Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

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

  1. Dec 1, 2004 #81 of 962
    nickhull

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    I've used mostly bargain basement discs from SpinData (?) for about $15 a 50 pack (4 x DVD-R OfficeMax) and I have been able to use them on various other DVD players.

    I even had an incident where one got scratched, and the Humax wouldn't read it, but my PC DVD drive was able to read it and allow me to back it up.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for Mpeg video editing software? Most of the tools that I have are older and setup for AVI's only. It's a real pain to have to transfer between formats. Free/low cost would be better.
     
  2. Dec 1, 2004 #82 of 962
    ashu

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    Any reports with Fuji -R and -RW disc usage and the Humax? I'd imagine it should be fine, considering itsgot a Pioneer drive in there! Thanks to Best Buy's Fuji sale over Black Friday, I'm .. ahh, heavily invested ... in Fuji discs! My PC burners (both NECs) love them.
     
  3. Dec 1, 2004 #83 of 962
    rb_9999

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    I bought a Humax DRT 800 a few weeks ago and put a 160GB Maxtor drive in and it is functioning fine. I also have a Tivo Series 2 that I have had for several years.

    Is it me, or does the recording quality of the Humax seem very bad compared to the Series 2? I used to record programs at Basic Quality on the Series 2 and they were watchable...not too bad. On the Humax, Basic quality it unwatchable and even Medium Quality doesn't match the quality of the Series 2 Basic quality!

    I know the Humax has 4 quality modes and the Series 2 has 3. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me?
     
  4. Dec 1, 2004 #84 of 962
    logich

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    I think that the burning speed may actually be seriously downgraded by either a the IDE controller or the IDE cables. Either of these could force both the burner and hdd down to ATA-33. That might explain why the hdd always seems to be writing.

    Either of these would keep the price of the unit down significantly.

    I know that the cables in my box knock the drive down to ATA-33 if I use them in a PC. I tried it this evening.

    Perhaps a different cable would open up some additional speed in the burning process and hdd performance?

    I know that some of the xbox community have found swapping cables to cause a pretty decent improvement in game play. Google for "llamma ata100 cable benchmark" if you are interested.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2004 #85 of 962
    deputydog95

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    I record on medium. Seems to be okay. Now that I have HD, everything that is non-HD looks like crap to me so I just tolerate it. I'm going to try and record on best quality one of these days. I haven't been up to this point because it really limits the amount of programming you can get on a dvd.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2004 #86 of 962
    generalpatton71

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    I can report the same issue with the humax unit and the internal error and rebooting issue. I'm ussing Mermox DVD-RW disks. The first time evreything went great no problem. I then tried to delete the info on the disk and burn some new shows. I got several failed attempts and one reboot. I though well it doesn't like this disk. I then inserted the disk that came with the system and it rebooted on the first try. I got very worried and jumped on here to see about any other reports. I then was able to burn a show on my second try while typing this. I'm wonering if recording a show while burning a disk is causing this? I have also thrown in a 200gb Maxtor like somebody else here did. If we are the same two people then we have most likly found the problem. However I don't think this is the problem. I think it's either a software bug or DVD bug,

    Ps Sorry if I don't make any sence it's 3:52AM and am very tired.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2004 #87 of 962
    lsb2004

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    Just bought a DRT800. What quality do most of you record at? What quality matches basic on the series 2? Best?

    Mine isn't out of the box yet but I'm curious.
     
  8. Dec 2, 2004 #88 of 962
    nickhull

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    Medium is about the same as Basic on a Series 2. Acceptable in the majority of cases, but you may want to bump up the quality for sports or other action sequences. Water/rivers/oceans cause severe problems with the compression algorithm at lower qualities (medium included). I wish that you could set a quality setting for TiVo Suggestions that was lower than the regular default quality....
     
  9. Dec 2, 2004 #89 of 962
    ashu

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    While that is an honorable wish (and I'd grant it, if it were within my powers) - how does that matter? It just means a limited number of Suggestions can get recorded (than would at a higher quality). Its not like a recorded Suggestion would remain on the disc and an expired (Yellow with exclamation) show would be auto-deleted instead. Ever!
     
