That is odd you have RF5 and RF6 in the exact same city? One would think that they might be problems with two full power stations right next to each other. In the analog days they never placed two NTSC channels right next to each other. I guess in the digital world its allowed.
In the Buffalo market there are two channels next to one another (38 & 39) with transmitters one mile apart. In the Toronto market there are two others (19 & 20) on the same tower.
One thing I like about the PHD-VRX is that under the “Find Channel” option one can view the literal RF channel number and the virtual digital channel number. Many times the RF digital channel number is different when compared to the main virtual digital channel number.
This feature has carried over from their 205 tuner. Though I didn't address this feature in my first 10 posts, (which I will now) if you don't know your local physical CATV channels, after a scan you can go into this sub menu and toggle through all the physical channel numbers and see what virtual channels are included.
One negative is that when one adds a RF channel manually in the “Find Channel” menu screen they cannot delete the channel at all which is a bad feature.
As with just about all tuners, you can't completely remove that entry, but you can 'skip' it when surfing as with just about all tuners. As I stated. at least with the "Find Channel" option, only physical channel numbers are added that you entered, not everything as when you do a full scan.
Also someone might toggle that power button on the front of the unit on and off and then all future recordings will be messed up since the PHD-VRX was reset back to 12:00am.
Another reason why I requested the "Power" button to be removed (or at least moved to the rear panel as with some other devices).
A firmware update to allow one to delete a channel from the “Find Channel” menu feature. If I can manually add a RF channel then I also should be allowed to manually delete at least the channels that I manually created.
The vast majority of tuners have no feature. Ok to have, but not really that important that I can see. Hiding it by the "Skip" function gets rid of the entry when channel surfing.
The “Direct” viewing mode does not work at all for analog and digital channels. Also the “Normal” viewing mode does not work on an analog NTSC channels.
Allen told me not all modes work in every type of signal.
while watching a native 4:3 NTSC channel the PHD-VRX firmware for some reason will stretch the native 4:3 program to 16:9 then a few minutes later it will go back to 4:3. This happens even when “Auto Aspect” is set to off and “View Mode” is set to “4:3”.
Interesting. I never encountered that happening. A bug?
The 6–Digit display currently only shows the number of the channel one is on after the channel is switched. A firmware update could be created that would show the channel number on the 6-Digit display that someone is typing in on the remote in real time. Currently one has to look on the screen to see the numbers that are being pressed on the remote in real time.
Thats' been a hold over from their 205 tuner,. I kinda forgot about that annoyance. You enter a number while looking at the tuner/recorder and you think either it was aimed wrong or it just didn't respond, then see that channel was changed.
The option to turn off the 6-Digit LED display completely for those that want dark movie watching. This includes the green and red status LED being turned off completely.
I single LED should not be a problem. These are not that bright as some other devices (especially ones that are using these new blue LED's that almost blind you.Edited by videobruce - 6/27/12 at 4:28am