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Loud hr20-700

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by scottrof, Feb 19, 2008.

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  1. scottrof

    scottrof Mentor

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    This has been addressed a little before but wanted to check in to see if there have been any advancements...

    I recently moved my hr20-700 upstairs to replace an old tivo unit. The HR20 unit is noticeably louder than the old unit. Is there any way to turn off buffering in the middle of the night? I do have it set to record a few of the latenight shows like letterman and conan as scheduled but for before and after that is there any way to quiet the darn thing down?
     
  2. litzdog911

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    No, there's no way to disable the hard drive or fan unless you totally remove power. Your best bet is try sound isolation techniques, like using foam pads under the case feet to help isolate vibrations between the case and the shelf.
     
  3. Supervolcano

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    How loud is loud?

    I ask this because the HR20-100 I got 6 months ago had a really strong vibration humming noise going on inside it ... and in fact I could hit the receiver with my hand and the noise would disappear, only to return a day or two later.

    Turned out this was a known problem with at least a few batches straight from the factory. Something inside was loose. Directv was happy to replace it with another one.

    If you know anything about hard drives, then you should be able to distinguish the difference between hard drive noise and vibration noise.

    If not, say so and maybe we can try to describe it.
     
  4. scottrof

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    It's definitely the disk writing and not a vibration issue.

    Here's an interesting point. I also have an hr21-700, but it's down stairs, some times I'll come down in the morning and notice that the screen saver is on and that the buffer is empty. Is that a glitch or have they turned off the buffering in th e middle of the night?



     
  5. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    The buffer should not be empty, but there are reports that the screensaver comes on after 5+ hours of no activity via the remote control.

    It's hard to judge what you mean by "too loud" I have two HR20-700s in my bedroom about 10 feet from my head. I hear them sometimes more than others but I've never wanted to classify them as too loud. In fact, the biggest problem I had was that there was a pair of glasses on top of them one night and I could have sworn that it was an HDD noise .. after I moved the glasses the noise stopped. You should at least try putting felt under the feet and clearing the top to make sure your not hearing a subtle vibration.
     
  6. scottrof

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    The buffer is definitely empty when it comes out of the screen saver first thing in the morning (hr21)

    As far as the hr20, I'll try some vibration dampening, and it could be echoing a little in the entertainment center, but it's the same place the old one was located and it was 5 years old and not nearly as loud...



     
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