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Hi all, I know it's been awhile since I visited this site, but other things have been occurring of late.
I plan on getting my FTA system up and running and I just wanted to know if the Pansat 2700 and/or the Viewsat Ultra V2 VS2000 receivers are capable of doing blind search. I want to make sure I have this feature in whatever receiver I pick and I am endeavoring to keep the receiver cost under about $150.
Looking forward to everyone's replies and recommendations. Thanks!

Mark
 

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Not interested in recording just need a regular receiver, but thanks for your suggestions, Jeff.:)
 

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I had a Pansat 2500 that did blind search very well. I had even better luck with my Fortec Mercury II, which was recently discontinued but is still available on eBay for less than $100. In between, I had a Traxis DBS-4550, and it also did a decent job with blind search.

Now I'm wrestling with a Pansat HD 9200. The blind search is still pretty good, but the rest of the receiver feels like an engineering beta way too often. I sure wish Fortec would market a HD receiver here!
 

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I tried flashing the old software back to my 9200HD and it wouldn't run...Can you not go backwards? Getting sick of scrambled or bad channel messages, and now I'm getting a bad hum from the audio out and red/green hum bars on component outputs (hdmi still clear so far)...probably the power supply failing. Emailed Panarex two weeks ago, no answer yet.
 

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jeffgbailey said:
what version software is in it? I know 1205 is good but 1216 (the supposed newest) is really bad and has lots of hiccups (mainly channels saying "scrambled" when they are not)
I've got 1215 (July 11 2008). The release notes on 1216 didn't indicate any of the problems I've been seeing, so I'll wait to update.
 

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The Mercury II has been replaced with the DYNAMIC. The same receiver guts, only the outside shell is different.

Mercury III receiver will be out 1st-2nd qtr 2009. Also NEW Fortec HD Receiver will be available as well around that time.
 

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I have a Mercury II, and I just love its performance. No DVR, but very solid.

I haven't tried the other two. If their DVR is as flaky as my Pansat 9200's, you won't be missing much. Then again, maybe they've got good DVRs.
 

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I took my eSATA drive off my Directv dvr, and plugged it into the Pansat, and the Pansat wont even recognize it. Its "supposed" to be a new enough unit not to have to be returned for a mod, but appears not. Hauppauge HDPVR works GREAT with it tho.
 

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Davenlr said:
I took my eSATA drive off my Directv dvr, and plugged it into the Pansat, and the Pansat wont even recognize it. Its "supposed" to be a new enough unit not to have to be returned for a mod, but appears not. Hauppauge HDPVR works GREAT with it tho.
May be a formatting issue or propriety directv thing.
 

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