Manhattan Plaza HD-S

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Manhattan Freesat HD Digital Box (Plaza HD-S)
Released: September 2011

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Receiver

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About the Manhattan Plaza HD-S Freesat HD Box

For access to over 150 Freesat channels simply connect the Plaza HD-S to a suitable dish (an existing Sky dish can be used) and follow the on-screen setup instructions. Changes to the Freesat channel line-up are automatically detected and the Plaza HD-S even keeps itself up-to-date by automatically downloading software updates when available.

Connect by HDMI to a suitable TV and enjoy free HD channels with cinema-quality Dolby Digital + sound (when broadcast). Even standard channels look fantastic thanks to advanced up-conversion to HD.

On Demand TV* including BBC iPlayer means that even if you do miss a programme, you can catch-up with the best of the week’s TV, at a time that suits you.

Freesat comes with an 8-day Programme Guide so you can plan your viewing a week ahead. The powerful reminder and timer functionality allows you to easily set the Plaza HD-S to turn itself off or on at any time to any channel or programme of your choosing.

If over 150 Freesat channels are not enough the Plaza HD-S can automatically add hundreds more non-Freesat† channels. And for true power viewing, the Plaza HD-S makes it easy to create and use up to eight favourites lists that are always accessible by a dedicated button on the remote.

Comprehensive connectivity

For perfect picture and sound make a direct digital connection to your HDTV using HDMI or use the digital optical audio output to connect to an external sound system. Connecting to non-HD equipment is no problem as the HD-S boasts twin SCART outputs (so you can connect simultaneously to a TV and DVD or Video Recorder). The Ethernet port connects the Plaza HD-S to your network for On Demand TV and there’s a USB port for offline updates.

Energy Saving

The Plaza HD-S will even help save you money due to its extremely low power consumption (less than 1W in standby) and comes recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.

Choosing the HD-S a non-brainer

What Satellite & Digital TV issue #305 awarded the Plaza HD-S 10/10 for Value and 9/10 for Performance, Navigation and Setup, stating in its verdict:

The Plaza HD-S is an extremely capable Freesat HD receiver. The simple switching between Freesat and non-Freesat channel lists and the inclusion of both types of channel in the favourites makes this receiver a good choice for anyone wanting everything that 28’E has to offer.

Its reception performance is excellent and it will even find enthusiast friends. That it’s probably the cheapest Freesat HD receiver around as well makes choosing the HD-S a no-brainer.

* The Plaza HD-S must be connected via Ethernet to a minimum actual broadband speed of 2Mbps for On Demand TV services.

† Non-Freesat channels such as Sky News are not listed in the Programme Guide. Only information about the current and following programmes is available via the channel banner after changing to a non-Freesat channel.

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Specification

– HDMI resolutions: 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
– Upscaling of standard definition programmes to HD
– Dolby Digital+
– On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer
– 8-day Programme Guide with Reminders
– Timer, Auto Turn On & Auto Turn Off functionality
– Auto scan of freesat & non-freesat channels
– 8 favourites lists that can combine freesat & non-freesat channels
– Energy Saving Trust recommended with under 1W consumption in standby
– Audio Description capable
– Concealed front panel buttons
– Easy-to-use Remote Control
– HDMI cable
– Connections: HDMI, Optical Audio, USB, Twin SCART & Ethernet
– Dimensions: W258mm, D175mm, H44mm
– Weight: 792g

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Online Reviews

Joinfreesat (4.5 out of 5)
What Satellite and Digital TV (81%)

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Product Links

Manhattan Plaza HD-S Product Page

23 Responses to “Manhattan Plaza HD-S”

  1. admin Says:

    Do you own or have owned this product? Then why not give us your opinion to help assist potential customers in deciding which Freesat product is right for them. Please stick to opinions/reviews of the specific product on this page. Also, don’t forget to give this product a rating, using the stars at the top!

