Product Type: Humax set top boxes
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Humax FoxSat FreeSat HD Set Top Box
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Humax FoxSat FreeSat HD Set Top Box
Advantages: Easy to install, great image quality, a lot of choice in terms of channels available
Disadvantages: Slightly yesteryear in appearance
For £130 this is an incredibly versatile and reliable model. I found it to be a touch yesteryear in appearance, but it delivers so much in terms of quality and quantity that its physical inadequacies can be easily overlooked.
The FoxSat FreeSat box is ideal for HD TVs. With dimensions of 280 x 45 x 200mm it is discreet enough to conceal around your television set, too. The box has facilities for HDMI, video RCA, scart (x2), Ethernet and USB. Video output is 1080i, 720p, 576p or 576i.
If you already own a satellite dish there is no need to invest in additional HD installation. Installation is very simple, and the instruction manual is good in that it provides detailed but not overly technical instruction on connecting the box up to your television. If you struggle with the names of various ports and cables, as I did to begin with, you may require some additional support however. Basically though, installation extends to hooking the Sky input to the back of the FoxSat box, joining the box to your television set via the HDMI cable and activating the power. The HDMI lead is included in the package, so there is no need to purchase one separately.
The box will receive around 140 channels, depending on your postcode and the strength of signal. My own box was able to receive a couple of channels to begin with, some of which later disappeared, but the major channels are all present and correct and delivered in superb image quality. For the price this level of visual excellence exceeded my expectations, with its crisp lines and sharp colours.
Set up is reasonably straightforward, and includes many prompts to guide the user through the process. I was pleased to discover that there was no lag in moving from one instruction to the next. The service was very efficient in this respect, although if you do experience problems once again the user manual is very helpful. It suggests solutions to a variety of difficulties over a number of pages, and includes useful telephone numbers so you may speak with someone directly if your problem continues.
During the installation process it takes around five minutes for the FoxSat to pick up available television and radio channels. It is capable of receiving channels between 950MHz and 2050MHz, and as well as tuning being automatic, it may also be achieved manually. I have not tried this, as I found the sheer choice of channels available to be overwhelming and thus had no cause to go off in search of others.
The box is equipped with a variety of other features, including games, an alarm clock, teletext services, audio description and one touch subtitle facilities. Navigating through channels and menus may be done via buttons on the box or via remote control. I always use the remote control for this, and find the layout and ease of use of said facility to be more than adequate. The box seems to be very sensitive to the remote control sensor, so there is no need to fire the signal directly into the sensor's line to achieve communication.
This is a fantastic product for the price, and it is so simple to install that you will hardly need to consult the manual at all. You can be using the box within about fifteen minutes of removing it from the packaging, and I have no hesitation in recommending it for its image and sound quality either.
Summary: Ideal for telly addicts and those on a budget
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