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HR23 vs HR34 vs HR44


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#1 OFFLINE   dbpiv

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 06:16 PM

Very Long Time Lurker needs some help,

 

OK, I need to lean on you guys for an opinion.  I currently have an HR23 that is our main DVR (slow as Christmas) with a D16 and H24.  D16 is just in a kids room (no whole home) the other H24 is in another kids room and is whole home active.  

 

The real issue is me...  I want a new box in the master bedroom but I have been holding on since Feb and really would like to get the speed bump the HR44 represents.  I tried ordering directly from Directv for a self install and today a new HR34 shows up.  I so bad want to just open that box and quit waiting.  Am I going to regret that (for the next two years) if I go ahead and open that box.  Is the speed difference really that dramatic?  Do I just tough it out.  If I could get another H24 without losing the option of getting a HR44 I would be open to that, DTV says that will affect my refresh date.

 

Options? Advice?

 

BTW... the box was shipped from their facility in Stockbridge GA (Atlanta Suburb).  

 

thanks folks,

 

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Lustfully staring at a new box on the counter.

 

 

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#2 ONLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:09 PM

If you really want the HR44, send the HR34 back.


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#3 OFFLINE   damondlt

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

For what its worth, the HR34 will run circles around the HR23. I know I have both.

I can honestly say the HR34 works very well.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:33 PM

Probably the only way you will get a 44 is to order it from a 3rd party vendor such as Solid Signal. If you are not willing to spend that money (and it will still be leased), then go with the HR34. You will be very happy with it.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:45 PM

Agree on this. I have used  both, and the 44 does not run circles around anything; it's a tad faster, but you will love the '34. 


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:09 PM

Read the first look - they claim the 44 is the best thing ever!



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:50 AM

Read the first look - they claim the 44 is the best thing ever!

 

It is, as far as DirecTV receivers go. Doubt there is even a debate. And?



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 02:23 AM

See Laxguy's post above mine......  I've never seen an HR44 but I'm hoping it is closer to what the first looks claims than when Laxguy says 'I have used  both, and the 44 does not run circles around anything; it's a tad faster, but you will love the '34'

 

'A tad faster' isn't exactly the glowing review the first look gives.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:14 AM

Very Long Time Lurker needs some help,

 

OK, I need to lean on you guys for an opinion.  I currently have an HR23 that is our main DVR (slow as Christmas) with a D16 and H24.  D16 is just in a kids room (no whole home) the other H24 is in another kids room and is whole home active.  

 

The real issue is me...  I want a new box in the master bedroom but I have been holding on since Feb and really would like to get the speed bump the HR44 represents.  I tried ordering directly from Directv for a self install and today a new HR34 shows up.  I so bad want to just open that box and quit waiting.  Am I going to regret that (for the next two years) if I go ahead and open that box.  Is the speed difference really that dramatic?  Do I just tough it out.  If I could get another H24 without losing the option of getting a HR44 I would be open to that, DTV says that will affect my refresh date.

 

Options? Advice?

 

BTW... the box was shipped from their facility in Stockbridge GA (Atlanta Suburb).  

 

thanks folks,

 

Signed,

 

Lustfully staring at a new box on the counter.

 

 

dp

The HR44 adds the following: External Power Supply, Internal Wi-Fi, RF compatibility with RC71 remote, Optical Audio Out, Slightly faster processor. So unless any or all of these features are a must for you keep the HR34.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:54 AM

I vote that MysteryMan and Laxguy update the first and second look HR44 to show 'slightly faster processor' and 'the 44 does not run circles around anything; it's a tad faster'. :rotfl:



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:54 AM

The HR44 adds the following: External Power Supply, Internal Wi-Fi, RF compatibility with RC71 remote, Optical Audio Out, Slightly faster processor. So unless any or all of these features are a must for you keep the HR34.

And don't forget simultaneous IR/RF remote....



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:03 AM

See Laxguy's post above mine......  I've never seen an HR44 but I'm hoping it is closer to what the first looks claims than when Laxguy says 'I have used  both, and the 44 does not run circles around anything; it's a tad faster, but you will love the '34'

 

'A tad faster' isn't exactly the glowing review the first look gives.

