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post #211 of 729
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Originally Posted by bondiablo View Post

Anyone found things yet this unit can't record? Does it recognize things like macrovision, broadcast flags, CPCM...?



DRA-01601 SUPPORT MACROVISION PROTECTION FUNCTION.

So,if you want to copy a macrovision content from DVD P[LAYER or VHS macrovision content.It will mentioned that "MACROVISION" and forbit to copy it.
post #212 of 729
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Originally Posted by Sierra71 View Post

... The remote sucks on mine too, maybe because the sensor is behind that silver glass panel ...

I do not think that is the reason Sierra, but you can easily solve it by getting a universal remote. The best "cheap" one ($25) I have tried is the Sony RM-VL600. You can see what it can do and read reviews from owners here (and also on Amazon.com):

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-...oductDetail.do

This is a learning remote with some macros too, so it will work all of your existing components, no matter how odd or old (as long as you still have the original remote to "teach" the new remote). If you are happy with the 01601A, and want to try that, it is available online and at Circuit City, Best Buy, Target or Amazon.com (I do not think Wal-Mart carry it). The Logitech Harmony models are much more sophisticated in their programming of course, but they only start at $75.

Your other option is of course to change the LED, as others have suggested in this thread, if you are brave enough to force open the cover and solder it in.
post #213 of 729
[quote=Kex]Sony RM-VL600.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-...oductDetail.do

This is a learning remote with some macros too, so it will work all of your existing components, no matter how odd or old (as long as you still have the original remote to "teach" the new remote). If you are happy with the 01601A, and want to try that, it is available online and at Circuit City, Best Buy, Target or Amazon.com (I do not think Wal-Mart carry it). END QUOTE..

Wal-Mart does carry this remote and I've also seen it in a Sears store. I bought one to use with the Polo 2001g and it works great. I recommend it.
post #214 of 729
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Originally Posted by Compubooth View Post

Wal-Mart does carry this remote and I've also seen it in a Sears store. I bought one to use with the Polo 2001g and it works great. I recommend it.

I stand corrected! Sierra, the 2001G had the same horrible remote problems as the 01601A, so if this worked for Compubooth, it will work for you too.
post #215 of 729
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Originally Posted by Compubooth View Post

Wal-Mart does carry this remote and I've also seen it in a Sears store. I bought one to use with the Polo 2001g and it works great. I recommend it.

The Walmarts in my area do NOT carry this remote -> I've checked several and asked in all of them!

I did find one easily on FleaBay though . . .

I've also just ran across info about the "JP1" remotes that's pretty interesting . . . especially since the universal remotes I'm now using are UEI Millenium 4 JP1 remotes! I have a cable on the way and can't wait to play . . . someone has already uploaded the DRM-2001G remotes codes . . .

Check out the JP1 remote info here . . . http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/

/Steve
post #216 of 729
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Originally Posted by Michael.mi View Post

DRA-01601 SUPPORT MACROVISION PROTECTION FUNCTION.

So,if you want to copy a macrovision content from DVD P[LAYER or VHS macrovision content.It will mentioned that "MACROVISION" and forbit to copy it.

Yeah, I figured it would recognize macrovision. I'm more concerned about broadcast flags though. I have a Lite On LVW5045 that I couldn't update to the latest firmware because it would stop recording during certain shows on the CW network when it thought it recognized some kind of copy protection.
post #217 of 729
I got one of these yesterday....OTA digital channels are something to behold, beats the pants off of analog! (plus I just added new life to my analog only TV) Super sharp , clear and VIVID colors , very nice and recording to HDD is such a great thing vs. blank discs, I love how I can edit the thumbnail for each broadcast I record. Haven't tried burning to disc yet, but I'm stoked storing things on this HDD!...I picked up one of these newish RCA 'nightlight' universal remotes...not learning, but I got it because it lights up only the functions of the device your currently set to, nice. Plus the fact that the remote with the recorder is an abomination lol...Problem now is, the remote codes I've tried are not working ....I called Polaroid's tech support number ,and the operator said Magnovox's codes will work for this unit (!), interesting...but I tried all the codes listed and no luck...does anyone know the 4 digit remote control code for this?
post #218 of 729
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Originally Posted by guitz View Post

