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post #241 of 4792
AND I got one. The store I was to have mine sent to got 3 in today so one is sitting here as I type, now they have 2.
Wood Village Oregon store 2927 if anyone local wants to get one. I canceled my online order, pretty weird I ordered and they ship 3 out and it was to the store I wanted it site to store at and none for me a paying customer, but I guess it works out OK anyways.
Going to take some pics of the packing then rip into it and hope it better then the Polaroid, will let ya all know.
post #242 of 4792
Glad to have you on the case Dartman!
post #243 of 4792
Does anyone else find the Disk Activity LED to be annoyingly bright?
Obviously, it's not the end of the world. If it really starts to bug me, I can always put some translucent tape over it.
By the way, so far I am really pleased with my unit, or I wouldn't be bringing up something as trivial as this.
post #244 of 4792
One more thing.
I just finished watching a program as it's scheduled recording was going on. It was about 15 minutes in to the program when I started. I was able to go the beginning, watch the start, and skip through commercials. I set my forward jump to a minute and my rewind to 15 seconds.
The encoded surround sound worked fine.
I found the whole experience to be pretty cool.
post #245 of 4792
I am thinking of buying this unit and have some questions. If I pass my HD satellite through this, what picture will I get? 16:9? 480p? I read this upconverts to 1080i. Will it downrez and then upconvert? My HD set actually has a digital tuner - NOT HD. Will the picture look like it does when I view OTA digital?

Thanks,

Aaron
post #246 of 4792
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Originally Posted by STEELERSRULE View Post


1. Does the unit do a RESCAN everytime you switch from ANTENNA to CABLE(or vice vera), from within the menu?

2. On the OTA side(or the CLEAR QAM side if that is even applicable at this point), does the unit allow you to EDIT out the analog channels while leaving in the digital channels only?(My LG does this and it is a NICE feature)?

3. On the digital channels, can you edit out some of the subchannels while leaving others? An example of that would be like, for arguments sake let's say that channel 4-1 is NBC, but channel 4-2 is some channel you dont want. Can you EDIT OUT 4-2, while leaving 4-1 in the channel lineup? Again, my LG does this and it is a NICE Feature.

Just curious.

And if anyone else get's this who has cable, please check and see on these points as well, and check on the CLEAR QAM too please.

Thank you

Caved in and got one from the Houston Westpark store #772 on Highway 6. There were three, all hidden under a 3505.

1) Yes, unfortunately, you have to rescan. I wonder whether this could be worked around with a firmware update, or whether it's a hardware issue.

2) Yes. It keeps the analog and digital channels separate. You have to switch between DTV and TV to view and delete digital and analog channels, respectively. You can add analog channels.

So the switcher is a bit useless unless your issue is that you have basic analog cable and just want digital OTA. In this case, you would
-Autoscan with the OTA antenna hooked up
-Edit out the analog OTA channels
-Hook up the cable feed
-Manually add the analog cable channels
You still have to manually switch between antenna and cable with the LG don't you? This seems to be an advantage with the Polaroid 0160A, as it has separate RF inputs for antenna and cable.

3) No, unfortunately. Deleting the major channel deletes all of the subchannels.

4) I'm a little confused on the QAM issue. I supposedly have digital cable (from a small vendor), but the cable company doesn't offer any digital channels per se (their digital channel lineup doesn't even list local digital channels). My TV doesn't have a digital tuner, so I can't compare. However, in the past, I split the cable signal between a VCR and the cable box. I now have this setup with the 3575. It is receiving all of the analog cable channels that the VCR did with the direct cable feed. It is also receiving local digital channels through this feed. It does detect a few other digital channels, but they're unwatchable.
post #247 of 4792
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Originally Posted by kenavs View Post

One more thing.
I just finished watching a program as it's scheduled recording was going on. It was about 15 minutes in to the program when I started. I was able to go the beginning, watch the start, and skip through commercials. I set my forward jump to a minute and my rewind to 15 seconds.
The encoded surround sound worked fine.
I found the whole experience to be pretty cool.

That's what I don't understand about the Pause Live TV deal. It seems redundant to just doing a scheduled or one-touch recording, as it doesn't have any additional functionality that I can tell, and you can't save the buffer.

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Originally Posted by FullOnShred View Post

As for Saving the contents of the Live TV Buffer to HDD - Try these 2 things.

1- At the end of the buffer (after your program is done) press the Record Button twice in quick sequence. On the 3455/37 this will dump the entire Buffer contents to the HDD.

