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Nikkai Digital Freeview Receiver
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one major omission....
I'll concur with all thats been said by other reviewers but this box is missing something vital. It doesn't support the new Freeview HD channels, so no Motors TV :(
Cable too short!
I bought this the other day, uncoiled the cable and realised that when I place it on top of the stand by the TV the plug barely reaches the floor, let alone the socket! I'd guess the cable is probably barely a metre long, if that. So I'm afraid it's going to have to go back to the shop, which is a great shame because otherwise it looks like a reasonably sturdy model, and certainly better than the Goodmans it's supposed to be replacing. The only other comment I can make at present is to agree with the comments on the poor quality of the "instruction manual" - fortunately I'm experienced at deciphering manuals in "Jinglish" or "Chinglish" or whatever this is.
This was to replace an old receiver and the scart and aerial cables were already in place so the installation was simple and quick. The tuning was virtually automatic and I was flicking through the channels in no time. There is not a lot more to say except it lives up to Maplin's high standards.
This little box is a great performer both in picture quality and sound wise. The setup menu is a little ugly but is easy to navigate and I had the box up and running without any reference to the user manual. It was that simple. The only thing that lets it down is the remote control which has tiny buttons cramped together and as such it is not comfortable to use. You may need a magnifying glass to read what each button is for! So from me it loses one star for the remote but other than that I can't fault it performance wise and for a simple basic box it is great value for money.
A straightforward Freeview set top box with a single scart and the usual pass-through RF sockets (in and out). Quite easy to set up. A good tip is to make sure that your aerial is giving the best possible signal. I'm using this with an indoor aerial with built-in booster. When you first turn the box on the menu comes up on the screen and it's pretty obvious what to do i.e. choose digital tv and then let it scan automatically. It quickly located all the freeview stations. My only minor quibbles (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) are that the enclosed instruction sheet is very limited so it's worth downloading the full manual pdf from the Maplin site; also the OSD (on-screen display) colours are rather lurid (whichever option you choose). I haven't worried about the EPG as I get a listings mag each week. I've noticed that it turns itself off overnight. I can't see anywhere in the manual what length of inactivity triggers this - I assume it is triggered by the TV being turned off. I would prefer that not to happen but it's no big deal. By contrast, my LG HDD recorder which sits below this little box (and provides my 2nd freeview channel) stays on unless I turn it off or it finishes a preset timed recording. So, only had the box a couple of days but it seems to be doing what we want and, most importantly, will allow us to cancel our cable contract (and save a few quid each month) as we are quite happy with the range of channels available on freeview. Overall, so far, excellent value for money from Maplin, as usual.
This is the second one of these I have bought through Maplin, both units are working perfectly and are so easy to set up even I couldn't get it wrong, Highly recommended.
Very small and neat, good picture and sound. Unfortunately the EPG isn't really usable. Scrolling up or down the list of programmes tunes each one in, leaving you to remember which one you were on before you called it up.
Product works fine and I had no difficulty in getting the analog TV's working again
It stopped working after one year of use, not reliable enough quality
I agree with all comments. Easy setup but it is best to download the online user handbook. Well worth the price
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10 of 11 Questions
John Bartlett said:
Do I have to buy an rf loop cable or does it work with just a scart cable?
i want to watch freeview but i don't have an aerial isit possible ?
M Grosse said:
Can I record TV programs using my Analogue VHS recorder via the Nikkai A76FT?
mr A.Brearley said:
I am trying to locate a 12volt digital freeview box suitable for use in a caravan
can a dish be connected to this box?
Does this product include a SCART lead to connect it to my TV or do I have to buy that separately?
Does this product have a non-volatile memory so once it has been tuned so it won't lose all the channels if the power is turned off?
can i use my old areal and tv with this to watch digital channels
HI, is this unit 12v ?
can this be used on a TV with no scart socket
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