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Best Freeview Box

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by apolloa, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. apolloa

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    Hello, I just got a widescreen telly and want to get a freeview box for it but I haven't a clue which to get. I don't need PVR built in it so the cheaper options are open to me. Someone told me that the sony ones have a tendancy to blow there chips when your central heating kicks in!!!! Please Help. Budget up to around 70.
     
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    The Sony VTX-D800U is about the best, and certainly in your budget. I've never heard of any chip problems with it!
     
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    I have the Sony and find it to be 100% reliable. Sony are actively supporting it too, which is a bonus. It's not perfect (none of the current STB are, it seems) but only very minor problems remain and Sony seem to be fixing them.
     
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    I have the Sony VTX-D800U and am very happy with it, but it does not have a slot for the top-up tv card, which is monthly subscription for a few extra channels.
    My wife is not pleased that it does not have a slot :-(

    Stephen
     
  5. apolloa

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    Yeah I would like the sony as the telly and DVD are sony on the sony stand so it'll all match in aprt from my Black video!!! Plus the Sony freeview has 2 scarts one of which is RGB. So no one has had ANY problems with them failing then?
     
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    That's certainly not a problem I've heard anyone report.
     
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    Brilliant :) Thanks for all the reply's now I have another question which is I have an old video with one scart socket on it that I still use to record of the telly. The video has one scart socket which at the moment is plugged into the telly. Can I plug the video's scart lead into the Sony freeview box and then the Freeview box into the telly and have the video play through the scart so it gets bypassed through the freeview box?
     
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    Yep. With that setup, you should be able to record from the Sony box to your VCR too.
     
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    Excellent news. I wanted the sony as it matches all my other stuff. I might buy a surround system next year but something small and discreet yet give excellent quality made up of bits from various makes. Would it be worth it with a 50HZ 28" widescreen Sony?
     
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    I would say so. CRT still gives the best picture quality of any display type. Also, bigger is not necessarily better; it all depends on your viewing distance. I have a 28" 50Hz widescreen TV with a mid-range surround sound setup and I love it. :)
     
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    Does the Sony have audio connections ?
     
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    Tesco has them online HERE at a great price. I think most digiboxes have rca(phono) L/R audio output.

    I'm looking at upgrading my poor old ondigital pace box as it's started to freeze, whats recommeded but with the card slot? Ideally I would like one where you can change the IR remote address so I can have 2 of them working indipendently of each other side by side. :cool:
     
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    Just in case the link fails they are £81.30 inc.P&P
     
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    Amazon have them at £79.49 delivered.
    Comet online have them at £79.99 delivered but they will usually price match the 50p difference.
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I'm going to get a Sony but not till I've borrowed a neighbours box just to double check I can get freeview in the first place as I don't trust the freeview website and it give's a very general prediction on if you can get it.
     
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    the philips dtr1500 is very good for the money and i can highly reccomend
     
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    In addition to the SCARTs, the Sony has a 3.5mm combined mini-Toslink and line-level analogue audio output. You can find the manual on Sony's dedicated VTX-D800U website.
     

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