I have noticed something that might be important to the people following the heat-related issue. As anyone whom has followed my quest to find a box that even works in my area
(Majjor city between me and antenna farm/deep in woods/international airport multipath),
I had to return a 9950 because the darn thing lit up one night. The fire, OK loud snap came from (Apparently) the tuner can. No other componets appeared scorched, but the smell came from the tuner can. Even the case had scorch maks.
A nice mleltdown (LOL).
But I happened upon a tuner pic that concerns me,
Post 113 one page 2 of the 990 thread:http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianb...75058/sizes/l/
That IS NOT the tuner I returned! I know, It's a 9900... But what keeps me thinking this is that there are people that swear this issue is overstated and they have (Reasonably) cool boxes. I believe them.
Mine had round tuner-tool holes. My R.S. guy might not have returned it for store credit yet. I'll try to get a pic if I can.
Just like the Sanyo/LG tuner swap mid-run in production. OK, I take that back. Just like the fact that they made the box in two differeny factories with two different suppliers of tuners and hence the mis-matched production run numbers...the Sanyo/LG thing might be happening to the 9900/9950 line.
Two factories. Two manufactures runs. Different tuner units..
This is speculation. maybe wise speculation. But I supsect after seeing a photo of what WAS NOT in my 9900/9950 sets (Texas Market) that more than one manufacture plant is in use and they use different tuners.
Hence why some can't see the reason we complain, and others (Like me) return boxes that flame out?
Care to compare your own box's tuner to the photo and post numbers relevant to the production stream? (Please DON'T void warranty stickers!)