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DBSTalk Exclusive Third Look: HR44-200 Genie Server

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#1 OFFLINE   Scott Kocourek

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:19 AM

DBSTalk is proud to release the exclusive Third Look of the newest Genie Server:  HR44-200
 
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HR44-200 Third Look



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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:25 PM

Scott, this looks great!
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#3 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:42 PM

Nice work, as always. :)

 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:51 PM

Looks great - the 44 line is expanding


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#5 OFFLINE   Canis Lupus

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Nice job guys!


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:02 PM

Congrats to the team for another fine Look.  Wow, 3 different HR44's now.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:11 PM

Well it is a Samsung...I detect out of the three HR44's this one has the highest failure rate.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:04 PM

Really? I've had an H21-200, HR21-200, HR24-200 and HR44-200, plus a samsung TV, BD player, 2 phones, washer and dryer and have been quite satisfied.
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Posted 15 August 2013 - 07:40 PM

 

Well it is a Samsung...I detect out of the three HR44's this one has the highest failure rate.

 

I presume you mean "predict". What is this based upon?

 

I've yet to have a Sammy fail me, but I switched only three years ago. I have four Sammy HD TVs, (one Plasma, two LCD and one LED), two or three monitors, and a blu-ray player. All first class. Do you have statistics from a credible source, or your own experience to cite? 


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:55 PM

Yes from my own experience with their products. Yes others swear by them but I do not. It really is not a choice what specific HR44 you receive on a truck roll so I will say this, I would be happy with that HR44-200 if thats what I got. Almost two years ago I scoured the country for an extra HR24...it had to be a HR24-500. Sticking with the first producer of a new receiver rollout is where I would sway. Was thrilled it was a HR44-700 this last upgrade so to speak.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:57 PM

 

Well it is a Samsung...I detect out of the three HR44's this one has the highest failure rate.

 

 

Shhhh, don't tell the working H21-200 and HR24-200 in my house they are supposed to fail.   They are doing great.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:20 AM

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:22 AM

Yes from my own experience with their products. Yes others swear by them but I do not. It really is not a choice what specific HR44 you receive on a truck roll so I will say this, I would be happy with that HR44-200 if thats what I got. Almost two years ago I scoured the country for an extra HR24...it had to be a HR24-500. Sticking with the first producer of a new receiver rollout is where I would sway. Was thrilled it was a HR44-700 this last upgrade so to speak.

 

Main thing is, I hope you get what you want. Thanks for the reply. 


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:28 AM

Great job to Scott and the testers on another professional writeup. Those are some good shots of the -200!


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:49 AM

Really? I've had an H21-200, HR21-200, HR24-200 and HR44-200, plus a samsung TV, BD player, 2 phones, washer and dryer and have been quite satisfied.

 

Did you read Crutchfield's review of the Sammy 4K TVs?  The come with an upscaler (a seperate unit that can be upgraded) to 4K. Good review, read it in the latest Crutchfield catalog.

 

I still like my Sammy BD players and I do have a new Sony to compare them to.  Have already experienced problems with the Sony, but I expected that when I bought it.  

 

I've always had good luck with the HRxx-200s, except for the 21-200 that started burning one night.  

 

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:50 PM

Third time's the charm.  Looks good. 


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:04 PM

So, Rich, you gonna be first here with a 4K set??


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:37 PM

Wow a Samsung model, this is the one I want!  I have an HR24-200 and H24-200 and they run fine.  Comparatively to a friends HR24-500, my -200 ran much faster (scrolling, bringing up the guide, etc...).

 

Samsung has a long history with set top boxes.  Time Warner Cable, the nations #2 cable operator in sheer size (right behind Comcast) uses a lot of Samsung set top boxes.

 

Samsung also makes my main Plasma TV.  They seem to make good products and I would highly consider them for future TV's and other appliance purchases.


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:10 AM

So, Rich, you gonna be first here with a 4K set??

 

Nope, I keep looking at my 58" 720p Panny plasma that cost me ~ $2,500 and I'll never pay over 2 grand for another TV.  Made that mistake once and learned from it (altho my heart filled with lust when I read the Crutchfield write up on the Sammy 4K sets).

 

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:15 AM

Wow a Samsung model, this is the one I want!  I have an HR24-200 and H24-200 and they run fine.  Comparatively to a friends HR24-500, my -200 ran much faster (scrolling, bringing up the guide, etc...).

 

Samsung has a long history with set top boxes.  Time Warner Cable, the nations #2 cable operator in sheer size (right behind Comcast) uses a lot of Samsung set top boxes.

 

Samsung also makes my main Plasma TV.  They seem to make good products and I would highly consider them for future TV's and other appliance purchases.

 

They also made the worst SD TiVos and cheated many people by using capacitors that were out of spec in their TVs.  Let's not forget about that.  Hopefully all that is behind them.

 

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 01:11 PM

Nope, I keep looking at my 58" 720p Panny plasma that cost me ~ $2,500 and I'll never pay over 2 grand for another TV. Made that mistake once and learned from it (altho my heart filled with lust when I read the Crutchfield write up on the Sammy 4K sets).

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I agree. I have 2) 42" Panny plasma TVs. First one I bought was in 2006 and cost me $2300 after a $1k plus drop and finally wanted a plasma. 2 years ago I ought eh same TV but a newer model for $529!

Looking to get a new tv in the 55-60" range. But it has to be energy efficient, 1080p, 240hz or faster for sports, no 3D and under $1000. Plasma preferred, but LED and OLED will work when their blacks and refresh rates for sports improve.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

They also made the worst SD TiVos and cheated many people by using capacitors that were out of spec in their TVs.  Let's not forget about that.  Hopefully all that is behind them.

 

Rich

 

I was going to bring up their TV track record, You beat me to it!

 

I just can not bring myself to trust their TV division based on past performance.

 

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:13 AM

I was going to bring up their TV track record, You beat me to it!

 

I just can not bring myself to trust their TV division based on past performance.

 

Cheers

 

I really didn't mean to go off topic, sorry.

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:54 PM

I have a 6 year old Samsung 720p Plasma TV (1024x768 retangular pixels) that still looks great today.  I guess like anything it's luck of the draw.

 

If it breaks well yeah that sucks but my credit card company will love me for charging a newer, bigger, better TV on it.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:15 PM

HR44 form factor is smaller than an HR22, correct?







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