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Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by Humax_Magician, Jan 15, 2007.
I just received a 112D and installed it in a DRT400. It works perfect.
I got my 112D yesterday from NewEgg, and installed it last night. Seems good so far. I watched a rental DVD (one that the old drive refused to play), and burned a test disc with no problems.
Just one minor annoyance: the firmware seems more optimized to computer use than DVR use -- not surprising, since it's sold as a computer drive. In particular, I've noticed it can be noisy and stutter a bit when coming out of pause. It's like the drive "thinks" it's going to be asked to provide data off the disc as fast as possible, so it spins up to very high speed when you un-pause a disc. This takes a few seconds, and makes a bit of noise (whirring). While it's spinning up, there may be a stutter in playback.
After a few seconds, it "realizes" it's not being asked for fast bulk data transfer, and it steps down to a more reasonable (and quiet) speed.
I changed out my Pioneer 108JA with a 112D that I got from newegg for about $30 bucks. It works great and it even seems a little faster during the burning. It sure beats having had to send it to Toshiba for $50 just to look at the thing.
After using it for a week, I think the 112D is faster at burning discs, too. I wish I remembered exactly how long it took before, so I could do a direct comparison. I burned a copy of tonight's 24, and it took less than 30 minutes. (Before it started burning, TiVo estimated it would take 57 minutes -- but it was always a bit pessimistic, even with the original drive.)
Humax wanted $210 to replace the unit with a refurb. I'm definitely glad I upgraded the drive instead.
My 'original' burner has taken as little as 18 minutes in the past. I think it is application limited and disc/media too.