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DBSTalk Exclusive Second Look: HR44-500 Genie


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#1 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

We are very proud to show you the next Genie server, the HR44-500.

http://www.dbstalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31103&d=1359247676


HR44-500 Genie Second Look


Thank you to the HR44-500 test team, this was another very large group and it's been a pleasure working with all of you.


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.

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:22 AM

We expect to see these in the wild "very soon."
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

Good second look for a very fine product. :D

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

Another nice addition to the line-up ... there's now two HR44 workhorses.

Very nice.

I love the H25/HR44 combination. Just perfect, while others also like the RVU/HR44 combination.

Good stuff.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:09 PM

Does the colorspace stupidity follow over from the HR24-500, or did Humax learn their lesson?

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

"colorspace"?
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

No color issues here. Then again I don't have them with my HR24-500 either.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

Per Doug Brott's Firmware Watcher it looks like a -200 is coming soon so with three suppliers there should be an adequate supply one of these days. I only have two TVs, but I plan to get a HR44 when they become available.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

Does the colorspace stupidity follow over from the HR24-500, or did Humax learn their lesson?


I think you're talking about how the HR24 supports (but does not exclusively use) an additional color space that other HD DVRs do not use. I disagree with this choice as "stupidity" but at any rate the color processors in all HR44s are the same as far as I know.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:20 PM

"colorspace"?

TV's that don't know what to do with RGB
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

TV's that don't know what to do with RGB

Thanks. I've had an HR24-500 for years and never heard the term.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:24 PM

Nice job on the Second Look, guys. Nice to see another member of the HR44 lineup. :up:

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:24 PM

Another nice Second Look. The HR44 lineup is looking pretty strong!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

I have 2 hr-24s in the same rack, and partially due to the design of my rack they often run very warm. That causes their internal fans to rev up, and so I get noticeable fan noise. Do you guys think I could eliminate that problem with a hr-44? I understand that the power supply is external, so it could live outside my rack.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:55 PM

I have 2 hr-24s in the same rack, and partially due to the design of my rack they often run very warm. That causes their internal fans to rev up, and so I get noticeable fan noise. Do you guys think I could eliminate that problem with a hr-44? I understand that the power supply is external, so it could live outside my rack.


Sure.
Replace the two HR24's with one HR44, save alot of space, run cooler and gain an additional tuner.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:09 PM

Great job guys

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:00 PM

So am I to understand the only difference between the HR44-200, HR44-500 and HR44-700 is the manufacturer?

Any reason why I would want one over the other, or are they pretty much equal in terms of build-quality?
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

I think you're talking about how the HR24 supports (but does not exclusively use) an additional color space that other HD DVRs do not use. I disagree with this choice as "stupidity" but at any rate the color processors in all HR44s are the same as far as I know.


"Stupid" may not be the right word; but it is a problem for many. YCbCr is the color format used in most video applications (and output from pretty much all DVR's except the 24-500 which outputs RGB). RGB is primarily a computer scheme; although most TV's convert to and process in RGB. My Panasonic vt25 does not do a good job with input RGB and it definitely affects the colors shown on the set (i.e., if my set is calibrated for YCbCr input it is no longer properly calibrated with a signal from the 24-500). For that reason, and several others, I use a video processor to convert the 24-500's RGB to YCbCr before inputting to the Panasonic. Bottom line: I would prefer a DVR that outputs YCbCr like all the others and am nervous about the "500".

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:59 PM

I would not be nervous.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:12 PM

So am I to understand the only difference between the HR44-200, HR44-500 and HR44-700 is the manufacturer?


Correct

Any reason why I would want one over the other, or are they pretty much equal in terms of build-quality?


No reason at all, they are the same.
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