Best freeview box for about £120-130???

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  1. Bigweed

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    Hi, I am in the market for a freeview box for about £130ish and thought I would get the help of the knowledgeable people on this forum. What would be the best choice??

    I would need an STB which is silver, can switch on and off my VCR, and has great PQ and sound quality. Also, quick menus, 7 day EPG, etc. would be great too!!

    Any ideas from anyone??

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    Hi,

    The Humax 8000T which has a built-in 40Gb Hard drive, so possibly no need for the VCR? This can be had on-line for around the mid £130, £135-£139ish I believe. Got a pretty good review from the current WVWE mag.

    Good Luck

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    You definately in PVR territory now.

    So as above the Humax is cheapest!
     
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    Does it output picture in RGB? Also, is it comparable to a non PVR in terms of features, PQ, sound quality, etc? I was going to get the Sony DTX V800, will it be comparable to, or better than that, in terms of the freeview only obviously, not the PVR functions?

    Also, is its PVR functions comparable to more expensive PVRs, e.g. Pace, Tivo, Sky+, etc?? If not, then what does it lack that the others would have??

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    All do RGB apart from some weird brand cack boxes.

    Well I have not played with an 8000T but a Pace Twin IS better featured, but is nearly £200 but it is worth it.

    Sony is good for PQ but for best picture you really need a new TV (IDTV) - but definately get a PVR
     
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    Hi

    I have read that the 8000T has only one tuner. This means that I cannot watch one digital channel while recording another, is this right??

    If this is true, can I watch an analogue channel while recording a digital one, and vice versa, somehow?? Maybe if there is an RF passthrough on the 8000T, I can pass that through to the TV or something?? Any ideas from anyone???

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    Hi,

    Yes, of course you can watch an Rf Channel while recording a digital one just by selecting your relevant input via the TV remote - It's what I do with my box. I also watch a sky channel on the Rf channel while recording on the Humax 'cos their daisy chained on the RGB loopthrough.

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    I have just got this Digibox and, compared to what I've seen on other boxes, think it is fantastic - ultra quick menus and text, excellent picture quality and totally straight forward to setup.

    Obviously features wise it isn't in the same league as any PVR you may be considering. But if you do decide to just get a Digibox then you could do alot worse than the Sony IMHO.
     
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    So is the Sony's PQ better than the Humax?? Cos features are nice, but I would prefer the PQ to be great rather than have loads of features!!

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    Hi,

    I've got the Humax on RGB to a 32" Panny and the picture is Very Good. Well, actually I think it is better than my SKY+ V1 box on it's limited list of channels. It was certainly more watchable during Euro 2004 than the SKY box. WVWE current mag also gave the Humax Full marks for it's picture so I think (but don't quote me on this!!) the difference between it and the SONY would be very negligible and the next step would be component out (netgem) or Progressive scan which would be a DVD Recorder.

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    Netgem has a terriffic picture, but it's not due to component video. YUV is not necessarily better than RGB, just more convenient for plasmas, and AV amp switching.
     

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