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HR20-700 noise

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by cal87, Jun 6, 2007.

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  1. Jun 6, 2007 #1 of 17
    cal87

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    Anyone come up with a solution to cut down the noise of this unit? I just moved one into my bedroom yesterday, and the noise - especially the hard drive I think - was driving me crazy. I had to unplug it to be able to sleep. I have another one in my HT in an enclosed rack, and it does not bother me too much there.

    I had a H20-600 in my bedroom before. This one had a PC fan dongle to keep it cool. I could hear that too at night, but this low hum does not bother me.

    Any ideas? Otherwise, I think I am going to have to go back to the H20, or unplug it at night.
     
  2. Jun 6, 2007 #2 of 17
    durl

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    Can you put it in another room or would the cable run make it too difficult?
     
  3. Jun 6, 2007 #3 of 17
    Radio Enginerd

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    You can possible put it in a closed cabinet with a chill mat on top and use the RF remote. I understand the -100 is quieter so maybe that's a worth while solution.

    I wouldn't get in the habit of unplugging it since we've been advised to not do that and what good is a DVR unplugged.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2007 #4 of 17
    cal87

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    I agree, unplugging is a bad solution, but I couldn't sleep with the thing going. I'm pretty sure it's the hard drive that's annoying me.

    The 100 would be nice, but from the other thread, I just purchased a black one to go in my HT with my other black components. I had two "free" 700s already from DirecTV, so I don't know how I would be able to swap for another 100, and I don't want to purchase.

    I don't think it is feasible to move it out of the room, and some type of hushbox seems too unsightly and cumbersome. I was hoping someone here came up with an ingenious way to muffle the sound, and not have the temperature go up to 150.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2007 #5 of 17
    Radio Enginerd

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    Didn't realize it was you cal87! :)

    Well you're in Tracy so if you want me to drive down there and take that off your hands I'll gladly do so.

    The only problem I see the increase of the running temp if you try to dampen the noise by putting something on top of it or around it. You may be in a pickle.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2007 #6 of 17
    grate88

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    I had hard drive chirp and frontal card reader area buzzing when I got my HR-20 700. An esata drive added storage and solved the hard drive noise. and paper shims in the card slot stopped the buzzing.
     
  7. Jun 6, 2007 #7 of 17
    cal87

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    Hey, that's a great idea. I have a 500GB eSATA that I can try out. I think it is fairly quiet. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2007 #8 of 17
    grate88

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    You're welcome - hope this solves the problem for you.
     
  9. Jun 6, 2007 #9 of 17
    cal87

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    I will certainly give it a shot. I will refrain from the next question for now (who makes the quietest eSATA if mine is too loud).

    Still open to other suggestions to try out.
     
  10. hilmar2k

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    IsoNodes also work great for reducing noise.
     
  11. SoCool

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    Maybe it could be placed under the bed! Mine sounds like a blender. Unfortunately it is not making margaritas. :)
     
  12. HalfMoon

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    Wow. I'm surprised.

    I'm a new HR20-700 owner, but the two I have are almost silent. The one in the bedroom is barely audible. Either that or the 6 years of a Tivo in my bedroom has made me partially deaf! ;)

    Honestly though, my last Tivo unit in the bedroom was a Hughes SD box and it was nothing but HDD noise all night long. I used to wake up multiple times a night and have a hard time going back to sleep. Since the HR20, I've been sleeping like a baby.

    Hopefully I got lucky and got quiet units, and they stay that way over time.
     
  13. Fish Man

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    Right now, I'm using my HR20 in the living room and my old HR10 in the bedroom. (To the chagrin of TiVo fanboys everywhere, I'll probably replace the HR10 with a second HR20 within a few months.)

    Anyway, the HR10 is a little bit quieter than the HR20, but the difference is not huge.

    The main sound that comes out of the HR10 is a whirring noise from its fan. It sounds not unlike air coming from an air conditioner vent. It's quite easy to sleep with. Any drive noises like head-seek clicks are very muted from my HR10.

    In fact, I retired a GXCEBOT from my bedroom when I put the HR10 there a couple of months ago. The second hard drive I'd added to the GXCEBOT had developed a loud whine. (It was a Seagate, and they're rather notorious for that.) When I put the HR10 in the bedroom, I had to get used to sleeping in the relative quiet again! ;)

    The main sound from my HR20 is head seeking noises from the drive. It makes a fairly constant "click-click-clikkity-clickkity-clickkity-click-ckick-clickity" all the time. It's most pronounced when playing back a recorded show and/or when the unit is recording, but it's somewhat present even in standby. It's not unreasonably loud, especially for the living room, but it is noticeable.
     
  14. AlexH

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    If it's a constant humming noise it may be coming from the outer shell resonating with the fan/hard-drive. I have this problem with mine - it has to be sitting just right otherwise it constantly makes this annoying humming/buzzing noise.
     
  15. HD in LA

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    Remember, the HR20 is "always" recording because of the 90 minute buffer [even when in standby]. What I do at night is tune the HR20 to a channel that I do not get [like channel 95] and there is "no clicking" because there is nothing there to record! :)

    Cheers,
    John
     
  17. cal87

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    We may have a winner!

    I don't think the fan noise bothers me at all. Definitely the hard drive is annoying. We'll see how it sounds at night when all else is quiet.
     
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