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Official Toshiba RS-TX Owners Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by TivoDaddy, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. sbros

    sbros New Member

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    Yes. Why is your question in quotes? Did someone ask that to you once?
    I got it used but it was not refurbished. The environment is not smokey or dusty. I already tried turning it off for hours so i think I need to replace the DVD drive. Who can tell me the make and model in this RS-TX20 so I can search and get a new one? Thanks
     
  2. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    Pioneer DVR-108. I've hear some had DVR-107. Check your system info screen. It will likely say DVR-108RZ V1.15

    If you feel inclined, and have a PC you could always try using that buner in your PC. You'll be suprised that when you open the box it's a regualr bare PC drive and even the faceplate is still attached. This would definately prove/disprove having a bad burner.

    I didn't really need the quotes. I guess I just wanted to emphasize the question. Nobody has asked me that question, but I have had many silly questions posed to me over the years......

    I may be able to help you find a drive replacement, let me know....
    Roger
     
  3. JRock447

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    Hello,

    Does anyone know if the RS-TX60 model has dual tuners? Say if I splice my cable so that there's a connection to both the RCA inputs and the RF input?

    Thanks!

    Josh
     
  4. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    It has 4 sets of inputs. You can't use more than one set at a time though. You can say use the coax input for say analog cable or antenna, then use the RCA connectors for your satellite receiver. You can have a dual lineup....
     
  5. windracer

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    But it only has 1 tuner, and thus can only record 1 show at a time.
     
  6. ashu

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    And to summarize (and further add to your confusion) you can ONLY combine lineups from
    1. A Satellite box as the RCA input/source
    2. The TiVo's RF cable tuner for basic, unencrypted, non SDV channels

    And no, 1 can't be replaced with a digital cable box (although seeing as it can ONLY record from one of 1 or 2 at a time, that would be quite pointless, as your cable box would provide the 'basic' channels, and possibly clearer, if your cable company provides SDV).

    For two TRUE tuners & simultaneous recordings (again restricted to a subset of all possible combinations - with only one RCA input from cable/sat and RF cable being permitted) you need one of the new Dual Tuner SD TiVos. None of which come with a DVD burner :(
     
  7. JRock447

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    That's what I thought, thanks everyone for the fast replies!

    Another question...in the next few months I'm going to be purchasing an HDTV and was wondering if having a non-HD tivo causes the picture quality to decline.

    Here's my questions:

    1. If I use component cables then when watching live tv will the picture quality be as though the receiver was directly connected to the TV?

    2. If I pause and resume, or watch a recorded high def program then I realize that the picture quality will decline. How bad is the compressed image?

    Thanks for all your help!

    Josh
     
  8. ashu

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    EVERYTHING you watch through ANY TiVo (except HD and digital SD recordings on the the Series 3 HD) is compressed ... either ...
    1. into the Live Buffer at 'Best' Quality when watching 'live', OR
    2. onto your disk when recorded, in whatever quality you choose.

    The component iunputs on the Toshiba units make watching SD reasonably bearable on an HDTV, if you use High (or Best!) quality for 'most everything. Fortunately, hard disk replacement (to increase storage) is easy, and disks are cheap.

    Yes, component results in slightly better picture quality for SD (unless your TV has a better deinterlacer etc). NOT available on standalone S2 units (SVideo/Composite only) though, just on the DVD combo units.

    The compressions specs are out there somewhere. That's ("how bad ...") a very subjective question.

    I'd say you're a prime candidate to invest in an HD S3 TiVo unit instead ;)
     
  9. sledhed

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    Anyone else notice - there are TONS of Toshiba RS-TX20 units on eBay these days, mostly used, a few refurbs etc. - why so many? Is it the speed issue that has people frustrated? Or just lack of people's ability to let these things set themselves up? And most of them have NO REMOTES... which would be very irritating. They seem to bring around $100 to $150 used. I was thinking about getting a second one and using the remote I already have, if I can get one cheap enough (occasionally need to record two programs at the same time). Of course without Tivo plus, I would be unable to transfer files to the other unit but I could always burn to dvd-rw... :D

    Edit: Maybe it was the dvd burning issues that made people give up on their RS-TX20's.
     
