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Go refurb 45hr or new 70hr Premiere?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by cruiserandmax, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. cruiserandmax

    cruiserandmax New Member

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    I've been putting off getting a Premiere (series 2 lifetime subscriber) for too long, and now that we just ditched our old bedroom tube TV for a new HD screen I think it's about time.

    The question is should I go with one of the refurb 45hr models for $79, or get one of the new 75hr ones for $150? How likely am I to want the 75hrs over the 45? How easy is HD upgrading now? (it was pretty easy as I recall in the series 2 days).

    Besides the hard drive is there any other potential benefit- chipset revision, or who knows what- to getting a "new" Premiere?

    I'm going to be adding the $399 LT sub, so saving $70 on the hardware may not be the hugest concern, but saving is saving.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Larry in TN

    Larry in TN New Member

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    The upgrade from 45hr to 75hr will never be less expensive than that $71.
     
  3. Jebberwocky!

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    I bought a refurb yesterday for $51 - in my case this is for a spare bedroom where I don't need as much recording capacity.
     
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Hard for anyone but you to know but 45 hrs isn't enough for me, but then neither is 75 hrs.

    Very Easy actually easier than the Series 2.

    Not that anyone has identified

    Plan on upgrading the hard drive after 90 days no matter which unit you get. Hard drive prices are coming back down and at some point you will likely be able to get a 2TB drive again for around $80. Once you have upgraded the drive save the original drive as a backup. At this point there is no way for us normal users to image a drive without an original drive.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. cruiserandmax

    cruiserandmax New Member

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    Good point.

    Blue Skies!
     
  6. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

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    My opinion is to go for the most space you can afford, UNLESS it's just going to be an extra unit for which you really don't need that much space.

    I just have two of the regular (320gb) Premieres and am loving them. For 8 years I had a couple of Series 2 machines, one 80gb and one was a 40gb refurb. They did serve me well, particularly as I didn't have HD back then.

    Now that, with the Cable Card & Premieres, I have HD I'm glad I at least have 320gb but wish the 500s didn't come out RIGHT AFTER I got my 320gb Premieres. But I do ok, splitting my SPs up btwn the two. MRS is absolutely invaluable to me, so am loving that too.

    That's all I know :) as I don't know anything about getting inside the boxes and upgrading stuff.
     
  7. JoeTaxpayer

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    I put in a 1.5TB drive, and it shows 238HD hours.

    If 75 is enough, I agree, just spend that extra bit. But if soon after he gets it, wants a bigger drive, the $71 was wasted. 2TB drives are now going for $100. Me? I'd save the $71 and throw it towards the $100 drive.
     
  8. Larry in TN

    Larry in TN New Member

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    I agree. If you're going to upgrade, start with the least expensive option (i.e. smallest drive).
     
  9. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 New Member

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    Would there be any advantage (value, cost-wise, performance) in getting one of those new already upgraded Premieres--$230--with 1.5 TB and 236 hours?
     
  10. jrtroo

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    I like having a spare drive on the shelf. Upgrade it yourself. The reliability of just dropping a drive in upon failure is well worth $29.
     
  11. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 New Member

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    Thanks, jrtroo. I suppose, though, that one needs to have some DIY tech skills to do that!
     
  12. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

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    No, not really "tech" skills, I just walked through the instructions a few times before attempting.

    It was really fairly easy- need some torix drivers, ability to burn an image, connect drives to a PC, and follow directions. Ever upgrade a PC drive?
     

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