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Also need to check L1 and L2 - one is located near the power connector, the other is on the backside.

"L1,L2 we here mount a 120 Ohm/100MHz bead, for repair, you may just mount a 1206,0R resister"

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"L1,L2 we here mount a 120 Ohm/100MHz bead, for repair, you may just mount a 1206,0R resister"

Thankyou - I guess the DC-DC power ICs you mentioned would be the main worry...

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Just wondering if my Magic tuner has died - first ABC disappeared and now no channels showing. A factory reset temporarily found them again, but all disappeared in about 2 minutes. 2nd factory reset found nothing. No problem with aerial connection - passthrough to another device (beyonwiz) working OK. All previous recordings still visible, so probably not hard disk. Firmware = MTV4000TD 5.08AU.

Any ideas?

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What is the PQ like on one of these compared to a Beyonwiz?

Maybe I'm speaking out of turn here as I have not used a Beyondwiz BUT I've used heaps of other STBs & PVRs and, IMHO, the PQ depends more on the display than the STB/PVR. I've never seen bad PQ even from the cheapest STB so I feel anyone can have confidence about it with anything on the market. Where they differ is in functionality and it is here the MAGIC shines. It is head and shoulders above anything else I've experienced.

John

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Maybe I'm speaking out of turn here as I have not used a Beyondwiz BUT I've used heaps of other STBs & PVRs and, IMHO, the PQ depends more on the display than the STB/PVR. I've never seen bad PQ even from the cheapest STB so I feel anyone can have confidence about it with anything on the market. Where they differ is in functionality and it is here the MAGIC shines. It is head and shoulders above anything else I've experienced.

John

I find the PQ of the TV tuner in my Samsung LCD gives a far better picture than the Beyonwiz.

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I find the PQ of the TV tuner in my Samsung LCD gives a far better picture than the Beyonwiz.

That's just because the tuner in the Samsung is or is not using the scaler in the display. Switch the Beyonwiz to 720p or 1080p or 1080i to see the same effect - if you've got it set to 1080p, then the de-interlacing and scaling is happening in the PVR. If you have it set to 720p then the scaling will happen within the TV, but the deinterlacing will happen within the Beyonwiz for 1080i channels, etc. etc.

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If possible, set the Beyonwiz to the "natural" resolution of the screen (e.g. 1080i if the screen is 1080lines). Then scaling/deinterlacing should happen the minimum number of times.

The Beyonwiz doesn't have a setting to allow the output resolution/interlacing to be the same as the broadcast, so it's not possible to only use the TV's scaling/deinterlacing for every service.

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Beyonwiz is already set to 1080i. Goes through Onyo Amp. If I set the Amp to 1080p or just on through the Beyonwiz PQ is still nowhere near as good as the Samsung's inbuilt tuner.

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Beyonwiz is already set to 1080i. Goes through Onyo Amp. If I set the Amp to 1080p or just on through the Beyonwiz PQ is still nowhere near as good as the Samsung's inbuilt tuner.

"Good" in which way? Sharper, more detail, better color, higher contrast, less compression artifacts, or less deinterlacing artifacts?

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I would say the PQ on my Magic is superior in all respects to the inbuilt tuner in my Pioneer LX608. The Pioneer tuner is a bit of a dog though and takes at least a second to change channel. My Magic is set to 1080P and even SD channels look really good.

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I would say the PQ on my Magic is superior in all respects to the inbuilt tuner in my Pioneer LX608. The Pioneer tuner is a bit of a dog though and takes at least a second to change channel. My Magic is set to 1080P and even SD channels look really good.

I have a similar experience. My Magic PVR is outputting at 1080p. The picture appears smoother (better deinterlacing?) than 1080i stations viewed on my TCL L42E5300F, and the SD channels are much, much better. Much sharper, less jaggies & blocks. Just a lot easier to watch.

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Maybe I'm speaking out of turn here as I have not used a Beyondwiz BUT I've used heaps of other STBs & PVRs and, IMHO, the PQ depends more on the display than the STB/PVR. I've never seen bad PQ even from the cheapest STB so I feel anyone can have confidence about it with anything on the market.

I agree that the display makes a great difference to video quality. However, once we got the best display and do videophile-level A/B comparison among different STB/PVR, visible differences do exist. As a company we believe the Sigma Designs chip used in the Magic TV offers the best video quality in the market (at our price point), so we list this as one of the key features of Magic TV, whereas most other PVRs do not state what decoding chip they use. The MTV4000 (not MTV3700 though) firmware also does motion adaptive deinterlacing quite well for TV video.

Edited by wklie

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Is there any more firmware development for this device being developed?

MTV4000 Firmware 6.06 (non-Freeview)

Date: 2013-10-15

http://www.magictv.c...4000_6_06AU.zip

Change list from 6.05 beta 3:

- Improve response time for auto repeat button

- Slightly improve the response time of the first results of signal monitor

- Fix rear power cycle may not start in the same channel as before

Change list from 6.04a:

- Support repeat by pressing and holding a remote button

- Improve HDMI handshaking

Edited by wklie

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Just wondering if my Magic tuner has died - first ABC disappeared and now no channels showing. A factory reset temporarily found them again, but all disappeared in about 2 minutes. 2nd factory reset found nothing. No problem with aerial connection - passthrough to another device (beyonwiz) working OK.

If your device is not experiencing a bad contact, and you always get 0% in signal monitor for all known frequencies, the components 4-pin NESG2101M05 (marking T1J) (at locations U30 - higher probability, U33 - lower probability) or 24MHz crystal (possibly at location Y1) may have failed.

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If your device is not experiencing a bad contact, and you always get 0% in signal monitor for all known frequencies, the components 4-pin NESG2101M05 (marking T1J) (at locations U30 - higher probability, U33 - lower probability) or 24MHz crystal (possibly at location Y1) may have failed.

PVR Box now OK (all channels, good signal strength) but now the remote appears to have died. No IR light visible or any response to any button. Battery change did nothing. Not sure if it is the remote or sensor in the box (assume it's remote since no IR flash, but how do you tell??). I did try downloading the ipad remote app but it gives a message "no magic PVR detected" or similar.

Just wondering if there are any Magic users in Hobart who have a remote I could try or any other suggestions appreciated. Have thought about buying a cheap generic remote but not sure that would help.

Regards

KTFaith.

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Had problems with another remote recently and found an app for my android phone that lets you check if your remote is sending out signals. Just point your remote at your phones camera lens and it will see the signal coming out of the remote. Try that and at least you will then know if its the remote or the box.

Dealspace have remotes for sale but they are a bit pricey http://dealspace.com...remote-controls

btw, I also have that magic remote app on my android phone and it works fine, so maybe you should keep trying that.From memory had to have the wi-fi dongle in the box for it to work

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