Sky pass through on Panny dmr-ex85

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  1. ian lochrie

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    When I watch sky I watch it via pass through my DVD recorder -panny DMR-EX85 and the picture is not what it was , they are horizontal lines at certain light dark and light levels .Is it usual for a sky picture to be poorer quality on dvd recorder pass through.Both Scarts are very good quality . The picture through the DVD tuner (freeview) is much better than Sky+ so I cant see it been the scarts .Its like it as got interference or needs a boost . Also sometimes you can see a 2x1 inch barcode/grid in the screen.

    I hope this as made sense.Cheers
     
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    Are you using composite or RGB pass-through?

    In other words - Are you connected to the Sky box TV scart outlet with AV2 input of the EX85 configured for RGB in?
     
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    Yes exactly that way
     
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    Can you take that feed from Sky TV scart direct to the TV and see if the interference disappears?

    Has this problem just recently appeared ? Did it used to be OK with this same set up?
     
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    Funny enough I tried it last night and it is better than pass through but if i was ultra critical It is not perfect as I thought it once was but I dont know if I am now paranoid in this .

    Also I think the line problem is worse down the right hand side as you look at it or am i just mad as an hatter

    :suicide: :suicide:
     
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    So given that you've tried this do you now think it is the Sky output that is compromised rather than the passthrough of the DVDR?

    It is possible that the LNB [ Low Noise Block] in your dish has been compromised and lost seal against weather intrusion.... which can produce odd effects like you describe.

    It may be worth posting a description of the symptoms in the Satellite section to see if it resonates with anyone there.
     
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    Worth ensuring their is no moisture in the sky lead where it connects to the sky box, I had similar deteriation of picture quality and in fact knackered my sky box as moisture had managed to travel down the coax(?) cable.
     
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    Gavtech the problem is definately 90% worse when I watch Sky+ AV2 through the DVDr it is like the RGB hasnt sharpened it enough

    The question is ; Does pass through watching on any of you out their of the Panny dmr-ex85 have a picture deteriation or is it possible that it is just my machine .
     
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    There should not really be a detectable difference... but it is important to eliminate all other possible causes.

    Is there any difference to the quality when using pure RGB pass-through { i.e. DVDR in 'OFF' Mode} compared to DVDR in ON mode with AV2 selected as the input?

    Incidentally - Check your connections configuration in:

    Functions / To thers / Setup / Connections.... and ensure that:

    AV2 input is set for RGB
    AV1 output is set to RGB 1

    Also - you've not yet said whether this is a recent change and deterioration or if it has always been like this.
    Did it used to be OK?
     
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    I will check these things later when i get home , but i am sure the connection is what you suggested - Ive only had the machine less than 2 month but has always had the same quality.
    I even connected a vivanco (?) 4in1 scart scart to the TV over the weekend with not the thickest lead to it and plugged the 2 scarts in , DVD and Sky+ and I was surprised to see it as a much improved picture to what Im getting but when I turned the DVD off it would not go Automatically to AV2 Sky+ it just showed a black screen and would not record off sky + AV2 .I have no intention to use the all in one- Ive had it ages and just experipented , but i was surprised on the improvement on pure quality.

    Cheers mate
     

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