Akura Freeview HD Box - £18.00 inc vat at Makro - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
517Expired

Akura Freeview HD Box - £18.00 inc vat at Makro

alexsim2007 Avatar
5y, 6m agoFound 5 years, 6 months ago
Good price for a Freeview HD Box and looks like a Vestel clone.

Akura AVX665 Freeview HD Box

* Electronic programme guide
* Full digital Teletext
* HDMI cable included
* Scart sockets: 2

More details
Category Receiver
Table / Portable Table
Reception Standard Digital
DVB-C No
DVB-T2 DVB-T2 (MPEG4)
DVB-S No
Analogue Satellite Receiver No
Number of Receivers 1
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
HDTV Yes
Show View No
Built-In Modem No
1080p Upscaling Yes
Number of Card Reader Slots 0
Number of Common Interface (CI) Slots 0
HDMI Yes
Ethernet Yes
W-LAN Connection No
USB Interface No
Free-to-Air Yes
Energy Saving Trust Feature No

I think the information about the Scart sockets is wrong, If it is a Vestel clone then it probably only has 1 Scart socket.

I have the Digihome version of this box (another Vestel clone, and looks identical), and can confirm that it definitely receives the DVB-T2 Freeview HD channels (BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD, and outputs at 1080p via HDMI)

More information available on Freeview HD here: http://www.aerialsandtv.com/digitaltv.html#HDTV

and in terms of particular transmitters: http://www.aerialsandtv.com/nationwidetransmitters.html
Deal Tags:
More From makro:
×
Get the Hottest Deals Daily
Stay informed. Once a day, we'll send you the deals our members voted as the best.
Failed
alexsim2007 Avatar
5y, 6m agoFound 5 years, 6 months ago
Options

All Comments

(73) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
Page:
#1
Awesome price, just wish I had a Makro card :(

I bet stock is extremely limited, and this is just a ploy to get more feet through the doors this month.

Edited By: TehJumpingJawa on Jun 05, 2011 01:36
#2
this cant be afreeview HD at this price can it ?
#3
Well the AVX665 is Freeview HD capable according to the manufacturer's specs.

Makro might have made a balls up..... or as I just said, it might be an intentional loss leader.
Makro are reknowned for using such tactics.
#4
Does anyone know if it's worth joining Makro?
I keep seeing all these good deals for them, but wondering whether to bother driving to leeds to get a card.
#5
If its true i might get my brother to hit me up with one, id need confirmation i dont want to waste anyones time really.
#6
None in Cardiff today but loads of the 23" Freeview LCD TV's with built-in DVD player for £99.99 & VAT. Also had a low number of electric tradmills for £100 & VAT
#7
hyenadog
this cant be afreeview HD at this price can it ?

Yep, prices are falling everywhere, down to £30 in Tesco so £18 in a wholesalers is totally believable.

I think they overestimated demand for these boxes, when faced with the choice of Freeview HD or an standard def PVR at a similar price point most people would much rather forgo the pretty visuals for the convenience of being able to record.
#8
Rubisco
Yep, prices are falling everywhere, down to £30 in Tesco so £18 in a wholesalers is totally believable.

That Macro selling at wholesale prices exists in your mind only :)

I used to work in Macro and similar "wholesalers". Our prices were always higher than in places like Best Buy.

They do have the odd good offers occationally, tho just like other supermarkets such as Lidl. Limited stock to get you in the store.


Edited By: pet2000 on Jun 05, 2011 07:08
#9
Yeah.. supermarkets are generally cheaper!
costco is cheaper than them too!
1 Like #10
hyenadog
this cant be afreeview HD at this price can it ?


PROBABLY NOT! The specification says it has one receiver : DVB-T. To pick up HD in the UK you need a DVB-T2 receiver. The specification does say yes against HD but that may just mean that it has the H.264 codec which is used for HD in some countries but not the UK. The relevant part of the spec is quoted below.

"Reception Standard Digital
DVB-C No
DVB-T DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-S No
Analogue Satellite Receiver No
Number of Receivers 1
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
HDTV Yes"

Unless you can obtain confirmation that it has a DVB-T2 receiver assume that it will only handle ordinary Freeview in the UK.
#11
samwsmith1
Does anyone know if it's worth joining Makro?
I keep seeing all these good deals for them, but wondering whether to bother driving to leeds to get a card.

Probably not - Sure they have 'bargains' occassionally (usually I've found on products you've not heard of) but, as others have pointed out, supermarkets are generally cheaper - see pet2000's posting
#12
Used to have a card but stopped going due to the prices were more expensive than loads of other places, stuff looks cheaper till you add 20% then its dearer than other retailers. I am surprised it is still going actually , never many in when i used to go.
1 Like #13
shame i voted b4 reading the spec - it's definitely not a FREEVIEW HD box...most probably just upscales or something similar. No DVB-T2 in description then it's a no-no :) on freeview hd

Edited By: scudstrike on Jun 05, 2011 08:52
#14
sounds like a bit of a con to me. Makro need to sort it out
#15
And maybe put a warning in title/ description.
4 Likes #17
manufacturers spec does suggest full hd

