Originally Posted by lindend
1. Did you hear audio drop outs in the original recording?
2. Is this analog, digital or HD content?
3. Does the video macroblock when you hear the audio drop outs?
No, the video is perfect. Looks absolutely beautiful on our new 1080p TV at all times.
We first need to find out if the problem was in the original stream or if it was introduced by the recording. If the problem was not in the original content, then this isn't expected.
It's hard to tell, since the program itself is long gone, of course. We haven't noticed it yet in live programs, but we have not had this setup very long. It has happened twice now in different HD recordings.
(Firmware updating) is done automatically by your cable provider. There is a very detailed explanation on this process in the TDC775HD thread. You may want to search that thread to get the details on why its done this way.
That thread is getting quite long. I'll try searching.
BTW, who is your cable provider?
Suddenlink. Their online web site is completely devoid of content other than bandwidth-intensive advertising and promotion. In terms of technical support and information, it is awful.
At the risk of veering off-topic, with respect to the Pace site, it would be nice to have further information on specs for add-on eSATA disks, etc. (3 Gbps required, or will 1.5Gbps do? What is the total capacity limit for external disks?) What is the difference between primary and secondary audio? Is audio volume controlled through the cable box if you put it in to the audio in, or through the audio source? And how does that relate to audio connections through HDMI?
We like the 779X quite well, although as a minor comment given that it is an HD/DVR it is surprising that it is called the "Tahoe Analog" - that threw us in looking the unit up for a bit, but Google helped.
The only other minor comment we have is that the slight fan noise hum it makes is a bit distracting. It is quieter than our old VCR, of course, but since it continues even after all devices are switched off, it is noticeable in a quiet room.