HUMAX FOXSAT HDR500 freesat for £149.95 @ RicherSounds
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HUMAX FOXSAT HDR500 freesat for £149.95 @ RicherSounds

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Found 7th May 2013
.Looks like a decent piece of kit.


Ensure you never miss your favourite television shows again with the Humax Foxsat 500GB digital TV receiver. The 500GB hard drive allows you to record both SD and HD channels, perfect for when you're not home and don't want to miss a thing. The Humax receiver also lets you record and pause Live TV so you won't need to worry if the phone or door bell rings.

Specifications
Auto Set Up Yes
Brand Humax
Colour Black
Common Interface No
Digital Audio Output Yes - optical
Digital UK approved Yes
Hard Drive Yes
Remote Control Yes
RF Loop Through No
Electronic Progamme Guide 8 Days
Series Link Yes
Tuners 2x digital
Top-Up Card Slot No
Built in Freeview No - Freesat
Component Output No
Features of Product Pause and Rewind Live TV. 500Gb Hard drive allows you to rec both SD and HD channels. Upscale SD channels via HDMI.
HDMI Upscaling Yes
No of HDMI Connections 1
Built-in Freeview HD No

31 Comments

Banned

can also be purchased from

humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…sat

as an alternative in case of limited stock from RS
Edited by: "jihadijulz" 7th May 2013

Some may be ex-display or ex-repair or missing accessories, please phone to check stock if you are making a special journey. Unfortunately, at these low prices we can't afford to transfer stock between stores or mail out direct.

Expensive for an ex-display, better off getting a Grade A from Humax as per post #1, they are as-new.

Anyone else who has this find the remote a bit sluggish? Compared to PVR-9150T mine is...

Firstly, these are great bits of kit for Freesat setups. Highly recommended.

Secondly, if you're near to a Richer and they have an "ex-display" in stock, chances are it's spotless, and not even that old. I've bought their "ex-display" stuff in the past and they've always been perfect bargains.

Plus, if its no good, you can look and not buy. If the "grade A" is less than as new, you'll have to faff around sending it back...

Both good deals though, heat added. Thanks OP

tallpete33

Yes and you need to be pointing directly at it. Otherwise an excellent … Yes and you need to be pointing directly at it. Otherwise an excellent bit of kit



Ah, yeah that's about the only bit I can't comment on. I use a Harmony One (which is also a great bit of kit).

The rest of the system has been flawless for me.

Banned

niknak

Anyone else who has this find the remote a bit sluggish? Compared to … Anyone else who has this find the remote a bit sluggish? Compared to PVR-9150T mine is...



Yes! The remote IS a bit sluggish. But I would say that this is an excellent piece of kit for this price. We had one for 2 years before moving to Virgin Media and it was pretty much flawless in that time, never missed a beat.

The only (very minor) downside is that the remote / menu system can be a bit sluggish at times

This is this the older model - the one without that youview thing. So I you only get iPlayer on it. Having set that i've had no problems with mine over the last 3/4 years. Wish I'd got it for this price!

Great piece of kit, especially with Raydon's custom firmware and the tweak that removes the HD encryption flag.

I got a refurbed one from humax direct at this price a few months ago, excellent replacement for sky+ and as good as new.

Yes the remote can be a bit sluggish but I can live with that.

MrKDilkington

Yes! The remote IS a bit sluggish. But I would say that this is an … Yes! The remote IS a bit sluggish. But I would say that this is an excellent piece of kit for this price. We had one for 2 years before moving to Virgin Media and it was pretty much flawless in that time, never missed a beat. The only (very minor) downside is that the remote / menu system can be a bit sluggish at times



Glad its not just me then I suppose, was hoping they'd update it via firmware release tho...

Apart from slow menus and poor layout it is a cracking unit. I got mine via Humax own return site mentioned above.

Probably a red herring but on a lot of the reviews they say the remote is sluggish because there's some plastic on the device that needs removing that's very hard to see. Worth a shot.

For anyone who finds the remote sluggish, if its similar to the Humax model I had, there might be a piece of plastic film covering the remote sensor, inside the pull-down flap. Once I peeled that off, mine was fine (different model though as I say).

