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HR21-700 Technical Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by hdtvfan0001, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. MikeR

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    There are 2 ethernet ports on the HR20, although the 2nd port is not active. There is a new chip in the HR21...the BCM5325, that is not in the HR20 series.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    ...and both ports are active in the HR21-700....
     
  3. Tony Chick

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    Is the software in the HR21 essentially the same as the HR20?. What rev. is it on at the moment?. I'd like to think its just a build difference so it benefits from all the work on the HR20.
     
  4. LameLefty

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    More or less.

    We're not allowed to comment about that, sorry.
     
  5. say-what

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    We're still on a pre-release and it's different than the current national release for the HR20 but functionally equivallent. Once there is a final national release of the HR21 software, we can give a comparison.
     
  6. RecRoomFan

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    Will the new HR21-700 have the dual buffer feature some of us miss from the HR10-250?
     
  7. LameLefty

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    Nope, it's basically an HR20 minus OTA capability for those that don't require it. Nothing more and nothing less.
     
  8. Michael D'Angelo

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    No. It is the same receiver as the HR20-700 and -100 minus the OTA tuner.
     
  9. rstokas

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    and the hr21 has 1080 p. thats a difference. but i need ota
     
  10. say-what

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    No it doesn't. Only goes to 1080i.
     
  11. rstokas

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    REALLY! Wow I thought it had 1080p! So the only difference is that it is black and not silver! HR 20-700 is the best in my opinion
     
  12. rstokas

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    but if 1080 p becomes available will the hr21 be able to work with it. Meaning is there a resolution on the hr21 for 1080p?
     
  13. Vinny

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    ....and no OTA.

    In General.....HR20=HR21 w/o OTA
     
  14. say-what

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    There is no 1080p setting anywhere in the unit. While the chipset appears to be capable of processing 1080p, we have no way of knowing whether that capability can be added via a software update. So the answer to your question is that the HR21 does not support 1080p.
     
  15. rstokas

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    i know there is no 1080 p now, but is there a light on the box and a resolution setting for a future 1080p? Meaning that this box would work in the future with 1080p?

    so its ota vs a black receiver then
     
  16. Vinny

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    No 1080P LED on the black box that does not have OTA......:)
     
  17. say-what

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    NO, NO, NO, NO, there is no setting on the box or in the software for 1080p. :D
     
  18. rstokas

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    got ya, no 1080 p
     
  19. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Nope...just like there isn't one on any other sat or cable box at this time (for good reason - no 1080p broadcasts exist).
     
  20. sbl

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    The fan in the HR21-700 is mounted just inside one of the side vents, whereas on the HR20-100 it's under the hard drive. If the fan becomes noisy (mine haven't yet), this could make a minor difference in sound. Otherwise, I have not detected any sound difference between the HR21-700, HR20-100 and HR10-250 I have, all stacked together.

    The internal board design is VERY different and much more integrated than the HR20. No riser cards, the only cables off the board are for the S-Video jack and a ribbon to the front panel. Very clean.

    As noted earlier, tolerance differences in hard drives will be the primary causes of noise level differences.
     
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