Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Receiver - Humax FOXSAT-HD

By Danny Phillips



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Obviously the easiest way of setting up the system is to pay the £80 installation charge and get the professionals to do it. But if you already own a dish, then the unit is incredibly easy to set up yourself - simply plug in the satellite antenna cable into the LNB input and away you go. When you first boot up the unit, it checks the aspect ratio of your TV and the output resolution then asks you to enter your postcode so that the unit can find the relevant local BBC and ITV regions during the automatic channel search - a task it failed miserably by tuning in ITV Central after entering a Devon postcode, which meant that the ‘local' news had no relevance. But in its favour, it did tune in the 56 TV and 18 radio channels very quickly.

The unit's onscreen operating system is fantastic. Designed with full colour, high-resolution graphics, friendly icons and clear text, even the biggest technophobes can make basic changes with no hassle at all. The digital TV displays are similarly clear, particularly the programme information banner (called the ‘i-plate'), which tells you everything you could possibly need to know about the current programme, including the resolution and the presence of Dolby Digital.

This flawless presentation continues with the intuitive 7-day EPG. When you call up the guide, it first displays a screen showing various programme genres, allowing you to narrow your search. The guide itself has a similar horizontal layout to Sky+; you can search by genre or keywords, jump through a week's worth of programmes using the Quick Navigation mode and reserve programmes. Superb.

The ease of use factor is further boosted by the outstanding remote. All of the buttons are perfectly placed and the frequently used buttons are very easy to find, while the unit's slick software responds to commands instantly. Channel changing and digital text access are also very fast.

The Pope

June 9, 2008, 6:24 pm

Sounds like we have a winner for my Freesat installation later this month :)

David 8

June 21, 2008, 5:37 pm

With regard to the HD content (BBC, Luxe)I would agree the performance is superb HOWEVER, no doubt due to the quality of the s.d. programs any upscaling causes the picture to appear soft and sometimes ill defined! On some channels apart from loss of edge definition solid areas appear to be too smooth, as if noise control has been introduced into the scaling process??. Having tried both Grundig and Goodmans receivers I found that their upscaled s.d. was far more pleasing to the eye, edge definition and general detail being to my mind noticably better. I will keep the Humax as it is a lot more flexible for interconnects etc. Comments welcome.

David Clarke.

Steve Oll

July 11, 2008, 10:04 pm

Sounds like a decent set top box. I just purchased an SD digital satellite system from Lidl here in Ireland for 80 Euros that includes the dish and coax cables, etc. I installed the system myself and can get 800+ channels from Astra 28.2E Satellite. Sounds good that I can just plug this new box in addition to the one that have already and get HD channels as well.

The channel setup on this box needs a postcode to get the local channels setup right (seems like from the review it couldn't do this properly). As I now live in Ireland I was wondering if this function can be overidden so that I can choose the regional channels that I want that I can do with the SD satellite receiver I already have. Also, does the box have phono output so I can hook it up to my old stereo (no fancy surround sound setup yet)

Andy Vandervell

August 29, 2008, 6:38 pm

Well I wouldn't read too much into the price just yet. Humax were unwilling to name a price and simply said something along the lines of: "you could say it's twice the machine of the FOXSAT-HD". Like all these things it'll probably start high and come down fairly steadily.

Martin Kulin

September 9, 2008, 7:25 pm

I have SKY + and pay about 㿌 a month for 2 boxes and basic package and was fed up with its monopoly, I thought of upggrading to SKY hd but have to pay for teh box 𧵎 + 㾶 a month (why should I?) I went to Currys got the HUMAX Free SAT HD box and was blown away, I will certainly buy the recorder version when it arrives and then dump SKY totally, its amazing, teh quality and the small footprint of thsi box is just 100%, no issues other tahn I wish there were more channels, but there will be and I like teh fact ITV will not allow sky its HD version. Go for it, its brill


December 22, 2008, 10:32 pm

I have a Humax hd box and have tried the new hd pvr and find on both the optical digital conection does not work with my sony str-da1200es multichannel av reciever.I have sky hd which works perfectly but is expensive.Niether sony or humax can help.Can anyone tell me why please.there is no fault on any of the equipment that i can find.

Andrew 21

September 17, 2009, 1:15 am

I bought the Foxsat hd after reading the reviews and I can tell you it is a piece of junk. The remote broke after a couple of weeks and had to be replaced. Ok this can happen. The main problems are as follows:- There is a delay after pressing the remote buttons which means you have to wait for the machine to catch up after pressing a button and I can tell you it drive you mad, you have to have the remote pointing exactly at the machine for the remote to work at all, the remote buttons are all over with the most used buttons hidden amongst the ones you never need, now I cannot delete the programs i have watched (i could do at one time) so I will be back on the phone to Humax, and to top it all there is no return path built in to the back (as you get on sky boxes and is industry standard) so if you want to output the signal to a distribution amp or to another room you are stuffed. The picture quality is good and the hdd is good but the machine is a pig to use and drives you round the bend. Better to wait till something better comes out.

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