  10. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    I think that Toshiba handled their problems differently than Humax. This is pure speculation based on my observations:

    1 - Toshiba didn't really push the sales of their TiVos. It was almost like you needed to wink and give a secret handshake to the salesman before he brought one he had stashed in the backroom.
    2 - They priced them significantly higher than the Humax. They probably sold a lot less of them because of this. It probably enabled them to be more generous when dealing with refunds and exchanges.
    3 - They kept refurbs off the market. I suspect to keep a better image. They probably sent customers new units minus the remote. When they got the RMAs they probably stockpiled the old units without the remotes not releasing them until much later (now).
    4 - they probably have a stash of new remotes. They're probably conting on selling them for $75 each.

    Again, speculation.
     
  11. ashu

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    Hunt through the links ... Toshiba/Humax DVD remotes are available for 38ish shipped.
     
  12. sbros

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    I bought a used one for $160. I then had to buy a remote. Also the dvd burner is broken so I am looking for a new rom-drive. However I am very happy with it and the tivo basic service.
     
  13. Chester_Lampwick

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    Good news, everyone! (Professor Fansworth impression) Not quite TS-RX, but Humax DRT800 remotes are $29.99 including shipping from Humax. I can't confirm this, I didn't order one myself, but that's what what one of their CSRs told me. They said they'd even ship to Canada for that price, but I have my doubts.....

    See ya,
    Roger

    P.S. You can't order any internal parts so it seems.
     
  14. azitnay

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    And it's worth noting that the Humax DRT remotes are 100% compatible with the Toshiba RS-TX remotes. The only difference is that one says "TOSHIBA" and one says "HUMAX".

    Drew
     
  15. Nov 2, 2006 #1335 of 2051
    dirani

    dirani New Member

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    I know this is probably a stupid question but I have the RS-TX60 and have been using it with standard cable (no box). I'm considering switching over to Time Warner digital cable. Does tivo record channels 100+? My remote only allows me to punch in channels up to 99. Also, when you get the cable box with remote which should be the "master controller"?

    Thanks.
     
  16. Nov 2, 2006 #1336 of 2051
    sledhed

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    I expect you will have to use the IR blaster or a serial control cable... but I am no expert, having regular cable myself (no box).
     
  17. Nov 2, 2006 #1337 of 2051
    ashu

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    The S2 TiVo you have (RSTX60) would be the MASTER. you would train it to change channels and watch TV (live ... but why? and recorded) ONLY through the TiVo. You can safely thow away your cable box remote control ;)

    Yes, it tunes anything you want, by sending the command to the Cable Box. Of course, you can't order PPV or inDemand/VOD stuff.

    (Just FYI, for better in-TiVo integration of cable channel changing & recording ... with caveats such as no transfers (yet), no DVD burning etc ... look into the Series 3 TiVo!)
     
  18. Nov 2, 2006 #1338 of 2051
    slyone

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    I had 2 RS-TX20's and 1 had failed within 6 mos., not sure if lack of air circulation caused it? When using the TW box it was very disappointing on how extremely slow changing channels was. I replaced it with an LRM19 unit, which also had an early demise. Now I'm back to the other RS-TX20 which hasn't been used much. I also ditched the TW digital box and leave the cabinet doors "open" this time around. The abilities of DVR are amazing! :D I'm 1 Happy Camper :p
     
  19. Nov 3, 2006 #1339 of 2051
    dirani

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    Thanks.
     
  20. Nov 6, 2006 #1340 of 2051
    EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    Anyone here having trouble "tuning" into the rear composite input? Lately I cannot get a signal at that input. I used to be able to view a VCR that I have connect there by tuning to channel 0 or 00. Now, the only way I can get a signal is to Record From DVD/VCR.

    I am just wondering if I am starting to see a failure of those inputs, or if it was disabled in a software update.
     

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