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Topic # 85271 16-Jun-2011 08:46 Send private message

Has anybody out there used the Transonic brand, Freeview approved satellite decoder. Was a bit dubious about buying electronic products from the Warehouse.

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  Reply # 481713 16-Jun-2011 08:54 Send private message

Don't buy an aproved sat decoder if you want to want anything outside NZ like SBS in Ozz..




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  Reply # 481720 16-Jun-2011 09:04 Send private message

old3eyes: Don't buy an aproved sat decoder if you want to want anything outside NZ like SBS in Ozz..


According to this listing extra channels and satellites can be added.


http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/product/Digital-Satellite-TV-Freeview-Receiver-TWH-S1?SKU=1400533




Digital Satellite TV Freeview Receiver TWH-S1
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TRANSONIC



Digital Satellite TV Freeview Receiver TWH-S1


9400007749178



Now $ 79.99












  • Quantity:






Sold online.

Sold in store. Find store.









 

Offer Ends: 21/06/2011


 
 

• Freeview approved satellite receiver
• MPEG-1/2 DVB-S Compliant
• MHEG-5 Interactive Software
• Supports the Freeview 8 day EPG (Electronic Programme Guide)
• Quick setup using automatic LNB search and automatic Freeview installation
• Will automatically update new channels when they are available
• Follows Freeview channel numbering
• Component Output, Composite Output, Coaxial Digital Audio, RF Output
• Allows adding of channels from other satellites
• Blind scan option for searching satellites
• Last channel memory
• Supports both Freeview EPG and DVB-EIT EPG
• Subtitles
• Teletext
• Component Output, Composite Output, Coaxial Digital Audio, RF Output


Click here to visit the Freeview website for more information



 






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  Reply # 481781 16-Jun-2011 11:13 Send private message

I think TWH has a "no questions asked" return period of a week or two, so you could just buy it and try it. That should expose any major problems.
Anything that shows up after that would be covered either by warranty (faults) or the Consumer Guarantees Act (misrepresentation of capability, shoddy quality (hard to prove at this price point though)).

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  Reply # 481784 16-Jun-2011 11:22 Send private message

What outputs does it have? The price is right in the range of the non approved composite only junk off trademe, so hopefully that will kill of the sales of that shyte.




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  Reply # 481786 16-Jun-2011 11:24 Send private message

richms: What outputs does it have? The price is right in the range of the non approved composite only junk off trademe, so hopefully that will kill of the sales of that shyte.



• Freeview approved satellite receiver
• MPEG-1/2 DVB-S Compliant
• MHEG-5 Interactive Software
• Supports the Freeview 8 day EPG (Electronic Programme Guide)
• Quick setup using automatic LNB search and automatic Freeview installation
• Will automatically update new channels when they are available
• Follows Freeview channel numbering
• Component Output, Composite Output, Coaxial Digital Audio, RF Output
• Allows adding of channels from other satellites
• Blind scan option for searching satellites
• Last channel memory
• Supports both Freeview EPG and DVB-EIT EPG
• Subtitles
• Teletext
• Component Output, Composite Output, Coaxial Digital Audio, RF Output



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  Reply # 481788 16-Jun-2011 11:27 Send private message

Yeah, but is that on a useless scart plug or RCA's or what?





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  Reply # 481791 16-Jun-2011 11:29 Send private message

richms: Yeah, but is that on a useless scart plug or RCA's or what?



RCA's I think.

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  Reply # 481793 16-Jun-2011 11:31 Send private message

ajw:
richms: Yeah, but is that on a useless scart plug or RCA's or what?



RCA's I think.


Cool, Just hope they include the cable. At least the warehouse dont pressure you into buying overpriced cables like harvey normans. I recall getting a $45 DVD player there for mum and being told that their cheapest component cable was like $60 or something. Errr, no thanks.




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  Reply # 481799 16-Jun-2011 11:59 Send private message

The price is right.
Keep the receipt.

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  Reply # 481816 16-Jun-2011 12:43 Send private message

richms: Cool, Just hope they include the cable. At least the warehouse dont pressure you into buying overpriced cables like harvey normans. I recall getting a $45 DVD player there for mum and being told that their cheapest component cable was like $60 or something. Errr, no thanks.

You would've loved the exchange I had at Noel Leeming where the salesman was adamant that I need a $70 HDMI cable because I'm connecting an Xbox, and that the one that actually came with the Xbox would not work. It's still working to this day, of course.

My Blu-ray player included composite cables (only). Even after connecting HDMI it proceeded to default to 480i output over HDMI. Fantastic.

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  Reply # 481829 16-Jun-2011 13:02 Send private message

It is a re-branded DTVS receiver.

They are a very good unit (the only Freeview satellite receiver I stock)
They are the most reliable I have found and also have component out (via RCA's) as well as an extra pair of RCA audio out for the component.

Composite (yellow) and audio out #1 to connect to a recorder (DVD/HDD or VHS)
Component (green, blue, red) and audio out #2 to connect to the TV

It can tune any other DVB-S channels you want, with full 22k and Diseqc settings.

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  Reply # 481886 16-Jun-2011 14:40 Send private message

illicit: It is a re-branded DTVS receiver.

They are a very good unit (the only Freeview satellite receiver I stock)
They are the most reliable I have found and also have component out (via RCA's) as well as an extra pair of RCA audio out for the component.

Composite (yellow) and audio out #1 to connect to a recorder (DVD/HDD or VHS)
Component (green, blue, red) and audio out #2 to connect to the TV

It can tune any other DVB-S channels you want, with full 22k and Diseqc settings.


After talking to staff at my local warehouse they are saying that they will soon have stock of upscaling satellite decoders brand unknown at this stage.

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  Reply # 481889 16-Jun-2011 14:46 Send private message

ajw:
After talking to staff at my local warehouse they are saying that they will soon have stock of upscaling satellite decoders brand unknown at this stage.


If you feed your TV a signal at a lower resolution than it is natively, the TV itself will 'upscale' this to fit the screen.  My experience with cheap units that upscale is that it simply introduces a bunch of artefacts in the aim of making it look sharper.  Most TV's will allow you to tweak the look of a particular input and this can lead to better results.

That unit is a good one and the price is very good as well.  If it were me I'd buy it now.

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  Reply # 481897 16-Jun-2011 15:08 Send private message

Jaxson:
ajw:
After talking to staff at my local warehouse they are saying that they will soon have stock of upscaling satellite decoders brand unknown at this stage.


If you feed your TV a signal at a lower resolution than it is natively, the TV itself will 'upscale' this to fit the screen.  My experience with cheap units that upscale is that it simply introduces a bunch of artefacts in the aim of making it look sharper.  Most TV's will allow you to tweak the look of a particular input and this can lead to better results.

That unit is a good one and the price is very good as well.  If it were me I'd buy it now.


Sorry am not a techie but isn't freeview satellite transmitted in widescreen. I have a upscaling DVD player fed through a HDMI cable to the TV am impressed with the picture I get.

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  Reply # 481899 16-Jun-2011 15:11 Send private message

Upscaling is the process of "guesstimating" a conversion from standard definition to HD. It has nothing to do with whether it's widescreen or not (although the majority of the channels - possibly all - are indeed widescreen).

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