Originally Posted by westy32
Well, both my J&R refurb 2160a's are going back to J&R. One unit will not scan any channels or tune manually installed channels and the other one's clock runs really really fast in short period of time. 1st time ever having problems with refurbs but just think I will buy another one new. Would have been nice to save the $.
Sorry to hear you're having problems with the refurbs. Mine LOOKS good - seemed new, except the remote seems a little slow. I'm setting it up now. OK for analog stations but having a little trouble with the auto preset so I'm doing it again. Also I need to check how I've connected things, cause I want to do cable box in and cant find it L1, 2, and I assume 3 is the DV input. The external DVD recorder is showing up but the cablebox and digital channels are not. User error, I'm betting... I have to shift over to svideo input in menu. Will be back iwth a report. Looks good physically, nothing on the HD, and ... auto presetting now. They must have sprayed it with "new car" smell - seems fresh as a daisy. We shall see... Manual clock set, daylight savings off ... just discovered the additional input on the front, so I may only hook that up for dubbing sessions. Will be back later w/ the verdict. ....
OK, that's what it needed -- I had to change to SVIDEO for the input in the menu before the cable box would show up. Wow -- happy (so far) and ... I still have more stuff to plug in. The only odd thing is the HDMI from the 2160 responded to the remote control for the panny EA 38 and swapped channels. Guess the input selection via HDMI is overlapping somehow. I may switch OUT from one of them (maybe the Mag) to component. Will I lose any 'upconversion by doing so? I'm thinking it may be better if I'm playing commercial DVDs. For now, I have to experiment - not sure the in/outs are right, but tv check, mag check cable box check, dvd /vhs combo .. check (at least it was working before I changed everything else.
BINGO! The retuning of the digital seems to have fixed it. All there (including the evil twin channel 22 that brings in both MHz (international channels AND Md. Public television. How strange. I think this tuner may be better than the other one...
Now on to the cable box. So far, ok .... no audio -- duh. SVideo needs audio cables, too. So I guess I can't go out compnent AND svideo until I get an audio splitter out from 2160. I think this way I will be able to record off cable box to DVD recorder and use the 2160 tuner to get a different station via 2160a (and the tv to watch a third?) Cant envision when that's gonna happen, but nice to know we can!
I'm happy so far ... will try 2160 dvd player recorder tonight. HDD recording looked good ... I just discovered the HDMI settings by multiple clicking .... that changes the output from the HD?
I need to go back and search for the code to see how long this was used.... just curious. Think I dodged a bullet, but dont want to jump to conclusions til testing is done.
Once more ... thanks everybody!