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Which receiver is newer, better?

zerohnine
03-26-2008, 09:25 PM
Simple question: Is the HR21 newer/better than the HR20?

rockaway1836
03-26-2008, 09:50 PM
The 21 is newer. The 20 has OTA the 21 does not.

wal-dog
03-26-2008, 10:41 PM
I just ordered Directv. My install is Monday. Coming over from DishNetwork. I asked which HD DVR I would be getting and they told me they don't know. You get whatever is on the truck. Are some people getting HR20's and some getting HR21's.

Another question. Are both component and HDMI active at the same time.If so I'll have a long HDMI cable ran to the bedroom and use components in my theater.This way I can have HD in two rooms from 1 reciever allthough it will be the same channel on both TVs.These recievers have RF capable remotes so I'll need to pick up an extra remote.

voop
03-26-2008, 11:39 PM
Wise move wal-dog! They are still working on depleting their inventory of the old hr20's. You can use all the outputs on the back of the receiver, they are all sending the video feed (1 hdmi, 1 component (red, green, blue), 2 rca (red, yellow, white).

MarsT23
03-27-2008, 07:03 AM
The only problem is they phased out the RF option on the HR21's. I talked to the installer the other day and he said it was due to too many call from users having problems and I guess confusion on the setup.

This does really suck, I do love the extra HD space and the color but having to point the remote to my AV rack which happens to be behind me sucks oo

mcbeevee
03-27-2008, 07:10 AM
The only problem is they phased out the RF option on the HR21's. I talked to the installer the other day and he said it was due to too many call from users having problems and I guess confusion on the setup.
This does really suck, I do love the extra HD space and the color but having to point the remote to my AV rack which happens to be behind me sucks oo
This is not true. Having the RF remote feature on the H2x/HR2x models is a big selling point. Directv is not going to take it away because a few people don't understand it. If someone does not know how to switch to RF, they can just stay with IR.

:)

texasbrit
03-27-2008, 07:16 AM
This is not true. Having the RF remote feature on the H2x/HR2x models is a big selling point. Directv is not going to take it away because a few people don't understand it. If someone does not know how to switch to RF, they can just stay with IR.

:)

Correct. My HR21 works fine on RF. You may get a non-RF remote with the box but if you buy one of the RF-capable remotes from DirecTV or elsewhere it works fine with the HR21.

wal-dog
03-27-2008, 09:02 AM
If you have the receiver in RF mode will IR work also or is it RF only.
If its RF only that will put my Harmony out of buissness.

Lucid504
03-27-2008, 09:10 AM
If you have the receiver in RF mode will IR work also or is it RF only.
If its RF only that will put my Harmony out of buissness.

IR does not work if you have RF enabled.

BitchenKitchen
03-27-2008, 09:17 AM
IR does not work if you have RF enabled.


If this is the case, How am I able to control the volume of my TV with RF enabled (without sliding the switch)?

Lucid504
03-27-2008, 09:39 AM
If this is the case, How am I able to control the volume of my TV with RF enabled (without sliding the switch)?
Because the remote switches over to the tv when you press volume up. What i was meaning is that your only able to control the box through rf if you have rf enabled. RF is only enabled for the box, it does not disable being able to control ir devices such as your tv or av receiver.i have attempted rf and trying to use a ir remote because i wanted to enable rf and also have my harmony 880 work which is ir only and that did not work.