Manhattan Skyline 1000 FTA or Manhattan 5900?

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testpie

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Manhattan Skyline 1000 @ Astra 28.2E(ish)
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After looking on eBay, i found a Manhattan Skyline 1000 FTA, which has now ended, but i can acquire from the seller for £17 including delivery. However, it does not have a remote, and aftert contacting the only supplier i could find (eBay don't have any remotes for the model), i was told the remote would be £20.50 including postage - which is more than the receiver.

After a bit more research, i have come across a Manhattan 5900 receiver with a remote and box etc. for £43 including delivery. Now, obviously this model is technically better than the Skyline 1000 - being as it has an integrated U-CAS and 2 CAM slots, however, i have heard mixed reviews about it being difficult to patch and about the menu structure being crap.

Basically i just don't know which to choose - i am perfectly happy to use the buttons on the Skyline 1000 to change channels (although i am wondering if anybody knows if a One-4-All Kameleon would work with this box?) if it means not having to pay £20.50 for a remote; however, i haven't seen any patches for this receiver, so it would be purely FTA - but it would come in at just 40% the cost of the Manhattan 5900... Does anybody have any advice? :confused
 
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Technomate 5402 HD M2 Ci, DM7000s, Transparent 80cm Dish, Moteck SG2100 DiseqC motor, lots of legacy gear. Meters: Satlook Digital NIT, Promax HD Ranger+ spectrum analyser.
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Berkshire
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It isn't so much whether you can change channel, it is more to do with whether you have the correct buttons to use the setup menus. :)

For £80 or so, you can get a brand new Technomate or similar which is flashable and will allow quite a lot of viewing. :)
 
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testpie

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rolfw said:
It isn't so much whether you can change channel, it is more to do with whether you have the correct buttons to use the setup menus. :)

For £80 or so, you can get a brand new Technomate or similar which is flashable and will allow quite a lot of viewing. :)
A quick check of the Skyline 1000 manual shows a "Menu" button, directional keypad and "OK" button on the front of the receiver - so i'd assume you can do almost everything from those (http://www.manhattan-receivers.com/uploads/skyline1000manual.pdf).

As for the Technomate, i have heard that they are very good, but £80 is out of my price range unfortunately, but thanks all the same for the suggestion.
 
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keep away from any manhattan for the moment,I have had three different receivers,they are ok for a few months then they start losing channels,and booting up takes longer and longer,the one i have at the moment [starlight]has been booting up for nine hours and still not comming on,I will have to look for another manufacturer,instead of manhattan
 
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