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Humax HD-FOX T2 Freeview HD Set Top Box
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- Set top box with free HD channels from BBC and ITV, no subscription needed
- Auto detection to new channels - no need to ever retune
- Freeview HD only available in certain areas
- Backward compatible with existing Freeview
- Parental Control
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This product is suitable for receiving Freeview channels via a terrestrial aerial. This product is not suitable for using with satellite dishes. If you are looking for a receiver to use with your satellite dish please choose a Freesat product. Click here for more details.
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The Humax HDFOXT2 is a Freeview HD Set Top Box with HDMI '1080p' output, capable of receiving the high definition Freeview channels being rolled out during 2010. It also features impressive media playback from USB devices or over your home network. For spectacular HD images without subscription charges or a dish, there's never been an easier way to go HD, than with the Humax HDFOXT2.
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Freeview HD excites your senses with the intense images and a vibrant, immersive viewing experience on HD channels. Access up to 50 standard definition Freeview channels, digital radio stations and interactive red button services. It’s easy to set up and as always with Freeview, there’s no subscription, no contract and no fuss.
The Humax HD-FOXT2 is a Freeview HD Set Top Box with free HD channels from BBC and ITV and no subscription needed. It features a handy built-in Auto Detection function to seek and locate new channels, so there is never any need to retune. (Please be aware that Freeview HD is only available in certain areas - please check http://www.freeview.co.uk/availability for more details).
The HD-FOXT2 is backward compatible with existing Freeview has an warranty 8-day on-screen electronic programme guide plus Dolby Digital+ Audio Output. For peace of mind, a Parental Control function is also included. There is also Subtitle and Audio description to further enhance your viewing experience.
Perfect digital transmission for picture and sound can be achieved via the HDMI output and additional media can be played from an HDD or USB memory stick (MP3, JPG, XVID). The HD-FOXT2 receives SD programming as well as HD programming and has an ecologically friendly standby power rating of less that 1 watt. Resolution formats are 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i.
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The Humax HD-Fox T2 Freeview receiver is the first box of its kind that allows HDTV into your living room without the need for any other external equipment or an aerial upgrade (Just remember to check the coverage in your area before you buy, some areas cannot receive the new signals until 2011)
You of course need a HD Ready TV, (most people have this these days) and true enough your TV viewing experience can be greatly enhanced with this rather neat piece of kit.
First up then, don't confuse this as a TV recorder, which it isn't. The Humax is simply a HD receiver and will not allow you to record programs. That said however, Humax have included a USB socket which potentially should allow you to record to external memory sticks or other devices, it will not give you full PVR functionally but in essence it would let you record.
Also, rather confusingly, Humax include scart sockets for older TV's although connecting to a TV this way would not give you the HD function, so that rather defeats the whole selling point of the product.
Once you have avoided these little niggles with the Humax, performance wise it performs brilliantly. Connected up to my 1080p Panasonic plasma the Humax upscales standard definition images very well, BBC and ITV HD look stunning also. (Channel 4 HD is due to launch shortly but is unavailable at the time of writing)
The onboard TV guide is also very clear and well laid out, very user friendly.
On the back of the unit Humax also provide an Ethernet port, which essentially should allow an easy Firmware update in future.Read more ›
So is it any good? Well, it depends what you bought it for.
If (as for most people), you just want to watch the new Freeview HD broadcasts, then yes, it is very good.
If, on the other hand, you are expecting much from some of the product's other features, then I'm afraid you are going to be disappointed.
First, the good points:
Setting the box up was a complete doddle - just hook it up to your convetional aerial cable (you'll need an additional cable if you want to keep your TV connected as well) and to your HD-ready TV via the (included) HDMI cable, power-up and the set will tune into all the conventional and the new HD channels in fairly short-order.
The picture quality on the two available HD channels (BBC and ITV1 - Channel 4 is allegedly starting its own service in the near future) was excellent on my HD-Ready (but not 'Full HD' in my case) Panasonic LCD TV, although as others have pointed out, you do need good HD source material for this to really work.
The BBC appears to be producing most of its current output in HD (ITV appears to be doing so a lot less of the time) and watching the winter olympics, the six nations rugby and the Carling cup final in HD has been a revalation.
The box also seems to 'up-scale' output from the other standard definition channels to match up with the best resolution available on your TV, resulting in a noticeably better picture (less artifacts) for these channels than from the equivalent output from my TV's built in Freeview receiver.Read more ›
HD PICTURE mostly superb...the winter olympics on BBC HD fantastic as are alot of the other offerings on this channel.....But, there was one programme called "Shangri-La with Sue Johnson"...Why this was on an HD channel is beyond me...It was very poor for a Standard Definition channel, let alone an HD channel..I have read about the complaints regarding BBC HD on Freesat since the BBC changed their encoders last summer & the subsequently reduced bit rate..The BBC deny that there has been any reduction in picture quality since this change but so many people have complained about this then surely they all cannot be wrong. I myself cannot see a great deal of difference between Blu-Ray qualty & what I have viewed over the weekend. What I did notice was that sharpness varies between shots in the same programme...this happens with Blu-Ray as well...so maybe its the production side that is at fault.
The ITV HD channel is not showing much in proper HD..from what I have read (with the odd exception E.G. Wild At Heart) they merely upscale their SD channel & the end result is nowhere near as good as BBC HD. I think when Ch4 & 5 go HD things will be better as they appear to produce more of their offerings in HD.
SD quality is fine.
Picture Contrast, Brilliance & Colour appear to be toned down (compared to my BT Vision box).
Sound output is low (also compared to BT Vision)
These latter points can be accomodated for without too much hassle.
So that's it...I am happy..the price maybe high but I can remember paying £500 plus for a Sony VHS recorder & almost the same price for a Sony DVD player....If you factor in inflation, just think what those items would cost today.
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The Portal - the arena that gives access to BBCiPlayer and Youube, etc went down over a month ago. I contacted Humax and they say they are working on it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gordon McIntosh
This was a disastrous purchase. It has been returned with all the return postal costs to my purse. Despite 4 phone calls to the helpline, the recording system did not work. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jengirl