I have had the 169 system, modified HD Hughes 86 with firewire output and the Avix-1.
I HAVE HAD >>> NO >>> PROBLEMS.
Those who seemed to complain in seem to be attempting to use a timer on VCR or what ever and come back and did not work. FIRST any interruption from HD to SD can disrupt the stream, especially COMMERCIALS and you lose the firewire input.. Now many COMMERCIALS are in HD format.
Others are attempting to capture or transfer to computers. Richard, 169 PLAINLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN READ, states the system does not support Computers !!!
I would bet that those who are working with computers have a lot of $$ just in the computer.. add that to the cost ... also add to "Bill Gates" billions with Win XP PRO which I understand has some features to capture video.
What I do is go and set up to record HD 7 minutes early to insure a good data stream.
Just booting Avix takes 3 mins. I also have a small LCD monitor hooked to Avix so I can see boot and when it starts to search for HD stream. If you want to do this 2 or 6 hours early and hope all goes OK thats fine but if it loses the data stream due to commercials or going from a SA to HD program don't blame 169.
- 1st 5 to 7 mins prior go in and start up avix-1 as it takes time to boot
- 2nd Check firewire from STB to JVC and set plus obtain I-1
- 3rd Iwait until Avix begins to search for HD and plug in firewire from Avix to JVC
- 4th Make sure the I-1 changes to I-2
The reason for coming in early is on few occasions the I-1 and setup fails to work and you have to turn every thing off. Unplug all firewire cables and start re connecting. This always has worked. One must be sure about the I-1 and I-2. If they are not assigned properly you will have a problem.
So if you want to try a timer OK but I have never done that. Seems to work for some and on occassions data stream or I-1/2 does not set up and recording fails.
Also the Avix has a Linax program and runs at 900 to 977 mghz CPU no 1Ghz or higher.
My understanding it has a lot to do with timing in program ? !
Also 169 does not have the major million of $$$ to develope a system. Microsoft was at least 4 years behind any real Windows operating system for TV. Capture cards at $200 to $400 were only good for Sa or SD but no HD.
Also I have seen postings in the form for software... it is out there but they do not want to spend more than $100 the professional stuff for HD starts at $1400 for software and it works. # years ago a company was building professional for you computer systems with raid hd to capture HD data stream but costs started at $3500 to $5000. I am sure way over the head of those who run out and spend $5000 for plasma or HD system 4 years ago.
You can not expect to get a perfect system unless you are willing to spend the $$.
169 has been the least expensive system and always worked for me.
You want more feature go pay the $$ for Professional software and equipment.
In fact the "J R Tolkens " 3 hour movies as well as most high quality movies are now filmed using HD tape. This allows a much greater range for special effects. They film with 2000 X 2800 Pixels and each pixel is defined by a 10 or 12 bit code. One hour requires 500 gig storage. Now go get one
The big $$ boys are fighting over format for HD DVD... I wonder why. Also check all of your equipment and they all have a PyPbPr component out BUT NONE HAVE PyPbPr INPUT... I wonder way... they are not going to build or allow you access to do that !!!
Be happy with what you have . It will improve in the future, Once there is a HD DVD why bother unless you save money.
In every case from Broadcast to EvHd tv's and purchases are unaware it takes the HD signal and reformats it for the lower standard. even mpeg-4 is not going to give you what the movie makes get.