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  #341494 14-Jun-2010 12:51
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Samsung hd-ready LCD from around 3 years ago, buttons too low so the kids keep changing channels on me. Yamaha AV Receiver with Wharfedale speakers. Modded 1st gen. XBOX which is networked to a QNAP NAS which holds all our music, movies, photos etc. MySky HDi, although I've recently downgraded to free-to-air only as I was only using the sky channels to watch sport and it's all on free-to-air now anyway. I'll turn it back on during cricket season. There's a DVD recorder there somewhere but I don't use it. All tied together with a harmony remote to keep the wife happy.

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  #341498 14-Jun-2010 13:00
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Nice comp Supreme Bean!!!  The MagicTV would be a welcome addition for comparison to the Tivo :-)

Sony HR36 CRT, original Xbox, Tivo

Samsung 32 R8 LCD, HTPC, Draco HD5500


-PS- GO FREEVIEW!!! It's been a very happy 3 years...


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  #341506 14-Jun-2010 13:26
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My 42inch Hyundai plasma is a little dated, but the picture is excellent. I don't have Freeview, so if i could win this i would be pretty happy!

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  #341520 14-Jun-2010 14:08
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Embarassed VHS player

Yes I still have one to record TV to. We just do not record programmes anymore and I would so love to be able to record again without having to track down an empty tape. I read you can even tape a programme and watch another at the same time. That would be just the ticket for Shortland Street and The Crowd goes Wild. Of course it is the one on Prime I watchWink

Also the VHS player just does not look right against the Panasonic 50G10 Plasma, Denon 3806 Receiver, Mission speakers and a Wii.

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  #341541 14-Jun-2010 14:46
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it'd be awesome! i have rubbish TV reception but the one time I borrowed a freeview STB it was brilliant! I've got a 40" sony TV and a WDTV live and an xbox 360, fine for me but the wife complains!

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  #341546 14-Jun-2010 15:01
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-Multi-room MediaPortal Freeview HD setup.
-Samsung LA40B650 with built-in Freeview HD.

I really don't need this.

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  #341561 14-Jun-2010 15:37
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Well I only have a two year old Sony 37'' 1080i HD TV + one of the early Zinwell Freeview HD tuners + standard DVD player. No stereo, no home theatre, no media centre, no Apple TV...:-(

My wife gave me a max size that the TV could occupy in our lounge and 40" was too big. Luckily I found one of the last 37" screens around.

I am still blown away by how good a top HD picture can look and it was fun telling my Sky owning friends about all the free to air TV shows in HD that they couldn't get through Sky - not sure if that is fixed now on Sky.

Due to the excellent content on Maori, C4, TVNZ 6 & 7 and Prime, and with the Football World Cup on FTA, I just haven't felt the need for Sky.

But the one thing I'd love is to be able to record stuff I miss - so the HD Magic would be just the ticket thanks very much. Plus my Zinwell is looking a bit crappy sitting on the floor on top of the DVD player.



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  #341563 14-Jun-2010 15:41
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Whoah, the magic looks NICE!.

I have a very very old 34' crt Sony, but I loves it, with a WDTVlive, which is a magnificent little machine. Soundwise we have a rag-tag collective made up of a a simple sony receiver/amp, a couple of Wharfdale monitors for the centre, the stand alone tv speakers at front and a pair of mighty B+W P6's at the rear (particularly nice when using the WDTV to play music). rounded off with a Panasonic harddrive/dvd, which does the job...but really doesn't get used as much as I would like as the interface is rather poor.

Whilst an upgrade TV/recorder is definately overdue the one thing I really wish I had is...freeview!.




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  #341582 14-Jun-2010 16:25
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We have a rather outdated "Home Theatre" system which would really benefit from this addition. We do have an early freeview receiver but have found it to be a pain with constant "poweer resets" required to bring back to life.

What a wonderful thing it would be to have the ability to record the odd programme as well.

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  #341583 14-Jun-2010 16:25
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Would go well with the Panasonic 42". definately an upgrade from the Kaon Satelite receiver currently being used. Have definately been wanting a Magic box to replace the old Sony DVD recorder.

Heres hoping.


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#341594 14-Jun-2010 17:02
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Our family has a hand-me-down 26" CRT. It recently replaced our 12 year old 21" CRT. We added a UHF aerial for Prime, but reception is terrible. Sound is via a 12 yr old mini-stereo with 2 bookshelf speakers.

A 2nd hand Sony DVR is our token member of the 21st century!

Keep up the excellent competitions.

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  #341646 14-Jun-2010 18:37
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Well as I build PVRs its always interesting to get an up close and personal view of the competition.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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  #341652 14-Jun-2010 18:52
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Phwoar, one of these would be stellar, can't believe i didn't see this thread until now. I have only recently moved from an NTSC TV i got given by some friends so a nice tuner box would be the cherry on the top for sure. 

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  #341661 14-Jun-2010 19:15
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It would be awesome to add this to my 42" Plasma in my room. I was using a Xbox to stream content from my NAS except it decided to red ring. I thought about using a old computer I had laying around but it wouldn't do HD Content. It also can get annoying having to go into the lounge and book up shows on MySky only to have a flatmate delete it the next day before you have watched it.

Ah well, my 2c.

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  #341686 14-Jun-2010 20:30
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Thanks for a chance at this great prize.
 We have a Panasonic 42" plasma, Pioneer vsx-515 receiver with Wharfedale speakers, Sony hdmi dvd player, Mysky hdi and playstation 2 in the lounge. Also have the computer at other end of lounge connected up to stream music,video etc.

In the bedroom we have an old Sony 25" crt, Pioneer dv-676a and a Sony vcr connected to another computer, which has a Hauppauge hvr-4000 tv tuner for freeview through Mediaportal.

Thanks again

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