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Which is best model R15 100, 300 or 500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by willis3, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Aug 5, 2007 #1 of 36

    willis3 Godfather

    Feb 2, 2007
    Probadly a dumb question but which is the best (reliable etc) model R15 100, 300 or 500?
  2. Aug 5, 2007 #2 of 36

    desslock Mentor

    Jun 19, 2007
    Juging from the post I've seen, (and personal experience with an R15-500) I would say... Get one of the $78 Circuit City TiVo boxes if you want reliability.
  3. Aug 5, 2007 #3 of 36

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    I have had one SR4040 replaced and the replacement had to have the cooling fan replaced. The R15-500 is 18 months old and IIRC only one reset. Both are good machines, the R15 is much faster and a much larger hard drive.
  4. Aug 5, 2007 #4 of 36

    hdfan01 Legend

    Feb 1, 2006
    Had my R15-500 for about a year and half with no problems. It hs always done what I've wanted. Only just recently have I updated it with CE's (other than Nationals) Maybe there has been a Poll on this question.
  5. Aug 5, 2007 #5 of 36
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    There really hasn't been any "one" that has leaped out ahead of the others...
    They are all functionally equivilent...
  6. Aug 6, 2007 #6 of 36

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I have all three and right now, my 100 model allows much faster channel changes than the other two, if you are a channel surfer.

    I don't know why that would be, but it is definitely the case. YMMV.

    Otherwise, no real problems with any of them.
  7. Aug 6, 2007 #7 of 36

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    I don't know which is best but our 500 has been a solid performer. We've had no issues with it.
  8. Aug 6, 2007 #8 of 36

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    +1 here. All three of mine have been great, but the -100 does seem to have faster channel changes. However, my other two aren't really that slow with changing the channels.

    To desslock. I understand you had problems and I do sympathize, but please don't try to hijack threads that don't have anything to do with Dtivo.
  9. Aug 6, 2007 #9 of 36

    ISWIZ Icon

    Nov 18, 2005
    I have one of the original 500's. It has worked well since I first got it, better since the updates and better still with the CE's.
  10. qwerty

    qwerty Hall Of Fame

    Feb 19, 2006
    They're all functionally the same.
    Since we don't know how many of each unit have been released, any statement that one fails more than another is meaningless.
  11. BobN

    BobN Cool Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    As a follow-up to an earlier post in this thread, if I already have an R15-300 and get one of the $78 Circuit City Tivo's, what additional monthly fees do I have to pay? I assume I would have to pay an additional monthly fee for a second box. Would my $5.99/month for DVR service cover both my R15 and the TiVo box?
  12. Albie

    Albie Godfather

    Jan 26, 2007
    Yes it will cover the DVR fee, you will still have a $4.99/month mirroring fee for the extra box.

    LOCODUDE Hall Of Fame

    Aug 7, 2007
    New York
    I've got the R15-500, From the early days. Solid performer most of the time.
  14. scuba_tim

    scuba_tim Godfather

    Sep 23, 2006
    I just had an R15-100 installed in the bedroom last week. And after the first night came to realize the fan on this machine ROARS (ok, relatively when you consider the still of the night). You can hear it over the ceiling fan, so that's something to consider.

    You'll find some other posts saying the same thing (some claim the -100 is loader than others), not much you can do though it seems. Other than being a bit load (which can be relative), it works.
  15. TigersFanJJ

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Same here, although I'm not sure I can equally compare all of them. My -500 is in an entertainment center in the living room, so I don't hear that fan at all. My -300 is in my office and I run the ceiling fan when I am in there, so I don't hear it either. The -100 is in my bedroom and it seems to be very loud at times. The R10 that the -100 replaced was loud also, so it may just be that room isn't as noisy as the others.
  16. desslock

    desslock Mentor

    Jun 19, 2007
    I had no intention of hijacking the thread. He asked the question and I gave my honest answer. I still have my R15 and make direct comparisons with the performance of my <name not mentioned> device, daily. I'm still trying to give the R15 a shot, but it continues to disappoint me.... daily. I really WANT to like the R15. I really do.

    Sorry if that is unpopular. No offense is intended, just honesty.
  17. SportingFan9

    SportingFan9 Cool Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    This may be a silly question but how would you know from outside of the box what type of R-15 receiver it is? Does it clearly state on the box that it is a -100,
    -300 or -500 type?

    Sorry if I hijacked the thread :eek2:
  18. TigersFanJJ

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    There are a few ways to tell. Probably the easiest is to open the access card door. There is a sticker in there that has the MFR number on it. You can also go to Menu, Settings, Setup, Info & Test. It will have 100, 300, or 500 listed by Manufacturer.
  19. SportingFan9

    SportingFan9 Cool Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    So you really cannot tell what version it is from the box itself, right? What I mean by "box" is literaly the box that the receiver came in :confused:
  20. subeluvr

    subeluvr Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    Yes, it says it on the box.

    Look for the printed sticker with the bar code on the end of the box.
    Near the R15 you will see 100, 300, or 500 prominently printed.

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