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Is 942 the same as 921 but better ?

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by dreamer, Apr 13, 2005.

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  1. dreamer

    dreamer AllStar

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    I was one of the original 921 owners and experienced the blue line problem. I sent my 921 back and got a refund. I have been waiting patiently since then (while reading all of the 921 bug threads) hoping DN would come out with a 921 replacement.

    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:
    1. Stability
    2. Ability to record 2 shows at 1 time.
    3. HD programming
    4. SD/HD functionality
    5. STABILITY !

    Thanks for any help !
     
  2. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Dreamer - go read my review in the 942 support forum. It answers all of your questions, and about 100 more that you'll come up with along the way.

    In short:

    Yes, single user mode makes it a dual tuner box for 1 tv.

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Yes
     
  3. cclement

    cclement Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Hey Mark, comparing the two. On the 921, the max I can extend a recording is 29 minutes. What's the max padding on the 942? This is helpful for the shows after the games that can start and end up to an hour later than planned.
     
  4. dreamer

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    Mark,

    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.

    Thanks !
     
  5. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    cclement - 30 minutes for a normal event, 60 minutes for a sports event.

    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.
     
  6. dreamer

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    Ok I understand that.

    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 ?
     
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  8. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    kspeters - that's a can of worms that I have no intention of opening.

    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.
     
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