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Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR Richer Sounds £249.95 @ RicherSounds (VIP MEMBER) or £259.95 or £285.90 with 5 YR Warranty
Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR Richer Sounds £249.95 @ RicherSounds (VIP MEMBER) or £259.95 or £285.90 with 5 YR Warranty

Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR Richer Sounds £249.95 @ RicherSounds (VIP MEMBER) or £259.95 or £285.90 with 5 YR Warranty

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If you dont want a Sky Contract this is the one to get for Freesat.
Not a bad price for this beauty even if you are not a VIP Member
NOTE: VIPmember price avaibale to email subscribers.

EDIT: Looks like its available online and in store now.

Taking freesat technology one step further, freesat+ gives you the ability to record digital channels on the massive 320GB hard disc drive. Furthermore, this HDD system also lets you pause and rewind live TV! It doesn't stop there, either. Twin TV tuners mean that you can record 2 channels at the same time or watch one program whilst recording another.

As ever, freesat gives you access to over 140 digital TV and radio channels with the option of HD (High Definition) viewing.

To make the most of this latest innovation, the Humax Foxsat-HDR makes the ideal choice. As the name suggests, the Foxsat-HDR is able to receive HD TV channels and services and will therefore make the most of HD Ready TVs. With up to 5 times the picture detail, HD TV images offer stunning realism, whatever the genre.

As you'd expect from one of the leading manufacturers of set-top boxes, the Humax freesat HDR has a very high spec. The HDMI output resolves up to 1080i, whilst there's a SCART for those without an HDMI-equipped TV. An optical digital output allows you to connect the set-top box to a home cinema system and get digital sound quality to match the picture. With automatic software upgrades, a full colour on-screen programme guide and Ethernet support, the Foxsat-HDR is easy to use and comprehensively equipped for the future.

For the complete freesat experience, the Humax Foxsat-HDR makes a compelling choice.

freesat and the freesat logo are the registered trade marks of Freesat (UK) Ltd

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great price, also they will beat anybodys price even internet price

Only in store =(

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chris90;5008161

Only in store =(



A bit of a pain that, although I have 2 stores within 30 or so miles of me. Maybe it might be online in future.

The 5 year warranty deal makes it very attractive (unless you intend to void your warranty by putting a 1T Hard drive in) :thumbsup:

You can get 2yrs warranty for free if you call John Lewis and aks them to price match the offer..

Any potential purchasers should be aware of the numerous reports of very soft PQ with SD broadcasts which it would appear Humax are unable to solve :roll:

I actually posted a similar deal quite recently [and ordered myself] hotukdeals.com/ite…er/ only to back out and cancel the order.

That one being with Homebase [read Argos] was excluded from the moneyback guarantee, so it it wasn't right, then...tough! :x

I would only go ahead on the understanding you could get your money back if required. I understand that Humax are working on a new model to try and 'get it right' this time....

My refund was only processed yesterday :whistling:

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I have had the Humax since December and read reports of soft PQ on SD. Some people say using an RGB scart is better than the HDMI connector for Sd (not HD).

I can't say I have had any issues with SD Picture quality and the HD quality is breathtaking. I have mine connected to a Panasonic LZD85 and have adjusted the settings for both SD and HD and am more than pleased, especially when compared to my old Sony DVD PVR where the PQ on SD is poor.

What does PQ on SD mean ?

yorkypikey;5010375

What does PQ on SD mean ?


Penny just dropped..is it Picture Quality ?
But what is soft PQ ? is it just poor quality PQ.

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Some people report a softer, not so sharp, Picture Quality (PQ) on SD . It is beleived the possible cause is made up of many factors. Some of this is down to transmission differences between Freesat, Freeview and even individual channels, the make of TV you own and it's settings as well as the Humax itself. It all gets very technical ( see below...) if you read the AV & Digital Spy forums but I wouldn't let it put you off as I dont find it an issue at all.

...." try "v-format" button on the remote and select "original" see if thats any better it is here ......

...I think that fixes my SD quality problem. Having just got my foxsat up on running I have found that the SD picture on my Samsung Series 6 built in freeview tuner is definitely sharper than that from the HDMI output on the foxsat. The foxsat image is very soft for SD. Could be in part down to inferior signal (I found a thread somewhere suggesting ITV1 transmits at 544 x 576 on freesat and 704 x 576 on freeview for example).

However, I suspect the foxsat isn't great at upscaling compared to my native TV. If I press V-Format until I force the foxsat output down to 576p to match the transmission, then I assume my TV picks up the job of upscaling... "

Not that ONLY way to get free sat that is false.

