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Best freeview box?

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by stevelup, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. stevelup

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    Hi

    I'm looking to get a Freeview box as my second source (primary is Sky/TiVo).

    The display device is a Panasonic PWD6 plasma.

    Can someone recommend which the very best freeview box is in terms of picture quality please? I don't need any PVR / DVR functionality.

    Thanks,

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    Sony gets a lot of recommendations around here. I've had one and it is very good but the best in my experience is the Netgem i-Player which also offers component out via scart. I believe it's the only one that does that.
     
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    Thanks.

    Notwithstanding the component output (which I don't need) which is the better of the two units.

    Funnily enough, it was those two units which I was already looking at!

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  4. Bernard Barnett

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    Not much to choose between them but the Netgem shades it for me. Especially via component! I don't understand why you wouldn't want it as it gives the highest quality connection.
     
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    Hi

    The freeview box is only used occasionally when the Sky box is tied up recording something via TiVo.

    The way I have it cabled requires the freeview box to be connected to the VCR socket on the TiVo. I have no spare component inputs on the plasma - these are taken up by my DVD player and XBOX.

    If it was my main source, I'd consider rewiring - but it probably won't be necessary.

    If I do get the i-Player, I'll definitely try it in both component and RGB modes and see if there's a huge difference.

    Thanks for your comments,

    Steve
     
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    Bernard (sorry for hijack) - how does the Netgem do component via scart ? - is there some sort of breakout cable from scart to 3 RCA's?
     
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    You need either a scart adapter (a scart plug on one side, three phono connections on the other - widely available) or a scart to component cable (ie scart one end, three phono-ended cables coming out of it). From info I gleaned on these forums you have to be very careful about scart to component cables as some don't give you the correct kind of cable for component, so I got Mark Grant (a member here) to make one up for me. I specified highest possible quality, it wasn't that expensive and of course like all Mark's cables it performs faultlessly: as I've posted elsewhere, on those channels where broadcasters are interested in picture quality I think Freeview can be better than DVD. When setting up the Netgem you may need to connect via composite first to see the onscreen menu, whereupon you instruct it to output component. I don't think this applies universally but it certainly does on some displays.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. I presume the Netgem is the only current freeview box to do component out?
     
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    As far as I know but I wouldn't claim to be bang up to date on all the available boxes.
     

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