Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




997 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 595


# 18891 28-Jan-2008 16:39
Send private message

Hi all.  I'm a new member, so I hope this is the correct area for my query.

I've just revamped my entertainment system with a new Sony home theatre receiver, and this encouraged me to purchase a Sony DVD recorder.  All of this gear goes extremely well, so now I'm looking at upgrading my satellite equipment.

The SKY guy will be here tomorrow to check out the decoder, but I think I need a Freeview unit also, as we can't get channels 2 and 3  here in Arrowtown on our regular aerial, and 1 isn't much better.

My question: I notice that the Freeview shop has a fairly large selection of  receivers; which one should I  buy?

The Hills HSM075 seems to get good raps, but there are other, cheaper units that may be just as good for all I know. Also, I notice that the Hills comes with a splitter, while other units seem to have an inbuilt looping system.

As I said, we have a SKY dish and reception is good, but I would like to be able to get 1,2,3 independently to allow more recording flexibility.

Advice would be appreciated.

Thanks :-)




Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


Create new topic
Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 107236 28-Jan-2008 19:24
Send private message

By all accounts the freeview certed decoders are all awful, and you should buy a topfield brand (I think there were a couple of other good brands mentioned here at some stage too).

People seem to be having all sorts of problems and restrictions with the certed boxes, but on the plus side, they get to pay extra for these issues...

Certed boxes: They may be problematic, but at least they're expensive...







6762 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 634

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 107278 28-Jan-2008 22:02
Send private message

I prefer Strong, however the Topfields are good too. The Strongs have good component video support and excellent firmware.

Cyril

 
 
 
 




997 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 595


  # 107293 28-Jan-2008 22:48
Send private message

Thanks Tony and Cyril for your comments.  At this stage, I don't have a lot of inputs to spare, so I'd probably bring the Freeview signal into my DVD Recorder via one of its spare s-video\ audio inputs. In which case I guess a SCART socket would help.

Re sharing the input from the SKY dish, I'd always understood that splitting an aerial input resulted in a slight degradation of signal.  Is this likely and is it significant?

I note that some STBs use an external splitter, while others rely on looping, with the signal coming from the dish to the STB and thence to the SKY decoder.

Are there any issues to be aware of here?

Thanks again :-)




Any fool can make money, but it takes a very special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


6762 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 634

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 107330 29-Jan-2008 07:00
Send private message

Splitting the signal is fine, there will be a reduction in signal level, however the STB has more than sufficient dynamic range to deal with a very large reduction. If your total dish to STB cable length is under 40-50meters (infact 2x that) then there is no issue.

The loop through that some STBs have is just a splitter that is housed within the tuner assembly of the STB, so whether you use an external one of the intergral one matters little.

Cyril

Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 107335 29-Jan-2008 08:05
Send private message

Thats the other brand i was trying to think of!!







6762 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 634

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 107339 29-Jan-2008 08:23
Send private message

Should point out that the differences between the cheaper and dearer Strong SRT465?X models is just what Conditional Access carding system they are supplied with. In your case you dont want any so the cheapest is all you need. All the Strongs use the same CPU board, they just vary by what CI card option is plugged onto that board.

Cyril

2740 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1246

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 107359 29-Jan-2008 11:42
Send private message

Plus you could always go for a Dreambox DM500 instead :)... which does Component and Composite, and is a tiny little box to boot.  I have detailed the ability to stream / record over the network since it has a Network port in there as well as well in various posts and on my blog as well... Plus the boxes cost around the same as the Strong / Topfield.  Connecting it up to a NAS disk (or going for a DM600) means you can record direct digital recordings off the satellite onto the disk for playback later, or record your DVD's and stream them over the network to the Dreambox... hours of fun :)....

However making changes to the configuration does require a certain level of technical skill with editing files, linux, ftp, telnet etc.

The image I have put on them lets you get the other FTA channels on Optus D1 that you can't get through Sky (TVNZ6/Imparja/NITV).... Plus it mostly works out of the box for you...

PM me if you are interested in one.





Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Dunedin selects Telensa to deliver smart street lighting for 15,000 LEDs
Posted 18-Jul-2019 10:21


Sprint announces a connected wallet card with built-in IoT support
Posted 18-Jul-2019 08:36


Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:57


Symantec introduces cloud access security solution
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:48


New Zealand government unveils new digital service to make business easier
Posted 16-Jul-2019 17:35


Scientists unveil image of quantum entanglement
Posted 13-Jul-2019 06:00


Hackers to be challenged at University of Waikato
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:34


OPPO Reno Z now available in New Zealand
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:28


Sony introduces WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation
Posted 8-Jul-2019 16:56


Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.