Free To View HD Digital TV
780p / 1080i / 1080p resolutions

and it carries the freeviewhd logo which must meet the gov specs

http://akura.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/AVX665_4c176f53b04ba.jpg



Edited By: mrwhitelabel on Jun 05, 2011 11:47: spelling correction
suspended#18
It has a freeview HD logo and the manufacturer url shows Freeview HD support so looks like an awesome deal.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Jun 05, 2011 13:31: .
1 Like #19
I have the Digihome version of this box (another Vestel clone, and looks identical), and can confirm that it definitely receives the Freeview HD channels (BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD, and outputs at 1080p via HDMI)

Edited By: alexsim2007 on Jun 05, 2011 10:42
1 Like #20
pet2000
Rubisco
Yep, prices are falling everywhere, down to £30 in Tesco so £18 in a wholesalers is totally believable.

That Macro selling at wholesale prices exists in your mind only :)

I used to work in Macro and similar "wholesalers". Our prices were always higher than in places like Best Buy.

They do have the odd good offers occationally, tho just like other supermarkets such as Lidl. Limited stock to get you in the store.



Macro? Surely you mean Makro? You sure you used to work there? :p

I totally agree with the price comment. Beer and soft drinks can almost always be found cheaper at most supermarkets.
#21
ok, maybe asking too much! does this have a usb socket?
#22
mmmmh I am sick of waiting for HD PVRs to come down in price, might buy this!
1 Like #23
CannyJack
hyenadog
this cant be afreeview HD at this price can it ?

PROBABLY NOT! The specification says it has one receiver : DVB-T. To pick up HD in the UK you need a DVB-T2 receiver. The specification does say yes against HD but that may just mean that it has the H.264 codec which is used for HD in some countries but not the UK. The relevant part of the spec is quoted below.

"Reception Standard Digital
DVB-C No
DVB-T DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-S No
Analogue Satellite Receiver No
Number of Receivers 1
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
HDTV Yes"

Unless you can obtain confirmation that it has a DVB-T2 receiver assume that it will only handle ordinary Freeview in the UK.

It's Freeview HD it has the the logo , Your Wrong the BBC use the H264 codec wrapped in the MHEG DVB-T standard Stop spreading misinformation
1 Like #24
I can confirm that this recieves full HD. I bought it and installed it yesterday, connecting it to my HD AV Reciever. Nearly all programs on all channels are being transmitted in Surround Sound, which I can now enjoy. Adverts are amazing. I watched Lord of The Rings via this box last night and was blown away. The quality was better than a blu ray (probably isn't but seemed it to me). HD at 1080P for HD channels, but also surround sound for most programs, all for only £18.00! The best £18 I ever spent on technology!
#25
NathersNemesis
I can confirm that this recieves full HD. I bought it and installed it yesterday, connecting it to my HD AV Reciever. Nearly all programs on all channels are being transmitted in Surround Sound, which I can now enjoy. Adverts are amazing. I watched Lord of The Rings via this box last night and was blown away. The quality was better than a blu ray (probably isn't but seemed it to me). HD at 1080P for HD channels, but also surround sound for most programs, all for only £18.00! The best £18 I ever spent on technology!


What's the interface like? responsive, or laggy?
How well does it upscale SD channels?

If I had a Makro card i'd be all over this deal :(
#26
NathersNemesis
I can confirm that this recieves full HD. HD at 1080P for HD channels, but also surround sound for most programs, all for only £18.00! The best £18 I ever spent on technology!



but freeview hd doesnt broadcast in 1080p does it... thought it was max 1080i upscaled? even sky hd is only 720p ? so by selecting 1080p the box must be upscaling to 1080i too rather than pure 1080p (like bluerays etc)
selecting 1080i may give better pictures for non hd programs if it has it, ( given only 3 hd channels at present on freeview)
#27
i have voted cold cos i bought one of these back a few month ago from tesco i paid £30 but i was very disappointed when i got back home and set it up cos the olny channels i got was the normal one when i made a phone call to tesco help line the guy told me i had to have at least ABOVE %90 of signal then i might get the HD channels so i took it back ang got my money back :) so this is cold for me as long as you have a TV built in freeview otherwise it might be use as a normal freeview box but NoT HD sorry mate
#28
Hopefully this deal will put other boxes to be reduced in price.

For all out there though, I advise getting a freeview sd/hd box with a built-in signal booster. Had it on my old goodmans sd upscaler box, and can tell the difference in signal quality compared to this philips one that doesn't have one I had to buy as a replacement after that blew up!
#29
All, I'm no technophile, so I cannot confirm whether freeview is 1080P or is being upscaled, or anything such. I thought I had to have freesat to get HD at home, so when I picked up the box in Makro and read that it connects to the existing aerial system I just thought it was worth a punt. I was pleasantly surprised to find an HD cable inside, plugged it into the AV receiver and WOW! I don't know if it's 1080P or 1080i coming down the antenna, but it's a completely different user experience to watching TV before. I also no longer need to use Optical Out back to my AV-Reciever for sound anymore, as the signal from the Freeview HD box via HDMI carries the sound. BTW, the antenna cable passes through the box to the TV when the box is unplugged no problem. The interface is fine, but not fast. I don't 'think' it's updating SD channels, but the sound appears to be 5.1 on many channels, which again is new and great. So, no more techie questions please, as I'm a little challenged in AV terms, but what I can tell you is that the experience of watching/listening to TV becomes transformed if you have a receiver and speakers.
1 Like #30
Hardawan
i have voted cold cos i bought one of these back a few month ago from tesco i paid £30 but i was very disappointed when i got back home and set it up cos the olny channels i got was the normal one when i made a phone call to tesco help line the guy told me i had to have at least ABOVE %90 of signal then i might get the HD channels so i took it back ang got my money back :) so this is cold for me as long as you have a TV built in freeview otherwise it might be use as a normal freeview box but NoT HD sorry mate

