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DBSTalk.com First Look: DIRECTV H23-600 High Definition Receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 28, 2008.

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  1. May 28, 2008 #1 of 144
    Stuart Sweet

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    In the long tradition of giving our users the first look at new DIRECTV hardware, we proudly present the
    DIRECTV H23-600 High Definition Receiver

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    Thanks to Doug Brott, Tom Robertson, and Michael D'Angelo for photos and tireless work!
     
  2. May 30, 2008 #2 of 144
    Michael D'Angelo

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    The H23-600 is manufactured by LG. It is a HD receiver, non DVR.

    Features / Other Information:
    The H23-600 is an SWM capable receiver. It is also the first DIRECTV MPEG4 capable receiver with an internal B-Band Converter. This means even when using a Zinwell WB68 or Zinwell WB616 multi-switch you will not need to connect an external B-Band Converter between the satellite line and the tuner on the H23-600.

    All A/V outputs are active at all times on the H23-600 just like it is on all DIRECTV branded receivers and DVR’s. When viewing a high definition program via the S-Video or composite video output the picture will down-convert to 480i when exiting the output. This means if you are using HDMI or component video on another TV the high definition programs will still display in high definition.

    The H23-600 Ethernet connection has no functionality at this point.

    The USB connection can be used for RS-232 control.

    The Phone line will allow you to use caller ID OSD, order PPV from the remote, and use the game lounge feature.

    The H23-600 has a built in RF antenna to work with the supplied RF capable RC64 remote.
     
  3. May 30, 2008 #3 of 144
    Michael D'Angelo

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    The unit was received in a brown DIRECTV box (it was not in retail packaging). Packaged with the receiver was an RC64 RF capable remote, owner’s manual, power cord, and access card. There was no A/V cables supplied. There will be A/V cables supplied in the retail version.


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  4. May 30, 2008 #4 of 144
    Michael D'Angelo

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    The H23-600 has a flat black case just like the H21-200 that is manufactured by Samsung. It has side and rear vents only.

    It has an SWM capable satellite tuner, HDMI, component, S-Video, two composite videos, digital optical, digital coaxial, two L/R audios, Ethernet, phone line, and USB connection. The H23-600 does not have an OTA just like the H21-200.

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  5. May 30, 2008 #5 of 144
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Comparisons with H21-200 (on bottom) and H23-600 (on top)

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    Michael D'Angelo

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    Michael D'Angelo

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    - RF and IR both seem to work very well.

    - The unit is pretty fast (scrolling through guide and menu).

    - Network connection does nothing.

    - CIG, channels I don't receive are grayed out in the guide instead of removed like the HR20/21's.
     
  8. May 30, 2008 #8 of 144
    Michael D'Angelo

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    B-Band Converter (BBC) not needed even when using just a dish or Zinwell WB68 / WB616.

    When you do connect a BBC, you get this image:
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  9. Jun 27, 2008 #9 of 144
    Doug Brott

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    The H23-600 joins the H21-100 and H21-200 as a new standard in High Definition DIRECTV receivers ..
     
  10. Jun 27, 2008 #10 of 144
    Tom Robertson

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    I can hear Pinocchio singing it now...

    I had BBCs
    But now I'm free
    There are no BBCs on me


    ... :D
     
  11. Jun 27, 2008 #11 of 144
    dave29

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    nice work fellows(as usual)
     
  12. Jun 27, 2008 #12 of 144
    boilerjt

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    It looks like diplexing OTA between the BBC and the receiver will be a thing of the past. A bummer for those of us that have no LIL HD...
     
  13. Jun 27, 2008 #13 of 144
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Wow... Nice work guys... Great looking pics!
     
  14. Jun 27, 2008 #14 of 144
    Tom Robertson

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    Run more coax... :)

    Sorry, I really do understand, I have two locations in my house where that is a bad option. Maybe under the siding, down a corner cap, etc. yuck. Or I can put my older receivers there...

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  15. Jun 27, 2008 #15 of 144
    Chris Blount

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    I must chime in here and convey my thanks. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make these first looks a reality. The class of people here on DBSTalk that write these things are nothing short of first rate and professionals all the way down the line.

    Excellent work!
     
  16. Jun 27, 2008 #16 of 144
    hdtvfan0001

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    Yup.

    Interesting that the BBC's are internal....since those are not needed for us SWM installs anyway - wondering if they are still compatible with the SWM units....

    Inquiring minds want to know... :D
     
  17. Jun 27, 2008 #17 of 144
    dave29

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    from what i understand...... when it detects a swm, the unit will turn off the internal bbc's
     
  18. Jun 27, 2008 #18 of 144
    Lee L

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    Nice reveiw and man, I love the looks of this thing. To me the matte black just looks so much niver than the gloss.
     
  19. Jun 27, 2008 #19 of 144
    Hansen

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    From the pictures and information it does not look like there is an esata connector for hooking up a larger external hard drive; is that correct?
     
  20. Jun 27, 2008 #20 of 144
    dave29

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    hansen, it is not a dvr
     
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