Sneak peak at Manhattan HDR-S

Sneak peak at Manhattan HDR-SBehold the new design for the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S, simple, modern, uncluttered; we like it a lot!

This will be the design for the 320GB Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver due for launch in late April/early May. We very much like the simplistic look of it, black panel with 5 buttons on the top lip (rewind, stop, play/pause, fastforward, record).

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (front)Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (side)Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (back)
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Some of the key features include:

– Whisper Quiet – Unlike most TV recorders the Plaza HDR-S is whisper quiet in operation due to its fanless design and use of the latest hard disk technology from Western Digital. The AV-class hard disk uses a Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor to reduce noise and increase reliability whilst IntelliSeek™ optimises seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
– The Plaza HDR-S keeps things organised for you by automatically grouping your recordings by series.
– Freesat On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer & ITV Player
– Favourites function simplified and improved from HD-S. There’s only a single list (which makes setting up favourites easier) and you can now filter the EPG to just show your favourites by pressing the STAR button in the EPG.
– Whilst watching TV you can press the STAR button to change to your next favourites channel, however if you bring the banner up first it will just cycle the banner thru your favourite channels, allowing you to easily see what is on your favourite channels without leaving live TV.
– Auto scan of non-freesat channels as on Plaza HD-S. These can be added to your favourites list and accessed via the STAR button on the remote (though not in the EPG, which is freesat-only).
– You can set programmes to record, to be reminded about, or both.
– When not in use the Plaza HDR-S’ advanced power management automatically puts it into an ultra low-power standby mode that consumes less than 1W of power.
– Ultra compact – it’s actually shorter and less deep than the Plaza HD-S and only 2cm wider.

Below are some screen-shots of the record functionality which appears to be a very clear layout/display compared to some of the other Freesat+ models.

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (EPG set to record)Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (Library recordings)Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver (setup record menu)
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If the product is as good in quality and usability as it looks, we think Manhattan will be on to a winner, especially with an expected retail price of under £190.

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67 thoughts on “Sneak peak at Manhattan HDR-S”

  1. Neil said: You won’t stand a chance at getting the Saorsat service, Irish equivalent of Freesat, from 9E as it is Ka band (18GHz+) rather than Ku band (10.7-12.7GHz) which all Freesat receivers conform to. Your LNB wouldn’t also cover those frequencies, Ka-band DTH Satellite is a completely different ball-game!

    I am already receiving Saorsat service. I have a ka lnb and any decent DVB s2 hd satellite receiver works with Ka band.
    Not quite a different ballgame!

  2. Shane said:
    @Alex. Thanks for the answer. Hopefully Manhattan will consider a software upgrade to enable DiSEqC switch in future.

    Alex
    I also hope that DiSEqC switching gets included.
    Perhaps we’ll see it in the G2 box??? Any hints?

  3. Shane said: I am already receiving Saorsat service. I have a ka lnb and any decent DVB s2 hd satellite receiver works with Ka band.
    Not quite a different ballgame!

    Is that a generic S2 Rx? I wasn’t aware that Freesat branded products would support Ka band reception, happy to be corrected though!

  4. Any S2 hd receiver that can scan TP 10765MHz, SR 25000, Vertical, FEC 1/2, DVB-S2 QPSK at 9 DEG East is capable of receiving Saorsat with a KA band lnb.
    I am currently using VU+, Dreambox 800 and Ferguson 120. (All hd s2 receivers. All receive Saorsat.) The Humax freesat receiver is also reported to be receiving saorsat. But the Non freesat mode in Humax is so user NON friendly…

  5. I am disappointed by the comment made by Mark of Aberfan aerials, he has stated that he’s looking forward to a quality product only available through satellite professionals. Is this true? that it will only be marketed through satellite contractors and not be available on E bay or Amazon or any other retail outlet including this website, because if that is the case I for one will be waiting until it’s out on general sale to the public.

  6. adentice said:
    I am disappointed by the comment made by Mark of Aberfan aerials, he has stated that he’s looking forward to a quality product only available through satellite professionals. Is this true? that it will only be marketed through satellite contractors and not be available on E bay or Amazon or any other retail outlet including this website, because if that is the case I for one will be waiting until it’s out on general sale to the public.

    No, he doesn’t mean that, he just means that Manhattan are usually supplied through independent retailers rather than the majors, so you’ll see links to some retailers on here as normal and no doubt Amazon retailers (within the marketplace) will have them too. Satbuyer is probably the best place to keep an eye on, or contact them to be added on their list.

  7. Well that is a relief, however Panasonic are selling the Manhattan Plaza Freeview plus HD box for £29.99 in their high street stores

  8. adentice said:
    Well that is a relief, however Panasonic are selling the Manhattan Plaza Freeview plus HD box for £29.99 in their high street stores

    Panasonic might be shifting old freeview stock at that price, but some major retailers will stock the Manhattan, but their deals will likely be the same as the independents as Manhattan favour the independent market, which is a wise decision given it is the larger percentage of sales.

  9. Looks like a good box but there is one thing holding me back from replacing my Sagem Dtr94250 hard drive. Over Chriistmas I filled my hard disc drive up and had to delete things to record new things so an extra 80gb isn’t realy much of an upgrade. It would be nice to be able to plug an external Hard disk drive in so you can keep recordings leaving free the internal hard disk to be able to record new things It doesn’t matter to me whether the the files can only be played on the equipment it was recorded on.

  10. adentice said: Well that is a relief, however Panasonic are selling the Manhattan Plaza Freeview plus HD box for £29.99 in their high street stores

    Surely freeview+hd was a missprint and should of said freeview hd.

  11. Pingu said:
    Satbuyer page used to say launch expected Dec 2011, then early 2012, then Mar/April 2012, then April 2012 and now April/May 2012…..
    Also interesting to note that they have now also stopped listing the 500Gb version too.
    I guess this must be to do with the recent hard drive price hikes making it difficult to keep the unit prices low.
    The 320Gb disc will soon fill up especially with HD programmes and films.
    It is obviously a very difficult market to get in to. The Samsung and the Echostar have both dropped in price significantly recently.
    Pingu

    and now, the Satbuyer page says Lauch Date – May 2012….Why the delay, Alex from Manhattan?

    Pingu

  12. Will it have an upscaled SD channels function much like the similarly priced Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR?

  13. Joe said:
    Will it have an upscaled SD channels function much like the similarly priced Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR?

    Yes, all Freesat HD receivers connected to your television via HDMI can upscale SD content.

  14. Pingu said: and now, the Satbuyer page says Launch Date – May 2012….Why the delay, Alex from Manhattan?
    Pingu

    now it says only “[Coming soon, contact us for details]” any news about the launch from Alex from Manhattan? or any info from admin??
    Pingu

  15. Looks like end of June 2012 according to manhattan.
    The 500gb and 1TB going to be new G2 spec being released by Freesat.
    HDR-G2

  16. We love these guys at manhatten,
    been using them for well over 12 years since there analogue digital combination motorised days, there freesat & european boxs again are a very very small return rate on faults .
    pound per pound im sure this will give end users a quality product with user friendly
    epg.

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