First Look  Quotes: "the HR34 performs as well as an HR24, if not better"......HR44-"fastest DirecTV HD DVR to date"......Given that Laxguy's statement in post #5 is correct. It amazes how some people are referring to the HR34 as if it were some kind of antique compared to the HR44.   


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:33 AM

I vote that MysteryMan and Laxguy update the first and second look HR44 to show 'slightly faster processor' and 'the 44 does not run circles around anything; it's a tad faster'. :rotfl:

HR34-700 Load and Response Times......My HR34-700 is set to Native On with all resolutions selected. Hard Drive is 91% free. It is connected via HDMI cable to my Sony STR-DA5600ES AVR. The Sony STR-DA5600ES AVR is connected to my Sony XBR-65HX929 HDTV via HDMI cable. HR34-700 channel changing speeds: HD-HD 3.5 seconds......SD-SD 3-4 seconds......HD-SD 4.5 seconds......TV Apps: Load Time 3 seconds......Response Time 2 seconds......QuickTune: Load Time 2 seconds......Response Time 2 seconds......Active Channel: Load Time 6-8 seconds......Response Time 3-4 seconds......Looking at the HR44 Second Look comparison it is a tad faster than the HR34 with the exception of Reboot Time (HR34 6 minutes 2 seconds......HR44 2 minutes 7 seconds). :sure:    


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:33 AM

I just got an HR44, it is WAY FASTER than the HR21 it replaced, I still have an HR22 and an HR21, and yes, the HR44 runs circles around the older two.  I have had an HR23, but never a 24 or 34 so I can't speak for those.

I like the idea of the simultaneous RF/IR, it will be great for the kitchen, I need to pick up a small tv (thinking the Samsung UN22F5000) that can run off the 2nd monitor out of my Denon AVR-X4000, thus using the RC71 in the kitchen and then the RC64 in the main room.  I gotta say, the RC71 does not excite me, too many things missing on it that I used on the older RC64/65


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:39 AM

First Look  Quotes: "the HR34 performs as well as an HR24, if not better"......HR44-"fastest DirecTV HD DVR to date"......Given that Laxguy's statement in post #5 is correct. It amazes how some people are referring to the HR34 as if it were some kind of antique compared to the HR44.

We don't agree often, But in this case you are right on the money!

 

But we only have ourselves to blame for this. 

If the HR44 wasn't so over hyped by our friends here, people wouldn't think twice about HR34s. 


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    Living room      Master Bedroom        Bedroom 2            Bedroom 3       Office/Bedroom 4      

HR34-700  /  C31-700  /  HR24-500 / HR23-700  /  H25-100 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:40 AM

I just got an HR44, it is WAY FASTER than the HR21 it replaced, I still have an HR22 and an HR21, and yes, the HR44 runs circles around the older two. \

So would the HR24 and HR34


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Slimline 5 / SWiM 16 / Premier / HD Xtra / MLB EI  / MRV

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:47 AM

It is, as far as DirecTV receivers go. Doubt there is even a debate. And?

See I'm not sold on that.  When there are as many of them out there as the HR34 or 24 and they aren't any threads with issues about them , then you say its best Directv receiver.

 

Just because its faster doesn't mean its better. And I've seen enough threads about this HR44 "best receiver Ever" already with many issues that are common with the rest of the HRs


DIRECTV Since 5/13/2012:

    Living room      Master Bedroom        Bedroom 2            Bedroom 3       Office/Bedroom 4      

HR34-700  /  C31-700  /  HR24-500 / HR23-700  /  H25-100 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:03 AM

We don't agree often, But in this case you are right on the money!

 

But we only have ourselves to blame for this. 

If the HR44 wasn't so over hyped by our friends here, people wouldn't think twice about HR34s. 

It's not only the HR44 being over hyped. We both know and agree there are people who have to have the latest equipment and to them everything else is outdated and inferior.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:40 AM

It's not only the HR44 being over hyped. We both know and agree there are people who have to have the latest equipment and to them everything else is outdated and inferior.

 

I have contributed to the hype, but I also try to recognize that we are all volunteers here, and a little extra enthusiasm is, I believe, a good thing. So, please, let's give a break or two to those who are working hard on their own time to make products better, help out those in need, etc. 


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

So would the HR24 and HR34

 

Yes, I am aware of this.  I just could never get DirecTV to give me a good deal on one before now, so I stuck with the HR21-22's


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