Originally Posted by BLT4ME
I just received the 3400 yesterday in northern california. I am very impressed with the box so far. The feature to change the resolution on the front panel is very cool. It allowed me to get the optimal settings for the box below.
(It wont let me post a link to the moto user guide, but just search motorola dcx3400 and you will find it)
My settings for my Samsung LN46B640 46' 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV are:
TV Type 16:9
HDMI/YPbPr Output: Native (see my comments below)
4:3 OVERRIDE OFF (grayed out)
My TV supports the following formats
480p (see comments)
video sharpness 3
Ok, so first after playing with all of the settings I think the "native" output is the best. This means that it plays all the HD channels in whatever resolution they are broadcast in (1080i vs 720p) from the available "my tv supports the following formats" checked resolutions. If you want to see the difference of upconverting everything to 1080i and native, uncheck the 720p from your list in native, and while on say HDESPN press the front panel format button to see the difference between 1080i and 720p. It looked ridiculously nicer on 720p. I unchecked 480p on that list because I think the stretched SD channels look horrible in 480p, and look best in 720p (black bars on the sides).
According to the manual the box will auto check (in my TV supports list in native) whatever formats your TV supports when connected with an HDMI cable.
I have not fully played around with the video sharpness, but will play with that later. I am assuming though like for my LCD HDTV I will put the sharpness to 1 (or 0 if it was an option).
I have not *knock on wood* experienced any green screens.
My only question to those in the know is how do I tell how big of a hard drive the box has. I do not see it printed anywhere on the box, and do not see a way to tell from the user menu. I guess I will find out soon or enough as I start recording HD shows.
I will post any followups.
If you look on the bottom of the box on the manufacturer's sticker that has the extended model number, the last three digits indicate the size of the drive (at least that is how it is on mine).
As far as sharpness, my box is set on (5), and my television's sharpness setting is set at zero. TV: Samsung HL61A750 Location: Denver
As far as green screen: I did not experience for about the first week. Then it happened a lot. Lately, it has not been happening, but, instead, it freezes when switching resolutions. This may have more to do with the television, though, since the A750 is notorious for not making those switches quickly.
If your Samsung's available settings are the same as the A750, you may want to go into "Additional HDMI settings," and set the Color Spacing to YCC. Then, enable it your television's menu, and choose "Wide" as your color gamut. I have been pleasantly surprised with the nuanced colors that those settings achieve. (I also had to lower the settings for dynamic contrast and black level when I did this.)