(as Shard said lol)
Edited by: "joepineapples" 8th May 2013

do you get different channels with freesat and sky's freesat? I've heard that you get more channels with sky, any one able to confirm?

mjunaid106

do you get different channels with freesat and sky's freesat? I've heard … do you get different channels with freesat and sky's freesat? I've heard that you get more channels with sky, any one able to confirm?



i-heart-geek.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml
There will no doubt be better/other comparison lists but i found this on a quick Google search.

Question:
To use the 2 x tuners do i need Twin LNB's running from by dish?
Old dish on my house just has the one cable, is it easy to change? Using something like this... linked?

Got one of these in the bedroom though a 320gb version and I paid a lot more than this. Great bit of kit but like some have mentioned the remote strength is a bit rubbish, you have to be quite close and point directly at the unit. Hot from me.

Peg man, you can either upgrade to twin lnb and cable, or run it in single feed mode with a short loop of coax cable at the back of the unit. This restricts the second tuner to around a quarter of available channels when the first tuner is recording, but in my experience it isn't too restrictive as the main channels are grouped together fairly well and sit in the same quarter of the signal range (an lnb has four modes - horizontal/vertical polarisation and low/high frequency bands hence a quarter of the channels.

Just removed the plastic, that I didn't know was there, and after 2 years of owning this I now have a Remote that doesn't annoy me.... Great bit of kit by the way the best thing I did was ditch Sky and buy one of these.

Original Poster

If you ring RS, will they admit whether the unit is an ex-display or a return or an unopen? 20 miles trip to Bournemouth...

niknak

Anyone else who has this find the remote a bit sluggish? Compared to … Anyone else who has this find the remote a bit sluggish? Compared to PVR-9150T mine is...


This is FreeSAT not terrestrial TV when you change channel there is often a need to change polarisation at the LNB etc so this introduces latency compared to terrestrial.

The remote is fast (e.g changing menu options etc) of course if you are recording 2 channels or copying files to a USB drive etc the machine can slow slightly but I still get very fast response time <1s.

What problems do you experience with the remote? Do you have problems with remote range?

fishsticks

Great piece of kit, especially with Raydon's custom firmware and the … Great piece of kit, especially with Raydon's custom firmware and the tweak that removes the HD encryption flag.



What is the HD encrpytion mod?

I've one with Raydon's s/w the other unmodded.
Any links to the best place for the firmware? I've modded one a while back and have not kept up to date.
We use the 0.ts file over SMB to watch live TV in the kitchen on a laptop. Perfect picture and sound.

chrisgw3

Expensive for an ex-display, better off getting a Grade A from Humax as … Expensive for an ex-display, better off getting a Grade A from Humax as per post #1, they are as-new.



The graded stock from Humax is very good. I had one where the HD had some bad sectors, popped the disk out connected it to a PC ran spinrite over night. 4 years no issues.

Peg Man

Question:To use the 2 x tuners do i need Twin LNB's running from by … Question:To use the 2 x tuners do i need Twin LNB's running from by dish?Old dish on my house just has the one cable, is it easy to change? Using something like this... linked?



If you want to connect >1 receiver (we have 2 FoxSats and one TV with built in FREESAT) then an octo LNB is worth considering this needs a distribution box (DB) = 2 cables to LNB from DB and 2 cables to each SAT from DB.

Worth thinking about this before doing any upgrades to avoid having to pay twice.

mjunaid106

do you get different channels with freesat and sky's freesat? I've heard … do you get different channels with freesat and sky's freesat? I've heard that you get more channels with sky, any one able to confirm?



The custom firmware allows you to access a web interface where you can add non-freesat channels to the freesat mode channels.

The box has 2 modes freesat and STB.