OR

2- During a Live TV Buffering Session, use the REW or Skip Back Buttons to go back to the start of the program/section you would like to save. At the very beginning press the Record Button. On the 3455/37 the Progress Bar will glow RED showing that you are now in Record Mode. Then FF or Forward Skip to the end of the show you want to save. Now press the STOP Button. On the Philips 3455/37 this will save the Selected Section of the Buffer to the HDD.

I tried both and neither seem to work.
post #248 of 4792
OK, when I do get a QAM channel its a rock solid lock so far. It was doing good then lost it's mind on the QAM channels, analog seemed unaffected. I turned off auto clock and DST just in case thats the problem.
There is no way this is a Polaroid unit, menus are completely different, it has Stereo/SAP display on all analog channels and can be set to the audio format you want as default. If I get it dialed in the way I want and it doesn't loose programing every time it sneezes I think it will be a keeper.
Another oddity is it stopped auto adding channels on qam at 86 or so even though it picked up channels fine when I manually typed them in with the remote, also only seems to do 2 digit subs even though my LG reports a channel at 104.303, but that may be a oddity between Comcast and the LG. I'll have to continue playing and see what else it does or doesn't do.
It does have a full 1 year warranty with a HUGE sticker on the back that says the usual break and no warranty on it so might wait to make sure units OK before diving into it. Remote seems to respond pretty well so far too, and unit seems very quiet fan wise
post #249 of 4792
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Originally Posted by bluemaxx View Post

Question #1 - Should I have waited longer for the channel setup to complete? If not, will the functionality be limited in any way?

Next, it seems the 3455 model began recording live TV immediately as soon as it was turned on. This ability had no affect on changing channels or viewing the online TV Guide. The 3575 unit takes about 5 seconds to change channels or using the page up/down on the tv guide when the unit is recording. And, if I read correctly, I should be able to change the channel with the DVR remote - however, it will only scroll through the DVR's inputs - not change channels.

Question #2 - Could the delay on changing channels be due to the fact that the 3455 model used an analog tuner and this is digital? Or, is it possible that the initial channel setup is causing yet another problem?

Question #3 - If I press "record" the screen displays "HDD" with red indicator - then press "Stop" the screen displays progress bar as it writes to the HDD. However, as soon as it completes and I click on the HDD input - nothing happens. For some reason I cannot switch to HDD mode and see a list of recordings.

I thank everyone in advance for taking the time to read this and respond.

maxx

1) I'm confused. According to the manual you can only change channels on the unit while in record pause mode (after pressing the pause button during recording), as I would expect with only one tuner. Are you saying you can change channels on the 3575 while recording?

2) I think the length of the delay also depends on the signal strength. I'm only getting a 2 second delay when switching between digital channels.

3) The HDD and DVD buttons only tell the unit which one you want to use. You have to press the TITLE button to view titles. Got stuck on that until I read the manual, too.
post #250 of 4792
I have only been doing test recordings since I got mine, only on the HDD. I don't see a way to add to recorded programs on the HDD, i.e. when I stop recording and restart again, it wipes out the material previously recorded. How can I record a show then record another show after that one and not destroy the first recording? Stupid question I know, but I paged thru the manual, played with the remote, and didn't see anything that addressed this. Am recording Studio 60 tonite for playback on Sunday and I'd like to be able to add some other shows. Actually, while the manual is big, I have not thought that it's very well done, I had some difficulty initially setting up. The machine is neat, enjoying the image I am getting. Most of the recording "speeds" are good.

Other question, do you think there is much difference between HDMI connection and component video which is what I'm using now? I am hoping HDMI adds a visible level of sharpness.

Have noticed the NTSC tuner is not very powerful, i.e. my other devices can do a better job tuning in Old TV; lots of noise and wiggles using this tuner with analog. My Sony TV by comparison is rock steady.

I have just transitioned from a lifetime of using VCRs, and this feels weird by comparison, it's frustrating getting used to the features (understatement).
post #251 of 4792
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Originally Posted by edthesped View Post

I did not have to adjust my clock when I set the unit up. At first I had the --:-- display, I tuned to PBS, went and got a snack, came back and the date and time on the unit were correct. Maybe someone else here can confirm or refute.


I can confirm this, same experience. Big improvement over my erratic VCR clocks.
post #252 of 4792
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Originally Posted by rex king View Post

That's what I don't understand about the Pause Live TV deal. It seems redundant to just doing a scheduled or one-touch recording, as it doesn't have any additional functionality that I can tell, and you can't save the buffer.

