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CES2008: DirecTV HD DVR Pro

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Jan 9, 2008.

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  1. Jan 9, 2008 #1 of 162
    Earl Bonovich

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    Attached is the scanned document about the HD-DVR PRO

    You can see the rack mounting equipment in the first picture (which is included with the unit).

    In a nutshell - HR21 on steroids.

    PDF File (1.6mb)
     
  2. Jan 9, 2008 #2 of 162
    thewavgod

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    Hmmmm with the name Pro, I would have thought there would be a lil more to it than the few things it list that differ from the standard HR21 along with its just flashy clothes :)

    Like maybe a third or fourth tuner, and a lot more recording space!?

    All in all, it is purty :)
     
  3. Jan 9, 2008 #3 of 162
    Steve Robertson

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    I agree a 3rd or 4th tuner would have been great. I do like the 100 hours of recording time though
     
  4. Jan 9, 2008 #4 of 162
    Stuart Sweet

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    I think the pro aspect really refers to the unit's better cooling, rackmountability and increased capacity.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2008 #5 of 162
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    Hey Earl. Do they say if this will be offered as an upgrade option to current HR20 customers? We have 2 that we would be happy to swap out. :)

    I realize we could do eSATA for more recording space, but, my wife would not be big on that. Doubling the recording space is a least a step in the right direction.

    Thanks for all the reporting from CES!
     
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    I'm intrigued by the idea of optical HDMI. If it can handle a 200m cable, it would be handy for distribution to different rooms. Maybe I'm behind the times, but I've never seen a device with an optical HDMI input.

    So, is there a converter availabe to go from optical to a standard HDMI cable for input into a TV or AV receiver?
     
  7. Jan 9, 2008 #7 of 162
    Earl Bonovich

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    From what I know... it is targetted at a $599 price point.
    I have heard both, it will be leased and/or owned... So I am trying to get definitive on that.

    As for "upgrade" I am sure it will be an option, but at an of course elivated price.

    Not sure what it will be to upgrade from an HR2* to an HR2* PRO
     
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    Thaedron

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    Good stuff!
     
  9. Jan 9, 2008 #9 of 162
    Brandon428

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    Nothing really pro about this. I too wish it would come with a 3rd or 4th tuner then maybe I'd consider buying one.
     
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    So let me get this straight. Just like the regular HR21, this Pro version does not have an OTA Tuner, right? If so, will it be compatible with the AM21?

    Which leads to another question, if it will work with the AM21, is the HD DVR Pro the same width as the AM21? (So they will look in-line stacked to one another).

    And again, if that's the case are there/will there be rack ears available for the AM21 or do you think there will be an AM21 PRO version coming out instead.

    Sorry for all the silly questions, but all of my components are rack mounted and I wanted to know all of the available options.

    It's so much easier and convenient when components already have rack ears installed. It looks so much neater in the rack. Another option is to get rackshelves with custom faceplates, but at $167 apiece, they are little pricey.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2008 #11 of 162
    hdtvfan0001

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    This is a very nice higher-end unit, with expanded connectivity, storage, improved materils such as gold contacts, and a few other mice extended features.

    This is a super piece of electronics that will fit in well an a Home Theater rack or near similar high-end components.

    Kudos.
     
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    Did they give an MSRP? Or ballpark figure?
     
  13. Jan 9, 2008 #13 of 162
    Earl Bonovich

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    ~$600 is what it is expected to be at
     
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    Earl Bonovich

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    It does not come with ATSC tuners...
    And the AM21 can/will work with it eventually....

    I will have to ask (But I suspect), that they could easily have an AM21-PRO version, that will be rackable along with it. (since it would just be a case change).
     
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    Steve Robertson

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    Earl,
    How is the PQ on this thing?
     
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    phat78boy

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    Other then nicer looks, does this really buy you anything over an HR21 with an upgraded HDD?
     
  17. Jan 9, 2008 #17 of 162
    Earl Bonovich

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    If it was hooked to the display right above it (couldn't tell since all the wires disappear into the wall).

    It is just as good as our HR20/21 systems...

    The unit is basically an HR21 on steroids...

    The PRO ... is more of PRO-SUMER rather than PRO-FESSIONAL
     
  18. Jan 9, 2008 #18 of 162
    Earl Bonovich

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    The optical HDMI...
    The included/standard RACK options
    Improved Cooling (it has two case fans).
    Few other things...

    But in all honesty, it is an HR21 on steroids.
     
  19. Jan 9, 2008 #19 of 162
    lukep10

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    Hey guys these are going to be in extremely short supply. In my last meeting with DirecTV the message was that this will be for high end consumer electronics and home theater type companies. I'm trying to get better info on exactly how many I can even allocate to independent retailers which will give me a better idea as to what will be available to folks that want them outside of the custom home consumers. If I get a clearer answer I'll make a post ASAP.
     
  20. Jan 9, 2008 #20 of 162
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    Earl - What is Optical HDMI?
     
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