So you're voting cold because your setup isn't capable of getting Freeview HD? If that's the case you're going to vote everything Freeview HD-related cold.
suspended#31
freeview hd is 1080i but its possible the govt will increase it to 1080p in the future as they are testing bbchd in 1080p on satellite at the moment, when more muxes are free after the digital switchover it is possible. All freeview hd boxes upscale 1080i to 1080p i believe, some allow you to output in 1080i so that your tv can deinterlace it as some tv's are better at this than the freeview hd boxes.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Jun 05, 2011 13:38
#32
Infinite Element
Hardawan
i have voted cold cos i bought one of these back a few month ago from tesco i paid £30 but i was very disappointed when i got back home and set it up cos the olny channels i got was the normal one when i made a phone call to tesco help line the guy told me i had to have at least ABOVE %90 of signal then i might get the HD channels so i took it back ang got my money back :) so this is cold for me as long as you have a TV built in freeview otherwise it might be use as a normal freeview box but NoT HD sorry mate

So you're voting cold because your setup isn't capable of getting Freeview HD? If that's the case you're going to vote everything Freeview HD-related cold.

no i voted cold cos this freeview you would have to have a very very high signal other wise you wont GET the HD channels
suspended#33
Hardawan
Infinite Element
Hardawan
i have voted cold cos i bought one of these back a few month ago from tesco i paid £30 but i was very disappointed when i got back home and set it up cos the olny channels i got was the normal one when i made a phone call to tesco help line the guy told me i had to have at least ABOVE %90 of signal then i might get the HD channels so i took it back ang got my money back :) so this is cold for me as long as you have a TV built in freeview otherwise it might be use as a normal freeview box but NoT HD sorry mate

So you're voting cold because your setup isn't capable of getting Freeview HD? If that's the case you're going to vote everything Freeview HD-related cold.

no i voted cold cos this freeview you would have to have a very very high signal other wise you wont GET the HD channels


That guy didn't know what he was talking about. Getting freeview hd depends on if your transmitter has been upgraded yet and the transmitters sometimes transmit the hd channels with lower power until the switchover is complete. Check your transmitter here: http://www.tvdigitalinfo.com/hd-map.html

I'd buy one of these if i was a makro member and there was a makro near me. £18 is £12 cheaper than the next cheapest freeview hd box.

Edited By: hajj_3 on Jun 05, 2011 13:42
#34
Picked up three today, won't get a chance to try out until later. Will check again here before I even open a box to see if it's confirmed as HD or not.

Edited By: psybear on Jun 05, 2011 13:44
suspended#35
psybear
Picked up three today, won't get a chance to try out until later. Will check again here before I even open a box to see if it's confirmed as HD or not.

send me 1!
#36
I only bought a couple extra for family members, but having just checked your link, it looks like I needn't bother even opening a single box - no Freeview HD in my area until 2012! Looks like I'll be heading back to Makro with them.
#37
psybear
Picked up three today, won't get a chance to try out until later. Will check again here before I even open a box to see if it's confirmed as HD or not.


It IS HD, of that I have no doubt, seems reading other comments that Freeview is transmitted in 1080i. I set the output of this box to 1080P, so I guess it upscales the 1080i signal coming through the antenna! Anyway, enough comments from me as I don't know much other then I plugged, and this box played.
#38
no i voted cold cos this freeview you would have to have a very very high signal other wise you wont GET the HD channels


Not quite correct - it depends on the transmitter that you are using - for the Pre-DSO transmitters only a few are transmitting the HD Mux on low power (Lichfield, Crystal Palace e.t.c.), for the Post DSO transmitters you should be able to receive the HD Mux easily (as mux PSB 3/BBC B) and it should be transmitting at full power.

More information available on Freeview HD here: http://www.aerialsandtv.com/digitaltv.html#HDTV

and in terms of particular transmitters: http://www.aerialsandtv.com/nationwidetransmitters.html

Also, yes I think most Freeview HD channels broadcast at 1440x1080 interlaced, but I believe this box also upscales the SD channels aswell.


Edited By: alexsim2007 on Jun 05, 2011 14:15: adding links
suspended#39
psybear
I only bought a couple extra for family members, but having just checked your link, it looks like I needn't bother even opening a single box - no Freeview HD in my area until 2012! Looks like I'll be heading back to Makro with them.


any chance you can send me 1?

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Top of Page
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!