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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: HR44-700 Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Scott Kocourek, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Strog

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    Once my initial issues with C31s were resolved during the first two weeks I didn't reboot once, the HR34 and the clients have been running solid since the end of the October. I'm sure some reboots occurred when the new firmware was pushed but that's about it. I just hope all features will be the same, HR44 looks like a very nice unit. Wonder what will be the HD picture quality on the wireless clients.
     
  2. Scott Kocourek

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    A little bit of an unfair comparison. ;)
     
  3. Mike Greer

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    That is fast!

    With my HR24-500s I can make a beer run to the store and be back before it they are up and running.

    With my old HR22s I could take a flight to Vegas, have few drinks and then be back before the restart was finished!:D
     
  4. Laxguy

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    Can't imagine that HD wireless will be any less than it is wired.... Tho one increases the risk of glitches. Risk, not necessarily problems.
     
  5. dpeters11

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    And I think at one point, the boot was actually made faster.
     
  6. cypherx

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    How fast does a C31 or unseen C41 boot?


    What's the difference between a C31 and C41, and are they interchangeable on an HR44/HR34 system?
     
  7. Sixto

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    C31 boots fairly quick, faster then a regular receiver.
     
  8. Scott Kocourek

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    C31s are the only available client.
     
  9. loudo

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    Excellent job on the review, guys.
     
  10. machavez00

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    My receiver has one coax and two toslink inputs.. I'm going to upgrade to a receiver with HDMI input/ARC so that wont be an issue.
     
  11. inkahauts

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    The only thing I wonder about is things like series link limit increases. I keep wanting to see the limit go away, but I wonder I they are ok with that without the horsepower of the hr44.
     
  12. inkahauts

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    When it comes to guide data and how fast the unit shows it collects it during boot up....

    Think of it like trying to fill one of the giant dump trucks you see at a rock query.

    Anything other than a hr44 and its like filling that truck with dirt using a hand shovel. The hr44 fills it up with one giant scoop from a super excavator. Its just ridiculous fast in that part to be honest.
     
  13. inkahauts

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    I think the key there is options for connections for 99.99999% of users.
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    It is indeed useful to have the HR44 offer both digital audio options: Optical and Coax. That pretty much covers the universe in terms of AVRs.
     
  15. Jacob Braun

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    Very very fast! 30-45 seconds.
     
  16. Laxguy

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    So some AVRs have a port/jack that'll accept only one type and not a duality?

    Is there any technical advantage to one over the other?

    Yes, it's a good thing to have both, but I was not aware there were AVRs that wouldn't accept either.
     
  17. Jacob Braun

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    Mine only has two optical and RCAs (it's not a full on AV receiver, but a 2.1 speaker/sub setup).

    I was quite happy when I saw the optical had returned!
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    I've seen plenty of AVRs that accept one or the other audio input only - common to mid-range units. All my AVRs (4) except one support both.

    As for any "advantage" - I've seen that debated but no clear evidence one way or the other. They both work quite well for digital audio.
     
  19. dtrell

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    Scott, I am not sure why you say that. The way people are singing the praises on the HR44 as far as boot time and navigation speed, along with the wireless capability and the optical out for those who need it (not those who paid 15 bucks for a converter like i did thank to the shortsightedness of the design of the HR34) I am not sure why you would try to talk someone out of calling D* and trying to get the HR44 to replace their HR34.
     
  20. Richierich

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    Normally, only the more expensive Models such as Denon's Midrange and Upper Range AVRs have both Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio Ports.

    AVS Forum has had many many discussions about which one of these it the Best and I believe the Argument is like Religion, which one is Best for You!!! :)

    They both sound Great in my Opinion and neither one offers better audio than the other as I have both.
     

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