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Wannabe Geek


  # 203210 25-Mar-2009 11:49
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Mine arrived yesterday, which was quite fast.

Im impressed with the unit for the $258 cost.

I was only using a rather slow old 3.5" external drive (27GB), which may have caused a few small glitches in the recordings I tried (tv3). I noticed some framerate hitches in the first few seconds of the recording of tv3 (higher bitrate). I will order a 640GB WD today.

I also turned off the timeslip feature.
I did try recording and playing back a different file, or the same file. Both seem to work fine.
Idid get the impression that the drive was working hard to record a 1080i stream and playback another - a faster drive with more cache would perhaps improve this.

I found that the video output mode could be auto, 720p or 1080i. Auto worked well (HDMI to the tv), but it slows down the channel changes, so I settled on 720p at the moment. I may revert that as I would usually watch live tv using the freeview tuner in my Panasonic Plasma.
The Vantage appeared to do an ok job of scaling tv3 to 720p.

When recording, the unit is smart enough to restrict which channels you can choose to those on the same transponder - preventing you from ruining your recording. Hit ok (center of joypad) to see the channel list, with the non-available channels greyed out, and a R symbol next to the channel that is recording. Nice.

Setting a record time is slightly fiddly, as the UI is not consistant from field to field. To set the start time, you move the cursor, then enter digits on the number pad of the remote. You also have to move the cursor to one of the fields that dont use the "ok" button, to use "ok" to complete the timer entry.

I think if you have a decoder in your tv, then this is a decent choice for a PVR.

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Geek


  # 203227 25-Mar-2009 13:04
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I have one question about the Vantage PVR, can it be set to record several shows. For example say I go away for a month and want it to record the a couple of shows that I like that are on once a week. I assume that as long as you have a large enough harddrive and there are no power cuts that I should be able to do this. Hopefully I made sense. 
The price looks good and the reviews are all positive. 

 
 
 
 


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Wannabe Geek


  # 203246 25-Mar-2009 14:21
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Yes Highspeed, you can do this.



When you set a timer entry, you choose from a list of:

once, daily, weekly.. and off I think.



If you choose weekly, you then specify the day(s) of the week in the next settings box.



I used this method via the EPG last night to set a weekly record for House and Boston Legal.



I doubt that this will automatically adjust for scheduling changes (from the EPG).






FPR

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Master Geek


  # 203254 25-Mar-2009 14:37
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srtgumbee: Thanks FPR for your post. That was very helpful to me....and no doubt others that are reading.
Great to know that it can play .avi and mpeg as it is likley I trancode my current media into a format the HD6000 can play.

I have one curious question, every Xvid and Divx file I have has an *.AVI extention. Do you know if your .avi
was NOT a divx encoded avi?  Its a moot point really, looks lile I will get one of these HD6000 units and find out what media at home it can/cannot play.....will then post some feedback on here

Cheers SRT


Hi, I just checked the avi movies I played.
Video compression on the first one was Xvid & video compression on the second was DivX (both .avi video's)

FPR

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Master Geek


  # 203255 25-Mar-2009 14:43
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allan:
jonathan18: In regards to the quote above - can you give a length of time of how long it takes to boot up? My PVR probably takes 10 seconds - is it that sort of time or longer?


Not in front of mine, but I'd say more like 15-20 seconds actually.


Just timed mine, and it takes approx 20 seconds from turning on to watching TV
A side note, It took 10 seconds for my lcd TV to start.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 203263 25-Mar-2009 15:05
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FPR: I have played .avi & .mpg movies on it. It didn’t play divx, mp4 or flv movies.

FPR: I just checked the avi movies I played. Video compression on the first one was Xvid & video compression on the second was DivX (both .avi video's)
So it does play DivX and Xvid encoded .avi files. Presumably the DivX file(s) that it wouldn't play had a different file extension (perhaps .divx). If that's the case, a simple rename of the file to .avi would probably do the trick.

Edit: The other possibility is that it won't play files encoded with one of the really old versions of DivX, a number of players don't like DivX 3.


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Wannabe Geek


  # 203280 25-Mar-2009 15:57
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Thanks again FPR, I have just ordered a unit, can't wait to try it out :-)


 
 
 
 


FPR

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Master Geek


  # 203283 25-Mar-2009 15:59
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Deev8:
FPR: I have played .avi & .mpg movies on it. It didn’t play divx, mp4 or flv movies.

