Originally posted by Jim Boden
Based on your post, I went to Rogers on Bloor yesterday and bought one. I love the simultaneous SD output because I have a Faroudja NRS scalar, which I couldn't use with the 8000HD, but can with the 8300.
Subjectively, I find its PQ better than the 8000, but haven't done enough critical watching to say for certain. So far, I'm much happier and am returning my rental 8000HD.
I'm positive its much better - I was watching something the other day and thought to myself it was some of the best HD I've seen in a while. Only afterwards did I remember I swapped boxes.
There's a new recording option, from the same channel at the same time, when recording all episodes. Not as good as recording only the first showing, but a small improvement.
I agree, a small improvement. This option still records duplicates if they are on the same channel at the same time on another day, though. And god only knows what its gonna do the first time something you've got set to record changes timeslots (probably nuke your entire list of recordings or something suitably dumb in SA fashion).
I cant believe this is literally the only UI improvement in how many firmware releases? They chose to fix this over the horrible timeslipping bugs, or over better conflict resolution features (like when a scheduled recording changes timeslots and conflicts with two already scheduled shows, I'm guessing it nukes all 3 of them still)
I've noticed the hard drive is much noisier than the 8000HD's. I hear the actuator a lot more, even when doing a channel change. When powering it on, it does the same. I wonder if it powers down after it's been idle for a while.
I havent noticed that. It could be manufacturing tolerance on the HD in your box.