|Originally posted by j2h3r
Yes it's the Pioneer software, and thanks for the Pioneer link.
I'm usually 5 to 10 years behind in technology - I never used a computer until just a few years ago - and these types of forums are very helpful in getting caught up on the latest gizmos. I would have gotten a TiVo years ago, but I wasn't crazy about the 12 bucks a month programming charge. Well, my VCR died a few weeks ago and I couldn't find one that I liked to replace it, so I checked out my cable company's (Warner) DVR offering, and for $6.95 a month I thought I'd give it a shot. I really like the DVR - I'm watching w-a-a-a-y too much TV now - but like I said the picture isn't quite as sharp as I'd like, so I thought I'd post here on the AVS forum to see if anyone had a solution. I guess not, but I appreciate your trying to help me out, Randy.
The SA8000 doesn't degrade the picture quality of SD - it records exactly what it gets and playback looks identical to live TV so if your picture quality isn't good it's a problem with your signal or connection or sumthin, not the DVR. My DVR's picture quality is excellent, and looks better than running cable directly into the TV (32" HD-ready Panny tube). I found my PQ is better through the composite video connection than S-Video. There can be a number of reasons why your PQ isn't good whether you're using a DVR, regular cable box, or feeding cable directly into your TV. For instance i replaced an old splitter and my reception got even better than before.
Before i got my SA8000 back in 2003 i was using two high-end VCRs and the picture looked pretty good for tape, but when i switched to the DVR the recording quality was much better than tape and picture quality improved a lot.
I also have the HD version (SA8000HD) and the HD PQ is a little softer than the regular HD cable box it replaced. SD on this unit looks a little fuzzy compared to my regular SD SA8000 cause it can only be connected via Component. I presume you have the regular SD version.
As for the extra cost of the service, i was spending about that much for fresh new tapes every month so it's a wash. I loved my VCRs, but this thing is so much more convenient i can never do without one again.
I compiled a list of handy undocumented Tips and Tricks that myself and other users have discovered (it's on page 10 of this thread):Passport Tips and Tricks