I tested the 8030N with Taiyo Yuden TYG02, X8 dvd-r and TDK X4, dvd-rw. A two hour, *2 burn took 36 minutes not including finalizing the TYG02. A 18 minute, *2 burn took five minutes, 28 seconds to the X4, dvd-rw. These speeds are about the same you are seeing.I burned a 2 hour recording (in *2 Quality-- Basically a full disc) to an assortment of different media and every time it took 44 minutes.
By comparison, a Pioneer 531H will burn a two hour, SP mode hdd recording to the same TYG02 in ten minutes also not including finalizing.
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Lordsmurf, one other thing I forgot to ask was whether or not your RCA shows "Mono" on the info banner when you are recording? I'm using a satellite receiver as source and I know it's outputting stereo to the RCA, so I was wondering why it still showed "MONO" at the top. I've read in the AVS Forum thread that the Tuner on this RCA is MONO only. But since I'm using a satellite STB that shouldn't matter right? I've got my sat receiver hooked up via svideo into Input 1, and using rca cables for audio.
Also, I was reading THIS POST by someone who liked the Polaroid model. He mentions the LSI Domino Chipset, and he seems to think it's superior to the Zoran chipset. I was wondering what your opinion is on that. Thought it might be helpful for others who are currently looking.
The first thing to remember about MONO and STEREO is the information you see on screen is 100% dependent on the broadcast. Cartoon Network and Boomerang, for example, broadcasts pretty much everything in mono. There is good reason for this: most of their content was created in mono. Thundercats, for example, is a well-known cartoon that originally was created with a mono soundtrack. Quite a few programs on quite a few channels are mono.
You tend to get stereo on only paid channels, and on major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) during primetime hours. I have a tv in another room with no recorder, and it has audio source display, and many broadcasts are mono. Heck, even some DVDs out there are not stereo! I was watching an old B&W tv show, a DVD box set, a few days ago, and noticed it was a mono AC3 track.
The RCA will record stereo when you give it stereo inputs. If your source is mono, the RCA will record the same track to both channels. If you use the tuner, you get mono audio too. (Trivia: some of the older Panasonic machines recorded mono only to one channel! So you only heard sound from one speaker! Ick!)
The LSI Logic DoMiNo chipset is superior in concept, but only if used correctly. Polaroid and Panasonic use it pretty badly. The Polaroid encodes are extremely noisy, lots of mosquito noise and blocks. I had the Polaroid before I had the RCA, and I'm glad to be rid of it. The Polaroid had a lot of drive error problems, as well as other annoyances. It would be a downgrade. Inversely, the JVC DVD recorders make stunning use of the LSI chipsets, and LiteON does an admirable job (although I'd consider the RCA quality better than LiteOn quality).
Don't read too much at AVS forum. It has some good information, but the DVD recorder forum is overrun by some real dipshits (mostly Panasonic worshipers, and now some Pioneer worshipers too). They prefer features over quality. On the other hand, I prefer quality of encode, and it sounds like you're wanting the same.
Originally Posted by lordsmurf
Personally, I will usually choose good results with good to very good features over better results with a relatively poor feature set or implementation of features that only gets in your way and becomes annoying.
Originally Posted by Seeker47
For many people, quality is king, features are secondary. If you want certain features, and are willing to take an image/audio quality hit for it, then there's nothing wrong with it, as long as you understand it. Some of the folks there on AVS simply do not comprehend the technical aspects of video, and they judge machines solely on features, and quality has to simply be "good enough" (which we all know can range from crap to decent). But that's a "toy" site, dedicated to televisions, receivers, players/recorders, etc. It's not a video tech site like this one.
The person in this post on this site has shown interest in quality, not features. So he's getting the proper advice, which includes warnings about a site that does NOT value quality as much as it values features. If he'd wanted something that was feature-rich, I'd have suggested an appropriate machine. However, unlike many folks, I'll include a disclaimer about the image/audio quality taking a hit.
Originally Posted by gshelley61
I've not been too impressed with the rear projection sets I've seen (or any of the compact projector type), but I haven't checked out the DLP ones. If the flat panels are what most of us will be watching, I hope that some of them will become good enough, for nearly all of the material we care to watch on them.
Originally Posted by Tekken
Does anyone know if this hard drive can be read by a computer. I have external hard drive kits (where you just have to put the hard drive in the case and hook up the cords).
I read in a thread (I think at AVSforum) that someone hooked up the hard drive and was able to look around. I remember they said there were some files with "zoran" in the file names.
Originally Posted by Tekken
That may be wishful thinking depending on whether the RCA implements CPRM encryption. Here are some comments about CPRM.
you could still do whatever you want with the content while it's on your hard drive, he says. But once it's on the CPRM device and media, it may stop you from replicating it furtherIf you try to back up CPRM content to an unsecure drive, you'd lose access to that content because your second drive can't read the CPRM encryption
This is all that was found at AVS,
Originally Posted by kasitrol
I would like to record on the RCA DRC 8030N Hard drive and then transfer the drive to a PC so that I can use VideoReDo to edit out commercials but when I attach the RCA DRC 8030N Hard drive to the PC, the PC bios recognizes the drive is in the system but Win XP Home (OS) does not display the drive letter or drive contents.
I also tried to use Partition Commander to look at the drive and it sees the drive but shows the entire drive as free space with no partition.
Does any one know how the drive is partitioned and what OS are they using??
Many have tried this already. It's really not that hard to do a perfect editing job on the RCA. If you must do PC editing, you'll have to transfer to DVD first.
Actually a hard drive does not need to be partitioned to work. That comes down to what the software the uses it expects.
Windows, Linux and such need partitions.
A DVR could have software written that uses one size drive, and laways knows where to go for the data by sector. Thus it could use certain ranges of sectors for a FAT table and from there know where to go. Since it doesn't need a OS as such that will work. Avoid any chance of having to pay royalties and so on. And of course the Recorder doesn't need drive letters since it will never have more than one drive.
The reason Linux and Windows and DOS have to have partition tables is to deal with the multitude of drive sizes and geomitries as well as one person may want one big drive and someone else may want to split it into 3 or 4 drive letters. .
Originally Posted by lordsmurf
Something else I read in another forum and confirmed on my own was that the RCA does put the first recordings at the end of the menu and the last thing recorded on the disc on the first page of the menu... which is sorta strange.