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DBSTalk.com First Look: AM21; OTA Add-On for the HR21


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#1 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 03:57 PM

DBSTalk presents our First Look at the AM21.... The ATSC/OTA Add-On for the HR21 DVR.

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DBSTalk's First Look

Thank to all that worked on the First Look and were part of the field trials.

Some Quick Notes:

The AM21 has NOT been released yet for public sale, there is no official date set.
The CSR Tier is not taking order for the AM21, nor do they have any more additional information on it.

For those that wish to discuss with the field testers, about the AM21... check out the Cutting Edge Forum.
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Once we have heard that it has been released for shipping and sale, we will make an announcement in the forum.

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#2 OFFLINE   dave29

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:06 PM

nice work as usual earl

#3 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:06 PM

nice work as usual earl


I didn't write it... the field testers did... so the Kudo's go out to them.
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#4 OFFLINE   Greg Alsobrook

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:18 PM

nice job on the first look guys!!
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#5 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:20 PM

When will it be available to buy? I know you can pre-order it, but when will it start shipping?


Please read the first post of this thread.

Aka... we don't have a date yet.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:37 PM

the man that was in charge of my case, not a csr, said he was told end of march to early april, but take it with the grain of salt
HR21-200/AM21 connected HDMI 1.4 through Harmon Kardon 254 receiver to Panasonic TC-P54G25
connected to internet and networked
Pioneer 051FD Bluray player
H20 connected to Mitsubishi via Component
D11-100 receiver connected Coaxial

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:40 PM

i think on Page 5 under "SETUP" the line should read, "Once all connectors are in place, connect the power cable from the HR21 to the wall power outlet (or whatever, not the AM21)"

The way it currently reads, you plug the AM21 into the HR21 and then you plug the HR21 into the AM21. Right?


One HR21 with AM21 OTA (playroom)

One HR24-100 (great room)
One HR24-500 (Master BR) with AM21 OTA
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:44 PM

i think on Page 5 under "SETUP" the line should read, "Once all connectors are in place, connect the power cable from the HR21 to the wall power outlet (or whatever, not the AM21)"

The way it currently reads, you plug the AM21 into the HR21 and then you plug the HR21 into the AM21. Right?


Confusing but correct.

Uplug the HR21
Plug AM-21 into HR21
Plug power cord previously removed from HR21 into AM21.
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#9 OFFLINE   JACKIEGAGA

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:48 PM

Very well done as usually thanks all that were involved

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:51 PM

i think on Page 5 under "SETUP" the line should read, "Once all connectors are in place, connect the power cable from the HR21 to the wall power outlet (or whatever, not the AM21)"

The way it currently reads, you plug the AM21 into the HR21 and then you plug the HR21 into the AM21. Right?


The power cord that is currently plugged into the HR21 does get plugged into the AM21... and the AM21 has a 'jumper' that connects to the HR21...

Pretty cool design actually... that way, you don't have to run another cord....
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:52 PM

Yes, it's a great design. Very convenient to set up. The biggest challenge was actually whether to put the AM21 on top or under the HR21! :P

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:54 PM

Confusing but correct.

Uplug the HR21
Plug AM-21 into HR21
Plug power cord previously removed from HR21 into AM21.


I get it now. The first step is to remove the power cable from the back of the HR21...not disconnect the HR21 from your power source.


One HR21 with AM21 OTA (playroom)

One HR24-100 (great room)
One HR24-500 (Master BR) with AM21 OTA
SL5-SWM
two receivers with 1TB drives in external enclosures connected via esata.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:00 PM

Nice work test team... Any notes on multi path performance?
On par with the HR20-700 or improved?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:01 PM

Does it work with the H21 also?

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:02 PM

Does it work with the H21 also?


Not yet but I believe it is suppose too. The H21 needs the software still.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:03 PM

Nice work test team... Any notes on multi path performance?
On par with the HR20-700 or improved?


In my case its at least as good as the HR20s. I don't suffer from multipath where I am, all the towers are pretty much in the same spot, so...

I would say from knowing what others have reported, that I would say its safe to say that it is better than the HR20s in both multipath and overall reception.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:07 PM

I would say from knowing what others have reported, that I would say its safe to say that it is better than the HR20s in both multipath and overall reception.

That is great news. Thanks for the update.

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#18 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:18 PM

Nice work test team... Any notes on multi path performance?
On par with the HR20-700 or improved?


I don't have any multi-path issues.

I do, in fact, have better reception then I do on my HR20-700.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:21 PM

Nice job guys (and nice photos Earl).

Looks like a winner.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:23 PM

I don't have any multi-path issues.

I do, in fact, have better reception then I do on my HR20-700.

Mike


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