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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bonscott87, Aug 17, 2007.
You got it. Good luck.
As far as quality, there are 2 things:
For CDs, it depends on how you import/convert those CDs. I use iTunes, which allows me to set the bitrate (quality) of the files when converting them to mp3. Depending on the program you use to do this, you can set up your import quality at a number of different levels, which affect sound quality, loudness, and file size.
128kbps bitrate is considered "CD quality", but it's all up to the individual's ear about whether that's true or not.
I import at 160kbps, which gives me slightly more loudness, and a slightly bigger file size. As far as quality - hard to truly tell the difference unless you have a discerning ear, in which case any transferring from CD quality to mp3 will seem like a loss of some kind.
For Internet downloads, that all depends on the bitrate of the files you're downloading, which also affects the size of the download.
For networking, yes you need to set up your network before you're going to see any access to the files. Depending on whether it's Windoze or Mac, the media center tools you use to connect your music to the HR-20 will vary.
Do a search here for Tiversity, WMP11 and you'll see lots of stuff for Windoze.
For Mac, do a search for EyeConnect.
First off you don't need a CD Burner to rip your CD's cause you aren't writing to a CD.
I use an old freeware program called CDeX. Absolute best ripping program I have ever used. Probably hasn't been updated in over 5 years but still the best. Simple and fast. I ripped my collection at 192k.
As for downloading from music stores, you'll just have to investigate. One reason I use Yahoo music is because they are 160k which is about the best you'll get on the download scene. Most others are 128k or (eek) only 90k.
Honestly though, to my ears I can't hear much of a difference. Basically rip a CD at 160. Then rip the same CD at 128 and 192 or even higher. Find one that sounds the best and go with that. The higher the rate the bigger the file.
If I was going to go wireless over ethernet cable is the Linsky's WMB546 Wireless G-Music bridge a good wireless router. Wondering what the difference is between that one and the Linsky's WRT54G. If I decide to go wireless I want the router that offers the best reliability, speed , etc.
Do you have any advice on which wireless router is better. Thx.
If I'm not mistaken the new non-DRM music on iTunes is made available at 192.
Since you asked...
Linksys WRT300N or WRT350N. But you can find cheaper and slower ones as well.
Does anyone know when video playback will be supported? I successfully connected and was able to share photos via Windows Media Player 11. I have too much music to make the interface usable for that (plus, there are better ways to listen to music IMO). Video playback would be sweet though.
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DIRECTV has not said when streaming video with media share would be added.
Thanks. Are these two models faster and more reliable than the $90.00 dollar WMB546 Wireless G-Music Bridge?
Just trying to find the best wireless router if I decide to go that route instead of running a long ethernet cable.
Thx. for the advice.
Yes, I do & upon activating it the HR20 froze up. RBR restored it back. Can I unactivate my UPNP device or is it not necessary? I don't even no why I activated it.
If you are not using any devices that depend on UPnP, just turn it off, the Hr20 will network and not likely cause any problems. I have it turned off on both my routers, and dont miss it for anything.
How do I turn it off?
I assume you have some type of router in your setup? Wireless or otherwise?
If you do, its in the web-based gui for that...
WHY can't they just make an HD-DVR that simply records 'live' tv? i have no need for pictures or music on my tv, unless i'm watching a concert or dvd. I prefer to listen to my cd's ,SACD'S and DVD-A' discs in surround sound thru my onkyo 7.1 receiver. sorry i guess i'm just old fashioned, i don't even own an ipod and have never burned a cd. if it was up to me i wouldn't own a cellphone,or computer. but i'm o.k. with my msn web tv.
Had to set my IP, Gateway and DNS to get network working. Now it passes Network and Internet test... but I can't get it to show my Media Share.
Went to WP11, Options, Sharing, and enabled sharing for all. Nothing in the list though.
Back to HR20 and nothing in the menu about Music and Pictures....
Had to set a static IP, Gateway and DNS to get network working. Now it passes Network and Internet test... but I can't get it to show my Media Share.
Went to WP11, Options, Sharing, and enabled sharing for all. Nothing in the list to share with (should something representing the HR20 show up here?)
Went back to HR20 and nothing in the menu about Music and Pictures (should that be in the main menu?)
Can you record shows from the sat to your hard drive on your computer?
Did you reboot the HR20? That could be the problem.
I think that is the main purpose of the HR20. So yes they do make a HD-DVR that simply records 'live' tv. Just don't hook up the network and you are there.
Take a look at this thread. I had to do this and follow every step before I got WMP11 to work. I prefer to use my Nero 7 though.
Yes, when the media server is seen on the HR20, press menu, you should see the Music & Photos in the menu.
Wouldn't that be cool, unfortunately "NO" would be the answer to that. Remember copyright laws and all tht fun stuff.