STB is all chanels but you loose the FreeSAT feature (EPG, series record etc)
The custom firmware allows you to add non FreeSAT channels to the FreeSAT list and so you get EPG, series record etc PLUS non freesat channels sky news, sky three (forgot the new name), RT, etc.. but no EPG ot series record for the non freesat channels

frownbreaker

This is FreeSAT not terrestrial TV when you change channel there is often … This is FreeSAT not terrestrial TV when you change channel there is often a need to change polarisation at the LNB etc so this introduces latency compared to terrestrial.The remote is fast (e.g changing menu options etc) of course if you are recording 2 channels or copying files to a USB drive etc the machine can slow slightly but I still get very fast response time <1s.What problems do you experience with the remote? Do you have problems with remote range?



Fair point about the Sat vs Terrestrial, didn't realise there was a delay because of it - I take it Sky doesn't suffer this problem as the remote on it never was as slow? The range isn't the problem, it's more navigating round the EPG and even just pressing the numbers to change channels e.g. you press '1',small wait until it appears on screen, press '0', small wait, press '1', etc.

I hate to be down on this machine as it really is a cracking bit of kit but just real the menu layout and speed of navigating them are a step backwards from Humax's older models.

frownbreaker

The custom firmware allows you to add non FreeSAT channels to the FreeSAT … The custom firmware allows you to add non FreeSAT channels to the FreeSAT list and so you get EPG, series record etc PLUS non freesat channels sky news, sky three (forgot the new name), RT, etc.. but no EPG ot series record for the non freesat channels


Wait... I'm confused. Do you get series record for non-freesat channels with the firmware or not?

mod_mart

Wait... I'm confused. Do you get series record for non-freesat channels … Wait... I'm confused. Do you get series record for non-freesat channels with the firmware or not?



Oh never mind I get it now - all channels in the list but can only do series record on the freesat channels.

niknak

Fair point about the Sat vs Terrestrial, didn't realise there was a delay … Fair point about the Sat vs Terrestrial, didn't realise there was a delay because of it - I take it Sky doesn't suffer this problem as the remote on it never was as slow? The range isn't the problem, it's more navigating round the EPG and even just pressing the numbers to change channels e.g. you press '1',small wait until it appears on screen, press '0', small wait, press '1', etc.I hate to be down on this machine as it really is a cracking bit of kit but just real the menu layout and speed of navigating them are a step backwards from Humax's older models.



I take your point about entering channel numbers e.g 200 is BBC News and I often have trouble entering the four digit code or 3 digit code it is a bit of a faff sometimes especially if the front of the unit is not pointing at you. I have both my units angled (say 15 degrees) in this position it seems to get the signal fine. If I leave the units flush with the wall they do not always get a signal from the remote - Design flaw?

I use the channel up and down (that is lightning fast) and I use the web interface to delete all the channels I have no interest in, this plus using the LIST button to select channels seems to work fine. To enter channel numbers directly I think its just a timing thing as it cancels what you have entered really quickly compare to SKY's remotes that are just exemplary from a design point of view IMHO. That said the video and audio out of these units is stunning it blows the build in FreeSAT HD on my SONY out of the water, and HD looks great even on a large TV. Audio is also very clear (I'm using HDMI out to the AV Amp)

I agree with you the FreeView units (HDR) were snappy. I think the FOXSAT is the Mk1 for Humax on FreeSAT but it was so good even the Samsung HDR is made by Humax (same as the FoxSAT) and even today it is the benchmark for FreeSAT HD interms of quality of Picture and Sound.

Perhaps the new YouView units are improved wrt the remote and lag / remote design?
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 9th May 2013

If you are having problem with the remote, check to make sure the plastic film has been removed from beneath the flap on the machine as it covers the remote sensor.

frownbreaker

What is the HD encrpytion mod?I've one with Raydon's s/w the other … What is the HD encrpytion mod?I've one with Raydon's s/w the other unmodded.Any links to the best place for the firmware? I've modded one a while back and have not kept up to date.We use the 0.ts file over SMB to watch live TV in the kitchen on a laptop. Perfect picture and sound.



Post #740 in this thread has details on removing the HD encryption flag:
link to AV forums
It removes the encryption flag on new HD recordings, so you can watch them on your PC etc.
AV Forums are usually the place to go for a link to the latest firmware too:
AV forums latest firmware thread
Thanks for the tip on streaming the 0.ts file. Never thought to do that before!
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