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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Shaw Direct legacy receiver hierarchy

I still new to Shaw Direct and have their LTSS service. The receiver Shaw sent to me is a reconditioned DSR-305.

I was just given three other receivers from a neighbor who upgraded to HD receivers. The three receivers work. They each get the few in-the-clear channels Shaw has.

The model numbers are:

DSR-301 DS
DSR-401 DS
DSR-405 P3

I'd like to know if any of those are newer or better in any way than the DSR-305. My guess is that the higher model number receiver would be newer but I'd like to know for sure.

I think all of them, including the DSR-305 are considered to be "legacy" receivers.

Also, does anyone know approximately how old these model number receivers are?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 09:04 AM
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Pretty much all of those receivers are 10+ years old. The 305 and 405 where the same line of receivers. The main difference between the 305 and 405 was that the 405 supported UHF remote, had an SPDIF output and S-Video output.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 09:09 AM
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The 401 was their premium receiver of its day, and first Navigo (new one board reduced chip design, with tone generator built in and stacked certification).
It had full front buttons, support for the UHF remote kit, dual A/V out, S-video, digital audio, and serial port for HD decoder. Those were initially released middle 2000 or so.

The 301 (my first) was the basic receiver until the 2xx series boxes. It has only a power button/satellite indicator on the front, one row of composite A/V on the rear, plus RF modulator in/out, satellite in, modem. It is basically a stripped down 401. The 305 succeeded it. I would say they were released late 2000/early 2001.

The 405 is just an update of the 401, to go black, and use the new crop of parts as used in the 205 and 315. The 315 is an update of the 305, 205 a miniaturization of the 315 for basic TVs. The 405 was released 2004 or so.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 10:34 AM
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The 405 would be the best receiver of the bunch. It updated the 401 to use more energy efficient chips and a smaller motherboard. They are both very good receivers and the UHF remote works well. The 405 runs cooler and uses less energy though there may be some later model 401s that are similar.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 10:55 AM
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The 405 receiver was released sometime before June 2002. I first subbed in June of 2002 and the 405 was one of my original receivers. I had a 405, 305 and a 421B.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 11:11 AM
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My parents originally signed up in July 1999 (can anybody beat that??). I had a Navigo 4xx (no front panel buttons). I still remember them bringing home the dish and receiver in the back of the station wagon. The box literally filled the entire hatchback and back seat. It came from Canadian Tire and retailed for $399. Silver Choice programming (with 2 of the 4 theme packs) was $29.99 per month. I'd love to see an old programming brochure.

They used that receiver for 6 years and it, though it was slow, there were never any issues.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-10, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. That's the info I needed.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2012-09-13, 02:02 PM
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Yeah I was going to say the 405 came out before 2004 because I signed up for Star Choice (the first time) in December 2002 and used receiver. I deactivated it in 2004 when Rogers had their "Real Choice" promotion (gave them an non-work BEV 2700 for a PVR).

I signed up for Shaw Direct (again) in 2010 to take advantage of the Ontario Value Pack promotion and put the 405 receiver back into service on a spare tv. Still works great!
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