I spoke with a Toshiba rep today and asked about the cooling fan in the unit. He explained that is was designed to keep the hard drive cool, just like in my computer. When I told him that my fan turns off when I shut down my computer, he said, "Yeah, that's true". He also said that the fans in the xs32 and xs52 also ran 24/7, but others in the forum are disputing this. What gives?
I was about to jump on the xs34 but can't imagine having the fan run all day. Can anyone offer an educated opinion about the possible lifespan of a fan that never shuts off? I hate the idea of plunking down $400 just to have to have the unit serviced every 6 months to replace a fan motor.
A few unrelated questions:
1. Any idea if the Pioneer 533 will have the DV connection for direct digital-to-digital copying from digital camcorders?
2. Any recommendations on how to find a bargain on a Pioneer given the restrictions on warranty coverage when purchased from retailer/etailers who are non-authorized.
3. Does a TV Guide/EPG preclude the user from manually setting recording parameters like we do with the old VCR?
4. Finally, what advantages does RAM recording capability offer? Is it easier to move a RAM disc to another machine for viewing without having to deal with finalizing discs which I believe is required with -RW discs?
Thanks for your time and all the great info.