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post #24691 of 25426

I have long read this thread and came here last night before ordering a 537 from Walmart. Because I knew from here that if the price went down today I would be able to request the new price, which I did.

 

But before ordering last night I checked Sam's Club and noticed that they had the 535 priced at $218.88 in store only. But just now I checked Sam's and the 535 is now availabe online at the $218.88 price.

 

 

Sam's Club

 

535 ( 500GB ), New, $218.88 with 6' HDMI Cable.


Edited by dvrfan8 - 11/28/13 at 7:48am
post #24692 of 25426

Interesting, I don't think Sams has sold the Funai made recorders since the Philips 3576 quite some years back. Seems like a good price on the 535 and as the case with many things at wholesale clubs, it includes a free HDMI cable!

post #24693 of 25426
Just ordered the 535 from Amazon for $218.88! Must be my lucky day, I have been following this thread for a while and I'm ready to try one out.
post #24694 of 25426
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Originally Posted by Retspin View Post

Just ordered the 535 from Amazon for $218.88! Must be my lucky day, I have been following this thread for a while and I'm ready to try one out.

I hope you enjoy it. On 1-17-13 I had mine up and running or should I say
recording in just a few minutes.
Last night I recorded nearly 24 hours of the I dream of Jeannie marathon
from Antenna TV on my MDR-535.I met to get the last 4 hours, but I had the 29th day which should have been the 28th.
That was my first time at recording 12 hours at a time with it.

Mark
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post #24695 of 25426
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Originally Posted by Johnla View Post


You might be better served by looking into getting a VHS/DVD combo DVR. They are made to transfer between the two formats, there are several different ones available. Both Magnavox and Toshiba offer them, Walmart has them online for sale. Most do not however have any sort of TV tuner function, but it looks like that is not something you are looking to have in your VHS to DVD copy/dubbing ventures.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Retspin View Post

Just ordered the 535 from Amazon for $218.88! Must be my lucky day, I have been following this thread for a while and I'm ready to try one out.

 

 

From everything I've read here, I thought that the consensus was that the all-in-one units were not the way to go for a variety of reasons, especially since my tapes are different brands, quality, length, etc. In any case, I went with the 535 since I had some Amazon gift cards and it was on sale. Retspin, thanks for the heads up!

post #24696 of 25426
Whether I've written about or seen this mentioned I can't remember. A V513 recording indirectly via cable box to L2 has taken to burning both DVD-RWs and DVD+RWs from programs from which I've edited out commercials that eventually play back on every player tried in no sound mode. e.g. I play through a DVD to say CH8 normally, then CH9 begins as if mute was turned on. If I pause, resume restores sound, but no amount of backing up and starting again from the edit point plays sound until first paused. Mute begins again at CH10, so another pause is required to restore sound. Most recent program to do this came from Sundance "In the Cut" and happens burned to both -RW and +RW. To be able to dub for competent editing acceptably from such DVDs to a Pioneer without sound getting lost requires retaining the tail of the commercial so that the pause/play cycle's OS graphic has a chance to time out by end of commercial. Alternatively, I have to physically move the V513 several hundred feet to dub to Pioneer without needing a DVD interposed. frown.gif
post #24697 of 25426
Hello Everyone,

Just a quick questions about my 515. I had to do the "soft reset" about a month ago when the power went off, then came back on. I held in the power button and plugged in the unit....it came back to life.
Now when the power goes off, I have to do this reset every time. Is there a reason this is happening? I also have a 313 in the bedroom and it never has this issue.
Wanting to know if there are issues with the power supply in the unit. I still have the replaceable warranty through Walmart and would like to exchange it if this issue will get worse before the warranty runs out.
Thanks for any feedback.

Brent
post #24698 of 25426
Thread Starter 

Do you have both units plugged directly into wall, or what?

post #24699 of 25426
Do 533s and 535s become 537s if drive is upped to 1TB?

Perhaps my dim recollection of old posts is incorrect, but I think the 51x models were said to be locked as to maximum capacity format.

Or maybe it was firmware dependent.

Can't quite seem to glean it from the HW/FW part of the mega-thread confused.gif

So would appreciate it if anyone can set me straight on this, for both 51x and 53x series.

Thanks.
post #24700 of 25426
Thread Starter 

No. The 51x Series are FW-limited to 500GB, and the 53x series are FW-limited to 1TB. If you put a larger-capacity HDD in either unit and it "worked" OK. it would still be limited to 500GB or 1TB.