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  2. Richard Crichton Says:

    What Satellite and TV claim the Technisat is “around twice the price” of the Manhattan HD-S. I make it £29.19 more but I may order a HD-S anyway once it becomes available as the Technisat is rapidly becoming a paper weight with it’s problems with the EPG, no Windows 7 support and disappearing radio list.

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  3. Richard Crichton Says:

    Got my box on Monday afternoon as promised from Satbuyer. They e mailed me on Monday morning and told me the item would be delivered between 3pm and 4pm. It arrived at 4.15pm so that was pretty good.
    The Manhattan HD-S is a super little Freesat/non Freesat single tuner receiver that does what it claims to do and it does it very well.
    I really like the easy switching bewteen modes. Just press the ok button then the left or right direction buttons which gives you a choice of Freesat TV, Freesat Radio, Non Freesat TV, non Freesat Radio. The eight day EPG loads virtually instantly and channels switching is very fast. Picture and sound quality are very good and easily comparable to more expensive boxes like the Technisat. The other outstanding feature for me is the ability to create up to six favorite lists which can contain a mixture of Freesat/Non Freesat TV and Radio in the same list. Auto Scan in non Freesat mode found 204 channels and no encrypted channels were listed which makes for a pleasant change from my other box. The only thing that makes the HD-S seem a budget product is the very small and light remote control which is the same design as my Bush Freeview remote just with four extra buttons. Having said that it does work well . This box is a good buy at £85 delivered for anyone who wants more than just Freesat and is not bothered about recording programs. No need to pay more.

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  4. Pete Says:

    Satbuyer sent me a discount code to use against this product (entered a competition), the code is JOINFREESATHDS and gives 10% off which is a great price for this receiver.

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  5. Richard Crichton Says:

    It was joinfreesat that sent the discount code on behalf of Satbuyer to anyone who had taken part in the competition. The offer ends on the 12th Oct which is Wednesday so not long to take advantage of this generous offer.

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  6. Ian Reynolds Says:

    I hummed and hawed over what to buy for my study. I have changed my LNB from quad to octo (8 connections). I already use Humax PVR Freesat in the lounge and an adequate (but slow) Goodmans HD box in our bedroom.

    I recently bought a Bush SD box for a bedroom – what a load of rubbish – it was DOA (dead on arrival). Bought ‘new’ via ebay. The seller refunded me in full without question. I hooked up an old sky box as an interim measure.

    What leads me on to why I bought the Manhattan HD-S box. Of course you can while away a few hours by going online for a Freesat HD box, or go to Argos for the cheapest HD box – Bush at £70. Bush/Goodmans/Grundig are all one of the same – made for a price. On ebay you can pick them up ‘refurbished’ or as boxed returns (mainly ex Argos I would guess). You can pick these up for £50 – £60 plus delivery on Ebay, but you should ponder the question – just why are so many ‘returned’ by customers?

    I bought the Manhattan HD-S box Satbuyer on Friday for £79 plus £5 for delivery. It came today at 09.00 am and I plugged it it. What I noticed right away is that it is very fast between channels and the picture quality is excellent. Your cheaper boxes tend to lag sometimes between channel switches – and if you are aggressive with the channel change their brain gets scrambled leading to lock-out – quick re-boot and it works fine but can be a tad annoying.

    Point I am trying to make is that I got caught up in doing all the research wasting so much time – the end result of the Manhattan HD-S was maybe £20 dearer than the BUSH clones, but in my opinion well worth it. Life is too short!

