Round 2 "First Impressions"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - H24/HR24 Field Trial (private)' started by Steve, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. netraa

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    h24-700

    Ok, so 3 hours ago i got home after the wife called saying we got a little brown box from fed ex.

    First thought was, wow what a tiny box.

    First thought after opening the box and seeing all the dead space in the box was, what a ****ty job packing this.

    that thought lasted about 20 seconds as i dug out the remote and the power cord.

    into the living room it went where i removed a 2 way splitter and installed a new 4 way. HDMI to the tv, and power up.

    Booted, failed to see sat signal, no biggie, rerun sat setup, it found the swm and rebooted. The IRD boots, and i have the wifer program the remote with the auto program feature, while programing the remote, the pig stops.

    After programing the remote and exiting back to full screen all we have is a blank gray screen. I check the bedroom tv R22 which is run off the same splitter and it's fine, i check the HR20-700 that shares the TV with the 24, same gray screen.

    I figured ok, got a bum splitter, went out and got another. rinse and repeat only this time it hangs on 2 of 2.

    Ok, let's try this, take the h24 into the 2nd bedroom and plug it in. it boots and plays just fine. I noticed that as soon as I disconnected the sat cable for the H24 from the splitter, the 20-700 comes right back up.

    meanwhile the R22 in the bedroom hasn't missed a beat. I unplug the 24 from the 2nd bedroom and bring it back into the LR and hook it back up. The instant i plugged the 24 in, the 20 dies again. Not sfss, just blank gray screen. the 24 hangs on step 2 of 2 and just sits there. I unplug the sat cable from the 20-700 and the 24 immediately starts to DL guide data. About this time dinner was served and i just let the 24 boot up and went and ate. The 24 pixelated, and goes sfss while it was still displaying a picture all during dinner.

    I do a full reboot of the system, with all the IRD's hooked into their splitters but unplugged. The R22 in the bedroom was first to make sure i had signal, it's fine. Then the 24, it hangs at step 2 of 2. 20-700 hangs at 2 of 2.

    unplug the 20-700's sat in cable from the splitter and the 24 finishes booting, but were back to pixelating and sfss while showing programing. I try and change channel, and i get a mix-matched banner, right channel name, right channel number, but the program title from the old channel, and the info button screen from the channel that the IRD in the bedroom is on.

    About this time i remember that about a 6 months ago i diplexed in an off air into that trunk line for the 20-700 and the bedroom TV. I hop up into the attic, pull the diplexer out of the line and reboot the two IRD's. They both boot up fine, with the 24 finishing about 3 mins ahead of the 20-700.

    Not sure what, or why, but the 24 DOES NOT play well with diplexers. I still have not a faintest clue why it was also tearing down the 20-700 but they did not play well together with a diplexer in the line. And that setup has been rock solid for 6 months. I know with the deca built into the 24 that diplexing on that IRD was a no-no, but I had no clue it was going to send feedback through the system and cause so much havoc
     
  2. thekobk

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    Strange I have diplexed ota and my H24-700 is also split off the same line as my hr22 with no problems.
     
  3. houskamp

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    "trash" from ota maybe?
     
  4. netraa

    netraa Godfather

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    Yup, and the R22 that came off the same splitter was working fine also. (i have 2 in my current setup.)
     
  5. The Merg

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    Well, I have the box and it looks niiice... It will probably be Wed. morning when I set it up, unfortunately, as I can't interfere with recordings at night and I won't have time tomorrow morning... Man I want to see this thing in action...

    - Merg
     
  6. ndole

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    Maybe that, or some related voltage anomaly. Could be a faulty diode in the diplexer that only needed a jolt to show itself. Could be that the OTA is grounded improperly, or that there's an OTA booster plugged into a reversed AC outlet. Too many variables sometimes to "know what fixed it".
     
  7. David MacLeod

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    due to the audio failures its kind of unusable right now.
    here's hoping for a push :)
     
  8. evan_s

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    Got my H24 last night. Don't have my SWM LNB yet to do my permanent hook up but I did temporarily hook it up to play with it. Like my wife said it was like a kid on Christmas. I got my new toy and just had to play with it even if I wasn't really ready for it.

    First thought. It looks really nice and is definitely a lot smaller than my hr-21. I like the look of the front panel and the more mellowed lights.

    Hook up was easy and mine was configured for SL5 with a standard multiswitch rather than swm which was fine since I don't have my SWM LNB yet =)

    After hooking it up I fired it up and started playing with it. My HR-21 has never really been fast but it has also never been slow enough to seriously annoy me. It's been adequate. The H24 is FAST. Was scrolling through the guide and my wife said, slow down, you are going to fast. LOL. There is still a little bit of a delay in switching between channels but it feels more like it is waiting for the switch and getting to the right spot in the feed to start decoding rather than waiting for the box. The Banner changes very quickly there is just a little delay before the video/audio shows up. Setting up a custom channel list was another area where it was noticeably faster.

    The new remote programming method is slick. The search is quick and works well. Programming my HK AVR 340. I just typed in 340 and it jumped right to the correct model. Same thing for my TV.

    Really looking forward to getting to do more testing with the receiver.

    Can I sign up for a HR24 if there's a round three =)
     
  9. mikhu

    mikhu Beer Aficionado

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    After giving this some thought I think I'm going to hook the HR24 up in my TV Room in the basement for now. I can put it side by side with my HR20 down there because my multiswitches are right behind an adjacent door so signal will be easy to get and I won't have to buy a SWM8 like I would have to do if I wanted to install it upstairs.

    Unfortunately that means I need two BBC's. Can someone refresh my memory - how quickly are people getting them from DIRECTV when they call for them? I should have taken one of you who has multiples up on your offer last week, they would have been here by now. :(
     
  10. David MacLeod

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    last time I called it was SIH 2 days max.
     
  11. mikhu

    mikhu Beer Aficionado

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    Thanks so much "buddy" :p
     
  12. Sixto

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    That HR24-100 photo shows a VGA output port. Huh?
     
  13. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

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    was thinking it was some sort of serial control port.
     
  14. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

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    Which is not on the HR24-500. Interesting.
     
  15. Milkman

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    First impressions (10 minutes of use):

    Positive:
    • Speed is definitely VERY nice. I assume it will be even better once it has been running for a bit, and has everything downloaded
    • Sleek. Very, very nice looking.
    • The remote auto program feature is really cool
    • Smaller footprint

    Negative:
    • When using native, the channel changes take about the same time.
    • My TV wasn't listed in the database. It did the auto program thing which was pretty cool, but it was terribly slow. It would have been painful as an installer to have to go through all of the available codes.
    • I occasionally see hesitation (like bringing up the guide), but that may be because it is still downloading data.
    • I didn't see the welcome screen like I saw on my older box (HR23-700). When this powered on, the first thing I saw was "Just a few more seconds". I assume this is an HDMI handshake issue.
     
  16. ndole

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    Eh?
    What photo are you referring to? Not that I don't believe you, I just can't find it. :)
     
  17. David MacLeod

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  18. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

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    Think a few of them were "tested" a little more before we got them..
     
  19. ndole

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    Holy Cow! Has anyone plugged it in to a monitor?
     
  20. krock918316

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    How did I miss that? :) Sure enough there's a VGA port on my HR24.
     

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