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Master Geek
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Topic # 89344 31-Aug-2011 13:06
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Hi there,

just wondering if anyone has had experience with either of these twin output LNB's and if the reception they got with SBS was decent?

I currently have a standard SKY lnb being used by my HTPC and I'm looking at changing to a dual output so I can use freeview and the SBS/australian channels at the same time.

The ESX522 is cheaper and performance stats seem similiar on paper, but I'm looking for real world reports.


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Master Geek
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  Reply # 516317 4-Sep-2011 06:53
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Specs are the same, and I imagine that under the covers they are identical.

The ESX 522 performs extremely well from my own experience.

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  Reply # 516406 4-Sep-2011 12:15
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Receiving SBS isn't much of a challenge, but if it were, the remedy would be a larger dish rather than a better LNB.


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  Reply # 516499 4-Sep-2011 17:04
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I have an ESX522 and 2 older DMX522U (no longer made) from kiwisat (thanks again!). Both models perform well for me. There used to be a DMX522U lookalike in the Zenus range from Freeviewshop too. Note on the WSI DMX522U page here they say "private label available" - I'd almost put money on "Zenus" being a private label. The time that Freeviewshop stopped selling their DMX522U lookalike coincides roughly with the time when the DMX522U was discontinued by WSI.

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  Reply # 517613 6-Sep-2011 16:24
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Thanks for your help guys. Have gone with the ESX 522. My old LNB was okay, I just hated not being able to record the Australian channels while watching NZ ones.

Now I just have to run the new cable, not much fun when you get vertigo!

Hopefully they won't cancel the SBS and DVB-S2 channels anytime soon.

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  Reply # 517684 6-Sep-2011 18:01
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i don't *know* anything, but I thinks and really hope that SBS will be around for a while; the Ch9 services using DVB-S2 are more likely to disappear (there's a theory that they are temporary only to cover for loss of a cable in the floods), but I won't miss them much on account of the heavy advertising.  It takes a long time to edit the files to makes them watchable.

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