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  7. martin brookes Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Got my box on Monday afternoon as promised from Satbuyer. They e mailed me on Monday morning and told me the item would be delivered between 3pm and 4pm. It arrived at 4.15pm so that was pretty good.The Manhattan HD-S is a super little Freesat/non Freesat single tuner receiver that does what it claims to do and it does it very well.I really like the easy switching bewteen modes. Just press the ok button then the left or right direction buttons which gives you a choice of Freesat TV, Freesat Radio, Non Freesat TV, non Freesat Radio. The eight day EPG loads virtually instantly and channels switching is very fast. Picture and sound quality are very good and easily comparable to more expensive boxes like the Technisat. The other outstanding feature for me is the ability to create up to six favorite lists which can contain a mixture of Freesat/Non Freesat TV and Radio in the same list. Auto Scan in non Freesat mode found 204 channels and no encrypted channels were listed which makes for a pleasant change from my other box. The only thing that makes the HD-S seem a budget product is the very small and light remote control which is the same design as my Bush Freeview remote just with four extra buttons. Having said that it does work well . This box is a good buy at £85 delivered for anyone who wants more than just Freesat and is not bothered about recording programs. No need to pay more.

    The sound on this box is rubbish even with the volume on the remote turned up full,
    It doesn’t compare to other boxes such as Humax

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  8. admin Says:

    martin brookes said: The sound on this box is rubbish even with the volume on the remote turned up full,
    It doesn’t compare to other boxes such as Humax

    We found the sound in our review to be excellent, even at a high level. In what way do you find the Humax better?

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  9. martin brookes Says:

    admin said: We found the sound in our review to be excellent, even at a high level. In what way do you find the Humax better?

    The humax is better made. Has a better remote. Has ITV player. Has better sound level. The manhattan sound level is set to low and this has been mentioned in another post by Paul Dawson as i am sure you know which promped the below post:so Manhattan are aware of issues it seems

    Alex Says:

    December 12th, 2011 at 9:21 am
    Hi Paul,

    All receivers with an output louder than ours will have some clipping. It was something we noticed during development when calibrating the volume levels. We will look at either boosting it slightly or making it something that can be toggled in the menu. At the moment all our attention is on finishing ITV Player… then we’ll take a look.

    All the best,

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  10. Chris Dear. Says:

    Have bought a Mahattan HD -S Freesat box which is super. Does all we want except that it is in the kitchen / dinner area and although we have the instructions to connect it online so as to get BBC I Player etc by wire it it really to difficult to this in our house. I have been told we can fit it with a Dongle so it can WiFi to the broad band system. Is this correct and where do I obtain a suitable Dongle – have already tried Manhattan and don’t do one – just suggest that I try the Web !! – can you help ?

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  11. martin brookes Says:

    Chris Dear. said:
    Have bought a Mahattan HD -S Freesat box which is super. Does all we want except that it is in the kitchen / dinner area and although we have the instructions to connect it online so as to get BBC I Player etc by wire it it really to difficult to this in our house. I have been told we can fit it with a Dongle so it can WiFi to the broad band system. Is this correct and where do I obtain a suitable Dongle – have already tried Manhattan and don’t do one – just suggest that I try the Web !! – can you help ?

    Chris I suggest you get a set of home plugs for the the internet. Plug one into a socket by the router, then, connect the router to the home plug. Plug the other into a socket by your freesat box, then. plug a cable from the home plug into your satbox. Its a piece of cake. You could try argos or amazon for a set.

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  12. Richard Crichton Says:

    martin brookes said: The sound on this box is rubbish even with the volume on the remote turned up full,
    It doesn’t compare to other boxes such as Humax

    The remote works very well in need, no need for a large heavy remote with a short range like the Humax. Does the Humax have one button push non freesat mode or eight favourites lists that can have a mixture of freesat and non freesat channels- no. The Manhattan does what I need it to do the Humax and Technisat dosen’t, end of rant. As for the sound level it is not much different to my old Humax or Technisat although I do not use the internal television speakers as they are rubbish but have always had the sound plugged into a Teac compact stereo with Tannoy bookshelf speakers so it is hard to say. I would rather have a slightly lower volume than clipping any day. As for ITV player Manhattan are working on it not that I would ever use it as ITV programmes are dire to say the least.

