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Best FTA receiver? Money no object!
I want to know what is the absolute best FTA receiver is, money is no object. (well its SOMEWHAT of an object, i just want to be able to spend money on a QUALITY pvr and not have to worry, the one I have no crashes from time to time and i woulda gladly spent an extra 50 bucks and gotten a better box if it didn't crash at all. I'm willing to get the best out there if that's what it takes to fulfill the requirements below)
It has to do the following:
- Be able to share the files it has recorded over the network somehow so files can be played on a computer on the same network.
- Be rock solid reliable, as reliable as possible. Needs to have the ability to be left alone for a month or two at a time without having to reboot it cause of a crash.
I figure there are a lot of experts here, so I will buy the most recommended box that can do those two things listed above.
11-25-2010 07:16 AM
You're living in dream world , that we all wish existed.
The best current receiver is the Azbox HD Series , but it's not up to your standards. It's sluggish to the remote ( overworked, with too many concurrent tasks, I'd say) , has somewhat indifferent PVR performance , and has lots of menus to wade through ( in sluggish fashion) to get to where you want to go. With it's support of 4:2:2 chroma video ( only modern stb with that ability), it's the clear winner at being able to display what you find up there.
I expect lots of opinions will be forthcoming.
^^^^^^^ What he said.
Originally Posted by brentb636
I dont believe a top of the line 'home user' FTA receiver exists. You would need to go to US Made Commercial equipment to get quality. Presently, I own (2) Coolsat 5000, (1) GeoSat Pro 200 and (1) OpenboxS9. Honestly, they are all junk. Sure they get a picture, but they are all buggy. Cheap design, built in Pacific Rim countries for small bucks and sold here for large bucks. The Manuals written in Chienglish are terrible, they dont even begin to explain all features and good setups. Compare this to the earlier analog C Band receivers built by Flagship companies like Chaparral or Houston Tracker. No bugs ! Huge manuals that explain all functions in great detail. Remote controls that worked. Now, 26 years later, my Chaparral Sierra II, Cheyenne, Houston Tracker still work as they did when I bought them. Yup, the remote controls are as good as new. They would position the dish, even fine bump the dish for best signal. They even had selectable Terrestrial Microwave Interference Filters built in. Those days are gone, now we deal with Pacific Rim stuff and their Manuals. I wonder how many of todays FTA receivers will still be running strong 26 years from now LOL ! Back to topic, the least buggy current receiver I own is the Geosat Pro 200. They do make a DVR 1100c wonder how that works. 8Valve
.... A Home User top of the line STB will be available in the upcoming months, but with that tease behind us.....
Made in the USA has little to do with producing quality..... Quality is produced when the end user will pay for it, the reseller will stock it, the developer specifies it, the hardware supports it and the manufacturer produces it. A US factory is unable to produce a competitive quality and priced product based on the current market conditions.
GEOSATpro receiver hardware and firmware is developed by Satellite AV in partnership with a Korean development company. We select the individual components and the quality of the build. A Chinese manufacturer is contracted to produce the product under direct supervision of our development partner. We provide a higher quality product primarily to support our product resellers and Glorystar retail customers. We provide direct end user support for the Glorystar customers and are committed to providing telephone support and product repair for many years. Distributing a cheaply manufactured product increases our customer support cost and the bottom line, decreases our profit!
BTW.... 11/25/2010 Download a beta firmware update (not yet publically released on the regular OTA-SSU) via OTA-SSU from Galaxy19, 11842, PID 330. (Provides faster and more accurate channel scans, ie quickly logs channels that do not include service names.)
GEOSATpro manuals are not generic documents produced at a factory. Our manuals are written and illustrated by myself. The manuals are living and growing documents that are updated for each production run to include new features and menu changes. English is my primary language and we receive regular and numerous compliments on the manual, the installation and operational documentation that we provide. I agree that most currently distributed receiver owners manuals provide minimal operation and install information, but this is one area where the GEOSATpro products excel! So much more information is available via the web than was ever available during the BUD glory days! While we cover most standard installation and operational details, we direct advanced users and hobbyist to this forum if they wish to develop their system for more that the standard fixed, one satellite installations.
The legacy analog receivers were not without their "unique operating issues". We just learned and developed work-arounds through the years. A major problem is that we were not provided management tools to manage satellite and channel changes. Satellite naming results in conversion lists taped to our receivers and the naming often dictates specific channel mapping often with unique polarity / channel combinations. I agree that most legacy analog receivers were very well built and have outlasted their intended service, but they were also designed for a different market segment and at a much higher production and resale cost. In today's dollars those legacy receivers would sell for $2000+ dollars. I think most of today's distributors would distribute a much different product if we had a market for 20 or 30 thousand receivers per year at $2000 each!
This thread is unique as most conversations are based on the lowest cost with the trade-offs vs $$$. Today's market is targeting a single satellite fixed dish system. Any development beyond this standard usage is for a small niche market. Luckily for this niche market, we have a few companies that have decision makers who are interested in advanced usage motorized and hobbyist features.
Yes, The DVR1100c is based on the same hardware and firmware, but adds record capability with an external USB hdd. Oh, it is also on sale for $105 through 1/2/2011!
Last edited by SatelliteAV; 11-25-2010 at 04:01 PM.
I've got both a CS5000 & Geosat200 and they work great! I dont know why you say the 5000 is junk. Believe me...I've worked with some JUNK receivers
The 1100 is the PVR version of the 200 and from what I've read it works really well. I had a Visionsat which is like the Geosat's and that receiver rocked!
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