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ReplayTV's New 5000 series - rumors confirmed

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chris Muellen, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Chris Muellen

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    I thought I would post this here first since I mostly hang out on the HTF although I first got the inclination to research based on a thread on AV Science.
    SonicBlue will be releasing a new 5000 series with additional features at a reduced price. Magnolia Hi-Fi, a electronics store in the Northwest, had thier employees trained on the new model a few days ago. Based on an imminent purchase of a 4500 series ReplayTV, I did some research. I found this thread on AV Science:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0&pagenumber=1
    Those in the Magnolia Hi-Fi training were told the unit would be available for purchase "in four to five weeks." The training took place three days ago. The new model will boast increased capacity and a Sage/Faroudja DCDi chip. The unit will upconvert all video to 480p. The smallest model will have a capacity of 30 hours. Several salesmen were willing to discuss this with me and I trust one of the salesmen very much in terms of knowledge and reliability.
    Don't buy a 4500 series. Wait to purchase the new unit (with additional features) for fewer $$$. The current rebate will be continued past Oct. 15 according to my salesman. It will bring the price of the base unit to $250 (after rebate). The next model will be an additional $100 ($350 after rebate) and offer 80 hours. The next model will be an additional $100 ($450 after rebate) and offer 120 or 160 hours (I don't remember). Life-time activation will remain the same at $250.
    My birthday present will just have to wait past Oct. 2. It sounds like it will be worth it.
     
  2. Michael St. Clair

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    Man, if I could watch laserdiscs through this thing with the DCDi doubling (but without a compress/decompress cycle you get when buffering), I'd be all over it.
     
  3. Mark_Wilson

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    Damn, I was hoping the 5k would have a DVD-R drive in it.

    I hope they put a better mpeg encoder in it. I've had a RTV since the 2020 and I'm getting real spoiled by the encoder in my DVD recorders.

    Michael, lets hope the 'bypass' mode in the 5k will just bypass the mpege encoder and still go through the DCDi chip. I'm not sure if the 4k series still outputs 480p when in 'bypass'. I haven't tried it on mine.
     
  4. Jeff Bamberger

    Jeff Bamberger Second Unit

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    I'll keep my TiVO anyday........
    And one question....
    Why buy a specific A/V source like a Replay just because it has a chip allowing for upconvert to 480p when you can buy a full video processor from the likes of Faroudja that will upconvert any source to the native resolution of your display device.
    I'm thinking of Faroudja's Native Rate Scaler as an example:
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    http://www.faroudja.com/products/dvp.html
    Yes, this is a much more expensive way to go, but it seems like the best way to go if you can afford it....
    at least that's my very weak attempt at $.02
     
  5. Michael St. Clair

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