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DBSTalk.com First Look: DIRECTV H23-600 High Definition Receiver


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#1 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:07 AM

The H23-600 is manufactured by LG. It is a HD receiver, non DVR.

Features / Other Information:
The H23-600 is an SWM capable receiver. It is also the first DIRECTV MPEG4 capable receiver with an internal B-Band Converter. This means even when using a Zinwell WB68 or Zinwell WB616 multi-switch you will not need to connect an external B-Band Converter between the satellite line and the tuner on the H23-600.

All A/V outputs are active at all times on the H23-600 just like it is on all DIRECTV branded receivers and DVR’s. When viewing a high definition program via the S-Video or composite video output the picture will down-convert to 480i when exiting the output. This means if you are using HDMI or component video on another TV the high definition programs will still display in high definition.

The H23-600 Ethernet connection has no functionality at this point.

The USB connection can be used for RS-232 control.

The Phone line will allow you to use caller ID OSD, order PPV from the remote, and use the game lounge feature.

The H23-600 has a built in RF antenna to work with the supplied RF capable RC64 remote.

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#2 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:07 AM

The unit was received in a brown DIRECTV box (it was not in retail packaging). Packaged with the receiver was an RC64 RF capable remote, owner’s manual, power cord, and access card. There was no A/V cables supplied. There will be A/V cables supplied in the retail version.


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#3 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:08 AM

The H23-600 has a flat black case just like the H21-200 that is manufactured by Samsung. It has side and rear vents only.

It has an SWM capable satellite tuner, HDMI, component, S-Video, two composite videos, digital optical, digital coaxial, two L/R audios, Ethernet, phone line, and USB connection. The H23-600 does not have an OTA just like the H21-200.

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#4 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:09 AM

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#5 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:32 AM

- RF and IR both seem to work very well.

- The unit is pretty fast (scrolling through guide and menu).

- Network connection does nothing.

- CIG, channels I don't receive are grayed out in the guide instead of removed like the HR20/21's.

#6 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:54 PM

B-Band Converter (BBC) not needed even when using just a dish or Zinwell WB68 / WB616.

When you do connect a BBC, you get this image:
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#7 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:21 PM

In the long tradition of giving our users the first look at new DIRECTV hardware, we proudly present the
DIRECTV H23-600 High Definition Receiver

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Thanks to Doug Brott, Tom Robertson, and Michael D'Angelo for photos and tireless work!

#8 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:08 AM

Comparisons with H21-200 (on bottom) and H23-600 (on top)

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#9 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 10:46 AM

The H23-600 joins the H21-100 and H21-200 as a new standard in High Definition DIRECTV receivers ..
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#10 OFFLINE   Tom Robertson

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 10:51 AM

I can hear Pinocchio singing it now...

I had BBCs
But now I'm free
There are no BBCs on me


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#11 OFFLINE   dave29

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:04 AM

nice work fellows(as usual)

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:15 AM

It looks like diplexing OTA between the BBC and the receiver will be a thing of the past. A bummer for those of us that have no LIL HD...

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:16 AM

Wow... Nice work guys... Great looking pics!
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#14 OFFLINE   Tom Robertson

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:17 AM

Run more coax... :)

Sorry, I really do understand, I have two locations in my house where that is a bad option. Maybe under the siding, down a corner cap, etc. yuck. Or I can put my older receivers there...

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:18 AM

I must chime in here and convey my thanks. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make these first looks a reality. The class of people here on DBSTalk that write these things are nothing short of first rate and professionals all the way down the line.

Excellent work!

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:23 AM

Must be the H23-600, which has it's First Look today: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=130069

Yup.

Interesting that the BBC's are internal....since those are not needed for us SWM installs anyway - wondering if they are still compatible with the SWM units....

Inquiring minds want to know... :D
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#17 OFFLINE   dave29

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:25 AM

Yup.

Interesting that the BBC's are internal....since those are not needed for us SWM installs anyway - wondering if they are still compatible with the SWM units....

Inquiring minds want to know... :D


from what i understand...... when it detects a swm, the unit will turn off the internal bbc's

#18 OFFLINE   Lee L

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:26 AM

Nice reveiw and man, I love the looks of this thing. To me the matte black just looks so much niver than the gloss.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:28 AM

From the pictures and information it does not look like there is an esata connector for hooking up a larger external hard drive; is that correct?
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#20 OFFLINE   dave29

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:30 AM

hansen, it is not a dvr




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