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DBSTalk Exclusive First Look: DIRECTV H25-500 High Definition Receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. Feb 1, 2011 #41 of 177
    Alan Gordon

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    I personally like "bricks" on products, as more times than not, they are tons better than having the fat plugs which can often be problematic.

    HOWEVER, the bricks can occasionally cause issues as well depending upon the way one's TV & receiver (etc.) are set up. I'm assuming that's why people are having an issue with it...

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  2. Feb 1, 2011 #42 of 177
    hdtvfan0001

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    One item I did not read anywhere in the First Look is how the heat on this model compares with perhaps the H24 or other HD receivers...less heat, the same, etc. With a separate external oower supply...I would think the unit itself would run cooler, with any measurable heat located at the power supply location itself.

    With a small device destined for tighter quarters in terms of location, that might be useful information.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2011 #43 of 177
    Vinny

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    Looks like a great "little" HD receiver and I'm sure will be well received in the DBSTalk community.

    Great job to the "First Look Team". Very professional presentation; short and concise.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 #44 of 177
    Groundhog45

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    Since one common point of failure is often the power supply, having an external power brick might mean that they could just replace the brick and leave the receiver. Drop one in the mail, maybe.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2011 #45 of 177
    scuba_tim

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    Can any testers confirm that one can use an RF antenna/remote with this little guy. The first look talks about the large IR receiver, which makes me wonder.... since if I'm hiding this box I'd prefer to use my (Giants) RF remote.
     
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    Newshawk

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    I like that the access card and the reset button are on the side. This makes it easier to reach in a situation where the receiver is mounted behind the TV (if the receiver has its front panel facing down.)
     
  7. Feb 1, 2011 #47 of 177
    P Smith

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    Does look awkward, how you suppose to control it ? Sitting on a floor ? :)
     
  8. Feb 1, 2011 #48 of 177
    moghedien

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    Look to the left of the 'digital audio out' on the back of this receiver. Those look like composite outputs to me...
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 #49 of 177
    Mike Bertelson

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    I would refer you to post #2. :)


    Mike
     
  10. Feb 1, 2011 #50 of 177
    lugnutathome

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    It's in the soap dish:grin:

    Don "there's a whole dead cat in every bar of dead cat soap" Bolton

     
  11. Feb 1, 2011 #51 of 177
    LameLefty

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    Even more to the point, since a leading cause of failure of electronic components is overheating, moving the power supply outside the box ought to extend the lifespan pretty substantially.
     
  12. Feb 1, 2011 #52 of 177
    Gloria_Chavez

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    Engineering question. Any compelling reason for a DVR to have flash storage? What would the cost differential have to be for a company like DTV to prefer flash over hard, taking into account the extended longevity of a flash drive?
     
  13. Feb 1, 2011 #53 of 177
    FHSPSU67

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    Nice and great job, as usual:)
     
  14. Feb 1, 2011 #54 of 177
    dpeters11

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    Tell that to Microsoft. At least the DirecTV brick isn't a monstrosity like the 360 I had.
     
  15. Feb 1, 2011 #55 of 177
    Go Beavs

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    Cool! That thing is tiny. I wonder when we'll see its DVR brother?

    Nice work guys!
     
  16. Feb 1, 2011 #56 of 177
    mhayes70

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    Good job guys!
     
  17. Feb 1, 2011 #57 of 177
    mcbeevee

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    Nice job on the first look. Does this mean the HR25 is not too far away? :grin:
     
  18. Feb 1, 2011 #58 of 177
    P Smith

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    No one reason - one is big: a price, other: sectors wearing with constant DLB recording.
     
  19. Feb 1, 2011 #59 of 177
    west99999

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    from what i heard from a tech is these will only be available on new installs and not allowed to be intalled on upgrades
     
  20. Feb 1, 2011 #60 of 177
    tfederov

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    I knew size didn't matter. :lol:

    Nice review. I'm curious though as to why they decided to have composite ports instead of component as the norm. Actually as I type this if they did that they'd still need two more RCA ports for sound. Ok. Makes sense. :)
     
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