I think that for the technically comfortable types, using one-touch recording and then opening the title as it is being recorded is easy to do, and more flexible than Pause Live TV.
I believe the selling point of Pause Live TV is that almost anyone will be able to get it to work.
post #253 of 4792
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Originally Posted by mrow2 View Post

I have only been doing test recordings since I got mine, only on the HDD. I don't see a way to add to recorded programs on the HDD, i.e. when I stop recording and restart again, it wipes out the material previously recorded. How can I record a show then record another show after that one and not destroy the first recording? Stupid question I know, but I paged thru the manual, played with the remote, and didn't see anything that addressed this. Am recording Studio 60 tonite for playback on Sunday and I'd like to be able to add some other shows. Actually, while the manual is big, I have not thought that it's very well done, I had some difficulty initially setting up. The machine is neat, enjoying the image I am getting. Most of the recording "speeds" are good.

Are you pressing the "Title" button to view the programs on the HDD when you have it stopped? You should see all of your recordings there. You can use the navigation arrows to move among them, and it will start previewing the selected recording and display its statistics. You can then use the OK button to bring up the action menu for the selected recording so that you can play it, delete it and more.
HTH
post #254 of 4792
Ok thanks I will try the title button and see if I can see a list of programs to choose from. -Don
post #255 of 4792
OK, this thing keeps loosing the digital programing, sometimes when I get everything in if it hits a channel that it doesn't want to lock on it just drops everything I had setup and cycles through all the inputs. I have to use the source button till the analog channels come up then redo the digitals on QAM either manually or auto. Is this something these do or is this thing faulty and needing to go back.
Seems I'm doomed to get a unit that just wont do something right, Polaroid QAM tuner drops out so bad it's unusable, this one just forgets all the channels entered when it feels like it. If it's something that's fixable or going to be fixed I'll live with it but if it's just my lousy luck I'll try another one....
post #256 of 4792
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Originally Posted by Dartman View Post

OK, this thing keeps loosing the digital programing, sometimes when I get everything in if it hits a channel that it doesn't want to lock on it just drops everything I had setup and cycles through all the inputs. I have to use the source button till the analog channels come up then redo the digitals on QAM either manually or auto. Is this something these do or is this thing faulty and needing to go back.
Seems I'm doomed to get a unit that just wont do something right, Polaroid QAM tuner drops out so bad it's unusable, this one just forgets all the channels entered when it feels like it. If it's something that's fixable or going to be fixed I'll live with it but if it's just my lousy luck I'll try another one....

You might want to have a long close look at your antenna...
post #257 of 4792
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Originally Posted by kenavs View Post

Are you pressing the "Title" button to view the programs on the HDD when you have it stopped? You should see all of your recordings there. You can use the navigation arrows to move among them, and it will start previewing the selected recording and display its statistics. You can then use the OK button to bring up the action menu for the selected recording so that you can play it, delete it and more.
HTH

Using the title button seems kind of counterintuitive to me. I find myself instinctively pressing the menu button to get to the stored programs. I actually had to pull out the manual to figure how to access my recorded programs. I hooked up the RCA again and I definately like the interface of the RCA better than the Philips, it just seems more intuitive to my simple mind but the added functionality of the Philips is a much better and the fan on the RCA has a high pitched whine, decisions decisions. I also have to contact Logitech and see when they plan on adding the 3575 to my harmony.

Also, I do see that the RCA does record the name of the show for most channels, i guess it depends on what's sent in the broadcast flag.
post #258 of 4792
Can I pass through my HD satellite signal and record it? WIll it record in 16:9? If I can, what is the output? 480p upconverted to 1080i?

Does the DVD player upconvert, even up to 1080p?

Please help.
post #259 of 4792
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Originally Posted by rex king View Post

That's what I don't understand about the Pause Live TV deal. It seems redundant to just doing a scheduled or one-touch recording, as it doesn't have any additional functionality that I can tell, and you can't save the buffer.

It does seem a little redundant... however... I do find myself using it in the morning, then again in the evening when I sit down and turn on the news. Often, I'm not really paying attention, just waiting for weather forecast, traffic and anything that sounds earth shattering. I have no desire to record or keep it, and when I turn it off, I won't be coming back to watch it again. I do have a VCR and could connect the output from this unit to the input of the VCR (I believe all of the outputs are active all the time) if there was something I absolutely must preserve... I can get up and go to the can, get a cup of coffee, etc. and be able to pause, rewind, etc if I missed something. Kind of handy to have for that.
post #260 of 4792
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Originally Posted by Chuck44 View Post

You might want to have a long close look at your antenna...

Not on cable QAM, no antennae to check and the lg doesn't loose programming. Going to exchange for the other bone they have and see how it goes.
post #261 of 4792
So far, I love mine.
post #262 of 4792
Yeah, it worked good on analog, and had good lock on QAM when it got the channels, but it would start not catching them after a while then completely forget all the QAM channels all together after it tried to scan a channel it thought was dead, pretty frustrating. I wasted a EARLY trip out to exchange it before they all got sold, then didn't think to just buy the other one and exchange this one after work....too damned early for me to be up
They don't do exchanges till after 7am in the 24 hour stores...
post #263 of 4792
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Originally Posted by rex king View Post

Caved in and got one from the Houston Westpark store #772 on Highway 6. There were three, all hidden under a 3505.

