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#1 OFFLINE   dminches

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:19 PM

Aside from the obvious difference between the 2 units (number of tuners, genie vs not) how do the 2 units compare as far as basic functionality is concerned? Is the HR44 faster for things like channel changing, deleting recordings, etc?

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:34 PM

My HR24 works and function extremely well.
I'm told HR44 is way faster. But with my brief use of my sisters HR44 it's not that much faster , everyone told me the HR24 was lightning fast, and it's not. But it's decent.
H25 is the fastest directv receiver to date.

So between HR24 and 44 it's kind of a no brainer to go with the 44, since they are the same price monthly.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:35 PM

Also HR 24 will only stream 1 remote location at a time.
HR44 will do 3.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:39 PM

My HR24 works and function extremely well.
I'm told HR44 is way faster. But with my brief use of my sisters HR44 it's not that much faster , everyone told me the HR24 was lightning fast, and it's not. But it's decent.
H25 is the fastest directv receiver to date.

So between HR24 and 44 it's kind of a no brainer to go with the 44, since they are the same price monthly.

 

But there would be a price increase if Whole Home currently isn't on the account.



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

My HR44 is certainly faster than my HR24. But whether or not the difference is enough to upgrade from a 24 to a 44 is another question. Unless there are other specific reasons you want to upgrade, I probably wouldn't just for speed.



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:45 PM

My HR44 is certainly faster than my HR24. But whether or not the difference is enough to upgrade from a 24 to a 44 is another question. Unless there are other specific reasons you want to upgrade, I probably wouldn't just for speed.

 

Thanks,  That's what I was wondering about.  I have more than enough recording capacity with 5 other DVRs around the house and whole home so this would just be to boost the speed of the unit in my main room.



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HR24-500 (2 TB eSata) -> Samsung 50" via HDMI
HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:50 PM

HR 24 is by far faster than Any HR20,21,22,23

Even HR34 is faster than the 24 when Directv gets the right software , which anymore seems rare.
My HR 24, and H25 is the most stable receivers in my collection.
Even my C31 hooked to my HR34 is faster than my HR23.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:54 PM

I have 3 HR20s and they are faster than any HR21, 22 or 23, but not the 24.

 

One of my HR24s has recently slowed down.  No clue why.



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HR44 (5 TB eSata) -> Runco LS-5 via HDMI

HR24-500 (2 TB eSata) -> Samsung 50" via HDMI
HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
HR24-700 - owned (2 TB internal) -> Samsung LN32A550 via HDMI
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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:00 PM

I have 3 HR20s and they are faster than any HR21, 22 or 23, but not the 24.

One of my HR24s has recently slowed down. No clue why.

My guess new software?

It seems to me Directv has a habit of getting a good solid software version , and then the very next one, takes it back 2 steps.
Then it takes 4 steps to get back to where it was.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

Only Genies have PIP


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:13 PM

And just in case it matters, the Genie is SWM only while and HR24 can be used in both DirecTV® systems (legacy and SWM)


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:22 PM

I do have a SWM system so I can use both. Thanks for the reply.

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HR24-500 (2 TB eSata) -> Samsung 50" via HDMI
HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:39 AM

Thanks,  That's what I was wondering about.  I have more than enough recording capacity with 5 other DVRs around the house and whole home so this would just be to boost the speed of the unit in my main room.

 

Get an hr44 and a genie mini and toss two dvrs.  That will also save money because of the smaller electricity use. And Id toss your two slowest dvrs, and use your hr24 in another room, unless you have all hr24s. You only gain doing this.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:57 AM

Get an hr44 and a genie mini and toss two dvrs.  That will also save money because of the smaller electricity use. And Id toss your two slowest dvrs, and use your hr24 in another room, unless you have all hr24s. You only gain doing this.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:50 AM

Get an hr44 and a genie mini and toss two dvrs.  That will also save money because of the smaller electricity use. And Id toss your two slowest dvrs, and use your hr24 in another room, unless you have all hr24s. You only gain doing this.

 

My only hesitancy in doing that is that I hate losing so many recordings when the HD goes.  That's why I have maintained the multiple DVR instead of Genie approach.  I have my recordings spread out over the various DVRs.  Generally, I record each show on 2 DVRs as a backup.  With the Genie setup, if you lose a genie HD you lose a lot.


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HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
HR24-700 - owned (2 TB internal) -> Samsung LN32A550 via HDMI
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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:50 AM

My only hesitancy in doing that is that I hate losing so many recordings when the HD goes.  

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:14 AM

My HR44 is definitely faster than my HR24, so is my HR34.  