I got one of these yesterday....OTA digital channels are something to behold, beats the pants off of analog! (plus I just added new life to my analog only TV) Super sharp , clear and VIVID colors , very nice and recording to HDD is such a great thing vs. blank discs, I love how I can edit the thumbnail for each broadcast I record. Haven't tried burning to disc yet, but I'm stoked storing things on this HDD!...I picked up one of these newish RCA 'nightlight' universal remotes...not learning, but I got it because it lights up only the functions of the device your currently set to, nice. Plus the fact that the remote with the recorder is an abomination lol...Problem now is, the remote codes I've tried are not working ....I called Polaroid's tech support number ,and the operator said Magnovox's codes will work for this unit (!), interesting...but I tried all the codes listed and no luck...does anyone know the 4 digit remote control code for this?



well this is just great....called tech support again, (866-289-5168), and another lady tells me this unit doesn't respond to universal remotes
post #219 of 729
I think they misunderstood you They probably thought you were talking about the codes
post #220 of 729
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Originally Posted by guitz View Post

well this is just great....called tech support again, (866-289-5168), and another lady tells me this unit doesn't respond to universal remotes

Sounds like crap to me! If you can return your RCA remote, you might want to try the Sony RM-VL600 learning remote with macros: it will "learn" every button if need be from the original product remote (I know I am beginning to sound like a Sony salesman here, but believe me, I have just been so happy with this remote for $25 - or less on Amazon - since I could not afford a Logitech Harmony just now).

Its main limitations IMHO are (1) it has not FW and RWND buttons which can leave it short when trying to fit as many functions from the original as possible; (2) No "soft" keys like on the Logitechs (obviously, at this price) so you have to manage using existing key labels that do not match those the original; (3) it is of course a lot less simple to reprogram than the Logitechs.
post #221 of 729
Taking this back tomorrow. Picked up the Philips today. Its light years better. I'll only miss the the dual tuner input. One feature I wish the Philips had.
post #222 of 729
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Originally Posted by Kex View Post

Sounds like crap to me! If you can return your RCA remote, you might want to try the Sony RM-VL600 learning remote with macros: it will "learn" every button if need be from the original product remote (I know I am beginning to sound like a Sony salesman here, but believe me, I have just been so happy with this remote for $25 - or less on Amazon - since I could not afford a Logitech Harmony just now).

I'll back you up on this. I bought one of these from CC a couple months ago because the buttons on my E-85 were starting to wear out and I wanted to get a programable remote before I killed them completely. I love it. I have it programmed to operate all my devices and it's now the only remote on the coffee table.

The best part about it -- the buttons are solid. Firm pushes with good tactile feel and response. They have the feeling that they are going to last for a good while.
post #223 of 729
Kex,
Thanks for the tip! I may pick one up this weekend as the univ, I got today won't work with the polo.

Guitz,

I think I bought the same RCA light-up remote you did, cool idea, but the damn thing doesn't work on my 01601A either. For those in the PNW, Fred Meyers has a universal learning remote on sale for 22 dollars. I'll try it this weekend.

Well, my wife was watching TV with the polo yesterday and said that one by one, it stopped getting all the channels. She plugged the antenna back into the TV and got em all back. I re-scanned all the channels this evening with the polo and they all re appeared. WTH?
any more issues and it goes back, I'll try the Philips 3575.

Has anyone else tried playing MP3s on a USB drive? mine still won't see them.

Also, has anyone else noticed that the ATSC tuner downmixes 5.1 content to stereo? maybe my ears/receiver deceive me.

I'm pissed because this would be a killer unit if not for the tuner and crummy remote.

