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Hello everyone,


I've used a TiVo for a long time, but it has recently begun acting up and missing recordings. I've been considering a second PVR for a while and I've always been intrigued by the included ethernet on the 4000 series. I'd like to purchase one now.


Unfortunately, they seem pretty rare. SonicBlue's web site lists the 4080 for $999 and the 4320 for $1999 and this is the only place I have found to purchase them.


On to the questions ...


Should I purchase now or wait for the new products to come out this summer?


If I do purchase now, is there a less expensive option than direct?


If I am forced to go direct, should I purchase the 4080 or the 4320? $1000 seems pretty steep for an extra 240GB of space. My TiVo has been upgraded with a 120GB drive and it seems to meet my needs. On the other hand, 80GB in the 4080 might be a bit restrictive.


Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!
 

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I just spoke with my distributor. The 4504s did not ship today. I expect that there has been some delay with the subscription software. The 4500s will work for 10 days only unless they are subscribed. If anyone buys it then cannot register for 10 days after initial use then that would be a royal pain in the ..... for the consumer.


I would check the Sonicblue web site. As soon as they put up their subscription page, the 4500s will go out the door.
 

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...should I purchase the 4080 or the 4320? $1000 seems pretty steep for an extra 240GB of space...
If you feel like voiding your warranty, you can do what a lot of us have done -- buy the 4040 (you can probalby find them on ebay?) and upgrade it yourself (using the amazing RTVPatch developed by various geniouses on this forum) to a 4120, 4160 or 4320 by adding one or two new drives.


If you want to go down this hack path but you can't find a 4040, you can wait a few weeks and pick up a 4540 when they are released.
 

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Dont forget the 4060, 4100, 4140, 4180, 4200, 4220, 4240, 4260, and the 4280. Did I miss a combination of single and paired 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, and 160GB hard drives? Personally, I've only done the 4100, 4160, 4200, 4240, and the 4320. It would be interesting if the number of RTV4K upgraders on this board can cover the entire range of possible capacities.
 

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Thanks everyone for the advice. After reading everything, I decided to purchase one of the two remaining RTV4080s at Amazon. I couldn't justify the price for the 4320 and thought that the 4080 was a good start.


Besides, I can always archive my shows using SwapDV to shift the storage requirements over to a less expensive PC hard drive :)


It showed up via UPS today ... where my wife is holding it for me until I get home from work. Maybe today is a good day to leave a little early ...
 
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