard 24 bit color is outputted on the PHD-VRX2. The original PHD-VRX currently supports 36bit deep color.
Also I made the suggestion that the PHD-VRX2 would be a much popular product if the chipset supported the following resolutions (Ideal screen resolution settings should be 480i, 480P,720P, 1080i, 1080P, and a native source direct mode).
Also I asked for a firmware update to support native MPEG-4 in the clear QAM channels instead of just MPEG-2 in the clear QAM channels.
The EpVision PHD-VRX2 could become a high-end tuner for people with high-end projectors and monitors if the 1080P artifact issue is fixed along with the resolution output recommendations are made. Clear QAM MPEG-4 support would also be attractive feature for consumers who subscribe to cable TV service.
I sent an email to EpVision today asking them if they plan on offering any new firmware updates for the discontinued PHD-VRX model. I also mentioned to them that I would like to see the ability to turn off the front LED display on the PHD-VRX and the ability to subscribe to the paid guide on the PHD-VRX would also be ideal. If I hear anything new from EpVision about the old PHD-VRX model I will post the information online.The following are select word for word quotes from EpVision technical support:
“Thank you for your email.
For VRX188.8.131.52.RC1, we added a function you can turn off and on front panel LED digits.
For next firmware release, we will add 36bit deep color support for PHD-VRX2.
For 1080p horizontal bar, as we mentioned before, it won’t happen on every TVs and most likely can be adjusted from TV itself if horizontal bar occurred. However, if any of this changes or modifications will involve software driver modifications. And this will also involve with chip makers. We are checking with them to see the possibility.