New Sony 60XBR1 tv (replacing my 60xbr800), and just swapped my Time Warner Pioneer HD box with the Scientific Atlanta 8300 HD DVR:
Hello all! I just did those two things i listed above, and while i love the idea of the "combo" of the SA8300HD DVR/HD cable box, there are numerous issues that i've encountered so far. it would be great to hear what your combined wisdom/advice might be.
i followed the directions exactly. not turning anything on until all the connections are made. i'm using an HDMI cable between the 8300 and my 60xbr1. Interestingly, by turning on my Sony TV, the 8300 is automatically turned on!! Is that normal?? but i encountered numerous frozen images (for about 5 to 20 seconds), then most of the time, they recover. it happens several times an hour, maybe even every 5 minutes to 10 mins. after a day of exasperation, i decided to unplug the power cord and replugging in back in. THAT changed a lot. it is not freezing up less than once an hour or so, though i don't really know because i just did that.
i change two things at the same time: my 60xbr800 to the 60xbr1, and the pioneer HD box to the SA8300HD/DVR, so i don't really know which device to attribute the image quality to, though i'm sure it's 99% the tv, the image is stunning - when there is a moving image, that is
is my mediocre experience with the 8300 and the unplugging and replugging of the power cord the right thing to do? what are your respective experiences? does your 8300 turn on as well when you turn on your TV if you also use HDMI?
i'm also researching an SATA hardrive to expand the capacity. Unfortunately, it doesn't really say which models are recommended other than >7200rpm and SATA Version 2 drive/cable protocol. may i ask how you guys have done this? does it work well? am i doing something that's going to cause me even MORE problems? i've only had this for 2 days and i'm already seeing frozen images, sometimes not recovering and requiring the unplugging of the power cable!!
by the way, i use a power conditioner ( Exact Power and Chang LightSpeed) and also a "Brickwall" power surge protector. So i think i'm as well protected and my power is about as conditioned as i can be.
thanks in advance and i look forward to hearing your answers and advice.