I’d like to tell you a little bit about the latest Sky HD box. But before I do let me give you a little bit of history regarding Sky or rather BskyB set top boxes. Over the years there has been a number of manufacturers of Standard Sky boxes, Sky+ boxes and now Sky+HD boxes down the years – some better than others.
Pace, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Amstrad/Sky, Thomson and Grundig. There are no other manufacturers of Sky boxes. All have had their fair share of faults and problems down the years and again some more than others.
In 2007 Lord Sugar, sold Amstrad to BskyB – Sky for £125m. This was the turning point for Sky box manufacturing as from then on there was no third party manufacturing. Sky had complete control of the boxes and what went into them where they were manufactured and complete control of their software too. Because they had a decade of fault data from previous boxes to go on they were determined not to make the mistakes that had gone before in previous models. Together with that and the advancement in chip design they produced the Amstrad DRX 890 Sky+HD box. Its smaller by design and runs much cooler.
Everything about this box is well made and built to last. The capacitors which is the component that mostly gave trouble in the past are made by Rubycon. This is one of the world leaders in capacitor manufacturing – nothing cheap about Rubycon and will last for years.
The main micro processor is made by Broadcom – American I think and are world leaders in this field.
The Hard Drive is Seagate again only the best. So to conclude from somebody who has had more than their fair share of having to fix sky boxes. The Amstrad DRX 890 and Amstrad DRX 595 and Amstrad DRX 895 are very reliable and extremely well built set top boxes. I highly recommend these units and they are very future proof as they can be linked to your broadband and avail of all the online services available e. g BBC iplayer, Itv player and 4OD etc and Now TV. Some time back Sky removed the Amstrad logo and now boxes say manufactured by Sky. This you will find indented into the plastic casing on the top of the box at the back. To my knowledge the insides are still the same apart from some minute changes to the motherboards. Amstrad DRX 890 boxes I can highly recommend if your thinking of buying a Sky HD box.