Time for me to jump into DirectTV, need to decide between 2 receivers

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  1. Manuel Parrado

    Manuel Parrado Stunt Coordinator

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    I recently received a Circuit City Merchandise Card from a previous Cel Phone purshase.
    The card if for $200 and I decided the best use for it right now is to buy a Dolby Digital output Direct TV receiver and do away with cable TV.
    There are twe options in Circuit City for me:
    RCA DRD450RG link: RCA
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    SONY SATA65
    Sony
    What is the general opinion about this two receivers?
    Does one have significantly better picture quality than the other?
    Should I be looking somewhere else.
    Keep in mind that I am mostly intersted in picture quality (my receiver takes care of the audio).
    Any help will be appreciated.
    Regards,
    Manuel
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  2. David Judah

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    They have different menu layouts, but the picture quality is going to be the same.

    You should be able to get two rooms installed for free, if not now then in another couple of days. If you are going to want HD soon, then get the 24" dish, so you won't have to swap dishes out later. Then all you will need is the HD decoder box when you are ready.

    DJ
     
  3. Mike Pattee

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    One other cool featuer the Sony sata65 has is the RF remote. So if you can control the receiver from most anywhere. Its cool if you split the signal to a bedroom set then just take the remote with you and have full control still. Of course you can only watch one thing on the two sets at the same time.

    Mike
     
  4. Manuel Parrado

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    The RF remote feature is the one thing that really made me prefer that one because of being able to have yet an additional room (if mutually exclusive from the primary).

    I just hope picture quality is not an issue with these receivers.

    Thanks for the comments.
     
  5. Jeff Bamberger

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    Why not get DirecTiVO units?
     
  6. Manuel Parrado

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    Mainly because of budget.

    Those units cost more and the service requires a monthly fee or lump sump payment.

    I think the Tivo thing is cool but not a must have for me.

    I just hope the DTV receivers are porgrammable to start on a specified hour in a specified channel so I can still use my VCR to record stuff while away from home.

    Anyone knows if this is so?
     
  7. Manuel Parrado

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    Never mind, I just realized you can indeed programm the receiver to do all that and more.
    Oh, and sorry about the links I didn't realize dependant on computer and session.
    Here are links to the manufacuter's website:
    For the RCA: URL=http://www.rca.com/product/viewdetail/0,2588,PI700063-CI700097,00.html?]http://www.rca.com/product/viewdetail/0,2588,PI700063-CI700097,00.html?[/url]
    And for the Sony: http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/consumer...rs/index.shtml
    Both have a $50 rebate on Circuit City.
    Opinions welcomed.
    Thanks.
     
  8. Ron Reda

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    I've got the Sony and like it very much...no problems whatsoever, although it seems to run a bit warm. Plus, like others have said, the RF remote is really cool!
     
  9. Manuel Parrado

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    Thanks.

    In satellite dish systems, does picture quality tend vary little between receivers?

    Is it the features that make a receiver better than the other?
     
  10. Jeff Bamberger

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  11. Manuel Parrado

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    Believe me Jeff, I am sorely tempted.

    I will keep digging into the whole thing and add everything up.

    The Tivo concept is very appealing to me (I am easily seduced by audio/video techonologies) I will not completely rule it out.

    Let's just see what the bottom line $$$ is at the end.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  12. Matt Stryker

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    Manuel- The circuit city in my area has the DirecTivo (sony model) for $250 after rebate. That would make your cost $50 with your credit.

    That being said, these prices look awful high for Directv stuff. I'd wait a month or two and see if you can catch Circuit City with a special; my friend got a Directivo not 3 months ago from them for $99 after rebates.
     
  13. Manuel Parrado

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    It is always prudent to wait, Matt.

    The merchandise card is good until June.

    Let's see if I can hold for a while.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  14. Jim Golden

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    American satellite has the TIVO Philips DSR6000 plus the 24" dish for just over $200 (for new customers).

    Jim
     
  15. Manuel Parrado

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    That's a great price.

    However I really should spend the CC certificate on a DBS system or else I don't know what to spend it on (I don't want to buy stuff I don't need just to use it).

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  16. StephenL

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    I strongly suggest getting a Directv receiver with Tivo. It's a fantastic system.
     
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    I'll have to suggest a TiVo unit too. It's a must-have for anyone that owns a DirecTV subscription. Well worth the money. Everyone I know that got once thanked me for suggesting it.

    Mike
     
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    Dont mean to hammer, get the DTiVo. Did you know the DTiVo is also a 5.1 DD receiver? I have 3 and would Quit watching tv if they were gone. It is hands down the coolest A/V thing I have bought in a VERY long time. Also wives seem to like them as much if not more than the guys. [​IMG]
     

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