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Topic # 57794 25-Feb-2010 02:53
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Hi everyone, Looking at PVR's and HTPC and the like. At the moment the MagicTV 3600 seems flavour of the month so I'm wondering whats wrong with Homecast ht9200HD. It seems to have exactly the same features and is on special to Geekzone members for $499?

Have I missed something?

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  Reply # 301966 25-Feb-2010 08:31
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Homecast HT9200DTR is my recommended PVR. It has everything including workaround to transfer files to your PC. See my post earlier. It has been a solid performer for me. $499 is great deal.

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  Reply # 301983 25-Feb-2010 10:13
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I've had both. I had some issues with the Homecast box, especially with jitter on TV3 playback while recording 2 shows at the same time. It may have been my TV/STB combination but it did my head in.

IMO the interface and remote are significantly better on the MagicTV compared to the Homecast. You also get 1080p upscaling which isn't too important as Freeview is a 720p/1080i signal.

Whether they're $200 better (you can get a MagicTV for $700) is up to you. Go and play with them and figure out what you like better. Personally I wouldn't go back.

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  Reply # 302055 25-Feb-2010 13:10
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HT9200DTR when initially released had an issue with jitter mentioned by Handle9. However, this issue was fixed via firmware upgrade and since there has been no issues with jitter.

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  Reply # 302096 25-Feb-2010 14:16
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When did it get fixed?

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  Reply # 302112 25-Feb-2010 14:34
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It was fixed late Nov. Probably after you returned your receiver.

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  Reply # 302126 25-Feb-2010 14:52
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Yeah, returned my receiver in early November. Just interested because when I posted about it on here you denied it was a known issue.

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  Reply # 302142 25-Feb-2010 15:31
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Handle9: I don't think SG at DTVS was aware as I pointed the issue out on my unit to them. I know it was fixed promptly like in less then two weeks for me with revised software. I was told it was WD Green HDD issue and WD had fixed the problem with revised driver to Homecast.

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  Reply # 302299 25-Feb-2010 20:24
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So was it ultimately a hardware or software issue?

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  Reply # 302329 25-Feb-2010 22:08
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katipo: So was it ultimately a hardware or software issue?



It was revised software. Sorry I mistyped in my earlier message which I have corrected.


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