Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Well, I finally got fed up with my Motorola PVR and bought the new Pace Aspen last night in Edmonton. I just got fed up with the lack of recording space in the Motorola and the last firmware update was the final straw which left me with a heavy green line down the right side of the screen in HD. (yes, tried all the recommended "fixes" for the green line, no joy. This is definitely a Motorola bug)
Ok, so far so good with the Aspen. The unit was noisy when it first started up but after it did its initial handshaking and initialization with Shaw the ticking fan noise went away and it has been whisper quiet so far. Picture quality has been good via HDMI and I have my 1to1 pixel mapping mode back in 1080i. No green line! Yayyy!
I've had "some" issues with a slow response to some remote commands but I don't have the Pace back in its cubby hole yet so I may be getting some IR interference from the LCD TV. I'm also not using the plug in IR receiver yet on the Aspen so not sure if that will help or not.
Also, for those of you earlier with the Firewire questions, it's a moot point as the Aspen does NOT have a firewire port so if you need that then yer out of luck on this model.
Questions for any Aspen experts here:
1. If I plug in the rear IR receiver, does it disable the front IR receiver? Hopefully yes in case I have IR interference from the TV then I can position the remote receiver accordingly.
2. Does the 750GB external drive limit still exist in this model? It's dirt cheap now to go over 1TB so if I can use it, I'll buy it.
3. Is the HD pic quality the same as the Motorola? I'm noticing a very subtle difference in "snap" or crispness in the Aspen via HDMI but to be fair, I also just bought a new 52" LCD to replace my two year old 46" LCD so this may just be a perception problem on my part due to the larger screen.
4. Anyone have any luck getting Shaw to replace their Motorola box under warranty with the Pace box?