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How good is HR-20's ATSC tuner for moderate signal strength?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tkrandall, Jul 7, 2007.

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  1. Jul 7, 2007 #1 of 13

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    Thinking about getting an HR-20. Right now I have OTA locals direct to my Samsung DLP. I live in area with acceptable but attentuated signal strength due to a mountain/ridge in the line of sight to the stations 20 miles away. Using a channel master 4228 antenna. (Analog signals have always been a bit snowy here.)

    How good is the HR-20's tuner a picking up signals compared to most current HDTVs' tuners? Anyone had sucess or problems tuning stations with the HR-20 compared to direct to their TV set?
  2. Jul 7, 2007 #2 of 13

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    I can only relate to you my experience. I have a large directional antenna on top of a tripod on my two story home (http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?PROD=HD8200P) and I pull in channels easily from 45 miles away. I have a bit of disruption/pixelation during an electrical storm I've noticed. The HR-20's tuners are as good as the HR-10's, I'd say. Not quite as good as the H20's.
  3. Jul 7, 2007 #3 of 13

    kramerboy AllStar

    Mar 10, 2006
    I can tell you that the tuner in my Samsung DLP is much better than the tuner in my HR20. The HR20 does not seem to handle multipath as well as the Samsung does. I'm about 38 miles from our towers near Cleveland. The HR20 just seems to be more picky about what it thinks is an acceptable signal.

    However, I would not let this keep you from getting the HR20, especially if you can get your Atlanta locals in MPEG4. The only one I REALLY have an issue with is our local NBC station that broadcasts OTA digitally on CH 2 (low-VHF). It hardly ever comes in on the HR20. The Samsung brings it in 95% of the time. IMO, the quality of the MPEG4 locals is VERY good. I really can't tell the difference. So, any issue that I have with OTA is really moot.
  4. Jul 7, 2007 #4 of 13

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    The tuner is great except for dealing with multi-path. Weak signals its ok with.
  5. Jul 7, 2007 #5 of 13

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    Thanks. Hard to say if I have multipath issues created by the mountain ridge. I'll give it a go and find out.
  6. Jul 9, 2007 #6 of 13

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    My HR-20's ATSC tuner pales in comparison to my Panny TV's ATSC tuner. I can get several DTV stations on the TV that I can't get on the HR20. Occassionally, they may come in, but are all pixelated in and out on the HR20.
  7. Jul 9, 2007 #7 of 13

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    I think the HR20 tuners are better than the HR10 tuners (at least on my HR20-100 model - not sure if the same tuners are used in the HR20-700). I have a few stations that come in solid while the signal level is only in the 40s on my HR20-100.

    My Sony TV's tuners are better than either the HR20 or HR10 IMHO.
  8. Jul 9, 2007 #8 of 13

    LR308er Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Jun 27, 2007
    I have tested this to some degree and have found very little difference between my Sony's built-in tuner and the HR20.

    I'm 75 miles from (flat land) the towers and I use a roof-mounted DB8 with booster.

    I split the cables inside and ran one to the Sony and one to the HR20 to compare, because I would get occassional audio drops and pixelation.

    I'd watch the program on the Sony while allowing the HR20 to record.
    When I experienced a problem on the Sony, I'd switch to the HR20, rewind and compare.
    The drops occured at exactly the same points and to the same degree of severity.

    The HR20's OTA tuner catches a lot of heat, and I was all set to jump on the bandwagon and slam it too, but the evidence proved otherwise, at least for me anyway.
  9. Jul 9, 2007 #9 of 13

    cygnusloop Hall Of Fame

    Jan 26, 2007
    I think if you can get the signals with your TV (I have the Sammy 5687) you should be able to get them with the HR20, it just may take a bit more work. You may need to insert a small amp, or you may need to insert a small attenuator, depending on the situation. Then again, it might work just fine.

    If the signals are there, (which they clearly are if you are getting it on your TV), with a little tweaking, you should be able to get it to work on the HR20.
  10. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    The one symantics issue I see here is I see a few posters who say it doesnt get the same number of stations tuner X gets, so its junk. Those statements really need to be quantified, as there are all kinds of reasons why one ATSC tuner doesnt get channel X when another gets it....there is enough dumbing down here already, lets quit contributing to it. Maybe reality tv will finally start to lose its grip so we can have some real tv again...
  11. rbean

    rbean Legend

    Jan 11, 2007
    I take exception to the quantified aspect of your comments, I have to many years of experience not to be able to say that the tuner in the HR20 sucks without putting up numbers. It sucks no ifs ands or buts, and Pal I "ain't" dumb. You knows what you knows. ;)
  12. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    If the signal is solid but weak, it will pull it in. I have a cuouple stations that hover in the 30% range but are not bouncing around (no multipath) and they come in clean.
  13. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    I get everything at 100% on the HR20, where I get 50% on my Sammy
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