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#1 OFFLINE   Bingo123

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:03 PM

So I've had my HR20-700 operating for about 24 hours now, and I must say, I am really growing to like it. After first, all the jumping around between resolutions for different channels was annoying, but it's worth it to get the fantastic HD pic where possible.

A couple of things, though:

1. What happened to automatic closed-captioning when I mute the TV? I love that for when I'm on the phone....and there seems to be no "one-button" way to enable CC. ????

2. I travel frequently (mostly for 3 day trips, sometimes up to 7--10 days). Do you all recommend shutting down the HR20 while I'm away? It does run very warm, so I'm thinking that keeping it cooled down when possible might be good...but I hate turning it off and on, as this seems like it could lead to problems...

3. Do I need resolutions 480i or 480p enabled? I do have 3 SD TV's running off this receiver. I'm thinking maybe I only need 729p and 1080i.


The only thing I miss from my old Sony SAT D* box was a little menu of 9 channels that you could bring up in a square...QuickFaves, or something like that. You could program it with your 9 most frequently-used channels. I could literally pop over to MSNBC or CNN or HBO in 2 presses, without even looking at the remote (you would do Select/Arrow). Now it seems I have to go into the full My Favorites menu to get around...either that, or memorize the channel numbers.

Overall, I'm happy I made the change and look forward to expanded HD channels.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:42 PM

1. What happened to automatic closed-captioning when I mute the TV? I love that for when I'm on the phone....and there seems to be no "one-button" way to enable CC. ????

2. I travel frequently (mostly for 3 day trips, sometimes up to 7--10 days). Do you all recommend shutting down the HR20 while I'm away? It does run very warm, so I'm thinking that keeping it cooled down when possible might be good...but I hate turning it off and on, as this seems like it could lead to problems...

3. Do I need resolutions 480i or 480p enabled? I do have 3 SD TV's running off this receiver. I'm thinking maybe I only need 729p and 1080i.[/B]


1. How would the HR20 know that you muted your TV? If you have programmed your DTV remote to use the Mute button, it sends that to the TV directly. If you get a programmable Universal Remote, this should be doable.

2. The HR20 never really is off unless you unplug it. If you travel alot and have access to broadband internet, you might want to look into a Slingbox (www.slingbox.com). That way you could watch your HR20 over the net on a computer when you travel.

3. If you are feeding SD TVs they are 480i (or p, I can't remember).
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:45 PM

480i. That's SD. 480p is ED, and 720P, 1080i, and 1080p is HD.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:47 PM

As far as the reslolution thing it only affects the component and HDMI out.. svid and composite are always 480...

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:58 PM

Won't even be an issue then if you're using S-Video. You can set it right up to 1080i if you want.
If you're using the component output though, use 480i.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:12 PM

2. I travel frequently (mostly for 3 day trips, sometimes up to 7--10 days). Do you all recommend shutting down the HR20 while I'm away? It does run very warm, so I'm thinking that keeping it cooled down when possible might be good...but I hate turning it off and on, as this seems like it could lead to problems...


For what its worth, I know that there have been posts about adding a cooling fan to this unit but I took a simple quick way to cooling it down. Bought a laptop chill pad, placed it on top of the unit, plugged into the usb port and it is keeping the unit about 10 degrees cooler.

Before chill pad it was running at 128, now its usually between 116-118.

The HR20-700 is on a shelf under my TV with about 1" of clearance on the sides and on the top.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 07:15 AM

I have (happily) found that my new HR20-100 runs in the 109-111 range with no chill pad. Just sitting out in the open.

Of course I have to bring it in if it rains ;)

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 07:28 AM

ditto my -100 runs 107 +/- about a degree

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 07:43 AM

My HR20 700 is running about 125 degrees I cooked breakfast on it this AM

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 08:25 AM

Mine runs at 125 degrees.
I like the cooling pad idea..I might try that.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 09:08 AM

If you use HDMI out there is no good workaround for getting CC automatically when you mute, because CC information isn't sent over HDMI.

There is a 2-4 degree temperature difference with my HR20-700 when it's in standby. However, either way it's designed to run happily at 127 degrees. At that temp, the internal fan kicks in to keep it that temp.

I have a USB-powered fan over the hard drive and in a closed cabinet, it usually runs 41-45 degrees hotter than room temperature. It's never gotten about 124.

If your TV takes a long time to switch resolutions you could try turning native mode off and see if you notice a difference. I use native off because my TV is a little too squashed when showing a 480i picture. The aspect ratio is perfect if I use the HR20's internal scaler.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 09:11 AM

I have to second the recommendation of a slingbox. It's kept me sane many times when I'm on the road.... glad you're liking it!
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#13 OFFLINE   Steve Robertson

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 11:20 AM

I did not know 127 degrees was the target temp mine is 122-125 so I guess I am ok.




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