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#26 OFFLINE   bobbyv

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

Very cool article.  Thanks!


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:28 PM

I am interested to know what the "inside" differences are, I assume there are reasons why certain things were changed.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:54 PM

I've been away from here too long.  It looks like I need to get back in touch.  It's truly been the proverbial "long strange trip" this last year and a half.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:04 PM

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:36 PM

I am interested to know what the "inside" differences are, I assume there are reasons why certain things were changed.

There are only differences because there are 3 HR44 manufacturers, all are still being made.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:56 PM

It's year eight I want to know about.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:16 PM

Even though I switched to FiOS over two years ago I still find this group one of the best sources for information about satellite and cable TV.

 

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:31 PM

The Genie is the best DVR on the scene. Had the Hopper, Kinda like Black and White TV with-out a picture!   What is DirecTV's next surprise?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:50 PM

There are only differences because there are 3 HR44 manufacturers, all are still being made.

That makes me wonder why three different manufacturers and what difference(s) that might possibly mean. For example, one could have a quieter hard drive, another could have a quieter fan, whatever. I guess DTV doesn't draw up the blueprint for how they want it designed, or did they change the design and that's why there are three versions? Kind of strange to me there are three versions of the same unit, and that arouses my suspicious nature :)



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:54 PM

Great write up!  I agree with Drucifer...I'm very interested in what year 8, 9, 10 are going to bring.  :joy:  


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:58 PM

Most of the receivers have 3 manufacturers. All of the 44s are virtually silent because of the design the fan rarely if ever kicks in. There were no changes made so nothing to be suspicious of FYI, the number after the dash (-), indicates the manufacturer. -500 Humax -200 Samsung -700 Pace These are the 44 manufacturers. Sent from my SCH-R970 using Tapatalk

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:02 PM

Most of the receivers have 3 manufacturers. All of the 44s are virtually silent because of the design the fan rarely if ever kicks in. There were no changes made so nothing to be suspicious of FYI, the number after the dash (-), indicates the manufacturer. -500 Humax -200 Samsung -700 Pace These are the 44 manufacturers. Sent from my SCH-R970 using Tapatalk

No difference in hard drive audibility among the three? Are they using solid state hard drives?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:09 PM

No SS drives. I don't remember if they all use the same brand hdd or not, I think the hard drives are visible in the First Looks for each. There are pics if the insides on all of them (I think)

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:26 PM

There's 3 makes of HR44's but only 1 make of HR34 correct? With a 3:1 ratio, would you say the chances of getting an HR44 over an HR34 are greater? I know two people in the area with Genie and they are both HR34's but were installed when they started advertising "genie" on TV.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:30 PM

There's 3 makes of HR44's but only 1 make of HR34 correct? With a 3:1 ratio, would you say the chances of getting an HR44 over an HR34 are greater? I know two people in the area with Genie and they are both HR34's but were installed when they started advertising "genie" on TV.


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The first part is correct but I have no idea how many of each were made. Pace made the HR34 and now makes one of the 44s.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:34 PM

No SS drives. I don't remember if they all use the same brand hdd or not, I think the hard drives are visible in the First Looks for each. There are pics if the insides on all of them (I think)

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I see, so they are all mechanical hard drives. I read a review of the PS4 which also uses a 500GB hard drive, and the author stated there was a slight hum coming from the hard drive.

 

I looked at the pictures but couldn't discern what manufacturers were used in each. I would imagine Samsung is using their own, don't know about the others, Humax and Pace. Hopefully they don't have any hum or whine issues.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:02 PM

That makes me wonder why three different manufacturers and what difference(s) that might possibly mean. For example, one could have a quieter hard drive, another could have a quieter fan, whatever. I guess DTV doesn't draw up the blueprint for how they want it designed, or did they change the design and that's why there are three versions? Kind of strange to me there are three versions of the same unit, and that arouses my suspicious nature :)

Consider that there's a business reason for diversifying your suppliers. 


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:11 PM

Consider that there's a business reason for diversifying your suppliers. 

Consider that it could also affect quality.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:15 PM

No difference in hard drive audibility among the three? Are they using solid state hard drives?

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:04 PM

Wishful thinking... 

Yep, exactly :)



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:45 PM

I'm sure HDD replacements are being considered for a not too distant future HR as the HDD is the weakest equipment piece in the current HRs.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:49 AM

Consider that there's a business reason for diversifying your suppliers. 

 

 

Consider that it could also affect quality.

 

I think we have seen that in several of the series.  My personal favorite manufacturer is Pace.  I have had less issues with their DVR's than any others.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:19 AM

I'm sure HDD replacements are being considered for a not too distant future HR as the HDD is the weakest equipment piece in the current HRs.

 

SSDs are not being considered for use anytime soon, sorry.

 

First of all, they don't come very big as standard parts. You typically won't find them over 512GB or so.

Second of all, they are more than 5x as expensive as plain old hard drives.

 

Maybe this changes over the 5+ year time span, but not sooner.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

Anyone happen to know when the next Cutting Edge Release is coming for the HR34?  Sorry.  new to this forum and trying to catch up.  Thanks y'all!

 

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