best Direct TV HD receiver

What is the best sounding HD receiver for Direct TV? Has anyone tried the one offered by Direct TV? I can buy one at Best Buy with a hard drive but wonder if there is a better way to go. Iwant to be able to hook up an antenna to view the networks but have the hard drive for the convinience.

Any advice is appreciated.


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Do you have to use the Tivo service with the Hughes HR10-250 or can you go through Direct TV? If Tivo, how much do you pay?

have you purchased from weakknees? I have not heard of them... probably no big deal....

thanks THsalmon I will not buy the Direct TV model.
Too bad about Sony. I have a 9 year old Sony SAT-A1 that I bought new. It has an optical digital out, very rare for the time, but it doesnt do Dolby Digital. But it really has great sound quality, which is why I bought it. I really do want to upgrade to a Tivo unit, but have not been floored by the available options out there. Plus HD is in my future. Arrrgggghhhh.
Phil, If you have a high enough monthly plan with Directv, the Tivo service is free. However, you technically do not have to ever "use" tivo. But I guarantee that you will. At minimum, you will have it record your favorite few shows. But the other great thing is being able to pause and rewind live TV.

BTW, I also have the Sony HD-200 (1 model before the 300), which is an excellent unit and was almost $800 when new 4 years ago. It has faster menus and a much better channel layout guide than the HR10-250, but no TIVO or DVR service. If money is a concern and you really dont want TVIO, I am sure you could find one of these off ebay for cheap.

I did buy a 2nd hard drive from weekknees. They are a very reliable company and the kits they sell are 100% perfect. They also on their site talk about the DirecTV branded DVR service and discuss the pros and cons. Right now, DirecTV TIVO is the way to go but in the next 2 years, DirecTV will stop selling TIVO and only offer their inhouse DVR Service.
thanks Bill I do want the Tivo service but not THEIR price $6 is fine

I think I will be buying the HR 10 250