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Head spinning - DVR choices - New HR21-200

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jaguar325, Oct 16, 2007.

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  1. jaguar325

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    For reasons I won't get into here, I need to go buy a second HD-DVR since D screwed up my work order for an install tomorrow. I read through the posts on this site last night and am quite confused over DVR models. It would appear as though the HR20-700 was first out of the gates in the fall of 2006, with the HR-20-100 coming earlier in 2007. Both have the typical dual sat inputs but something on the 100 version I really need is dual digital audio outputs since I need to be able to use the machine from two different (adjacent rooms). Can anybody confirm that both will output digital audio AT THE SAME TIME? I noted that there appears to be both a silver and black version of the 100.

    Then, I got to reading all the lustful stories about the HR21.. the "pro" rack mount model and the 700 that Earl posted a sticky thread on. It would appear as though the HR21 models keep the dual digital audio outs but have one hige drawback (for some people) which is the elimination of an OTA signal input. This is a choice I think we wll all have to make based on individual needs. I wonder what the guy will show up with tomorrow?? What if I want to keep OTA and he brings a machine that doesn't support it? What if he brings an HR20-700 and I can't do what I need to do audio-wise? I hate this.

    Today, I stopped into Best Buy to see what they carry. They had several HR21-200s which I haven't seen any posts on. Can anyone comment? I saw the dual digital audio outputs and no OTA. I also saw ONE SINGLE SAT INPUT marked SWM.. that could solve some cabling problems for me that would override angst over losing OTA. Is using SWM as simple as getting that machine and whatever multiplexer works with it? I don't have to be in any "pilot" program to use it?

    Thanks - you guys are always a big help.

    -Big K
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    Either an HR20-100 or an HR20-700. It won't be an HR21-700.
    That's the H21-200, the non-DVR HD receiver.
     
  3. Sixto

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    Best Buy has the H21-200. non-DVR.
     
  4. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    This is true, the H21-200 (the NON recorder) has been in Best Buy since the beginning of October (just over 2 weeks now).
     
  5. Sixto

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    Yep, was assuming that the HR21's referenced in the 1st post were not HR21's, but rather H21-200's ...
     
  6. MikeR

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    All outputs (video & audio) are ON simultaneously.

    Models
    HR20-100S (S = silver)
    HR20-100B (B = black) (good luck finding one!:) )
     
  7. Stuart Sweet

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    I think the H21-200 is a great receiver, I enjoy mine.
     
  8. ATARI

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    For my peace of mind, could somebody fill in the blanks?

    -100 = RCA
    -700 = PACE
    -200 = ??
    -600 = ??
     
  9. MikeR

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    -200 Samsung
    -600 LG
     
  10. jaguar325

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    OK, guess I overlooked the H vs. HR designation (I was in a hurry).. if just a receiver, I can see why there'sa single sat hookup in the back. Why would it need to be SWM enabled though?
     
  11. sbl

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    So that it can properly convert the frequencies used by SWM.
     
  12. say-what

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    The SWM eliminates the need for the bbc's and makes it easier to install multi-receiver systems in houses prewired for cable with hidden splitters and RG59 cables. SWM compatibility has greater benefits for the DVR's where it eliminates the need for a 2nd cable run. But the benefits exist for all setups so why not make everything SWM compatible.

    Currently the SWM is in limited release, but it will eventually go nationwide.
     
  13. ATARI

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    Thanks -- I've written it down now.
     
  14. Jeremy W

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    sbl and say-what did a good job of explaining why, but I just want to make it clear that a non-SWM receiver cannot be used on an SWM line. It simply will not work.
     
  15. F1Fan

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    I'm a GeekSquad Home Theater Installer in MA and we DO have the new HR21 at most BB stores. It has a different box (packaging). We keep them in the warehouse, just ask!
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    And that would be the HR21-700.
     
  17. michaelyork29

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