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Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR - Moxi Mate Digital Media Player and Analog Tuner Add-on

Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR - Moxi Mate Digital Media Player and Analog Tuner Add-on

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Moxi Review System - 3-Tuner HD DVR - Moxi Mate Digital Media Player - Analog Tuner Add-on

Moxi Review System - 3-Tuner HD DVR - Moxi Mate Digital Media Player - Analog Tuner Add-on

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If you are a TV and video recording fanatic, consider the Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR. If connected to a digital cable system, its 3 built-in tuners allow recording of up to 3 TV shows simultaneously, while playing back a fourth. The Moxi can store recorded programs on its 500GB hard drive, and can also accept external drives for increased storage. Moxi can also access streaming audio/video content from the internet.

In addition, a separate Moxi Mate unit can be added in another room for access of all the content stored on the HD DVR, as well as web-based content. After reading this review, also check out my Photo Gallery.

Product Overview - HD DVR

The features and specifications of the Moxi HD-DVR include:

1. 3-Tuner HD DVR Recorder/Player. RF input. Built-in QAM capability. Compatible with Digital and HD Cable services via Multi-Stream CableCard. Analog Cable access via add-on adapter.

2. 500 GB built-in hard drive storage. Up to 75 hours of HD recording or 300 hours of standard definition recording. Hard drive storage expandable up to 6TB using compatible external hard drives.

3. No monthly DVR subscription fees.

4. Internet access via wired Ethernet connection to network router.

5. Access to downloadable firmware updates as well as selected online content services, including: Rhapsody, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Flickr.

6. Network connectivity (MediaLink) for access to audio, video, and still image files stored on a PC.

7. Video output resolutions include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/30, and 1080p/24. Video up or down scaling provided for the selected output resolution. Composite, S-Video, Component, and HDMI video output options.

8. Dolby Digital audio support via Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical, or HDMI output connections.

9. Extensive on-screen menu system with high definition graphics. Wireless backlit remote control provided.

10. Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR Price: $599.

Product Overview - Moxi Mate

The features and specifications of the Moxi Mate Digital Media Player include:

1. Satellite unit that works in conjunction with a Moxi HD DVR for accessing live and recorded TV contents in a second room as well as internet accessible content on a home network.

Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR Dual View

Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR Dual View

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2. No built-in Hard Drive storage, remote access to Moxi HD DVR hard drive contents via network.

3. No monthly subscription fees.

4. Internet access via wired Ethernet connection to network router.

5. Access to downloadable firmware updates as well as selected online content services, including: Rhapsody, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Flickr.

6. Network connectivity (MediaLink) for access to audio, video, and still image files stored on a PC.

7. Video output resolutions include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/30, and 1080p/24. Video up or down scaling provided for the selected output resolution. Composite, S-Video, Component, and HDMI video output options.

8. Dolby Digital audio support via Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical, or HDMI output connections.

9. Extensive on-screen menu system with high definition graphics. Wireless backlit remote control provided.

10. Moxi Mate Price: $299.

Product Overview - Moxi/Hauppauge Analog Tuner Add-On

Although the Happaugge unit has several connections for general use, the only ones used in its role as the analog cable tuner add-on for the Moxi HD DVR are the RF TV input connection, the USB2 port, and AC Adapter connection.

To integrate this tuner into the Moxi setup, the user splits the cable feed coming out of the wall (splitter provided) and connects on feed to the Moxi HD DVR directly and the other feed to the TV input shown in this photo.

After the connection to the TV input has been made, the user then connects a provided USB cable from the USB2 port shown here to one of the USB ports on the Moxi HD DVR.

It is also important to note the Moxi Mate also has access to the analog cable channels fed from the Hauppauge tuner that are fed to the Moxi HD DVR via network connectivity.

If you have to use the Hauppauge analog tuner option in your set-up, you will be limited to only being able to access one analog cable channel at a time for viewing or recording, but you will be be able to access multiple QAM cable channels at the same time for viewing or recording that are fed directly into the Moxi HD DVR.

For an additional close-up view of the Moxi 3-Tuner HD DVR, Moxi Mate, and Analog Tuner Add-on, check out my supplementary photo gallery.

Additional Hardware Used For This Review

Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR705, and Harman Kardon AVR147.

Loudspeaker System 1: 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center and Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker System 2: EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.

TV/Monitor: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor and Samsung LN-R238W 23-inch LCD TV.

RF, Audio, and Video connections were made with the cables provided by Moxi where possible. Accell cables were used for additional connections. Belkin Ethernet Cables used for network connections.

16-Gauge wire used for speaker connections.

Setting Up the Moxi

The Moxi, when set up properly, offers the user four main features:

1. Viewing and Recording Cable TV programs.

2. Access to selected internet content, including audio/video streaming.

Moxi Mate Digital Media Player - Dual View

Moxi Mate Digital Media Player - Dual View

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3. Access to audio, video, and image files stored on a PC.

4. Access to a stored library of games (Moxi Games).

Setting up Moxi is not difficult, but it does require a little patience. Fortunately, Moxi does provide a well-illustrated Quick Start Guide.

To access all of Moxi's TV recording and playback capabilities, you need to subscribe to digital cable TV service (Moxi is not compatible with over-the-air or satellite reception). You will need to obtain a Multi-Stream CableCard from your provider.

However, if you do not subscribe to digital cable service, the Moxi can still receiver QAM or Clear-QAM digital cable signals without a Cable Card, and you can also receive analog cable channels via the purchase of Analog Cable Tuning Adapter, which is obtained via special order from Moxi. In this case, although you can record multiple QAM channels simultaneously, you will not be able to record more than one analog cable channel at a time.

The other requirement for setup is that you need access to a PC. This is because you will need to go to the Moxi website and enter your Moxi's ID number (on the box) and use that number to create an account on the Moxi website.

After your online account is established, you will follow the online instructions on activating your Moxi and it is online features. The total time for this process to complete may be as long as 45 minutes. You should also write down any important information, such as your account number, user name, and password.

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