Best budget Freeview STB...?

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  1. Fatman

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    What's your opinion of the 'best' budget FV STB? It's for my girlfriend's parents and doesn't need to be an all-singing, all-dancing model (i.e. ignore HDDs and DVD models). It just needs to enable them to watch FV TV with the minimum of fuss and potential for confusion. Think "technophobe 50-ish couple" -- ease of use is everything.

    So, for a budget of , say, £70, what's worth considering? My experience of STBs won't help (BT iPlayer and Humax PVR8000T), so I need your views, please. :thumbsup:

    e.g. a few models to get us started (from a quick trawl of Comet & Curry's)...
    • Matsui DTR2 £40
    • Ferguson FDT500 £50
    • Packard Bell TCX170 £70
    • Bush £40 (didn't note model no')
    • Sagem £45 (didn't note model no')
    • Philips £70 (didn't note model no')
    • Samsung £70 (didn't note model no')

    Thanks! :smashin:
     
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    Hi There,
    You can buy the Sony VTX-D800U off ebay new for £69.95, as I did.
    Great box, great picture and sound. :smashin:
     
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    The Sony is brand new at Amazon.co.uk at £79 inc free P&P. That extra 9 quid would be money well spent. RicherSounds.co.uk have the Pioneer at £69 I think. Dabs.com have the Humax Fox-T (?) for £69. I wouldn't buy a box unless it was one of those three.
     
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    Hi.
    I also have the Humax fox-T, and yes it is very good, nothing much between them.
     
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    The Daewoo Setpal. That's what I got my Mum & Dad and there's been no problems with it. Tesco online have the Labgear branded version of it for £50 inc postage.
     
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    Dont touch the Bush one (got mine from Tescos) it was flaky as hell, often refusing to change channels or even turn on and then after 4 months it died totally.
    To be fair the picture quality was great (despite living in a area where Freeview isnt supposed to work) and I may have just got a dodgy box, but I wont be buying another one from them.
     
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    as the chap mentioned above i would spend the extra £9 and get the sony. sony upgrade the system regulary and it has a very fast channel swap and a working 7 day epg. plus optical out and 2 scarts
     
  8. Dean

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    I am looking for one too for my my kitchen LCD screen (Hitachi 22LD4200), is the sony the best choice then? My sister had a panasonic (TC30 or something) and i was impressed woth that box especially the speed at which the menu's and EPG appear. Will the sony be as good?
     
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    Well i ordered one from amazon, should get it soon, seems the best box out there with the panny
     
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    oohh i forgot - you can stand it on its side on lying down
     
  12. Dean

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    Yeah got this today mate and your right it's a good one. From getting the box i had it set up within 5 minutes and the picture looks very vibrant on the Hitachi. Just one problem I had is that i can't seem to adjust the colour balance, its set to RGB. On analgue channels the colour balance works so not sure why that is. Having said that the colour balance is almost perfect anyway but i'd still like to tweak it.
     
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    carnt you adjust the balnce on the tv?

    otherwise i think there is a setting in the menu to chose rgb, yuy(?) etc
     
  14. Dean

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    yeh i think it is something related to the tv rather than the sony box, the colour balance on the tv does not work at the moment. I've connected it using a QED RGB Scart, i'll try plugging my DVD player in and see if i get the same results.
     
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    stupid question but is the scart pointing the right way? my ixos scarts have little arrows showing the direction of the signal. unless it is a bi-directional one.
     
  16. Dean

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    yeah it is a QED P21 Squart which is bi-directional.. doesn't matter too much as the balance is pretty perfect as it is. Just one of those things, will try out the DVD player to see if it changes with that. I know on plasma's when you use the VGA port sometimes you can't adjust the colour balance but with scart i can't see why not. But the box itself is great, nice metal feel too and not that cheap plastic stuff. Very fast and the menu is very intuitive :smashin:
     

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