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Is 942 the same as 921 but better ?
Posted 13 April 2005 - 03:50 PM
Is the 942 that unit ? I know it has 2 tuners and can be used for 2 seperate TV's, but can't it also be used as a dual tuner for just 1 TV on the TV1 setting of outputs ?
Mark and expertise on this unit from you would be especially appreciated.
The main functions I am looking for out of a multi-tuner DVR is:
2. Ability to record 2 shows at 1 time.
3. HD programming
4. SD/HD functionality
5. STABILITY !
Thanks for any help !
Posted 13 April 2005 - 03:54 PM
Yes, single user mode makes it a dual tuner box for 1 tv.
Posted 13 April 2005 - 04:10 PM
Posted 13 April 2005 - 08:50 PM
Thanks for that reveiw ! I read the whole thing but I do have a question regarding image sizing from the 942 on a 16x9 Sony Wega 610 LCD HDTV. After reading some of the replies to your review I saw a number of people already complaining about the screen size modes of the 942.
Can you break down how the 942 handles SD content as well as HD content in layman's terms for me. My current 510 DVR's do a fine job at screen sizing on my 60" LCD and 42" plasma.
Posted 13 April 2005 - 10:10 PM
dreamer, OK, lets try this:
SD content, the 942 can upconvert it to 1080i, 720p or 480p. The screen formats are Stretch (linear stretching the 4x3 window to fill the 16x9 screen), Partial Zoom (linear stretching the 4x3 image to fill the 16x9 screen, and then vertically stretching the image about 15%), Zoom (linear stretching the 4x3 image to fill the 16x9 screen, vertically stretching the image about 30%), Gray Bars (superimposing gray side bars over the black side bars on the sides of the 4x3 image). All of the format modes are functional with SD content.
That's not the case with HD content, though. When watching HD programming, the format fuctions are not available due to a bug in the video driver. Meaning, you can't stretch an station upconverted 4x3 image. There are ways around all of it, though, depending on what input resolutions your display devices can stretch. In my opinion, the lack of stretch functions for the HD channels isn't enough of a reason to stay away from the 942.
Posted 13 April 2005 - 10:57 PM
In your opinion how do the various stretch modes actually look on a 16x9 widescrren TV ?
Have you heard any chatter that the HD stretch modes will be available in the future ?
Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:53 AM
I don't know why they don't let that be user defined b/c on my replay DVR I can pad what ever I want to. For example one time i knew the guide data was wrong and a show was going ot be on for two hours. I just seklected the first show in the time slot and padded the recording 1 1/2 hours. Works fine. With all these little glitches they encounter why don't they just license replay or tivo technology? Is it because Charly thinks he can build a better mouse trap? With all that being said I am expecting to get a 942 early next week.
Posted 14 April 2005 - 08:16 AM
dreamer - I have both TV1 and the composite outputs of TV2 connected to my HDTV. About half the time I use partial zoom when watching 4x3 content on my HDTV, and the other half the time I change to the TV2 outputs and let my HDTV do the non-linear stretch. Just depends on what I'm watching.
HD stretch modes will be available - just waiting on a broadcom driver update for them.