I was given a TR-40CRA (F103) as a gift approx. two weeks ago.
This gave me an opportunity to test out this (supposedly) newer software version. I was pessimistic......due to all of the "bad press" it's received (here)!
This was my first ever experience with a "Dish" CECB.
I was adamantly opposed to buying one, since I preferred to boycott Dish Network......due to their shady business practices (with the DTVpal) and awful support!
So far I've left the unit turned on most of the time (I wanted to see just how warm it became and how well it would work under constant use). This is how I'd prefer to use it, since I have a DVD recorder with an IR blaster which can (and will) control channel changes (for recording).
For the record, it gets quite warm but not hot......similar to my CM-7000. Considering that there's no ventilation, that's not too bad. Keep in mind that ambient room temperature is always a major factor with this type of equipment. People who complain of "hot" boxes may very well be exposing them to higher ambient temperatures. Therefore, there's no real standard for this, since even 3-4 degees can make a considerable difference in the cabinet temperature.
However, with the exception of the Zenith/Insignia boxes, I feel that they all run too warm.
Bear in mind that I've tested many different CECB's over the past few months.
I hate to admit it but the Dish box has three nice advantages (for me).
Firstly, I find it to be more sensitive
than most boxes and it has greater compatibilty with weaker and/or reflected signals. It's basically on par with my CM-7000 (my reference standard) and as good (or better) than my
DTT-901 (in this area).
Picture quality goes from very good to mediocre (depending upon the channel.....for some odd reason). The CM is more consistent and better overall than all of the boxes I've tested (in this area). It produces a more dynamic picture with more detail (in general). Oddly enough though, there are times when the Dish box seems to produce a more detailed picture than the CM (but never as dynamic).
Secondly, the EPG is clearly
superior to all the others......when it works!
It's designed more like a satellite/cable system EPG (obviously) and unlike other boxes, that have either now/next configurations or (what I consider to be) a non-standard version of an EPG......or have ridiculously small displays (such as the CM......what were they smoking?!)......it's a far better design.
Unfortunately, some of the channels rarely have any program data and others have it to a very limited degree (just several hours). Also, I'm finding that often a channel will have no info. and then suddenly (as you're moving forward on the guide).....it pops up! Sometimes there's actual program detail ......and sometimes not!......
It's so inconsistent and frustrating!
Also.....I find that if I leave the box on, the clock will consistently lose approx. 2-3 minutes per day!
Yet, if I turn it off for a short period of time......it catches up to the correct time!
I haven't done much with the timers. However, I find that by setting a daily timer (for mid afternoon) and turning off the box late in the evening, it gives the box the opportunity to catch up to the current time. The fact that the timer turns the box back on and leaves it on is a nice advantage for this purpose.
What bugs me is that, even with the software updates, they didn't resolve this slow clock issue. I'm in NYC and I have to assume that my local (major) affiliate is providing an accurate time stamp. Besides, why should these boxes have to depend on local broadcasters to keep the time accurate!
Why can't they simply have an independent internal clock system?!
Thirdly, I prefer the "Dish" remote control over all other CECB remotes.
It's a good size, feels confortable to hold and has a better overall button layout than the others I've tested. You pretty much can take your eyes off of it after using it just several times. The buttons require minimal pressure (possibly too minimal) are are large enough (especially for a relatively small remote control). It's better ergonomically and more "user friendly" than most.
I would appreciate your thoughts as to the innacurate clock and EPG inconsistancies......
am I doing something wrong?
Has F106 resolved any of these issues?
Thanks for your input!......and sorry for any redundant questions!.....I haven't been following the "Dish" CECB threads that closely......as I never expected to own one (I guess that I'm now another "victim")!