Originally Posted by Z7What
Im trying to figure out a few things about my 5310-M, some being a issue I keep having and the others are just for making for a better all around home video system.
I probably shouldn't be injecting my thoughts here, since it's been five years since I actually used TWC-provided true DCX equipment, albeit older models. So my comments may be outdated an no longer accurate. But your questions are interesting, so I'll try to provide answers which might just be true even today with the newer boxes and firmware/software.
Incidentally... did you really mean 5310-M for your box, or was that a typo and you really meant 3510-M as I think??
The issues is I have my 4:3 Override set to Stretch and I find that it always go back to OFF. I don't want it off, I want it to stay on Stretch.
As I recall, this option is for how you want 4:3 content displayed, with "stretch" meaning you want horizontal stretch-o-vision applied to make full horizontal use of your 16:9 screen real estate for a 4:3 image which otherwise would display in 4:3 OAR with black bars on left and right ofyour 16:9 screen. You'd rather see Jabba the Hut super-wide images for humans and no black bars, rather than true 4:3 original aspect ratio with normal humans, centered in your 16:9 area but consequently requiring black bars on left and right. Yes?
As I recall, the DCX boxes went through HDMI handshakes every time you powered on a connected HDMI device (e.g. your HDTV, or your AVR if you relayed your DVR through your AVR and then on to your HDTV via HDMI). So unless all devices were already powered on and stable when the DVR performed the HDMI handshakes and the DVR POWERED ON LAST, seeming poor design in the firmware caused the loss of all of your previously established box hardware settings and a reset to "factory default" any time these base level HDMI handshakes occurred. That's why if you do power your DVR on and off, that it's been commonly suggested you (a) turn your DVR on LAST, and (b) turn your DVR off first.
This prescribed DVR power on/off sequence was a trick that almost always "preserved" your hardware setup settings, including not just 4:3 override but also "native output resolution" vs. any "fixed 720p/1080i or 1080p output resolution" and also HDMI audio settings.
I have the other settings set to 16:9 and 1080P60. Im very happy with the way its performs with those setting. Just cant figure out why the 4:3 Override keeps going back to OFF. I never turn the Cable Box off either.
But you are keeping your DVR on while turning on/off your HDTV and on/off your AVR (I would guess).
I believe it is the changes in on/off state of your other devices while keeping your DVR always on which is triggering the unwanted HDMI handshakes and unfortunate related HDMI firmware resets you're seeing.
Just out of curiosity, why don't you try TURN OFF YOUR DVR FIRST, and then powering off your TV and AVR. Note that the box will automatically come back to life and then go back to sleep in order to make scheduled recordings, so not to worry about that. And when you want to watch TV again, turn your TV and AVR on first and let them both power up and stablize, and then TURN ON YOUR DVR LAST.
Report back if that experiment is successful in retaining all of your hardware setup settings.
I also find that HD channels are much much lower in volume than the SD channels. I have adjusted the settings on the Power/Menu A/V Settings to Dolby Digital to On and Off and its doesn't change a thing. I also did the Menu/Menu and under the A/V setting I changed it from Stereo to Advanced and then Heavy Compression and Stereo Output to Matrix. Doing this seams to have increased the bass but not actually increase the voices. I have all of my sources going into my AVR via HDMI and from the AVR into the TV. All controlled by a Harmony Smart Hub Remote.
Is your sound system an external speaker-based multi-channel surround system of real speakers connected to your AVR? Or are you using the two speakers in your HDTV?
And does your AVR have "HDMI pass-through" specified in its audio setup (which it would need to have, in order to use the TV's two speakers) or do you have "HDMI pass-through" SET TO OFF in your AVR?
HDMI digital audio (from DVR to whatever is the eventual output device) again goes through HDMI handshaking to establish how to deliver it from source to speaker. So if your speaker setup can support multi-channel surround (e.g. via your AVR and multiple speakers) then the DVR will deliver DD5.1 multi-channel or DD2.0 2-channel true original untouched digital audio via HDMI to the AVR exactly as the source program provides, and NONE OF THE ANALOG-RELATED AUDIO SETTINGS YOU DESCRIBE WILL APPLY.
In other words, I believe the audio settings of the DVR that you mention are for when you are using 2-channel analog red/white stereo speaker output of the DVR, and 2-channel analog stereo audio is delivered from the DVR itself. So if your TV's speakers (through the AVR, because of HDMI pass-through being ON in the AVR) are seen as the digital output audio device, the DVR will only deliver 2-channel digital stereo. So now you have digital mix-down issues from what could have been the original DD5.1 multi-channel source, and resulting good or bad sound to your ears.
So... multi-channel speaker sound system hosted by the AVR? If you have "HDMI pass-through" disabled in your AVR, then you should be getting true DD5.1 digital audio delivered from DVR to AVR, and all multi-channel audio results from your multiple speakers is under the control of your AVR and its setup. The DVR's analog audio settings shouldn't apply at all and are irrelevant.
However if you're using the TV's speakers (which can handle only 2-channel stereo at best, passed through the AVR and received from the DVR via HDMI), now the DVR 2-channel digital mixdown occurs. Again, I would think the DVR's analog audio settings wouldn't come into play.
Seems that even if the TV speakers are what you're using, I would think you can still turn off HDMI audio pass-through in the AVR, letting the DVR deliver DD5.1 to the AVR. And then you configure your AVR to deliver its own mixed-down 2.0 stereo to the TV (via the HDMI cable going to the TV), per the audio setup settings in the AVR. That would likely produce better results than having the DVR do its own 2-channel stereo.
I hope I'm speaking truth here about your audio issues.
I'd also like to know about the eSATA. Do I simply buy a eSATA HardDrive and plug it in? Does it save to the internal HD then once that's filled then to the external? Or does it save to both?
If eSATA is currently active, that's a surprise to me. It never was before on these Motorola-based boxes in the US cable systems, but that may have changed now. Canada, yes. US, no. But I may be wrong now and things may have changed to support eSATA external storage.
If it's active, I would assume there is a "load balancing" algorithm in use once the initial formatting of both internal and external storage is complete. I would think recordings would go on either drive depending on current in-use storage statistics and the usage algorithm based on required capacity and free storage availability for each program to be recorded.
Again... don't hold me to any of this. If what I've said is no longer accurate or correct, please accept my apology.