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Old 01-05-2014, 09:20 PM   #1981
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i am using a powered antenna similar to above

the tv receive images only when i place it outside facing the sky
This is proof that in spite of claims, indoor antenna may not work everywhere. A lot depends on ambient signal.

Edit: are you talking about analogue or digital signal?

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:54 PM   #1982
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I will try to look for some cables and maybe DIY with the connector head. May i check if those electrical wire will work? Like those black/red insulation cables (inside is probably also strains of copper wires)
If you have spare electrical cable, no harm trying. Untwist about 12 cm of the cable to form the "T". No need to strip the insulation. Right now I don't have a male IEC plug for the tv connection to test out. Will try to improvise one when I am in the mood.
Yes, indeed it works. Because the cables are not stiff, I have to use scotch tape to hold down the black and red cables to form the "T" on a wooden ruler.

Below are the results, using Draco stb:
  • Chan 27 >90/98 (Signal Intensity/Pic Quality)
  • Chan 29 >90/98
  • Chan 31 >90/98
  • Chan 33 >90/98
  • Chan 38 ~90/98
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:31 AM   #1983
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May I know where can I get the T2 set-top box locally? Any thing to look out for before buying? Any good recommendation of models?
There are MDA approved model available at NTUC,Courts etc

I got mine from Indonesia through a friend from Jakarta ~$40

I have T2 TV as well and personally I do not prefer set top box as it requires additional power when viewing.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:02 PM   #1984
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There are MDA approved model available at NTUC,Courts etc

I got mine from Indonesia through a friend from Jakarta ~$40

I have T2 TV as well and personally I do not prefer set top box as it requires additional power when viewing.
And also juggling two remotes, the stb and TV set is troublesome too.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:07 PM   #1985
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There are MDA approved model available at NTUC,Courts etc

I got mine from Indonesia through a friend from Jakarta ~$40

I have T2 TV as well and personally I do not prefer set top box as it requires additional power when viewing.
Please be careful when you get Indonesia GetmecomHD9 models,etc because of complaints the scan frequency goes to max of 600+MHz only, dvbt2 specification frequencies goes to 890MHz the GSM frequency range.

power consumption of typical dvbt2 receiver is ~6.7watts normal operation, is nothing compared to aircon, fridge, washing machine, tv

I measured aircon single room is 900W-1100W you will be shocked


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Old 02-05-2014, 07:19 PM   #1986
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That's the beauty of dvb-t and t2 technology. You will always see perfect picture even when the signal is less than perfect. If the signal drops below the threshold, the picture just freezes. There may be occasional pixelation just before picture freezes. I supposed you have not come across such situation yet.
Yes, you are right.. pictures still perfect and not until that stage yet. Hope it never comes.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #1987
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Please be careful when you get Indonesia GetmecomHD9 models,etc because of complaints the scan frequency goes to max of 600+MHz only, dvbt2 specification frequencies goes to 890MHz the GSM frequency range.

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Terrestrial digital tv broadcast make use of existing channels as defined in Band III VHF, Bands IV and V UHF. The tv channels end at chan 69 (854 - 862MHz)

Nowhere in the DVB-T2 standard (ETSI EN 302 755 V1.3.1 (2012-04)) can I find a requirement stating that the frequency range goes to 890MHz. For that matter, no frequency range is mentioned at all in the standard.

In the Singapore DVB-T2 standard, the frequency range is stated as shown below:

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If I currently have 4 led/lcd TVs around my house but none of them support DVB-T2, does that mean I have to get 4 dvb t2 digital set top box
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If I currently have 4 led/lcd TVs around my house but none of them support DVB-T2, does that mean I have to get 4 dvb t2 digital set top box
Unfortunately yeah.....

I'll rather not buy.... Mediacorp channels what's for? Rather spend that money to climb Mt StarHub.....
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:58 PM   #1990
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Unfortunately yeah.....

I'll rather not buy.... Mediacorp channels what's for? Rather spend that money to climb Mt StarHub.....
Wa..... I personally don't watch any local channels at all. It's my parents that need it. Each TV has quite a decent PC connecting to it using lan points from wall socket though but they don't know how to use a computer..
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Wa..... I personally don't watch any local channels at all. It's my parents that need it. Each TV has quite a decent PC connecting to it using lan points from wall socket though but they don't know how to use a computer..
I assume your tv sets already have dvb-t tuners built-in. If they are happy with the reception for analogue tv and the t channels, they don't miss much.

I have a dvb-t2 set top box but nobody at home is interested. They prefer to watch analogue versions - one man's meat is another man's poison.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:40 PM   #1992
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If I currently have 4 led/lcd TVs around my house but none of them support DVB-T2, does that mean I have to get 4 dvb t2 digital set top box
My suggestion is to have living room have dvbt2 receiver
so more people can watch in high definition, since living
room tv is usually the largest, can impress your guest visiting
also.

Room TV's are usually smaller 32inch so it might not matter
but could get in future. If you stay in east coast park or bedok,
could get even indonesian SCTV, RCTI channels song dah

Yes, you are right mr sun the scan frequency is at max 862MHz.
Sorry my mistake.

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:15 PM   #1993
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For now probably won't be getting at all but when the analogue channels are switched off in a few years time, means by then really need to get one for each tv?
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:10 AM   #1994
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Looking to buy a STB, currently any that will cover everything, including decode AAC5.1 and output multichannel?
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:01 AM   #1995
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For now probably won't be getting at all but when the analogue channels are switched off in a few years time, means by then really need to get one for each tv?
err, if you get dvbt2 receiver today, can start enjoying high definition from day one, instead of say 2 years later
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