Sierra
post #224 of 729
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Originally Posted by Kex View Post

Sounds like crap to me! If you can return your RCA remote, you might want to try the Sony RM-VL600 learning remote with macros: it will "learn" every button if need be from the original product remote (I know I am beginning to sound like a Sony salesman here, but believe me, I have just been so happy with this remote for $25 - or less on Amazon - since I could not afford a Logitech Harmony just now).

Its main limitations IMHO are (1) it has not FW and RWND buttons which can leave it short when trying to fit as many functions from the original as possible; (2) No "soft" keys like on the Logitechs (obviously, at this price) so you have to manage using existing key labels that do not match those the original; (3) it is of course a lot less simple to reprogram than the Logitechs.


that Sony would be great IF the buttons or commands lit up...I'm using the Polaroid in pretty dark conditions most of the time and that's what attracted me to the RCA...Guess I should do a search for a learning remote that lights up!
post #225 of 729
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Originally Posted by Sierra71 View Post

Kex,
Thanks for the tip! I may pick one up this weekend as the univ, I got today won't work with the polo.

Guitz,

I think I bought the same RCA light-up remote you did, cool idea, but the damn thing doesn't work on my 01601A either. For those in the PNW, Fred Meyers has a universal learning remote on sale for 22 dollars. I'll try it this weekend.



I'm pissed because this would be a killer unit if not for the tuner and crummy remote.

Sierra


I'll do a new search for a lighted learning remote , that ISN'T ridiculously priced.....I dunno if the digital signal is downmixed...I'd also be interested in what the audio sounds like thru HDMI, since I likely will get an HDMI equipped TV and receiver soon, but in general I completely agree with your last sentence!
post #226 of 729
Maybe I'm just dumb, but while you guys are recording a show, can you hit the "pause" button and pause the recording?

say you're watching a show live and recording it to the hdd, an ad comes on, you hit pause then hit it again when the show comes back on. I tried this on mine and it gave me the "no" symbol grrrgh! the toploader VCR my dad bought in 1979 will do this! (the remote was better too...)if it drops channels one more time, it's going back to wally. The one by the house has one philips 3575 left.

peace Sierra

Edit:

I returned this (2nd) unit due to problems with the digital tuner. It started dropping channels again. With the bad remote, buggy software and missing features it just isn't for us.

I replaced it with a Philips DVDR-7535H and haven't had any of the tuner issues so far. Best of luck if anyone here keeps their polo, but the Philips if worth the extra 40 dollars if you want a $ub$cription free DVR and/or don't have or want cable.
post #227 of 729
[quote=m82a1pa]I first tried DVD-R. They played back in the Polaroid but the DVD burner in my PC couldn't read them. I then tried DVD+R which were playable in both units. DVD+RW also worked fine. I don't have any DVD-RW.

Wal-Mart here has a sign on the shelf saying that it records both DVD+R & DVD-R, but the specifications on the box omit DVD-R. Are you confirming that this machine records on DVD-R discs? I use only DVD-R\\RW, because they are supposed to be more compatible with other players than the + format, so I would not buy a recorder that records only + discs.
post #228 of 729
well I got a URG-7 learning remote, works great with the polo, all functions light up too, although it's honkin' huge lol....i just had an 'incident' earlier today with the polaroid however....i leave it on 24/7, and when i turned on my tv today, black screen...no buttons on the remote would work...in fact, no buttons on the unit itself would work! Had to unplug/replug power...not a good sign, 1 or 2 more instances of this, and back this will go, and it'd be a shame , because i'm very happy with the reception, picture quality and ease of navigation...
post #229 of 729
Guitz, Isn't the digital thing cool! no more fading in/out, interference, snow etc.
I was truly shocked the first time I saw it. (Kinda like hearing a CD compared to tapes/records!)

That URG-7 remote looks like a good deal, why don't all remotes light up? you'd think they'd
figure that out in the past 4 decades! (and bigger buttons, not 100 itty bitty ones...)

If you have a TV with a built in digital tuner, try setting it and the polo on the same channel and do an A/B test. I noticed a *big* difference in PQ, but maybe it was my particular unit.
I don't notice *any* difference between the philips 3575 and the TV now.