I got myself a DVB-S card recently for my PC it was only £25 for that I can get free sat on that.

A good price, and very tempting, but I'm going to wait until Topfield bring out such a box.

psd99;5089405

Not that ONLY way to get free sat that is false.I got myself a DVB-S card … Not that ONLY way to get free sat that is false.I got myself a DVB-S card recently for my PC it was only £25 for that I can get free sat on that.



You're not comparing apple with apple here. Your card requires a PC, this receiver doesn't :-)

Also, your card is SD while this is HD, has two tuners (so you can record a channel and watch another),...etc etc.

Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's 1080i!!! - I was always under the impression it's 1080p! - I would be looking at a dreambox HD now instead but neverthless excellent deal if you want the Humax - heat and rep added.

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londislagerhound;5089581

A good price, and very tempting, but I'm going to wait until Topfield … A good price, and very tempting, but I'm going to wait until Topfield bring out such a box.



I believe Topfield aren't at present a designated Freesat manufacturer so it might be a long wait. The only other Freesat PVR on the horizon is from Panasonic later this year.

refaey;5089640

Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's … Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's 1080i!!! - I was always under the impression it's 1080p! - I would be looking at a dreambox HD now instead but neverthless excellent deal if you want the Humax - heat and rep added.



I dont think you'll get the Freesat EPG with the Dreambox either as it's not Freesat badged.

what channels are on this? Sky sports 1, 2 & 3?

Fantastic product and excellent service from Richer sounds voted hot

Got one of these in the first release before Christmas (replacing a Topfield). VERY pleased with it with exception that Freesat does not have any History Channel (yesterday or whatever it is called) - shame.

I agree about the Topfield - IF they do one I'll get that as their menus are simpler in my view.

But this is HOT.

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Punkytiptop;5089731

what channels are on this? Sky sports 1, 2 & 3?



This is Freesat not $ky so no $ky Sports (but no subscription either). You will pick up over 200 FTA channels though and it will control a motorised dish system which means you could pick up thousands of FTA channels.

Its also worth keeping an eye on the humax factory refurb site.
humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…ory

Currently they dont have the HDR just the regular HD model for £89 incl 1 year warranty.

kar999;5089788

This is Freesat not $ky so no $ky Sports (but no subscription either). … This is Freesat not $ky so no $ky Sports (but no subscription either). You will pick up over 200 FTA channels though and it will control a motorised dish system which means you could pick up thousands of FTA channels.



but do the 200 channels have the live football on it like sky? i watch a lotta footy!

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Punkytiptop;5089826

but do the 200 channels have the live football on it like sky? i watch a … but do the 200 channels have the live football on it like sky? i watch a lotta footy!



You will get ITV footie in High Definiton for Free but as if you want more live sport you'll have to pay Murdo$h your shilling and get a $ky contract for 12 months. (Or something like a Sentana Freeview Box/PVR).

kar999;5089868

You will get ITV footie in High Definiton for Free but as if you want … You will get ITV footie in High Definiton for Free but as if you want more live sport you'll have to pay Murdo$h your shilling and get a $ky contract for 12 months. (Or something like a Sentana Freeview Box/PVR).



thanks for the advice, repped.:thumbsup:

kar999;5089721

I believe Topfield aren't at present a designated Freesat manufacturer so … I believe Topfield aren't at present a designated Freesat manufacturer so it might be a long wait. The only other Freesat PVR on the horizon is from Panasonic later this year.I dont think you'll get the Freesat EPG with the Dreambox either as it's not Freesat badged.



True about them not being official freesat.. but that doesnt mean they cant bring out a box that get the same channels - Technomate, Dream Media, Fortec Star are just a couple that have done this.

Many satellite reciever manufacturers have FTA DVR boxes that can get all the same chans (the only hit/miss one is ITV HD and several do this now). - I hear there are also some other benefits of these other receivers that you arent allowed to talk about anywhere ;-).. but most satellite forums have it covered.

The Freesat EPG isnt available for the most part and is the biggest problem with non Freesat badged receivers.. however for the Dreambox (that is bascially net connected mini PC) it can download EPG updates from the web via a plugin.

Cheers

refaey;5089640

Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's … Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's 1080i!!! - I was always under the impression it's 1080p!


1080i and 1080p are identical in this context.

1080p sources - like BluRay - only display at 24fps (or 25fps or 30fps, depending on the source).

1080i sources - like SkyHD and FreeSat - display at an interlaced 50fps or 60fps.

