Sling Media - Slingbox PRO-HD
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- Viewing and control of your live or recorded TV from any Windows PC or Mac (desktop or laptop) computer and from compatible mobile devices
- Connects to all of the most popular SD or HD cable or satellite set-top boxes, DVRs, DVD players, Media Centers, or home security cameras
- Avoids conflicts with other home TV viewers by allowing users to switch to a different input source, such as a DVD or the integrated DVB-T tuner
- Includes built-in digital DVB-T tuner
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Take your entire HD home-theatre with you wherever you go with the Slingbox PRO-HD. Connect to multiple A/V devices and tune into your favourite TV shows, sporting events, and special programming in stunning, true-to-life 1080i high definition. The PRO-HD gives you the same features and ease of use as the Slingbox SOLO, plus a high-quality HD viewing experience-anywhere in the world. Easily connect up to three of your home-theatre devices to the PRO-HD and take your entire entertainment centre with you-on y
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Link it to my CCTV camera. This is an old model although has HD 1081 resolution, essentially has 3 input/outputs rather than the one that the latest have. Despite being refurbished it's in excellent condition and all works. It was boxed (the external box cover was slightly non-pristine) but the inner box was in good condition had all the cables, power unit etc and the Slingbox itself looked 'as new' . A great price and, so far, all working OK. Very pleased with the purchase.
I disconnected my Pro & dropped in the Pro-HD into the same audio/video wiring from my Sky HD box. It was up and running within 15 minutes.
Using Slingplayer on the PC the video is excellent, far superior to the Pro and in particular the HD channels, but the sound has an echo, the level of the echo varies from no too bad to awful. I could replicate the same using my iPad.
I did a search on the sling forum and it seems there are a few people out there with this sound echo issue.
Luckily I decided to raise the issue straight away with Sling, as they only provide 90 days of free support. So I'm waiting on them to give me a solution, or alternatively replace the box.
After reading all the posts on the Slingbox forum and a lack of solution/response from Sling, I returned my Pro-HD to Amazon.
The sound was Ok in standard definition mode, but in high definition the echo existed in the PC app, but was more noticeable on the iPad & iPhone4 and even worse when using headphones.
So I'm back using my Pro until I hear that this issue is fixed and I decide to buy the Pro-HD again.
The problem is the slingboxes only means of receiving a digital signal is via the component video connection, and guess what you don't get on a Sky HD box.
Also, the Slingbox can only handle a maximum HD source of 1080i and not full 1080p. Be sure to bear that in mind when you want to connect the Slingbox in line with your TV as the output from the Slingbox to the TV will be in that resolution as well.
So if you want to connect a Sky HD box, or any other HDMI equipped device that doesn't have discreet component (not composite, don't confuse these) connections, then you are going to need to buy two things, an HDM to component converter box, and a set of component leads. This can set you back anything from another £70 to £200 depending on the device and cables you choose.
In addition if your TV doesn't have any component inputs and only has HDMI (like so many new TVs do) then your also going to need a component to HDMI convertor cable to go back the other way again, either that or you could buy an HDMI splitter box to send a signal to the Slingbox and the TV instead of passing through the Slingbox.
It stuns me that a Slingbox is being sold in this way to consumers, it's only half a solution for most modern HD devices. You'll notice none of their diagrams show you any of this stuff (hardly surprising) so unless you're fully up on your digital data sources, your HDMI and component vs composite your in for a bit of a shock when you try and set this up. I'd be willing to bet most people resort to the svideo or scart to composite convertor and just use the box to stream in SD instead of HD in the end, shame on Slingbox.
Having said all of that, if you bolt all the bits together, you do get what you paid for (you just paid a fair bit more than you bargained for).
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