Originally Posted by YellowSpoon
I'm confused. I get my hi-definition TV over-the-air (OTA). I do not have cable or satellite. If I buy one of these and only use the DVR functions, can I playback and/or watch delayed TV in high definition? Numerous posts indicate no. If so, what is the "HQ" recording option? Is HQ better than standard definition, but not quite 1080? The user manual specifically states the use of standard definition for DVD recording, yet the manual doesn't explicitly say that the DVR only plays back at 480i.
Bits are bits. Why not record the bits directly from my antenna and play them back to my TV when I hit "PLAY"?
I have two Sony DGH-HDD250 which are showing their age. I also have a new Channel Master CM7400, which records great, but has a lot of software issues (like hanging occasionally). I'm looking for a replacement DVR as I just gotta skip over the commercials.
You've got the perfect TV source and use for these Mags: (1) OTA antenna with only digital/digital HD signals, (2) record-watch-delete, (3) primarily DVR functions (DVD secondary).
If you record everything with 1-hr-HQ rec mode, you might also think you're recording HD, but it will be 480i SD recorded at max. bit rate of ~10Mbps... approaching HD territory. Depending on many system factors, you can upconvert everything and they might well look better yet. I get an analog cable feed and my digital channels look great but upconversion doesn't make them look better here, altho comm. DVDs DO look better. "Everything" depends on the source! :-)
Even if you decide to make a DVD out of a program longer than 1-hour, your HD source will produce an HQ recording that holds up extremely well even thru real-time mode conversion dubs to virtually all the other rec modes, as described here (3 subjects).
Edit: I forgot to mention, these DVD recorders MUST record in 480i SD cuz the DVD Std was built on the old VHS std, so anything with a DVD burner is relegated to that SD std.
Also, the coax on these is a passthru of the raw signal, so anything going thru the Mag's coax will be HD on your TV screen... the Mag has an amplified internal splitter that splits the HD signal and downconverts the signal to the reqd 480i for the internal video system.
Edited by wajo - 9/10/12 at 11:35am