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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: AM21N Off-Air ATSC Adapter


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 10:46 AM

DBSTalk presents this first look on the AM21N Off-Air ATSC add-on for HD Receivers!

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AM21N First Look


The DIRECTV AM21N is functionally identical to the AM21, and has the same matte finish as the HR22 series receivers.

Click through to read the exclusive first look!

Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.

Edited by Doug Brott, 29 May 2011 - 02:06 PM.
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#2 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:06 PM

As always, nice First Look Stuart. :)

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:08 PM

As always, nice job.

So whats the N stand for, New? :D

I guess the only difference is the new tuners inside? It still doesn't scan, right?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:11 PM

As always, nice First Look Stuart. :)

+1.

So new tuner chips vs. old, no performance differences at all on marginal signals? Or handling problematic situations, like lots of multipath? TIA.

Edited by Steve, 29 May 2011 - 01:44 PM.

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#5 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:11 PM

Not sure specifically what the N stands for other than to designate it as something other than the AM21.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:17 PM

Such a big box for such a small circuit board.
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#7 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:26 PM

Such a big box for such a small circuit board.

I guess it perserves the current form factor. IIRC, it's similar to inside of the original AM12.

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Edited by Mike Bertelson, 29 May 2011 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:31 PM

I guess it perserves the current form factor. IIRC, it's similar to the original AM12.

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Yes, it's the same size as the original AM-21.
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#9 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:41 PM

Nice work on the First Look.

Did any of the test team happen to do signal level comparisons with the older box?
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#10 OFFLINE   Jon J

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:42 PM

The DIRECTV AM21N is functionally identical to the AM21N


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#11 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:43 PM

:confused:

Why so confused?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

Why so confused?

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Reread what he quoted.
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#13 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:06 PM

:confused:


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:12 PM

Another nice First Look Stuart!

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:17 PM

Such a big box for such a small circuit board.


Of course noone will be 100% satisfied, half would want it to match the chassis size of their current hardware, the other half would want it to be as small as possible. I'm in the match the footprint camp.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:28 PM

Nice work on the First Look.

Did any of the test team happen to do signal level comparisons with the older box?


The signal is comparable, might be a bit better with the N than it is with the original but not a super huge difference.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:32 PM

The review is fine.....what is not fine is DirecTV putting out another unit with no scan capability. Once again the Engineering Department proves they need to have a complete shakeup ...... and hopefully some people fired.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:16 PM

The review is fine.....what is not fine is DirecTV putting out another unit with no scan capability. Once again the Engineering Department proves they need to have a complete shakeup ...... and hopefully some people fired.


What part of it's not a hardware limitation but rather a software design decision do you not understand?
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:56 PM

What part of it's not a hardware limitation but rather a software design decision do you not understand?


Oh I fully understand....so lets see.....if you want to watch sub channels you need to have another tuner....connected to another dvr...connected to another input to your TV Set.... You mean somewhere in the DirecTV engineering department there is not someone smart enough to solve this :confused:

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:12 PM

Oh I fully understand....so lets see.....if you want to watch sub channels you need to have another tuner....connected to another dvr...connected to another input to your TV Set.... You mean somewhere in the DirecTV engineering department there is not someone smart enough to solve this :confused:


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