Peace Sierra
post #230 of 729
Ok, I was so fracking pissed I don't even want to even talk about it...

Mine went back to the store (constant freezing, not recognizing blank DVD+Rs) so I could try the new Philips, although the Philips doesn't have the "Yes Video" feature which is totally cool when you see what is does (automatic menu system with chapters and motion thumbnails). I live in Northern AZ and so far the Philips has not appeared yet. Last week I picked up another Polaroid 1601A to give it another fracking try while I'm waiting to try the new Philips and the bloody thing works perfectly! I've been trying most features as much as possible the past 5 days and the thing hasn't froze once! USB and SD card works, timeshift and timeshift recording to hdd works, record to hdd perfect, record to DVD great, recognizes every blank I put in, picture quality is as clean as could be, quiet as a mouse. Even the remote, although having to face the unit, works 25 feet away and way better than the previous ones! I don't know. Now I'm really pissed. I'm afraid if I keep this thing it will take a dump 4 months from now or something. I know there is no QC so this thing may be a fluke. As soon as Philips shows up I'm going to pick one up and do a side by side comparison. I'm going to benchflow these frackers. In reality the Polaroid's feature set is sweet, if the bloody thing would just work for a year or two. Hell, at this point I'd take 9 months. From anything. The Polaroid bastages obviously don't give a flying rat about anything they themselves don't make. They just import the crap and throw it all up against the wall and what sticks sticks, what doesn't doesn't and the consumer can just grab their package and squeel. No wonder their warranty is 90 days. They're not stupid. I am. However, from most of the forums I've read it seem that most DVD/HDD Recorders have issues of one kind or another. I guess it depends on what features are important to you. Of course it would be of some relative help if the BLOODY THING WOULD WORK CONSISTENTLY FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE WEEKS!! Anyway, that's my take on it.

Btw,
It DOES play AND record in 16x9 as posted elsewhere on this forum. You have to adjust your Picture mode on the TV itself. For example, when viewing an HD channel (without the Polaroid) in my TV's "Normal" picture mode the picture is 16x9 but it doesn't fill up the screen (black bars). As per the instruction manual with my 37" 16x9 LCD TV as well as the manual with the Polaroid unit you have to adjust the picture mode (Normal, Wide, Panoramic, Partial Zoom, whatever) of the TV software to obtain the full screen 16x9. Also, if you have a Satellite receiver it too has to be in the proper Picture mode. When viewing JPGs (there are 2 buttons on the remote to view actual size or reduced or zoom for JPGs) or from an external video scource the principle is the same. Adjust your TVs picture mode (TV brands software varies) and you will view 16x9 full screen, nothing cut off. I've tried every mode including freezing the picture and comparing the different picture modes while frozen and it does record in 16x9 from the hdd or a DVD+R.

On another side note:
When the new Philips showed up on the Wal-Nuts website I checked the Philips website and no mention of it. I called Philips Customer Service rep and they said there is no such model, nothing showing in their information on computer, paper updates or otherwise and they checked with a manager and they suggested it must be a Wal-Mart mistake. Oh yeah? You fracking idiots! I emailed Philips AND used their pop-up survey and asked them why should I ever buy or expect support from a Philips product when Philips doesn't even know what the hell they have?!! A week later it showed up on their website on the page for HDD Recorders with 2 other models that don't have HDDs. I couldn't help but LMAO.
post #231 of 729
I decided to return my unit, the PQ appeared to be getting worse. I think it was a loose solder joint somewhere inside because the video from the internal tuner looked like it was connected with a bad cable.

