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# 38459 29-Jul-2009 18:14
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Hey,


I am looking to buy a cheap DVB-T device, and have found the eXtra Terrestrial DVB-T device that is being sold on Trade Me as the cheapest. I have seen a discussion here about the device, but I want to just get a good proper review, that can summarize it all.


So, is it good? What is the UI like? What is this pixelation issue I hear about (can you describe the issue) How sensitive is it? Will I need a good signal?


Thanks for your help.


Jordan

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  # 240318 29-Jul-2009 21:13
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Run away as fast as you can :S
Never owned one, this is based on the 83 odd page thread




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  # 240331 29-Jul-2009 21:43
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Yeah, well, thats why I wanted clarification from someone :P

That thread is fairly old, and lots of things could have changed since. I contacted the main guy selling them on Trade Me, and he says I can return it, and that there is no major problems, but I'm not sure. Most people were saying about optical audio out dropouts (well, I plan on just using audio through HDMI anyway), and occasional pixelation due to bad signal (still better that what my PC with DVB-T can achieve).

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  # 240534 30-Jul-2009 11:41
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It's pretty average, but my one "works". It's got problems, but maybe the money saving is worth it to you? As long as the seller is happy to return and refund if you find the problems too annoying for you. I doubt they will, but if he says he will... Buyer beware, anyway.

Audio through HDMI is mostly OK, but you won't get 5.1 on TV3.

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  # 240537 30-Jul-2009 11:53
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if you don't need hd over componant the warehouse is selling the sanyo freeviewhd box for $199. good price and if you have any issues at least you know the warehouse will sort it for you.

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  # 240601 30-Jul-2009 14:40
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I'm amazed that anyone who has read that thread would even contemplate purchasing the eXtra Terrestrial unit! Especially if it is from Pete...

There are other units out there for not much more dosh but with a good reputation - considering the numerous problems with the ET, why not stick with a product with a good rep?

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  # 240606 30-Jul-2009 14:51
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Wanna buy my bargepole to touch it with?



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  # 240636 30-Jul-2009 16:27
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Hmm. I'm interested in the Sanyo Freeview|HD box at the Warehouse, I can't seem to find it on their website.

Edit: Just found the offical Freeview|HD Sommet reciever for $199 at BondandBond. Peter was offering me $170 direct through him, but once I pay for shipping, the extra $10 or so dollars for one of the official boxes is worth it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 240655 30-Jul-2009 17:06
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check out www.sanyo.co.nz and their's some pics and a pdf of the manual. it doesn't seem to be on the warehouse website yet, however they do have it as i was having a play with it earlier this week at the warehouse in rangiora.
it has the same remote and the manual is word perfect for my draco hdtv5500, i'm guessing it's just the same box with a different face on it. if that's the case it's great value as my draco seems to have very stable software and no issues with pixilation.



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  # 240661 30-Jul-2009 17:11
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Sweet. Thanks. I'm so glad I didn't buy the eXtra Terrestrial unit. :P

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  # 241147 1-Aug-2009 09:24
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If you have an older HD panel without hdmi then it's worth looking at. It works ok for me. A tad quirky at times though.



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  # 241251 1-Aug-2009 17:50
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What do you mean? Doesn't it have HDMI?

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  # 241278 1-Aug-2009 19:20
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Of course it has HDMI - perhaps what he's saying is that, considering it outputs HD over component, it is appropriate for non-HDMI TVs?



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  # 241323 1-Aug-2009 21:45
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Oh right, okay. I didn't know component could do HD, interesting...

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  # 241348 1-Aug-2009 23:49
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i have an et box, the clock shifts all over the place, so the info bar is abit useless at times, but overall for a cheap box it does work, i dont have to many pic problems, and sounds seems to be fine ( most of time) if i watched live tv quite alot i would scrap this box and get a diff one, but for me it works fine.



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  # 241358 2-Aug-2009 06:54
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Hmm. Yeah, well, I'm going to go ahead and buy the Sanyo box, it is Freeview approved, and is not that much more pricy.

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