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I have the same problem

Running component into a 5 year old Toshiba CRT rear projection.

Native is off and only 480 is checked.

I haven't had the 30 second channel changing in about a week or so but there is usually a 4-5 second delay. Sometimes less but definitely not 'surf' worthy.

More than a nitpick but certainly not bashing. I've been using UltimateTV for years now and found this interface pretty easy to use. No complaints from the wife either - and she hates change! As long as the shows record.

I am finding the episode recording a bit confusing (and I'm pretty tech savvy) but I haven't really had the time to figure it out. Not bad considering I have recorded almost everything I've wanted. My latest issue is the stupid Showtime rollout of "Sleeper Cell". I didn't realize it was 8 episodes back to back so I didn't set it correctly. Trying to get some older episodes back now.

One thing I do notice is that when the picture changes between commecials I get a weird split second of what looks to be a convergence pop where the screeen goes black except for a few RBG colored lines. Again, it's split second and I notice it on the CRT rear projection.

I hooked up a flat screen HDTV and didn't notice it when I had them simultaneiously side by side(i.e. saw it on the RP but not on the flat screen).

Otherewise pretty happy. I will be moving soon and putting 3 of these units in a rack in the basement and sharing HD over the whole house so I'm hoping to get things chugging within the next few weeks.

Cheers!

Jay
 

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bonscott87 said:
I take it you've never had a DVR before? :)
Actually if it's only taking 2-3 seconds that is pretty fast for a DVR and it won't get a whole lot faster then that. If you had Native to On it might be more like 3-5 seconds. HDMI can incur a further delay. But if you only have 2-3 seconds that is pretty darn good.
Why the delay? Because a DVR needs to dump it's current buffer and then buffer up the new channel. It's always recording the current channel. So this take a couple seconds to do that.
Even a DirecTivo takes a couple seconds to change the channel.
A DVR's prime function is not for channel surfing but for recording. So if you are a huge channel surfer a DVR, any DVR, may not satisfy you. You might want to consider having both a DVR for recording and a non-DVR receiver for your channel surfing.
I hate to disagree here but as I mentioned in my earlier post - I have been using UltimateTV for years and also have an SD Tivo box. Both are much quicker at channel changes. Perhaps you are correct about the buffering.

Again, this is not nitpicking but you shouldn't have to give up normal channel changing speeds for the DVR - didn't have to do it before.

My main concern is that perhaps the delay in changing the channel (again, I have actually counted 20-30 seconds at times :eek2: although not that often lately) affects the recording. We've had some missed programs and I wonder if the gray/black screens while waiting for picture and sound don't throw the recording off.

What kind of Toshiba RPTV? My old Toshiba (now in the kids' playroom) is also about 5 years old but it still does 1080i.
Toshiba TheaterView TP50H509. I think it also does the 1080i via component but I switched it to 480 to see if the channel changing got any quicker. Seemed to help - or maybe it was the updates- who knows?!?:grin: I just bought 7 TVs for our new house we will be moving into in 2 months and I'm trying to figure out what to do with this TV and some of my CRT's and surround receiver and speakers. No kid's room - any ideas?

Thanks!

Jay
 
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