FPR: I just checked the avi movies I played. Video compression on the first one was Xvid & video compression on the second was DivX (both .avi video's)
So it does play DivX and Xvid encoded .avi files. Presumably the DivX file(s) that it wouldn't play had a different file extension (perhaps .divx). If that's the case, a simple rename of the file to .avi would probably do the trick.

Edit: The other possibility is that it won't play files encoded with one of the really old versions of DivX, a number of players don't like DivX 3.



Yes thats correct, it was a *.DivX named file

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Ultimate Geek

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  # 203425 26-Mar-2009 09:37
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Finally got mine hooked up last night, wait for installer guy.

Fisrt impressions nice looking unit.
1. small and compact
2. The picture is great

Dont like:

1. The slow start up as it seems to do a complete reboot everytime (like windows)
2. Sucker runs way to hot
3. Slow channell changing

Yet to try recording.

Overall system seems to need to be upped in grunt to handle HD and some cooling needs to be added.

Still happy that I have this unit for the price.




"The only way to learn some- thing is to do it"

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Wannabe Geek


  # 203438 26-Mar-2009 10:02
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Lipex, when you say the channel change is slow, what are you comparing it to? Another freeview device?

I find its only very slightly slower than my Panasonic tvs inbuilt decoder.
Also setting the video out to a fixed resolution seemed to speed up the channel change.

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  # 203439 26-Mar-2009 10:11
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To clarify this is the first HD device I have used and the comparasions where to my tv and the cossip sat box.

To me like using a laptop to game on.

I have set it to 720 I think as thats all my old Sony CRT will handle




"The only way to learn some- thing is to do it"

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  # 203441 26-Mar-2009 10:22
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I setup my unit as yesterday as well (shipping time was great).

Setup was a breeze, turn it on, select a language and it scans for channels automatically (this process took 2mins 40 seconds).

As some have noted, it does take a while to boot. I'd be inclined just to leave the unit switched on I think.

I was surprised at how responsive the unit is. Im used to using a Tivo/Sky combo and it's significantly faster than that. The interface is snappy (much more so than a zenith sky unit).

A small gripe is the brightness of the unit in standby mode. I have mine installed in my room and it's very bright when trying to sleep. It's significantly brighter than my amp, tv, sky unit etc. It'd be great if software allowed you to dim the brightness of the screen when in standby.

The remote is quite well laid out.

Recording TV is straight forward and works well. I'm using a 40gb 5400 laptop harddrive and found the first 5 seconds of playing back a show were a bit chunky (missed frames). It came right after that and plays well. I suspect a full sized 7200rpm drive would fix these issues. I also played some .avi files from the same hard drive and these worked well.

Recording shows in advance (ie the same show every week) isn't very intuitive. Once again, my experience is with a tivo and it's much easier on that. That said, it's just a matter of getting used to the way it's done on this unit.

highly reccomended anyway, great for the price.

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Master Geek


  # 203447 26-Mar-2009 10:37
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Got one yesterday too - tried playing one divx encoded .avi file (movie). It worked but the aspect ratio was screwed (it filled the whole 16x9 screen and stretched the picture vertically to do this). Tried changing the video output to 580p, 720p, 1080i - no difference.
Playing the same file from my PC onto the same TV via my xbox360 (as I normally do it), the aspect ratio was fine ie black bars top and bottom because it was a 2.35:1 movie (as most seem to be).
So its seems the Vantage doesnt handle things as well as the xbox360 in this respect.
Of couse I could be doing something wrong - any suggestions but setting on the Vantage I could tweak?

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  # 203472 26-Mar-2009 11:57
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juliant: Got one yesterday too - tried playing one divx encoded .avi file (movie). It worked but the aspect ratio was screwed (it filled the whole 16x9 screen and stretched the picture vertically to do this). Tried changing the video output to 580p, 720p, 1080i - no difference.
Playing the same file from my PC onto the same TV via my xbox360 (as I normally do it), the aspect ratio was fine ie black bars top and bottom because it was a 2.35:1 movie (as most seem to be).
So its seems the Vantage doesnt handle things as well as the xbox360 in this respect.
Of couse I could be doing something wrong - any suggestions but setting on the Vantage I could tweak?


Hi,

Under Video settings, change the Vide Aspect Ratio and try it.

Cheers


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Ultimate Geek


# 203511 26-Mar-2009 14:16

just ordered one, thanks for the special!

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