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Wannabe Geek

# 45882 4-Nov-2009 14:06
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My flatmate has just purchased a sony 46" lcd (KDL 46V5500)with freeview built in.
Now here are they dumb questions ( i think i know the answer but im not 100% sure)

1. He wont be able to get freeview by just using bunny ears will he? I have tried tuning freeview via the digital tv menu in the TV and its saying there is 0% reception.
2. There is an aerial on the roof of our place, im assuming its UHF. So if we hook it up via that then we should be able to get the freeview hd signal right?

is there anything im missing or need to know? The PS3 arrives tomorrow :)

oh btw, im in chch in a freeview HD area (checked that on the website)

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  # 270012 4-Nov-2009 14:13
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Depending on where you are in CHCH rabbit ears might work.
If you have a UHF aerial on the roof - shoudl work without problem if you are in CHCH metro area.

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  # 270034 4-Nov-2009 14:52
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What does the aerial look like? If it is smaller with short arms, and has a 'cage' at the end, then it is likely to be UHF. And should be ok. Just make sure its pointing the same direction as the neighbours.

If has long arms, almost aslong as the piece holding each arm, it is VHF.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 270037 4-Nov-2009 15:05
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the aerial is long with prongs, like a centipede :)
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  # 270079 4-Nov-2009 16:38
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that looks like a VHF aerial

VHF aerial

UHF aerial

note the UHF elements are much shorter and stubbier. While the VHF aerial had wider elements.

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  # 270113 4-Nov-2009 18:13
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rabits ears are vhf, you need a uhf loop on it to get freeview. Check out the $1,2,3 dollar shop for one with the loop and just cut off the rabbits ear parts since they are irelevent for freeview.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 270183 5-Nov-2009 01:50
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For what my experience is worth, digital TV is different from analogue TV in that you either get a perfect signal or you get nothing, whereas with analogue it just gets fuzzy if the reception is bad. But if you are not getting a signal it's usually due to the direction your aerial is pointing. I've got very cheap rabbit ears and they work fine, but it takes some time to work out the best angle and direction to get the signal consistently. It seems less forgiving than the analogue signal, but once you get it right it is worth it.

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  # 270312 5-Nov-2009 12:38
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ok. we will try a cheap set of looped rabbbit ears and see how it goes :)


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Wannabe Geek

  # 271810 10-Nov-2009 20:16
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heh, the rabbit ears sorted it out!

100% reception, god it looks awesome

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  # 273257 15-Nov-2009 16:30
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My friend is looking @ this TV, does it support 1:1 pixel mapping over HDMI
Does it display 1920x1080@50hz and 1920x1080@60hz
I understand it doesn't support 1920x1080@24hz, but it does support 1920x1080@48hz, is this correct?

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  # 273280 15-Nov-2009 18:28
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kiwijunglist: My friend is looking @ this TV, does it support 1:1 pixel mapping over HDMI
Does it display 1920x1080@50hz and 1920x1080@60hz
I understand it doesn't support 1920x1080@24hz, but it does support 1920x1080@48hz, is this correct?

Sony - KDL 46V5500 Manual

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  # 273281 15-Nov-2009 18:37
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thanks, had a look @ that earlier, it seems ambigous because
It states that it only takes 1920x1080 @ 60hz
Yet in a different part it states it takes 1920p24 (1920x1080 @ 24hz)
And yet on the website it states it does 24p @ 48hz
No mention of 50hz anywhere in the manual, yet in NZ we use PAL!

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