I picked up the Phillips instead, they didn't have any polaroids left. So far the improvements I've noticed is:
pressing info on a digital channel will give you show name and description (though it doesn't capture it when recording)
you can watch a recorded program from the beginning even if it hasn't finished recording
the remote works a lot better.
Captures Closed Captions as captions instead of recording them into the video

Polaroid could:
Show a list of upcoming shows on a channel
Editing seemed easier to me
Name timers
post #232 of 729
slr_65 the remote works a LOT better with the lcd replacement. You don't have to worry about changing anything with a button now...point it in the general direction of the unit and bam it works.

well worth the $2 for the lcd
post #233 of 729
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Originally Posted by etrin View Post

slr_65 the remote works a LOT better with the lcd replacement. You don't have to worry about changing anything with a button now...point it in the general direction of the unit and bam it works.

well worth the $2 for the lcd

*cough* LED *cough*
post #234 of 729
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Originally Posted by Michael.mi View Post



2)About the WideScreen issue,it does have this issue,but at present you could record the 16:9 signal from other STB box CVBS or S-VIDEO output,If you record the 16:9 with the ATSC tuner on the DRA-01601A,it will deal with 4:3 letterbox or 4:3 panscan,and 16:9 widescreen mode is not supported at present.

How about QAM 256 channels ? Can DRA-01601A record those in 16:9 ?
post #235 of 729
[quote=Uno]
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Originally Posted by m82a1pa View Post

I first tried DVD-R. They played back in the Polaroid but the DVD burner in my PC couldn't read them.

OK two things to note:

1.) This shows a problem with your PC player not the Polaroid, since they obviously recorded and played back in the Polaroid.

2.) Maybe you're just using cheap/discounted DVD-R discs. I believe that someone else here had a similar issue and when they bought name brand DVD's it worked a lot better.
post #236 of 729
Can somebody please confirm if these can record QAM HD channels (1080i) in 16:9 on Hard disc. Super WalMart near me stiull has three in stock. Please post answer fast. If the answer is yes, I will zoom to the walmart and pick up one.

Thanks
post #237 of 729
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Originally Posted by DrBrain View Post

Btw,
It DOES play AND record in 16x9 as posted elsewhere on this forum. You have to adjust your Picture mode on the TV itself. For example, when viewing an HD channel (without the Polaroid) in my TV's "Normal" picture mode the picture is 16x9 but it doesn't fill up the screen (black bars). As per the instruction manual with my 37" 16x9 LCD TV as well as the manual with the Polaroid unit you have to adjust the picture mode (Normal, Wide, Panoramic, Partial Zoom, whatever) of the TV software to obtain the full screen 16x9.

Um... are you saying that what it records is actually 16:9 letterboxed, as intended for a 4:3 TV, but when played back on a standard 16:9 set it will windows box it? (letterboxed & pillarboxed), then you use the zoom feature on the TV to get it to the right size?

I don't think that quite qualifies as recording 16:9. I think what people would like to do is record the anamorphic 16:9 signal, not lose a whole bunch of resolution by being forced to zoom... besides, what if the TV doesn't have a zoom feature?

Also, if a 16:9 image isn't filling the screen on your 16:9 set using the internal tuner, then either you're watching something being broadcast letterboxed and intended for 4:3 as opposed to HD or you have something set wrong.
post #238 of 729
I went to walmart and looked into the manual. The TV type can be set only to 480i or 480p. It look like that it downconverts HD channels to SD (Standard Def) and then records those.

That is a deal breaker for me. I want HD channel to be recorded in HD, and it seems only set top boxes can do that (at present).
post #239 of 729
It doesn't record HD, mine never even could get a good lock on any hd channels on cable at all.
Neither of the units Walmart sells now record in HD, they downconvert to sd and record that. The ATSC picture I was getting looked way better then typical analog but it was HD either. If the digital tuner wasn't so picky on cable I would have kept it, I tried 3 of them.
I've got the Philips version now, it has issues with keeping the QAM channels in memory but the tuner works very well for QAM, almost no dropouts ever.
post #240 of 729
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Originally Posted by video_guy View Post

I went to walmart and looked into the manual. The TV type can be set only to 480i or 480p. It look like that it downconverts HD channels to SD (Standard Def) and then records those.

That is a deal breaker for me. I want HD channel to be recorded in HD, and it seems only set top boxes can do that (at present).

When you see units with HD-DVD or BluRay burners built in, then you can expect those to be able to record HD without downconverting.
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