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HR34 Performance vs other HR2x Units?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by WB3FFV, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. WB3FFV

    WB3FFV Legend

    Mar 2, 2007
    I don't have an HR34 yet, but seems enough people have run out and gotten one, I figured possibly by now I could get an opinion.

    I have some HR20-700's and some HR22-100 units running here in my home, and I must say that my wife drives me bonkers bitching almost every day about how slow the units respond. Granted I am more tolerant of it, but she expects to hit play, fast forward, or whatever function and see a close to immediate response. Especially with the HR22 in the family room, I have noticed that you can hit something like FF and be running ahead, and when you hit play you can set there and watch it keep on going till the unit catches up. So in general I see what she is bitching about, that it can get horribly sluggish at times.

    With this new HR34 out, with five tuners, and a larger drive, you would think they had to build in more horsepower so to speak to handle the loading from running all the services.

    So to any on here that were running on HR2x units, and added an HR34 into the mix, after a little runtime, how do the units perform? Are they sluggish at all like is known with the HR2x units, or are they screaming fast to command presses on the remotes?

    I think it would be worth the $399 to shut her up, if the unit is a stellar performer by comparison to the other units.

    Thoughts, opinions, flames... :)
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    They are a little slower (right now, but the software is still being worked on) than my HR24, but much faster than my old HR22, which was a slug. My old HR20-700 wasnt to bad. I would say the HR34 right now, is equal or a little faster than the HR20-700 running the HDGUI, and for sure faster if the HR20-700 still has the old SD GUI.
  3. flipptyfloppity

    flipptyfloppity New Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Overall the current performance is ghastly once the unit has settled for 24 hours (worse than my HR20-100!). Not only is it poorly responsive, but the screen updates are slow and ugly too!

    However, it appears to be a software problem because it's pretty snappy when first booted.

    Ultimately I have to imagine it'll have UI performance similar to an HR24. But not right now.

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