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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Blitz68, Sep 28, 2009.
What are the differences?
The HR23 does not need BBC's.
I have one of each and the only real difference I can see is the HR23 does not require BBCs. They each come with the same size internal hard drive and the PQ looks the same [very good] to me.
Isn't the HR23 supposed to have a little bit PQ?
In my experience with a HR20-700 and an HR22-100 on the same TV, the HR22 has a little softer picture than the HR20.
No, we initially thought that but it's really just a matter of being better tuned for the way most displays are configured. It should be possible to adjust your monitor so that an HR22 looks as good as an HR23.
PQ is all subjective and that was noted in the 1st look as there was no way for us to quantify that.
I have 2 HR20-700's, an HR21-700 and an HR23-700 - I can't really see any difference in PQ between any of them, including the HR20 and HR23 connected to the same TV via hdmi through a receiver
Are the BBC still a problem as they have been in the past?
Actually the BBCs were never a huge problem, and DIRECTV is always happy to send you new ones if required. The only real problem was when they were first available three years ago they were packed improperly and that led to failures. Other problems which people attributed to BBCs generally turned out to be something else.
And if you are using them on a SWM dish/switch, NEITHER one needs them, so it would be a moot point for either.
I've been using BBCs on one or more boxes since the H20-600 came out and I've never had a BBC fail. I'm still using the one I originally got with the H20.
Of course that means it will fail now that I bragged on it.
I can verify early problems with the BBCs. Among 3 DVRs, I had three bad BBCs, and, as was pointed out in two of the cases the insane way they bent the coax for shipping damaged the cables. I fixed one by cutting off the connector and putting on a new compression fitting, but it's really just easier to order replacements. They are delivered quickly and are free.
I have them both and find they are the same. Since I have the SWM setup dont have to use the BBC so find them the same.
I just swapped out a HR21 (I know it is not a HR22) with the new HR23 and there is a noticeable change in picture quality. The picture is now alot sharper/brighter to the point that it looks like the TV is set to a vivid/dynamic mode. I have it hooked up via HDMI to a Pioneer 6020. I have had to crank down the sharpness on the Pioneer to get it back under control. Anyone else seeing this?
I would just about put money on the fact that you had some settings different between the two. Did you use a different HDMI input, sharpness should have been set to zero or near zero in the 1st place, most will agree that this is normal, newer cable, different resolution settings between replacement and older box, or it IS possible your old box had an issue, you did just swap it out I assume because there was something wrong with it?
No, just moved the HR 21 into another room to upgrade from a non DVR box, no change to any of the cables or TV settings. I have a 5020 in the other room and I can see the difference?