Are these normal Tivo/DirecTV quality problems?

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  1. JimBarrese

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    I got a Philips DirecTv w/ Tivo a couple of weeks ago and like it very much, except I'm having some audio/video issues that I don't know if anything can be done about or it's just how it is. I've tried looking at the tivocommunity forums but wasn't able to find the answer to my questions.

    1. I get random sound pops when watching programs. There'll be pops in the audio with no distortion of the video. These pops get recorded in the stream, as in if you rewind they're in the same place. There is no change in the video, just short bursts of audio noise. It seems to be worse on locals but occurs on all channels. It happens randomly, sometimes several dozen in a half hour, sometimes none for hours. I get similar audio pops often after fast fowarding/rewinding/changing tuners.

    2. Often times the audio has a very over-compressed and tinny/watery sound. This is especially noticable on music channels. I'm using the RCA outputs. I've tried both and I've tried connecting them to both my TV and receiver and still get the problem. Again, seems worse on locals.

    3. The video has much more pixelation that I expected. Sometimes it will be almost unnoticible, just a slightly soft picture, however on some channels (MTV2 especially) it can get almost unwatchable. My signal strength is coming in at about 95 on both tuners

    I'm not sure if this is just the way it is or if something is wrong with my receiver/dvr unit or the installation (which was professionally installed). Any answers would be appreciated.
     
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    Anyone experience these problems before? I'd like to know if I have a bad unit or some other issue I need to fix. The random audio pops are getting especially irritating. I can't imagine that's normal.
     
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    I have a regular Tivo running on Cable, I never got a pop like that before. I would start by checking all of your wiring, I am not too familiar with Direct TV, but was thinking about getting it. Does that box accept hdtv connections? Does that Tivo have a digital out on it?


    As far as the noise it might also have something to do with the signale coming to you.

    Let me know how you make out!
     
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    Thanks for the replies. If it's most likely a problem with the unit would I contact the manufacturer (Philips)? Or should I try DirecTv to see if the problem might be on their end?

    I don't think the wiring is problematic. All the connections are tight and it seems to be happening on both tuners (since the DVR unit has a seperate wire for each tuner there would have to be a problem with both wires).

    I was initially concerned because I got my unit through valueelectronics.com. When I got the unit it had a yellow sticker on it and was w/n a certain serial number range that according to tivocommunity.com forums indicated that the unit that had problems and was refurbed. VE assured me this was a new unit that was fixed before it left the manufacturer, but the unit was a little scuffed up, indicating to me it might have been used (although they denied this).
     
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    I have the Hughes model of DirecTivo and I don't have any of the problems you have mentioned.
     
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    i have the same Phillips model. so does my friend. no issues. bad unit, return it.
     
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    It's past the 30 day return limit, so I guess I'll have to contact the manufacturer. If I have to replace my unit, is there any way to save my settings and recordings?
     
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    It took 6 weeks for Hughes to replace my DirecTivo when the hard drive died. I had just purchased the Tivo and it hadn't taken over my life. I will never go that long again with Tivo. The DirecTV "insurance" will replace your DirecTivo immediately. It's about $5/month.

    -Robert
     

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