I have not used it as much as I have wanted to. Old herniated back is acting up ( injured while moving Runco 980 CRT ) I bought the pre recal Polaroid recorder, one of eight, new and in unopened box from a frustrated seller, who could not make them work and sold them all. Very unfriendly instruction manual.. It is not intuitive, The instructions manual and navigation commands menu's are worse than Joe Kane's menu's for locating anything on his discs.
The frustration reward however, is in the fabulous picture. Component in and component out in the SQ and SP mode are fantastic. The 6. 75 AVIA resolution circle and multiburst paterns have no aliasing, ringing or softness. Superior results by far, if compared to my Panny RP-91, Sony 9000ES, Yamaha 5750, Yamaha 2300, Pioneer DVD-09, Ppioneer DVD D-7400 industrial studio player, Panny E95, Panny E-80, Sony Sp S7000, Cyberhome and Yamakawa. My old interlace champ was the Panny RP-91, but has now been dethroned by the Polaroid.
The colors are also the best, with no visible hue or saturation differences using the blue filter and flashing patterns.
It will resolve blacker than black and the grey scale and gamma curve is very very good with uniform steps. There are no picture adjustments that I can find on the recorder and maybe that is the secret. Short electronic path. No Monster wires inside.
The fan is loud when on. It's off at standby. You can edit out commercials timed to 0.5 second accuracy, by viewing recorded program and segmenting it on HDD before dubbing to DVD. See Polaroid manual on their link. I am still learning about the unit and have not worked the frequency tuning.
I would be surprised if it would tune digital channels. Maybe it is for cable or multipath rejection? I will play around with the tuning and off air recording later, Primarily I record digital only off the air using a Sylvania HD tuner and feed 480i to my DVD recorder. I record 720p and 1080i using the LG HD tuner/ hard disc recorder
My Polaroid manual and remote button legend is slightly different than on the Polaroid link, although the functionality seems to be the same. My manual and instructions are so convoluted that I can see why Walmart returned the first shipments.
My home theater is configured to run all component interlaced video sources and digital audio into an Extron Matrix switcher and from there out via component to a Belkin wireless high bandwidth transmitter that sends digital high band width video with copyguard, macrovision and all that junk stripped off, with resultant higher quality to a Belkin receiver ( I think Belkin has changed all that after Sound And Vision did expose this fortunate piece of engineering ) and from there to a DVDO HD+ or Faroudja NR upconverted to 1080i and into my Runco 980 CRT projector. With 1080i I have absolutely no convergence drift, like I had with 720p and 960p.
The path is long, but the bandwidth is very high and any signal losses or distortions undetectable. with any of the evaluation discs.
Bottom line, to me it's a great value for the money and highly recommended if you can put up with some strange instructions and operating steps. Put it in a cabinet, if the fan is bothersome. Mine is a keeper and I will buy another when Walmart gets them back. If nothing else it is a great DVD player for the money. With it's hard drive recording you get icing on the fortune cookie.