 

I'm also in the group where I record shows that are important to me on multiple DVR's.   I record some even via OTA in case I lose satellite signal.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:29 AM

My only hesitancy in doing that is that I hate losing so many recordings when the HD goes.  That's why I have maintained the multiple DVR instead of Genie approach.  I have my recordings spread out over the various DVRs.  Generally, I record each show on 2 DVRs as a backup.  With the Genie setup, if you lose a genie HD you lose a lot.

I want you to know there are some software differences when you upgrade to a Genie.  For example you get 5 "Search and Browse" options vs 3.  You get "Sports" and "TV Shows" search options not found in non Genies.  There is a notable speed differences as you move up from HR24 to HR34 and then HR44. When using the new RC71 remote on an HR44 it is lightning fast and this makes the HR24's feel definitely noticeably slower most of the time.  You would definitely regret not keeping your HR 24's.  My ideal setup for the last 2 1/2 years is one Genie and 2 HR24's.  The extra terabyte of storage is actually huge and having 9 tuners not so much.  Make the move, you wont regret it, trust me.     



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 11:46 AM

Another difference I've noticed is with Pandora. With the HR24 you can listen to Pandora while doing other things like check your To Do List, etc. With the HR44 you can't.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:35 PM

Thanks for everyone's comments and suggestions. I just bought an HR44. I assume I can hang an external 2 or 3 TB drive? Does it need to be prepped or will it format like they do in the HR24s?

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HR24-500 (2 TB eSata) -> Samsung 50" via HDMI
HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
HR24-700 - owned (2 TB internal) -> Samsung LN32A550 via HDMI
HR20-100s - owned -> Sony Bravia 40"

 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

Thanks for everyone's comments and suggestions. I just bought an HR44. I assume I can hang an external 2 or 3 TB drive? Does it need to be prepped or will it format like they do in the HR24s?

 

There are some HR44's that will not format a brand new drive.  Best bet is to hook it up to any machine and do a quick initialization/format.  That way when you add it to any HR44 it will see the drive and re-format it correctly for you.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 01:42 PM

There are some HR44's that will not format a brand new drive.  Best bet is to hook it up to any machine and do a quick initialization/format.  That way when you add it to any HR44 it will see the drive and re-format it correctly for you.


That sounds easy enough. I do think that 3 TB is large enough given I have a bunch of other DVRs.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

My HR44 is definitely faster than my HR24, so is my HR34.  

 

I'm also in the group where I record shows that are important to me on multiple DVR's.   I record some even via OTA in case I lose satellite signal.

I follow the exact same strategy. OTA when possible, redundant recordings as well spread between HR44 and HR24. Both my HR44-700 and HR24-200 have AM21N OTA boxes on them.

 

...and the 44 is considerably faster, quite noticeable.  than the 24. Now...if I never had a 44 and went from HR20 to HR24, I would see a nice speed jump and not be aware of the even higher speed of the 44.


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 05:25 PM

That sounds easy enough. I do think that 3 TB is large enough given I have a bunch of other DVRs.


It depends on if price is an issue, if not, I'd go 4tb myself.

And if you have a hard drive that is starting to fail and use externals, the nice thing is, there is a way to copy that external to a new drive and then you don't lose anything, since you are not changing DVRs. I have done that a couple times and its worked perfect. you can usually tell when a DVR drive is failing pretty easy before it does completely.

Or really go for broke and use a raid system for the external you plug into it. ;). I'd run a raid 10 with 4 4tb drives if I could afford it, just because I could. :lol:

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:31 PM

It depends on if price is an issue, if not, I'd go 4tb myself.

And if you have a hard drive that is starting to fail and use externals, the nice thing is, there is a way to copy that external to a new drive and then you don't lose anything, since you are not changing DVRs. I have done that a couple times and its worked perfect. you can usually tell when a DVR drive is failing pretty easy before it does completely.

Or really go for broke and use a raid system for the external you plug into it. ;). I'd run a raid 10 with 4 4tb drives if I could afford it, just because I could. :lol:

 

Will any raid array work?  I guess the fact that there is no capacity limit is a change from the HR2X DVRs.  I would much prefer to use that so drive failures won't kill recordings.



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HR44 (5 TB eSata) -> Runco LS-5 via HDMI

HR24-500 (2 TB eSata) -> Samsung 50" via HDMI
HR24-100 (1.5 TB eSata) -> Sony 50E2000 via HDMI
HR24-700 - owned (2 TB internal) -> Samsung LN32A550 via HDMI
HR20-100s - owned -> Sony Bravia 40"

 





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