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DBSTalk.com First Look: AM21; OTA Add-On for the HR21

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Mar 17, 2008.

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  1. Mar 17, 2008 #1 of 368
    Earl Bonovich

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    DBSTalk presents our First Look at the AM21.... The ATSC/OTA Add-On for the HR21 DVR.

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    DBSTalk's First Look

    Thank to all that worked on the First Look and were part of the field trials.

    Some Quick Notes:

    The AM21 has NOT been released yet for public sale, there is no official date set.
    The CSR Tier is not taking order for the AM21, nor do they have any more additional information on it.

    For those that wish to discuss with the field testers, about the AM21... check out the Cutting Edge Forum.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=123013


    Once we have heard that it has been released for shipping and sale, we will make an announcement in the forum.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2008 #2 of 368
    dave29

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    nice work as usual earl
     
  3. Mar 17, 2008 #3 of 368
    Earl Bonovich

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    I didn't write it... the field testers did... so the Kudo's go out to them.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2008 #4 of 368
    Greg Alsobrook

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    nice job on the first look guys!!
     
  5. Mar 17, 2008 #5 of 368
    Earl Bonovich

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    Please read the first post of this thread.

    Aka... we don't have a date yet.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2008 #6 of 368
    Cobra

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    the man that was in charge of my case, not a csr, said he was told end of march to early april, but take it with the grain of salt
     
  7. Mar 17, 2008 #7 of 368
    peters4n6

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    i think on Page 5 under "SETUP" the line should read, "Once all connectors are in place, connect the power cable from the HR21 to the wall power outlet (or whatever, not the AM21)"

    The way it currently reads, you plug the AM21 into the HR21 and then you plug the HR21 into the AM21. Right?
     
  8. Mar 17, 2008 #8 of 368
    RobertE

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    Confusing but correct.

    Uplug the HR21
    Plug AM-21 into HR21
    Plug power cord previously removed from HR21 into AM21.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2008 #9 of 368
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Very well done as usually thanks all that were involved
     
  10. Mar 17, 2008 #10 of 368
    Greg Alsobrook

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    The power cord that is currently plugged into the HR21 does get plugged into the AM21... and the AM21 has a 'jumper' that connects to the HR21...

    Pretty cool design actually... that way, you don't have to run another cord....
     
  11. Mar 17, 2008 #11 of 368
    Drew2k

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    Yes, it's a great design. Very convenient to set up. The biggest challenge was actually whether to put the AM21 on top or under the HR21! :p
     
  12. Mar 17, 2008 #12 of 368
    peters4n6

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    I get it now. The first step is to remove the power cable from the back of the HR21...not disconnect the HR21 from your power source.
     
  13. Mar 17, 2008 #13 of 368
    Radio Enginerd

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    Nice work test team... Any notes on multi path performance?
    On par with the HR20-700 or improved?
     
  14. Mar 17, 2008 #14 of 368
    ziltomil

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    Does it work with the H21 also?
     
  15. Mar 17, 2008 #15 of 368
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Not yet but I believe it is suppose too. The H21 needs the software still.
     
  16. Mar 17, 2008 #16 of 368
    RobertE

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    In my case its at least as good as the HR20s. I don't suffer from multipath where I am, all the towers are pretty much in the same spot, so...

    I would say from knowing what others have reported, that I would say its safe to say that it is better than the HR20s in both multipath and overall reception.
     
  17. Mar 17, 2008 #17 of 368
    Radio Enginerd

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    That is great news. Thanks for the update.
     
  18. Mar 17, 2008 #18 of 368
    Mike Bertelson

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    I don't have any multi-path issues.

    I do, in fact, have better reception then I do on my HR20-700.

    Mike
     
  19. Mar 17, 2008 #19 of 368
    spartanstew

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    Nice job guys (and nice photos Earl).

    Looks like a winner.
     
  20. Mar 17, 2008 #20 of 368
    Greg Alsobrook

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    same here
     
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