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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Dave Goldfinch, Nov 22, 2005.

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  1. I have just bought a "Music Television" Model MTV-540STB set top box
    from Coles for the incredible price of $75.

    I am in WA so I don't know if this is available nationally or just in
    WA.

    It is a nice neat unit & setting it up is a doddle. Reception appears
    to be excellent - but then my analogue reception is also very good so
    YMMV.

    It even has a RS232 port for firmware upgrades !

    Dave
     
  2. Hi Dave,

    It's here in Victoria at least - was looking at it myself.

    Thanks for the info.

    Does it have aspect ratio control on the remote, or do you have to fish
    through menus to adjust it?

    Thanks again.
     

  3. It has an 'ASPECT' button on the remote - THe manual quotes it as
    offering 'Full Screen, Letter box or Pan Scan'.

    It even has 3 games built in ! (Tetris, Boxman and Happy Snake)

    Dave
     
  4. Cheers again Dave, thanks.
     
  5. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    If any are ever released!
    See http://www.tinshed.com/STB.htm for a list of available updates, for all
    models.

    So the important question is, have you found any firmware glitches yet?

    MrT.
     
  6. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Dave Goldfinch"

    ** What are the video options ?

    Has it got S-Video or Component Video ( 3 x RCAs) ?

    Has it got a SCART socket or a mini-DIN for S-Video ?




    ......... Phil
     
  7. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    You need to establish if there are any still available first. When Coles say
    "no rainchecks" it means they don't intend to have much stock.

    MrT.
     
  8. Hi Phil

    Video is limited to Composite and S-VHS.

    Audio is analogue stereo and Digital audio.

    HTH

    Dave
     

  9. The S-VHS socket is a mini-DIN.

    Dave
     
  10. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Mr.T" T = Turd.

    ** CRIMINAL context snipper !!!!

    & CRIMINAL idiot assumption maker !!!!



    ** What the **** for ????????




    .......... Phil
     
  11. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Dave Goldfinch"

    ** Excellent.

    Are you using the S-Video ?



    ........... Phil
     
  12. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Dave Goldfinch"

    ** Cool.

    That makes it one up on the DSE budget STUB.



    ......... Phil
     
  13. My Thomson STB has a 3.5mm stereo socket for the S-Video connection.
    Not uncommon these days.

    Dave :)
     
  14. Unfortunately not - my aging TV doesnt have that option.

    Hopefully the price of widescreen sets will drop enough for me to
    contemplate buying one soon.

    Dave
     
  15. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Dave Goldfinch"

    ** Nearly all sets have it now.

    A very decent 68cm with full AV can be bought for under $400.



    ** No need for that expense to appreciate the HUGE improvement S-Video
    makes.

    Use it with your DVD player too.

    Digital TV and typical DVD quality are practically the same.



    .......... Phil
     
  16. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Pardon me for assuming your questions had some point to them.

    MrT.
     
  17. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Mr.T" T = TURD

    ** **** YOU for PIG ARROGANTLY assuming YOU knew the reason.





    .......... Phil
     
  18. IMHO a widescreen set with composite is better than a 4:3 with S-Video
    any day. Hang out for the widesreen set Dave, I think a 76cm can be had
    for around $600 or so these days. 100Hz is worth paying the extra for
    though.
    The majority of digital TV content is widescreen, so doesn't look
    nearly as good on a 4:3 set. You can zoom in of course, or fit to
    screen, but then you either lose content or have a distorted image.
    Yep, much better than analog.
    Although I still find that you can see the compression artefacts in
    high speed sports footage which I find a bit annoying sometimes.

    Dave :)
     
  19. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "David L. Jones"

    ** Absolute bullshit.

    Using composite blurs the pic and colour quality on any screen.



    ** The vast majority of SD TV is in "letterbox " mode.

    Plus nothing looks WORSE than a 4:3 image on a wide screen set - that
    means many movies and even some commercials.


    ** Neither is true.


    ** Not inherent in the SD format - but a result of deliberate limiting of
    bit rates by the networks.

    An SD signal can have a higher bit rate than a DVD.



    ......... Phil
     
  20. Mr.T

    Mr.T Guest

    Yes, it was stupid of me to assume you would ever have a point to your
    arguments.

    MrT.
     
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