thanks mr mazda... i must have missed that one somewhere...
it would still be interesting to know if they did any comparative testing or initial testing of the replacement tuner as to performance improvement, and what they found.
If you're satsified with the Oppo playback, I'd stick with that so you don't have to mess with the basic setup you're used to.
The real "other" advantage to the filter/converters is CP stripping.
Here are 3 sections of the HDD replacement help file with lots if info. The 3rd secrion is specifically related to 2.5" systems.
Have you upgraded your 2160A FW to SuperFW 727V so it operates like a 515?
Tuning Interference? See if any of the "successful" channel-mapping remedies here helps you find your interfering channels?
Table V in that help file shows a CinemaStar 382 model, but the "8" only indicates 32MB cache, not a big deal on cache size for our units.
Here's a DeskStar 362 (16MB cache) at Newegg that should make a good replacement ($69.99). It's listed as an Alternate in Table A-2. Note high rate of DOA's in Reviews but several Mag users have replaced with this drive long ago with no problems so far.
That HDD should be OK, although the new 6Gb/s transfer rate isn't needed in our units and I don't think anyone has tried one of these yet. I still don't see any problem, but just my opinion.
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Here's someone who has that 662 for $67.52 (don't know anything about this seller)... $150-210 other places!
Someone so inclined could build a "poor-man's farm" with those!