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Cicero
24-08-2009, 10:02 AM
Looking on Trade Me,they have box's of all kinds,are there ones we should avoid or what?

capricorn
24-08-2009, 10:42 AM
Get one that can blind scan so you can pick up any aussie channels if you are getting a digital satellite box.

Trev
24-08-2009, 10:48 AM
I won't recommend a Free View tuner but, I have a Zinwell ZMT-620HD one which I have had for 2 months or more and are more than happy with it. I think this model has since been superceded.
:)

R2x1
24-08-2009, 10:48 AM
The "Official" Freeview ones appear to be leading the contest for elevated prices by a wide margin. I got my own one from Trademe about 12 months ago, followed by a bunch for other people. One unit was faulty on installation, but the seller exchanged it instantly so no problems (except that they couldn't sell me a toaster).

Cicero
24-08-2009, 01:23 PM
Get one that can blind scan so you can pick up any Aussie channels if you are getting a digital satellite box.

I will have terrestrial.!

davidmmac
24-08-2009, 05:34 PM
I will have terrestrial.!

In that case you'll need one with a built in h.264 decoder, which will elevate the price a bit :(.

Here are two I found on TM:

1 (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/TVs/Satellite-receivers/auction-236782929.htm) 2 (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/TVs/Satellite-receivers/auction-237910842.htm).

There is also a list of official receivers here (http://www.freeviewnz.tv/products/listing/hd) :thumbs:.

Trev
24-08-2009, 06:14 PM
The Zinwell ZMT-620HD is a Freeview approved tuner which means it has been tested by http://www.freeviewnz.tv/products/listing/hd
:)

Cicero
24-08-2009, 07:07 PM
Thanks lads,seems 200 is the min for a decent unit.

radium
24-08-2009, 07:34 PM
Topfeild good brand, recommended by the local freeview installers as a great box

Chilling_Silence
24-08-2009, 07:35 PM
Go here and check out the Vantage boxes:
http://www.dtvs.co.nz/

I just got myself a Vantage HD 6000T/NZ for $250 (Did a split with a friend, they have a deal: 2 for $500!) and I'm stoaked.

It's nice hardware, records video to the external HDD, but the only downside is the EPG only shows the name for the next show, even though it has the time-slots for the next few days...

Great so my other half can watch Home & Away / Shortland Street at her leisure :)

Full HD looks *so* much nicer, and even though we previously had shoddy as reception here (TV2 / 3 were horrible, snowy, 4-5 shadows..) it's absolutely perfect now with that box!

Cicero
24-08-2009, 10:13 PM
The Freeview with 500gig h/d sounds good,but I have two HD recorders,so what I would like is the last word in freeview box for as little as possible and that sounds to be circa $200.

Speedy Gonzales
24-08-2009, 11:03 PM
Or get a USB tuner, if your PC is fast enough. Then it'll be under $100

Cicero
24-08-2009, 11:19 PM
Or get a USB tuner, if your PC is fast enough. Then it'll be under $100

I am prepared to pay for all the auto facilties etc,just looking for a bargain,which I think we all like!

Speedy Gonzales
24-08-2009, 11:23 PM
Auto facilities like what

Cicero
24-08-2009, 11:31 PM
I am only quoting,they talk of auto tuning.

Once I get one I will tell you all faults and good points,it would be nice to pre-empt some of the problems.