Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by deputydog95, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Nov 26, 2004 #41 of 962
    sting

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    It appears that way based on my own experience, although I never tried dubbing recordings in Basic Quality.
     
  2. Nov 27, 2004 #42 of 962
    steve0617

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    Can the DRT800 record shows directly to a DVD, skipping the internal HDD?
     
  3. Nov 27, 2004 #43 of 962
    JoeBarbs

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    Nope, it records to the hdd first.
     
  4. Nov 27, 2004 #44 of 962
    pigonthewing

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    I recorded my vacation to Mexico (over the DV port) (how cool) and then burned that to DVD. It seemed to burn at 1x, which was hugely dissapointing as I'm using 8x discs and never really knew - or thought to learn - anything about the burning speed of the drive itself.

    Is the drive upgradeable, I wonder? I mean, it's just a regular ol' IDE drive in there...

    Anyway, I just burned another DVD (to the same kind of media) of a recorded program, and that seemed to go at 2x.

    Both my personal video and the television show were recorded to the TiVo at "High Quality", I believe, not "Best" as some people seem to be reporting as the only way to achieve 2x.

    Essentially though, what we've learned is that the burner seems to operate at 1x or 2x depending on what kind of mood it's in, I guess?

    Also...

    So, I was reading the "Manufacturer's Opinion" about how to use this thing (Instruction Manual, as defined by Tim Tayor/Allen) looking for some indication of its burning speed. I was unable to find that, but I did see something which worried me. A lot.

    Is it true that certain programs (most notably, "Law & Order", as pictured in the manual) cannot be recorded?! I'm going to be seriously dissapointed if that's the case...
     
  5. Nov 27, 2004 #45 of 962
    pernar

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    I burned a full disc combined with med/high quality shows, and it took a bit less than half an hour.

    Also, while burning you can watch TV, watch a recorded show, or use the HMO stuff. So the long-ish burn times really aren't that big of a deal.

    I also went ahead and did lifetime on this unit, I'm sure I'll get my money's worth. I also threw a 200 gig Maxtor in there yesterday (black friday special), and am pretty happy with that too. I probably wouldn't suggest Maxtor unless you're familiar with the amset software, you really have to turn quiet mode on with these drives.

    As an aside I was a bit surprised that the 80 gig drive in the unit was a Seagate, and the DVD burner is a Pioneer. That's higher caliber equipment than I would have expected in a Tivo at this price point!
     
  6. Nov 27, 2004 #46 of 962
    jonb

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    Could you please post the Pioneer dvd burner model number?
     
  7. Nov 27, 2004 #47 of 962
    pernar

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    The drive is a Pioneer DVR-108RZ rev. 1.08
     
  8. Nov 27, 2004 #48 of 962
    pigonthewing

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    What do you think would be involved with (or is it even possible) swapping out that DVD drive? I'd love to put something faster in mine. As for upgrading the hard drive, why bother? I mean, seriously... isn't that what DVD-R capability is for?

    I saw these 200+ hour boxes in the store, and I was very confused by them. I can see pushing a Series 2 to its maximum, but when it comes to these, if I run out of space, I'll burn a DVD and delete some stuff. That's kind of, uhm, the point, no? =)
     
  9. Nov 27, 2004 #49 of 962
    sting

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    Which brand/media did you use?
     
  10. Nov 27, 2004 #50 of 962
    jonb

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    Here's the DVR-108's specs:

    http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters.php?DVDnameid=665&Search=Search&list=2#comments

    If you can burn a previously tivoed show while doing normal tivoing on other shows, I don't see that a faster burner has much benefit. However, I can't believe that certain actions while burning won't make "coasters"!
     
  11. Nov 27, 2004 #51 of 962
    sting

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    The specs say that it supports 16X DVD-R ZCLV (?) Write. Does it just mean that it's compatible with 16x DVD-R media but not necessarily do actual writing at 16x?
     
