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HR34 v 44

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by raromr, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. dtrell

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    sorry, was just venting. anyway, i am sure if you take this entire forum as an aggregate, as to who is having more problems, HR34 owners or HR44 owners, I am sure it would be HR34 owners by miles. Plus, some of the HR34 owners I am sure that think they have no issues with their unit just have no baseline to go by (other than the even worse HR21, which I had and even I WILL ADMIT the HR34 is better than the HR21..) and have a higher tolerance for a crappy performing machine. For the most part, my HR34 WORKED...it recorded programs, the guide was correct, and i could "surf" through the guide to look for programs. The difference is in the PERFORMANCE of the units. There is NO comparison. HR44 hands down, and I think that is a large majority consensus on here. And there is also the issue of the optical out and the wireless, neither of which can be compared because the HR34 ridiculously does not have either. I would expect that from the geniego, as it has been out for a few years, but there is no excuse for a unit released in early 2012 to not have wireless built in.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    I've had my HR34-700 for three months with no issues. I've also witnessed a side by side comparison between the HR34 and the HR44. Both produce the same audio/video quality. Both have 5 tuners. Both have a 1TB HD. Both have the same recording capability. As for speed and response with the exception of rebooting the HR44 is slightly faster than the HR34. So unless you're into menu hopping/channel surfing or one of the added features (external power supply, internal Wi-Fi, optical audio our, RF compatibility with the RC71 remote) are a absolute must there is no reason why anyone would be disappointed with the HR34-700.
     
  3. TorinTPG

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    I just had my new HR44 and C41 installed today and wow! I upgraded from the HR22 and I would say that the Genie is at least twice as fast in response time in comparison. If the HR 34 is anything close to this, you will not be dissapointed!
     
  4. dtrell

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    the hr44 has a much faster processor and responds much more quickly. to each their own. I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the HR34-700 for over a year. And you cant say that I didn't give it time. I gave it 14 months. Hated it every day. I couldn't have given it more chances and more firmware updates. It barely improved from June 2012. Again, to each their own.
     
  5. dtrell

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    to each their own. so far to me, they aren't close. to mysteryman, you can almost change the model number labels and not know the difference. that's one of the great things about online forums. keep it civil, give your opinion based on your experience, and let others decide based on what they read.
     
  6. Laxguy

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    It's still unfair to compare a lemon unit of one model with a good model of another. The differences between good models of both Genies is small. And no one cares about boot times!! :)
     
  7. dpeters11

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    You do when you have a short power blip in the middle of primetime, but then they all boot too slow and you want it on a battery backup anyway.
     
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  8. peds48

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    If you install them every day, you DO care!!!
     
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  9. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Amen, brothers: Few of us are installers, and I hope only a few get power blips. I'm lucky, so far, I guess.
     
  10. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    "Your" HR34 had defects which caused "your" issues. In other words "your" HR34 was a lemon. That doesn't mean all HR34s are lemons. If they were everyone who has one would be experiencing "your" issues and would be agreeing with you. You have a right to be frustrated and disappointed because of "your" experience with "your" HR34. But as Laxguy put it "It's still unfair to compare a lemon unit of one model with a good model of another". Take the time to look around the forum and you'll see people have been reporting issues with "their" HR44s. These things happen.
     
  11. taoseno

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    I must have had a lemon too as my HR34 sucked; the HR44 I have had for three or four months has been a Ferrari in comparison........I had the HR 34 for a year called service who sent out a tech did not take long for tech to duplicate issues and he replaced w/ a HR44 w/ no contract extension. I got the first one installed in NM. Night and day difference...............
     
  12. The Merg

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    The biggest downside to the HR44 is that you are forced to use the RC71 if you want to use an RF remote. I will not use that remote (as it's awful for my situation) and I need an RF remote in the Family Room, so the HR44 is relegated to the bedroom.

    - Merg
     
  13. acostapimps

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    That's what I said when compared to the HR24 I have, but at least I've got rid of the painfully slow HR22
     
  14. texasmoose

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    is the skip progress bar fix coming with next firmware upd8? or is this something I will have to live along with the rest of the bugs that have plagued us on this device from day 1.

    our 24 & our Fios STB have no progess bar pops up upon 30-sec skip function.
     
  15. Laxguy

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    What SKIP30 issue do you mean? No bar on that skip would be a plus for me.
     
  16. inkahauts

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    It's not really an "issue". They put it there and we don't know if they will take it away or not but it's by design at the moment even if I hate it to. ;). I believe they did it because of the new remote personally. Hopefully they change it someday.
     
  17. TheRatPatrol

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    Why do you think the new remote had something to do with it?
     
  18. inkahauts

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    No separate play button to bring up the play on demand.
     
  19. anex80

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    I have been noticing some sluggishness with my HR34 as well and have been considering moving to the HR44. This weekend, however, I did a double RBR which was recommended in a different post after a firmware upgrade. I also turned off Genie Recommends which I don't use anyway. Since those two thing have been done my HR34 is flying now! It used to take over 2 seconds for the guide to come up after pressing the button but now that time is under 1 second. I can also breeze through the guide every bit as fast as the HR44 video from Solid Signal. I'm not sure if it was the double reset, the recent firmware update (0x7e5), turning off Genie Recommends or a combination of all 3 but I feel like I just got a new receiver!
     
  20. gov

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    Don't want to derail the thread, but has anyone found out just what any DirecTV HDDVR is actually doing when it is not changing a channel quickly ?

    Reporting to NSA? Spamming the neighbors with Viagra ads? Morris dancing?

    (I'm expecting an HR44 any day now, and will likely send back at least one HR21, and that one has had weirdly variable channel changing times. Sometimes quick, sometimes slow, and sometimes dead slow, and then most annoying of all, dead slow followed by machine gun rapid channel changes past the one I wanted to stop at)


    :eek2:
     

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