  10. Dec 2, 2004 #90 of 962
    deputydog95

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    Patton: I have no probs recording a DVD and Tivo'ing a show at the same time. Maybe its your media. I do it all the time.
     
  11. Dec 2, 2004 #91 of 962
    jratcliff

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    I haven't upgraded the hd or anything else so that can't be it. I'll try and run to the store later today and pick up some new brand name DVD-RWs and try them out. I hate wasting money while trying to figure out what discs the humax will work with!
     
  12. Dec 2, 2004 #92 of 962
    nickhull

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    I agree that they don't interfere with requested shows, but I like LOTS of suggestions. That's how I found shows like Monster Garage and Trading Spaces - Suggestions work great for me!

    I NEVER watch commercials, so I never find out about new shows (unless they are on the web or a friend recommends). I use thumbs a fair amount so I guess my TiVo knows me.

    If a show is recorded in low quality, I can live with it. If I like it, I'll put in a season pass at a higher quality. I would prefer to not have to remember to request a show at a quality that's not the 'default'.
     
  13. Dec 2, 2004 #93 of 962
    jratcliff

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    deputydog,

    What media do you use? Sting says he has used Memorex 2X DVD-RW without a problem but Patton has had problems with Memorex. The supplied TDK would burn fine for me but it wouldn't play back in any of my other DVD players.

    Jack
     
  14. Dec 2, 2004 #94 of 962
    deputydog95

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    I use both the supplied TDK and the the Sony DVD-RW media. No probs at all. Haven't tried any DVD-R media yet though, but the RW stuff seems to be working out fine. Everything plays back AOK on my laptop.
     
  15. Dec 2, 2004 #95 of 962
    jratcliff

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    Hmmm. Maybe its a software of firmware issue???

    According to the System Info screen on the Humax:

    Software Version: 5.4-01-2-595
    DVD Drive Firmware Version: DVD-RW DVR-108RZ rev.1.08

    Is yours the same?
     
  16. Dec 2, 2004 #96 of 962
    PocketPCGuy

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    I was really set on getting this but after reading one very disturbing review at Amazon, I am having 2nd thoughts.

    I was going to get this for the bedroom and use it as my 2nd Tivo (have an 80hr Series 2 on the wireless LAN downstairs). I could then get rid of my very OLD dvd player upstairs and watch recorded TV shows from the downstairs unit. However, the review started out:
    There is also another comment that the unit is noisy compared with other Series 2 devices, not good in the bedroom.

    Can other owners of multple Series 2 devices confirm? If it can't record what my other unit records, this is definitely out. :confused:
     
  17. Dec 2, 2004 #97 of 962
    sting

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    I used the supplied TDK 4X DVD-RW for dubbing with no problems. The recorded DVD-RW played back on my two-year old Sony DVD Changer successfully.

    It's now 30 minutes into supplied DVD-RW dubbing, recording a TV program and viewing a recorded program all at the same time, no problems so far.
     
  18. Dec 2, 2004 #98 of 962
    deputydog95

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    I'd hardly call that disturbing :) Nope, can't record from other units. Not sure what the big deal is there. Just put a bigger hard drive in and record everything you think you will burn onto the humax.

    I haven't noticed the noise as a problem,but that is very subjective.

    This unit is still the best option out there for easy, fast burning of your shows. A separate DVD burner doesn't even compare when it comes to simplicity and speed.
     
  19. Dec 2, 2004 #99 of 962
    ILikeTivo

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    I think I posted this in the wrong thread...see main coffee page...so I will try this again!

    Just purchased the DRT800...Have not hooked it up yet...was reading the record to dvd section in the manual. I was upset to learn that many shows may be copyright protected and not able to burn to DVD. Which was the main reason I wanted this machine for! What types of shows have you not be able to burn? Have you had any problems with thes shows? LOST, CSI or other prime tv showings?? Regards,
     
  20. Dec 2, 2004 #100 of 962
    deputydog95

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    I have been able to burn every single show that I have tried. I don't watch the shows you've listed, but like I said, everything I have tried has worked just great and that includes movies recorded off hbo and showtime.
     

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