Originally Posted by billt1111
I think the premise is that a cooler receiver is a better performing receiver, but you would have to judge that for yourself in your particular scenario and environment. Some markets have problems with their MPEG4 streams, some do not. Don't confuse MPEG4 audio sync problems and pixelization with a bad H20. Replacing it will just result in the same problem.
Had the opportunity to do an interesting comparison the past week.
I checked my H20-600 (which recently got moved into another room), as well as an older TS-160 and my newer HR20-700 HD DVR.
All ran for at least 3 hours non-stop
- and I used the same expensive digital thermometer for sampling:
H20 receiver - about 102 degrees
Samsung TS-160 - about 106 degrees
HR20 - 700 DVR - about 100 degrees
The H20 is a year old, the Samsung 2 1/2 years old, and the H20-700 less than 2 weeks old. Temps were all within 6 degree range, and IMHO, not that hot at all. MY old VCR is almost the same temp after 3 hours.
Of the 2 dozen or so H20 owners I know of personnally (and seen their equipment in action), only 1 had a heat issue, and he got a quick replacement from D* - no problems since (and they gave him a refurb H20-600, not a 100 model). MPEG 4 locals on the H20 and HR20 are both solid.
Three units, 3 technologies, 3 manufacturers - no heat problems. The Sammy TS-160 even works as well as the day it was bought.
It is unfortunate that some have experienced heat issues, but I suspect that since we tend to hear only from those with problems, and mostly not from those of us who have no
problems, the perception is somewhat misrepresentative of the tens and hundreds of thousands of OK units in the field.