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What grade would you give the HR20 (again)?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jbrasure, Feb 14, 2007.

What grade would you give the HR20 now?

  1. A

    0 vote(s)
  2. B

    37 vote(s)
  3. C

    111 vote(s)
  4. D

    42 vote(s)
  5. F

    20 vote(s)
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  1. clay_w

    clay_w Godfather

    Dec 7, 2003
    When my company does it's employees annual appraisals, they don't believe in giving "A's" or the highest appraisal because in their opinion, that would mean that there is no room for improvement.

    While I don't like this view as an employee, lol, I do kind of believe that you should only vote an "A" on this if your HR20 works flawlessly AND has every single feature that you would want. IMHO
  2. pfahle

    pfahle Cool Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    I gave it a B it's getting better, still need to fix lip/sync sound problems.
    Keep pinky:)...........Pete
  3. upnorth

    upnorth Godfather

    Jun 21, 2006
    I agree that's why I gave it a B always room for improvements.;)
  4. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    C, because it has been pretty stable since 12b (actually completely stable), but it still doesn't have the ability to autorecord, so its basically a pretty stabel VCR at the moment. Enable CIR/autorecord, and it gets an A from me.
  5. PeeWee10

    PeeWee10 AllStar

    Dec 13, 2006
    I give it a B minus at 0x12A. Gave it a C at last poll. I've had a few audio drops and pixelation, but no hangs, lost recordings or blank screens. No resets since 0x12A was pushed last week....
  6. jediphish

    jediphish Godfather

    Dec 3, 2005
    I'm a bit surprised by these grades. Remember from school folks - a grade of C is supposed to mean "Average." "B" should be above-average, and A "excellent."
  7. Rambler

    Rambler Icon

    Nov 9, 2006
    I gave it a C now, because I lost Music & Photos ability.
  8. jimb726

    jimb726 Icon

    Jan 9, 2007
    Why does this surprise you? It bears out what most people say, while there are certainly people having problems, it appears that the majority of people are having the expectaions met by the unit. For myself I gave it a "B", only because I feel there is always room for improvement. It does exactly what I want it to do, I have never missed or lost a recording (knock on wood) and I have not had to do any RBR other than the ones I did after downloading CE's. I see people are having problems with a lot of functions I do not use, I dont network it, I dont use HDMI, I dont have and music or pictures. My unit is simply to record and playback and in that respect it is above average in my opinion.:D
  9. gopatriots

    gopatriots New Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I give it a D. i still get occasional missed recordings, sound issues, HDMI issues, the transport functions are awful, occasionally the remote won't operate. These are just the features it is suppose to support. I don't use networking since it locks up every time, requiring a RBR.
  10. raramaker

    raramaker Cool Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Wow. You are a patient person. That experience would qualify as an F for me. I gave it a C since it's almost stable for me (I lost a recording of 24 a couple of weeks ago) but the trick play is still sluggish, still have sound and video glitches and important features are still buggy or unfinished.

    Overall, I would say its just about ready for Beta testing.

  11. sequoiadean

    sequoiadean AllStar

    Aug 24, 2006
    I'd give it an A if I could fast forward and jump back as easily as I could with my HR10. Other than that, it's a pretty nice machine!
  12. tstarn

    tstarn Banned User

    Sep 30, 2006
    Ditto. My exact rating/comment.
  13. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    I gave it a B. It still has 13 Missing Promised Features.

    My HR20 has been very reliable except for that nightmare called 0x119. But I am also avoiding all 5 of the risk factors.

    Regardless, you can't get an A in a course unless you turn in your assignments.

    I also note that 66% of us put it on the A or B honor rolls. That is up from:

    53% a week ago in the Report Card: 0x120...

    and 55% 2 weeks ago in the Report Card - 0x11b (Take 2).

    So far, this is the HR20's best report card yet.

    - Craig
  14. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I have to agree with an earlier poster. If you are doing an RBR this often, then a C might be too high.

    I gave it an 'A'.
  15. BigSey

    BigSey DBSTalk Club Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I gave it an A- last time but I'm down to a B since 12a. Haven't had any major issues but channel changing seems a little slower (not in Native) and the overall responsiveness of menus, commands, etc. is also slower. Hope things improve a bit with the next one.
  16. jrbundy

    jrbundy New Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    I give it an F until it can perform basic DVR functions - record and play back. Even then it has a long way to go before it approaches the SD DirecTivos that I have (and have to keep just to insure sure I get my programs recorded). If I thought that it could safely record and play back recordings, I would give it a C. It has a long way to go for me to trust it like the Tivos, though. They have a long history of solid performance, reliability, and ease-of-use for me. Its funny how with the Tivos I would never watch live TV, but with the HR20 that's almost all I do. Also, simple things like a good 30 second skip and replay that are responsive really make a difference for me.
  17. jtmedma

    jtmedma Cool Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    An F. Still having video/audio problems. HR10(no problems, dual buffers) blows the HR20 away.
  18. JayC

    JayC Mentor

    Dec 13, 2006
    With the release of 0x134 I have to give a grade of D. I'll continue to work with D* until problems are solved but as of today the HR20 is still very flakey. Amazing they would release it at all.
  19. BobV

    BobV Godfather

    Dec 15, 2006
    I gave it a "B+" If it wasn't for the CE's I would have went with a C-.:p
  20. JHL

    JHL Mentor

    Jan 15, 2007
    I gave it a C.
    It is reasonably stable with only 2 BRB required in the two months I have owned it.

    I still don't understand a lot of the design decisions:
    1) Power management is atrocious. I realize it is a DVR but there should be options to reduce power consumption if I decide to limit the functionality.
    2) The size of the hard drive is barely acceptable for an HDTV recorder. I like the eSATA option but it is not supported yet and also requires even more power to be consumed.
    3) I think there needs to be a option to archive OTA HD content via Firewire. This is especially important because of the small hard drive.
    4) Why does RBR invalidate the entire programming guide? The software should be smart enough to realize that the current data is still valid. I hate having to wait 1-2 days for the date to be replicated.

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