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Looking to replace HR24 with HR44. Do I need new dish/lnb's too?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by St8kout, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. St8kout

    St8kout New Member

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    If your AV amp has HDMI in/out you don't need a separate audio cable, but yeah, the HR44 has an optical out jack. They must have had a big "oops" at the board room meeting after the HR34 was released without one.
     
  2. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    You can move your hard drive,but its content will not come with it to another machine.

    And it still never hurts to call and see.
     
  3. Jmbt

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    Many thanks.
     
  4. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    I still recommend you call and talk with a CSR and let them know what you're interested in. If they don't offer you a 'good' deal, politely thank them and call back another day. My best deal was two years ago. I was nine months into a 24 month commitment. They replaced two TIVO DRVs (both ended up being HR24s), upgraded us to MRV & SWM which meant a SWM16 ($279 retail in 2011), two AM21s and NFL ST. All for $0.00 plus extending my contract for 24 months. If you don't ask, you'll never know.

    You also previously said that you were concerned about the size of the Genie's drive because others have reported the 1TB isn't big enough. If you're getting by right now with a 500GB drive on your HR24, you shouldn't have any issues with a drive twice the size.
     
  5. St8kout

    St8kout New Member

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    Well, for me 'getting by' means having to constantly delete content to make room for more. My drive stays around less than 4% most days and that aggravating message keeps popping up. I can see how 1 TB might not be enough as I've probably deleted that much over a year's time.

    I guess I can give Directv a call in the morning but I wouldn't place any bets on getting anything with 1 year left on my contract. I've tried calling multiple CSRs before back when I wanted the HR21 and was turned down. Kind of pissed me off because I was reading on the forums how everyone else was getting free upgrades.
     
  6. ticmxman

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    You never know till you ask. Remember "you can catch more flys with honey than vinegar." Please let us know how it goes.
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    A side note: Running with only a small fraction of the HD free can itself cause slowness as well as the "aggravating" message.
     
  8. VaJim

    VaJim Godfather

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    this sux.....my current hr21-100 has the optical audio output....so if I end up with a hr34, then I have to go back to RCA plugs to take the sound to my JVC 6500V...?
     
  9. inkahauts

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    If your jvc doesn't have coax for audio you can be a small converter from Coax to optical at monoprice.
     
  10. St8kout

    St8kout New Member

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    Just got off the phone with D* and they said I can upgrade to the Genie for $99 with free shipping. However, it will be either the HR34 or HR44. The can not guarantee me that it will be the 44, which is the one I want. I told them I'll think about it.

    Maybe if I wait awhile they will run out of the 34s, then I'll place the order. I have no doubt they want to unload the 34s from their inventory first.
     
  11. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    They will not run out of hr34 for likely five years. Your best shot is to get install and ask the installer if he has an hr44 If you must have a hr44
     
  12. St8kout

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    Your JVC actually has a digital coax input. It's labeled for DVD but it's probably changeable in your settings where you can choose inputs, unless of course you are already using it for a DVD player. But then maybe you can change your player to use optical instead.

    In the real world though, you might not even notice the difference using RCA instead of digital audio inputs. It's not as critical for audio as it is for video.
     
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Interesting. How did you calculate the inventory?
     
  14. St8kout

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    Yeah, but she said there's a installation fee if they do it, so it's a bit of a gamble whether or not he'll have a 44 (and if he will let me have it). I wish I knew an installer so I could consult with him before ordering, but alas......

    Has anyone here received from D* a 44 upgrade (not a new customer) instead of a 34? I'm wondering if D* might have a directive to give the 44s only to new customers.
     
  15. trh

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    I just got a 44 last week and I've been a customer since 1998.

    Installer said all they had were 44s, so no one was getting a 34 (out of his shop). All based on your location and what your installer has in stock.

    There is a thread where people are posting their location if they receive a 44. You should check it.

    Also, and I don't like this as it could mess up the installer's schedule and therefore cost him money, but you can place the order. You should receive a call before they show up and you can ask them then. Reschedule if they don't have the 44s. You're not on the hook until the equipment is installed and activated.
     
  16. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    Not the case. RCA (if you are referring to the red and white cables) provide only stereo, where as optical (toslink) and digital coax provides true Dolby Digital surround sound
     
  17. The Merg

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    Well, for me 'getting by' means having to constantly delete content to make room for more. My drive stays around less than 4% most days and that aggravating message keeps popping up. I can see how 1 TB might not be enough as I've probably deleted that much over a year's time.

    I guess I can give Directv a call in the morning but I wouldn't place any bets on getting anything with 1 year left on my contract. I've tried calling multiple CSRs before back when I wanted the HR21 and was turned down. Kind of pissed me off because I was reading on the forums how everyone else was getting free upgrades.


    And nothing says you can't get the Genie and then use an external drive. The Genies can even handle 3TB drives.


    - Merg

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  18. St8kout

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    Oops, forgot about that. I used to have an av amp with simulated surround from the two stereo inputs and forgot it wasn't 'real' surround. Apologies.

    I have 7 channel surround now through hdmi so I haven't used optical or digital coax in awhile.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    Simple, they seemed to continue to recover and refurbish the hr20-700 for about five years, I see no reason for them to not do the same with all units, nothing in any sec filings have said any different. So until they are no longer recovering and refurbish them, there will always be a chance you could get one.
     
  20. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    To be more specific, analogue can only supply two channels of full range sound and the others are a interpolated guess, where dd can provide far more full range Discrete channels including a specific sub channel. It's not even close with a proper surround sound system.
     

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