Archives for: May 2004

05/30/04

  12:35:26 pm, by The Dreamer   , 504 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1

Just got an HLN4365W1....

Well, yesterday it arrived....a Samsung HLN4365W1....I had wondered if I needed to specify that I wanted the W1, but I guess the store's display model is older than when the W1's came out. Interesting that it wasn't on sale yesterday (though it seemed they were offering a different discounting....which doesn't apply to me, because I don't like store credit cards). But, they did have a one-day sale before the weekend...where it was $150 off. Perhaps that's the trick. I did check one other store, and they also didn't have it on sale yesterday....I only looked because I was there buying cables.

Anyways...one day of experience with it so far....and already got some questions / gripes about it.

Though it is a big improvement from my old 21" CRT.... &#59;)

First question is where can I find Discrete codes for selecting inputs...I was under the impression that they existed. I looked around online...but only found codes for what were described as HLN617W or HLN467W codes...but most of the codes didn't work. Discrete on and off worked....but the discrete input selection codes don't seem to work.

BTW, I have the Pronto TSU2000. I tried both merging other people's CCF files and entering the discrete IR codes....

The other problem is that perhaps I should've read the discussions on the audio sync problem....because it is really bad...especially since I can see much more.

I'm not positive...but it seems to be more of a problem with S-Video input than Component or DVI inputs....but that is apples and oranges. Because my PVRs are S-Video sources. And, it is a Samsung SIR-T351 that I tried as component or DVI.

Don't know if I switched my ReplayTV to output Component if that would help....the problem is then I'd have to get A/V switchers that can handle component....and there's 6...so that's not an upgrade I had planned on.

Though I also don't know if the ReplayTV had a small sync problem that is only made noticeable because I have a bigger screen. This sync is like out by a few frames versus the more serious out by several seconds that sometimes crops up.

I can't compare with my old TV, because it is gone.....it has been a pretty rough few days waiting for the new TV to arrive....made worse yesterday, because I had one less place on the Internet to keep myself occupied :roll:

Though I'm thinking that maybe being a one TV household isn't such a good idea give the newness of the technology (again).

Years and years ago...I had a tube filled console TV....It seemed that Sears was there every other week fixing it....they eventually replaced it with one that worked better....which is a factor in why I got the DLP from Sears with the EW.

Though back then I wanted considerably less TV....so having it not work wasn't the end of the my world...... 88|

05/29/04

  12:08:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 523 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, OTA HDTV, Networking

This just in....

May 23rd, 2004

Well, I have a Samsung HLN4365W DLP RPTV on order....it is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, May 29th, 2004.

I can hardly wait....

In the meantime, check out the before shot of my home setup. :roll:

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05/28/04

  11:03:10 am, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, OTA HDTV

Samsung SIR-T351 & ReplayTV

Well, I got it working....

Selected Satellite box....Samsung/Other -> 7110 and fine tuned (changed minimum number of digits to enter to 2...for what I tried it tuned fastest this way).

First time I selected DirectTV as my lineup, and deleted all the non-local channels. Only problem is it bumped my standard cable line up by add 1000 to the digits. For such a small number of local OTA channels...that is kind of annoying.

So, I used WiRNS to pipe in a smaller lineup....this put the OTA HD channels after the standard cable line up....a side effect is that it only added 100 to the numbers. Standard cable ranges on channels 2-71.

Only problem is I'm not happy with the results....

The HD stations send 16:9 source all the time....just black borders on the side when the show is 4:3. The box on SD letterboxes the 16:9 source...by default....which puts borders top and bottom.

So when the show is 4:3 is makes for a really small picture with borders on all four sides. I could choose zoom, which but then I'll lose the sides of realy 16:9 shows.

Probably will be less of an issue once my 43" TV arrives....just looks really bad on my 21" TV.

Plus I'll probably one use it when I want to record 16:9 HD content in SD .... on to my ReplayTV.

I'm probably gonna break down and rent the cable company HD DVR to timeshift HD shows. Perhaps someday there'll be a ReplayTV that will do HD. I hated the non-HD DVR...and I don't think anything has changed in the HD version...except that it can do HD, store less, but comes with a bigger drive..... Apparently a 160G drive instead of an 80G drive...and record about 16 hours instead of 32 hours. (32hours on 80G to 16hours on 160G).

05/10/04

  11:13:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 466 words  
Categories: General, Hardware

My Hot Dell sounds like it is going to take off....

Maybe its a mistake buying my new computers around my birthday....

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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