  12. Nov 27, 2004 #52 of 962
    Greenwing

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    Something does not sound right to me...According to below specs, the DVR-108 drive can do + or - R/RW recording, etc...and double layer...and 16x...

    Pioneer DVR-108 Specifications
    DVD DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL (double layer)
    CD CD-R 700(type 80), 650MB(type 74), CD-RW, Ultra speed CD-RW, High speed CD-RW

    Read Support
    DVD DVD-ROM, DVD-VIDEO, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW & DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM (Non-cartridge DVD-RAM Version 2.0/2.1 only)
    CD CD-ROM (Mode 1&2), CD-ROM XA, CD-DA (CD Audio), Video CD, PhotoCD (single/multi-session), CD EXTRA, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW

    Write Speed
    DVD-R 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x, 1x
    DVD-RW 4x, 2x, 1x
    DVD+R 16x, 12x, 8x, 6x, 4x. 2.4x
    DVD+RW 4x, 2.4x
    DVD+R DL 4x, 2.4x
    CD-R 32x, 24x, 16x, 10x, 4x
    CD-RW 24x, 20x, 16x, 10x, 4x

    Read Speed
    DVD-ROM (single) Max 16x CAV
    DVD-ROM (dual) Max 12x CAV
    DVD-R MAX 12x CAV
    DVD-RW Max 8x CAV
    DVD+R Max 12x CAV
    DVD+RW MAX 8x CAV
    DVD+DL MAX 8x CAV
    DVD-RAM Max 2x CLV
    CD-ROM Max 40x CAV
    CD-R, Max 40x CAV
    CD-RW Max 32x CAV
    CD-DA (DAE) Max 40x CAV
    CD-DA Max 9.3x CAV
    VCD Max 9.3x CAV
    Mounting Orientation Horizontal and Vertical
    Interface ATAPI (PIO Mode4)/Multi Word DMA Mode2) Ultra DMA663(Ultra DMA Mode4)
    Data Buffer (size) 2 MBytes
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 148mm x 42.3mm x 198mm 5-13/16"x1-11/16"x7-13/16"
     
  13. Nov 27, 2004 #53 of 962
    skanter

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    Does the Humax recorder have the same PQ issues as the Pioneer machines? IOW, is the PQ identical to SA2 or worse?
     
  14. Nov 27, 2004 #54 of 962
    sting

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    My Humax DRT800 does not have the same Pioneer 810H PQ issue. IMO, Humax PQ is at least equal to the SA Series 2.
     
  15. Nov 28, 2004 #55 of 962
    deputydog95

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    i thought that this drive could only burn dvd- media?

    is it some sort of firmware that's limits the record speed and media type?

    if those specs are correct, shouldn't we be able to burn dvd's much quicker?
     
  16. Nov 28, 2004 #56 of 962
    alunj

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    I can confirm its a dv108 drive. Hooked it upto a pc and checked :)
    I dont knwo what will happen if you change the firmware Im in the UK and want to see what happens
    if a region free firmware is intalled. The Tivo Might just reblow it or barf as it isnt happy .
    Also I note the ESS dvd chip can do Divx! I wonder if that can be enabled ? I tried fooling it by labling a
    divx as a wma (which it will aslo play) but no dice :(
    If anyone is interested I will be uploading some pics of the guts later tonight (sunday)
    http://www.yllain.plus.com/TiVo/
     
  17. Nov 28, 2004 #57 of 962
    lwsexson

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    I know mine was not happy when I put a DVD+ in by mistake. I am also wondering if it is firmware.
     
  18. Nov 28, 2004 #58 of 962
    Perl_pro

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    Rockville,...
     
  19. Nov 28, 2004 #59 of 962
    bedelman

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    Crystal...
    TiVo offers a 30-day money back guarantee so you should be able to simply cancel your subscription if it's been within the last 30 days.
     
  20. Nov 28, 2004 #60 of 962
    BlackBetty

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    Looks like your 2 hours of research really paid off.
     

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