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post #2221 of 2224 Old 08-26-2016, 01:59 PM
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I agree about the remote, but at present I'd still recommend the HW-150. Reason is that iView introduced some annoying bugs into the 3500 firmware when they switched from the 7816 to the 7802
Thank you, sir. So now the choice is between either the HomeWorx 150 or the 180STB. Mediasonic's site lists the differences between the two (remotes, jacks etc.). On some forums, the 180STB is called a cheaper version of the 150 both literally and figuratively.

Guess the 150 is the way to go unless you advise otherwise.
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I would go with a 150 if the cost difference was small. The differences between the 130, 150, and 180 are all fairly minor:

  • The 130 & 180 lack the 150's component video, and coaxial digital audio outputs. This is the decisive issue for me; I like having those outputs available
  • The 130 & 180 use a smaller remote. (Ironically, I like that remote a little better than the 150's remote. Even though it's smaller, it's easier to read the buttons. But the difference isn't that great)
  • The 180's USB port is in back. The other two have the USB port in front
  • The 130 & 180 have a hardware "channel 3/4" switch for the RF output (so I guess they don't support "loop-through;" but I recommend using a splitter vs. loop-through anyway)
  • The 130 & 180 have a "soft" power button that just puts it in standby just like the remote's power button. The 150's front panel has a "hard" power switch that physically disconnects power (like unplugging the 150)
  • The 130 uses an external "wall-wart" power supply (like the iView 3200). That could be an advantage: if the wall-wart fails, you don't lose the whole box
  • Depending on the firmware version, the 180 may have some minor quirks with entering channel numbers
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is not officially supported on the 180 (though HDMI audio can be set to Raw through the menu, and so DD5.1 may work anyway)

Assuming you get a 7802-based unit, as all the newer ones seem to be, the 150 and 180 firmware are largely interchangeable, so the last two differences could be overcome by cross-flashing the "wrong" box's firmware (and using the "wrong" box's remote). However, the 130 reportedly cannot be cross-flashed with 150 or 180 firmware, or vice versa.
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It should also be pointed out that the 180 has on occasion dropped to <$20 on Amazon.
I do find the 180 style remote a little more intuitive in layout, so even smaller it's easier to find the buttons.

How is the 130 for CC or DD5.1? (I'm sure I've asked that before, but have no recollection of it.) I'm betting no Dolby.
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I tend to agree about the 130/180 remote being better than the 150 remote. It's not a huge difference, but it is very hard to tell apart the 12 identical-looking tiny round buttons with gray labels on a black background and no engravings at the bottom of the 150 remote. The other remote has a lot of hard-to-read buttons too, but at least most of the ones in the block of 12 at the bottom have white engravings, so you can see what they do at a glance instead of straining your eyes trying to read the labels and find the right one to push.

That said, I prefer the 150 box over the 180. I suppose if you had a 180 remote and understand what firmware is compatible, you could cross-flash 180 firmware onto a 150 and have the best of both worlds: you'd lose menu control of the RF output, but everything else should still work the same, and almost nobody uses the RF output anyway. Well, you might also have issues trying to use DD5.1 since that's not officially supported with 180 firmware.


I don't know if anyone has the HW-130 and can give us a first-hand report on it. From what I've seen and heard, it's another 7802 box very similar to the 180; the biggest difference being its smaller size and external power supply. So closed captions probably work the same as on the 150, 180, and every other 7802 box I've tried; i.e., CC works during live viewing and playback, but not during time-shifting or chase play. DD5.1 is probably the same status as the 180: it works during live viewing or when watching a movie (or a recording with the extension changed) via the HDMI port if the audio is set to Raw, but isn't officially supported; so if you have issues such as echoes, you're SOL.
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