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  13. martin brookes Says:

    Richard Crichton said: As for the sound level it is not much different to my old Humax or Technisat although I do not use the internal television speakers as they are rubbish but have always had the sound plugged into a Teac compact stereo with Tannoy bookshelf speakers so it is hard to say. I would rather have a slightly lower volume than clipping any day.

    As you are not using your tv speakers thats, why you are probably not noticing a great difference in sound. I presume you are using the analogue outputs from the receiver to your stereo. The HDMI output is digital as I am sure you know.
    Untill a firmware update is released, manhatten emailed me to say there will be along with itv player, if you go into the sound setting on your tv and select normalise sound or adjust the sound level for the input the manhatten is connected to then that, seems to help with the sound levels.

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  14. Alex Says:

    Hi, for anyone who feels the audio level is too low, the v1.45 update posted on joinfreesat last week fixes it:

    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/manhattan-plaza-hd-s-v1-45-update-available/

    Best,

    Alex

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  15. kuergun Says:

    Hi I have just bought and set up a free-sat kit with a Manhattan Plaza HDS for my old mum who was 77. I myself have a Humax Foxsat so can compare both HD receivers. Now setting them up the Humax was the easiest as it would catch on to a weak signal where the Manhattan struggled. In fact to set up my Mums I went to my house to get the Humax and used it to set up the signal..!! It was much easier to move the dish as it held on the the signal so I could get it perfect where the Manhattan let it go and went to no signal mode. Another thing I can use RCA connectors from the Humax and plug it into my amp but the Manhattan is only SPDIF so any of you who do not have a digital amp would be in trouble as you would have to find a converter /adapter..!! Picture quality there are no difference both are very good..!! But in the end my old Mum kept my old Humax because she could use the remote with ease as the Manhattan remote is very small so for old arthritic hands not much use.! But how ever if you want a slightly cheaper HD receiver and not bothered about analog surround sound I suppose the Manhattan is as good a box you will get for the price but you might need help with the set up unless your signal is 100% . One more thing I live in North Scotland so signal strength is a little weaker.

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  16. Edwin Marshall Says:

    I purchased a Manhatan Plaza HD-S bundle from tesco, after about 3 hours the screen goes blank apart from a message saying you press a key to get the picture off standbuy.I contacted the help number. They said go into menue then settings then onto auto turn on then onto turn off this would solve the problem it did not.Then i found update 1.45 installed it on a memory stick then loaded onto the back of freesat box.It still does not prevent the screen going on standby could anybodie help me as its very annoying

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  17. Jules Says:

    Has a tendency to lock up and need resetting once or twice daily. At present I get HD with no sound except on BBC 1 and 2 HD. No sound on ITV HD; china today tv.

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  18. D Owen Says:

    Does this box have a separate power supply (like the similar Logik)? If so, is it 12V dc. I want to use it on a boat from the 12V supply.

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  19. admin Says:

    D Owen said:
    Does this box have a separate power supply (like the similar Logik)?If so, is it 12V dc.I want to use it on a boat from the 12V supply.

    The Logik box is the Manhattan with a different case, so identical in every way, apart from the Manhattan has software support, the Logik doesn’t, so no ITV Player.

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  20. D Owen Says:

    Thanks Admin. Do you know what voltage the unit gets from its external PSU?

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  21. jonathan Says:

    I bought my box from satbuyer last Feb and I am very happy with it I live in south of France and my HD Channels can be stunning a couple with a faint ghosting. I would like to change for a box with a HDD. This is my second box and for the money I am happy

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  22. Stuart Says:

    Started off quite good but now I’m sick and tired of it, it keeps going off and I have to re-boot and then it doesn’t always work. I am sat here writing this because I can’t watch my TV!!!
    I’ve been trying for the last 30 minutes, I can only get 3 channels, I’ve given up – looking for another box tomorrow. £70 down the drain!!!!!!!

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  23. Lewis34 Says:

    just bought the manhattan box and set it up, only for it to give me 4 channel, the rest of channels are showing no signal. any help?

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