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Garglo
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#156753 13-Aug-2008 23:23
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I think I'll wait until I can get a HDD / Blue Ray rec /player.  Just like the cheap Video / DVD recorders on the market now. At least with these you can edit out the commercials and trim the top and tail of a recording.  With the ext HDD units you are talking about, all they do is record or time slip.

 
 
 

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BazNZ
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  #156769 14-Aug-2008 06:54
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I too have now received my eXtra Terrestrial receiver thanks to Jaxson here at Geekzone The unit was in a well presented box and packaged well. Upon opening it..I was surprised how much better/smaller the unit looked compared to photo's on the net. A nice shiny/sleek black unit(the photo's didn't do it justice). Inside came an Instruction manual(Hardly needed it), Component Cables(Digital HD) and RCA Cables (Analog) I too did not receive a HDMI cable with this unit. I did however have a spare here at home. Once all connected to my 50" Plasma, I powered it up and within a minute or so I was watching a HD braodcast on TVONE of the Olympics. OUTSTANDING Picture ! I couldn't believe the difference between TVONE through our digital sky decoder and the eXtra Terrestrial HD receiver. No comparison! I kept switching between the two set top boxes and was saying YUK ! everytime I viewed it through SkyTV. I just won't be able to watch Sky broadcasts anymore its just so badly compressed. I never realised how much Sky compress's their broadcasts with degraded picture quality. FREEVIEW HD coupled with this eXtra Terrestrial HD receiver is great value for money... with a higher quality picture/sound all round. Another thing I noticed is the eXtra Terrestrial runs very cool and I'm told consumes less power than say the Zinwell HD receiver. I was in a store yesterday and touched the later....Very Hot ! So...In short the eXtra Terrestrial HD receiver looks to be the best and cheapest HD Freeview set top box on the market. RECOMMEND.

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jasonbrice
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  #156859 14-Aug-2008 12:13
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Hi,

My ET just arrived from Jaxson. Thanks!

Alas, no HDMI cable. Will check it out and give you a run down on the comparison with a Zinwell/DSE unit and a new one the AV guys I use suggested, the Visione.

More info later.

JB



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  #156862 14-Aug-2008 12:22
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Just in case any of you guys would like one of these ET receivers, I have some more arriving today/tomorrow and I've been promised they'll come with HDMI cables. I'm sure I can do a good deal for you. PM me if interested.




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BazNZ
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  #156865 14-Aug-2008 12:38
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After a little more settling in time...I'll review the pro's and con's of the eXtra Terrestrial. At the moment I'm just spellbound at the High Definition picture quality from Freeview HD.Cool




 


Jaxson
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  #156874 14-Aug-2008 13:08
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Hey guys, glad your units have arrived.  I'm away for work this week so I can't test mine until Friday night.  I bought the DSE one earlier so I can now compare the two.  Reports from everyone I've supplied have been really positive so I'm feeling a bit better about sending these on before I'd checked them.  Yes apparently no hdmi in earlier shipments but can get these fairly cheap at a local computer shop etc.  Glad component leads included so you can at least make a start!

I've another order arriving soon due to demand so let me know if anyone is interested.  Courier seemed to get out to these guys pretty quick so all good.  For the price, can't go wrong here I feel, because $350+ for TV was still out of my range.

jasonbrice
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  #156875 14-Aug-2008 13:20
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Hey Jaxson,

Can you see if you can get the missing HDMI cables from your supplier, please. Unlike others, I don't have a spare one once I return my DSE unit.

JB



kiwitrc
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  #156876 14-Aug-2008 13:22
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I sold 15 boxes on the understanding that they had HDMI included, so am insisting on the cables being supplied.


Markisthebest
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  #156878 14-Aug-2008 13:26
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Hey man I bought one of the ET Recievors almost 2 weeks ago off that guy on trade me, recieved it yesterday morning looks good!

Came with a Hi-def cable so thats cool, sadly I ended up paying $300 for it =[

How much are you selling them for?

I don't have a uhf aerial however so have purchased one of there panel indoor ones, anyone know how it will work? It should be arriving late today/early tomorrow.

I live in Te Awamutu and I hope it works!

kiwitrc
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  #156881 14-Aug-2008 13:39
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Mark, $290 is the retail on these, so with freight you didnt get a bad deal. You should get it ok in Te Awamutu, you can check the coverage maps here

Markisthebest
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  #156938 14-Aug-2008 15:56
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Hey,

The Aerial arrived today,.. plugged it into the unit then connected the hdmi to my t.v and then also added a cable into the loop on the back of the t.v and connected to t.v.......

=[

Went into set up turned on power to provide power for the indoor antenna pressed ok to auto tune and......

Its not finding any signal! Have it right up on window sill as well (antenna) =[ Not very happy....

Anyway I can get around this?

kiwitrc
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  #156942 14-Aug-2008 16:02
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Markisthebest: Hey,

The Aerial arrived today,.. plugged it into the unit then connected the hdmi to my t.v and then also added a cable into the loop on the back of the t.v and connected to t.v.......

=[

Went into set up turned on power to provide power for the indoor antenna pressed ok to auto tune and......

Its not finding any signal! Have it right up on window sill as well (antenna) =[ Not very happy....

Anyway I can get around this?


I assume you dont have an external UHF antenna you can use? I cant really comment on the internal antennas as I have not used them before, I guess though it is directional, is it pointing towards the place where your signals are transmitted from?

Markisthebest
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  #156944 14-Aug-2008 16:05
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I'm not lol is the closest signal Hamilton? I was just pointing it to the window... could the signal pass through walls? I could face it towards hamilton... although i'm pretty sure its in the general direction

kiwitrc
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  #156950 14-Aug-2008 16:11
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Here is a list of the transmission sites as well as whether they are horizontal or vertical polarisation as this is also important.

Markisthebest
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  #156957 14-Aug-2008 16:24
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Hi

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/TVs/Other/auction-170023760.htm

thats the anteena I purchased, its a panel so I asumed you should just stand it up?

I heard that digital reception is much liek cell phone reception i cant understand why its not working =[

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