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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: AM21N Off-Air ATSC Adapter

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, May 29, 2011.

  1. May 29, 2011 #1 of 250
    Stuart Sweet

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    DBSTalk presents this first look on the AM21N Off-Air ATSC add-on for HD Receivers!

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    AM21N First Look


    The DIRECTV AM21N is functionally identical to the AM21, and has the same matte finish as the HR22 series receivers.

    Click through to read the exclusive first look!

    Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.
     
  2. May 29, 2011 #2 of 250
    Mike Bertelson

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    As always, nice First Look Stuart. :)

    Mike
     
  3. May 29, 2011 #3 of 250
    TheRatPatrol

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    As always, nice job.

    So whats the N stand for, New? :D

    I guess the only difference is the new tuners inside? It still doesn't scan, right?
     
  4. May 29, 2011 #4 of 250
    Steve

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    Lower...
    +1.

    So new tuner chips vs. old, no performance differences at all on marginal signals? Or handling problematic situations, like lots of multipath? TIA.
     
  5. May 29, 2011 #5 of 250
    Doug Brott

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    Not sure specifically what the N stands for other than to designate it as something other than the AM21.
     
  6. May 29, 2011 #6 of 250
    litzdog911

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    Such a big box for such a small circuit board.
     
  7. May 29, 2011 #7 of 250
    Mike Bertelson

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    I guess it perserves the current form factor. IIRC, it's similar to inside of the original AM12.

    Mike
     
  8. May 29, 2011 #8 of 250
    RunnerFL

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    Yes, it's the same size as the original AM-21.
     
  9. May 29, 2011 #9 of 250
    hdtvfan0001

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    Nice work on the First Look.

    Did any of the test team happen to do signal level comparisons with the older box?
     
  10. May 29, 2011 #10 of 250
    Jon J

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    :confused:
     
  11. May 29, 2011 #11 of 250
    Mike Bertelson

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    Why so confused?

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  12. May 29, 2011 #12 of 250
    KDelande

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    Reread what he quoted.
     
  13. May 29, 2011 #13 of 250
    Doug Brott

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    fixed .. typo
     
  14. May 29, 2011 #14 of 250
    Alebob911

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    Another nice First Look Stuart!
     
  15. May 29, 2011 #15 of 250
    CCarncross

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    Of course noone will be 100% satisfied, half would want it to match the chassis size of their current hardware, the other half would want it to be as small as possible. I'm in the match the footprint camp.
     
  16. May 29, 2011 #16 of 250
    RunnerFL

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    The signal is comparable, might be a bit better with the N than it is with the original but not a super huge difference.
     
  17. May 29, 2011 #17 of 250
    Rob77

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    The review is fine.....what is not fine is DirecTV putting out another unit with no scan capability. Once again the Engineering Department proves they need to have a complete shakeup ...... and hopefully some people fired.
     
  18. May 29, 2011 #18 of 250
    RobertE

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    What part of it's not a hardware limitation but rather a software design decision do you not understand?
     
  19. May 29, 2011 #19 of 250
    Rob77

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    Oh I fully understand....so lets see.....if you want to watch sub channels you need to have another tuner....connected to another dvr...connected to another input to your TV Set.... You mean somewhere in the DirecTV engineering department there is not someone smart enough to solve this :confused:
     
  20. May 29, 2011 #20 of 250
    RobertE

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    Could they do it? Most likely. They just choose not to.
     

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