Given that the Interlaced sources are running at double the framerate, each with half the number of horizontal lines, then the original 1080p footage can be perfectly reconstructed. Every pair of interlaced frames, are deinterlaced into a single 1080p frame (unless you have a crap telly, but that's a seperate issue).

Here's a more detailed explanation if you're interested hometheatermag.com/gea…ar/ - the important phrase is this :
There Is No Difference Between 1080p and 1080i
and it's simply because no information is lost in the conversions from 1080p to 1080i and back.

You will note that this only applies to 1080p footage at =50fps of 1080p (a PC is the only thing that currently does this), then there would be some information loss if it were converted to 1080i.

You will also note that all of this only applies when viewed on a 1080p screen. If you're viewing 1080i footage, on a panel with a lesser resolution of 1366x768 (for example), then there certainly will be missing detail

refaey;5089640

You're not comparing apple with apple here. Your card requires a PC, this … You're not comparing apple with apple here. Your card requires a PC, this receiver doesn't :-)Also, your card is SD while this is HD, has two tuners (so you can record a channel and watch another),...etc etc.Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's 1080i!!! - I was always under the impression it's 1080p! - I would be looking at a dreambox HD now instead but neverthless excellent deal if you want the Humax - heat and rep added.




I'm sure lots of us have pretty decent computers at home.

Just for the record my card is HD. Yep still a good deal though I agree with you.

This is a good deal! just wish I had the money to buy one! HOT!

barginbri;5008115

great price, also they will beat anybodys price even internet price



So it says on their website and leaflet, I have tried twice to get a pricematch for 2 different items that were available and they wouldn't match either, probably a waste of time searching around for a pricematch imo.

Original Poster

Wodja;5090148

So it says on their website and leaflet, I have tried twice to get a … So it says on their website and leaflet, I have tried twice to get a pricematch for 2 different items that were available and they wouldn't match either, probably a waste of time searching around for a pricematch imo.



You probably wont find this that much cheaper anywhere for them to price match it to anyway.

Turn this on its head though and get your local Currys to price match* @ 110% this Richer Sounds's price. If it's within a few miles of the store they usually will. I got £160 off my TV from Currys by making them price match Richer Sounds.

*(It's not a store they mention in their price match T&C's but they usally match ANY retailer within 10 miles.)

I could not get John Lewis to price match either, I used to really like shopping at the store, but have stopped now because of the poor service received at the Peterborough store. They try anything to get out of price matching!. Better off looking at John Lewis items in store (demos etc), then buying online and saving some money.;-)

refaey;5089640

Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's … Personally I was going to buy this until I saw the OP saying it's 1080i!!! - I was always under the impression it's 1080p!



The transmission is in 1080i, so absolutely no point in wanting 1080p

for info - I've had Curry's price match twice with Richer Sounds. I love Richer Sounds, although I've never bought anything from them.

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ourdave;5090608

for info - I've had Curry's price match twice with Richer Sounds. I love … for info - I've had Curry's price match twice with Richer Sounds. I love Richer Sounds, although I've never bought anything from them.



Currys £292 less 259.95 richer sounds (doubt if they'll match the VIP price but you could try) @ 110% = £256.74

Go for it!

I have Virgin Media and am considering either V+ or ditching it and getting one of these.

I would be looking at the smallest (read cheapest) V+ TV package.

Any advantages/disadvantages between them - I miss my PVR!

Banned

Its about the going rate for these now.

Banned

Punkytiptop;5089731

what channels are on this? Sky sports 1, 2 & 3?



Yeah...and sky movies, Box office and setanta :roll:

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deeyup;5090357

The transmission is in 1080i, so absolutely no point in wanting 1080p



I agree...plus lets be honest, unless you were sitting half a foot from the screen you wouldnt tell the difference anyway!

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Mr Product;5091097

Its about the going rate for these now.



Most deals are still above £275 so this is the cheapest with the VIP discount and looks like the best price for 5 year warranty.

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deeyup

The transmission is in 1080i, so absolutely no point in wanting 1080p


Mr Product;5091137

I agree...plus lets be honest, unless you were sitting half a foot from … I agree...plus lets be honest, unless you were sitting half a foot from the screen you wouldnt tell the difference anyway!


There's no difference between the two anyway.

See my earlier post for a full explanation - but the short version is that there's no difference between 1080p and 1080i for content that comes from a Video source (ie, Movies and TV Shows).
They're one and the same.

Is this the same thing?
hiwayhifi.com/sit…37&

Sorry if i am off the mark I have had a few drinks at lunchtime!

Great buy at this price.
I love my Foxsat-HDR!
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