Thanks, Rex. Ran over there at lunch and grabbed one. It was in the right location now. 2 Left. I'll hook it up tonight and play around with it.

Mostly positive reviews so I'll probably take the Polaroid back. The remote alone is enough to justify that.
post #264 of 4792
Sorry I haven't had more time to play and answer questions on this thing, but it appears that there are a fair number of folk grabbing them and taking up the slack for me now. ;-)

This seems like the best of the bunch out so far. Not perfect, but it will do nicely for me, and it sounds like for some, if not most of the rest of you out there looking at it.

Has anyone played with dubbing yet? The most I did was pop in a DVD I had burned with the Magnavox I had, hit play, then hit the direct dubbing button to copy it to the hard drive.

I haven't actually played around with dubbing from hard drive to DVD via the menus yet. I admit I need to read the manual more closely, but it looks like multiple recordings can be selected and burned to disk in one shot via that method? True?
post #265 of 4792
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Originally Posted by BlackKnightInNC View Post

Can I pass through my HD satellite signal and record it? WIll it record in 16:9? If I can, what is the output? 480p upconverted to 1080i?

Does the DVD player upconvert, even up to 1080p?

Please help.

The term "pass through" usually refers to a signal (typically RF) that goes into a unit and then is fed back out unchanged so other equipment can use it too. The DVDR3575H has RF pass-through so your TV can independently tune the same RF signal the 3575 sees without the need for a splitter. So if your satellite box feeds RF to the 3575, then the TV would be able to see (and tune) the same RF signal.

But if you feed composite video or S-video from the satellite box to the 3575, that will be 480i. And if you use the tuner in the 3575, it will convert the received HD signal to 480i video in preparation for recording (its primary function). Although it can later deintelace to 480p (component) or upconvert to 720p, 1080i or 1080p (HDMI) for output, it can't make HD video from something that started out as (or was converted to) SD earlier. The DVDR3575H will not output true HD.

As for 16:9, the current SD DVD recorders can record that as if it's 4:3 NTSC SD if you tell the recorder you have a widescreen TV so it doen't crop or letterbox. The fact that the data stream is actually anamorphic widescreen (16:9 squeezed to fit the same data stream as a 4:3 picture) doesn't matter to the recording hardware. There should be some way to tell the unit to set the 16:9 anamorphic flag bit in the DVD headers, but usually there isn't. But flag can be fixed later on your computer by using a program such as IFOedit if you want full compatibility.
post #266 of 4792
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Originally Posted by TimSH View Post

Has anyone played with dubbing yet? The most I did was pop in a DVD I had burned with the Magnavox I had, hit play, then hit the direct dubbing button to copy it to the hard drive.


Was the dub from dvd > hdd in real time or at high speed?
post #267 of 4792
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Originally Posted by bingolong View Post

Was the dub from dvd > hdd in real time or at high speed?

The manual states High Speed dubbing can only be done
fron HDD to DVD, not the other way around.
post #268 of 4792
Real time as Chuck44 noted. I'm interested to see how well high speed from HDD to DVD works. I can't see doing a lot of that, but from time to time, I may.
post #269 of 4792
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Originally Posted by TimSH View Post

Has anyone played with dubbing yet? The most I did was pop in a DVD I had burned with the Magnavox I had, hit play, then hit the direct dubbing button to copy it to the hard drive.

I haven't actually played around with dubbing from hard drive to DVD via the menus yet. I admit I need to read the manual more closely, but it looks like multiple recordings can be selected and burned to disk in one shot via that method? True?

I did some more playing with mine.
I dubbed a 30 minute title and a 1 hour title from the HDD to a Verbatim DVD+RW rated as 1-4x. I opened the dubbing menu, selected the 2 titles, and started the dubbing process with no further intervention required. It took about 21 minutes, which checks out with the 4x speed.
I was able to play the DVD in my very cheap DVD players: An Insignia NS-DVD1 and a Magnavox MSD124.
post #270 of 4792
Has anyone had any need or desires to "Merge" titles? I noticed or could not find in the manual that this is available on this unit. (BTW, I just pick up this unit at wally mart. because of the HDMI upconvert)

I also have a toshiba SX-35 unit that I am very happy with at the moment and this unit can merge titles and has slightly more editing functions.

Anyone have thoughts?
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