Edited by wajo - 11/29/13 at 3:17pm
post #24701 of 25426
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Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post

I play through a DVD to say CH8 normally, then CH9 begins as if mute was turned on. If I pause, resume restores sound, but no amount of backing up and starting again from the edit point plays sound until first paused. Mute begins again at CH10, so another pause is required to restore sound.
This reminds me of a problem I've had. Although it may not be related, I'll mention it anyway just in case.

In the Setup menu: General Setting / Playback / Disc Audio / Dolby Digital, the settings are PCM and Stream. I had similar audio issues when using the Stream setting (which was the default), and selecting PCM fixed it.
post #24702 of 25426
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Yes. Both 51x and 53x series are FW-limited to 1TB. If you put a larger-capacity HDD in and it "worked" OK. it would still be limited to 1TB.
I missed the possibility that a V513 could be upgraded from 320G to 1T. When did that happen?
post #24703 of 25426
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Yes. Both 51x and 53x series are FW-limited to 1TB. If you put a larger-capacity HDD in and it "worked" OK. it would still be limited to 1TB.
I missed the possibility that a V513 could be upgraded from 320G to 1T. When did that happen?

 

My bad! 1TB only started with 53x Series. I'll fix my prev. post.

post #24704 of 25426
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Originally Posted by Nocturnal View Post

I had similar audio issues when using the Stream setting (which was the default), and selecting PCM fixed it.
That change didn't help here. frown.gif
post #24705 of 25426
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

No. The 51x Series are FW-limited to 500GB, and the 53x series are FW-limited to 1TB. If you put a larger-capacity HDD in either unit and it "worked" OK. it would still be limited to 500GB or 1TB.

Thanks wajo.

Wasn't sure if the 53x were all running the same firmware, making a capacity upgrade an HDD hardware-only task.

Or whether some firmware "adjustments" would be necessary, as well.
Edited by jam-h - 11/29/13 at 4:05pm
post #24706 of 25426
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jam-h View Post

Thanks wajo.

Wasn't sure if the 53x were all running the same firmware, making a capacity upgrade an HDD hardware-only task.
Or whether some firmware "adjustments" would be necessary, as well.

 

Yes, all 53x models have the same FW and a HDD-only replacement has been tested in a 537 with a 2TB HDD by Nostradimwit here.

post #24707 of 25426
Thanks again. See from your list the 53x all shipped with HD6A012900L1E.

But I'm still not clear on whether, say, a 513 would require a firmware "adjustment" to utilize 500GB...
post #24708 of 25426
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jam-h View Post

Thanks again. See from your list the 53x all shipped with HD6A012900L1E.

But I'm still not clear on whether, say, a 513 would require a firmware "adjustment" to utilize 500GB...

 

No.

post #24709 of 25426
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

No.
Great!.

Always appreciate the time you devote to this great series of recorders, and to those who are trying to use them well.
post #24710 of 25426
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Do you have both units plugged directly into wall, or what?

Hello Wajo,
The 515 is in the living room and plugged into a surge protector. The 313 in the bedroom is plugged directly into the wall. The 515 plugged into the surge protector is the one that I have to do the soft reset on.
Thanks
Brent
post #24711 of 25426
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Originally Posted by Brent Aucoin View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Do you have both units plugged directly into wall, or what?

Hello Wajo,
The 515 is in the living room and plugged into a surge protector. The 313 in the bedroom is plugged directly into the wall. The 515 plugged into the surge protector is the one that I have to do the soft reset on.
Thanks
Brent
If you're the guy that had the post I saw a few days back about having to do a soft-reset after power is lost; If what you're dealing with are these transient power outages that last about a second or less, then back on again, (repeatedly) like we have around here, just get a $30 UPS unit. Even though I have a whole-house generator, I still have to use UPS units because the electricity in this area is horrible with these cyclic rapid on/off/on events (and the generator only cuts on after about 20 secs of power loss). Of course if your power outages are always long, then never mind. wink.gif
post #24712 of 25426
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jam-h View Post

Thanks again. See from your list the 53x all shipped with HD6A012900L1E.

But I'm still not clear on whether, say, a 513 would require a firmware "adjustment" to utilize 500GB...

 

On the FW "adjustment" thing, if you haven't installed the SuperFW 727V update yet, I'd recommend you do to make your 513 operate like a 515.

 

The SuperFW 727V udpate includes the following:

  1. Fixes an HDMI Control (CEC) problem first reported by KrazyJeffSD on 9/16/11, where his 513 turned his TV on for a timer rec program while he was gone... shouldn't do that.
  2. Fixes E19 Finalize and other Disc Edit menu problems in a 2160A with timer programs set.
  3. Fixes failure of AR to start in some machines.
  4. Eliminates double "Are You Sure?" dialogs.
  5. Eliminates confusing auto-Preview after an End-Cut.
  6. Changes "Empty Title" to "Empty Space" on DVDs.
  7. Fixes problem of timer programs being deleted by making changes to other timer programs.
  8. Even more important than 1-7, SuperFW 727V intended for the 515 can be installed in the 2160A and 513 to give those units all the operating features of the 515... and it's reversible if you don't like it.
post #24713 of 25426
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brent Aucoin View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

Do you have both units plugged directly into wall, or what?

Hello Wajo,
The 515 is in the living room and plugged into a surge protector. The 313 in the bedroom is plugged directly into the wall. The 515 plugged into the surge protector is the one that I have to do the soft reset on.
Thanks
Brent

 

The surge protector on the 515 might be "defective" in some way or simply of poor quality (response time too slow?).

 

For both your 513 and 515, you might want to try a "better" (higher-quality) surge protector or, even better, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) as described here.

post #24714 of 25426
Hopefully Cyber Monday brings a bit more discount on these DVR's.
$20 is not even a 10% discount....disappointing for black Friday sale.
post #24715 of 25426
Quote:
Originally Posted by wajo View Post

The surge protector on the 515 might be "defective" in some way or simply of poor quality (response time too slow?).

For both your 513 and 515, you might want to try a "better" (higher-quality) surge protector or, even better, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) as described here.

Will change it out. I just wonder if I should have it plugged directly into the wall since the 313 has never had an issue with needing a reset.
Electronics...what you gonna do????

Thanks again.

Brent
post #24716 of 25426
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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

........ or, even better, an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) as described here.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/24700_20#post_24013429 wink.gif
post #24717 of 25426
I also have this problem. The power went off for a second. My 515 required soft reset. My 533 was fine. Both were plugged into the same surge protector.The 515 also sometimes freezes during playback from HDD. On the 515 I have done soft reset ,firmware upgrade,hard drive check (every thing OK),hard drive format (skip 013),Also skip 079.Everything checked out but it still freezes during playback occasionally . It can be recording to HDD at the time freezes occur and the recording will continue and be fine after it completes and unit is turned off and I turn back on after 20 sec. Then all recordings are available again and work fine even the one that froze. Any suggestions?
post #24718 of 25426
Thread Starter 
Quote:Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeme View Post

I also have this problem. The power went off for a second. My 515 required soft reset. My 533 was fine. Both were plugged into the same surge protector.The 515 also sometimes freezes during playback from HDD. On the 515 I have done soft reset ,firmware upgrade,hard drive check (every thing OK),hard drive format (skip 013),Also skip 079.Everything checked out but it still freezes during playback occasionally . It can be recording to HDD at the time freezes occur and the recording will continue and be fine after it completes and unit is turned off and I turn back on after 20 sec. Then all recordings are available again and work fine even the one that froze. Any suggestions?

 

If you have an "almost-full" HDD. that can cause odd problems but mostly with playback or other activities that require HDD cache, etc.

 

If that's not the case, you might want to consider installing the Ver02C FW, as described here?

 

As a last resort in case the Ver02C FW doesn't help and you ever take the cover off, you could check the ribbon cables from PCB to HDD. If you do this, please follow the Precautions listed and described here.


Edited by wajo - 12/1/13 at 1:45pm
post #24719 of 25426
Sometimes things that seem unrelated can cause inexplicable behavior in a digital environment. Try re-seating the HDMI connectors and/or changing the HDMI cable. If the TV has another HDMI port to try, try it. If composite and/or component cables are connected but unused, disconnect them. IOW, work the connections, including those inside the 515.

Is its own fan working? Does it sit above something that is a heat source? If so, try a fan or moving heat source or 515 elsewhere.

If you have a PC with an extra of the same type of HD connection, remove the HD from the 515 and check it in the PC with the HD maker's diagnostic utility. If connector is not available, put it in a USB or eSATA or Firewire case to run the diagnostic. If swapping the HDs between 515 and 533 moves the problem to the other, you'll know where the problem lies.
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