Best Freeview box?

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by domtheone, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. domtheone

    domtheone
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    16,075
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Nottingham
    Ratings:
    +4,893
    My Dad has an old digifusion Freeview box that appears to be on the blink.

    Connected to a small LCD TV and every 2-3 minutes when watching Freeview the picture will go blank (sound continues). The channel has to be changed then all is right again for a few minutes until......same thing happens:rolleyes:
    Only happens with Freeview, nothing else is affected, tried checking arial, leads etc etc but nothing. Only been happening for a few weeks so decided it's the Digifusion so he wants a new, budget(ish) box.

    Ntothing fancy with HD etc etc and wants to spend a fair bit below £100. Preferably a compact(ish) model

    Any recommendations on the best Budget box?

    TIA:thumbsup:

    edit, I may be able to persuade him to go for the Sony Model that appears to have been around a while and is highly regarded. Probalby jsut shy of a ton though. Anything cheaper?
     
  2. JayCee

    JayCee
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    23,889
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Lanarkshire
    Ratings:
    +2,591
    Your subject line said "Best Freeview Box"...and you mentioned the Sony...enough said.
     
  3. PhilipL

    PhilipL
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2002
    Messages:
    3,855
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Ratings:
    +461
    Hi

    While the Sony is undoubtably a very reliable Freeview box (I have one) it is only really of benefit if you want the reliability of unattended recording. It is overkill for a small LCD TV just for watching.

    Try a Panasonic box http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5321007.htm on offer at Argos for £50.00, and if it doesn't work properly you can take it back for a replacement or refund.

    Regards

    Phil
     
  4. WSH

    WSH
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2002
    Messages:
    1,014
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +39
    I know you checked the aerial but what exactly did you check? Does the box have a signal meter? Take it to a friends and see if it does it there to rule out the aerial, cable and connection.

    If it is a dodgy box then the Sony is the best regarded by most.
     
  5. JayCee

    JayCee
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2004
    Messages:
    23,889
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Lanarkshire
    Ratings:
    +2,591
    Set top boxes from Argos are not included in the return offer. It only applies if the box is faulty and not just because your location does not get reception.
     
  6. per-Sony-fied

    per-Sony-fied
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    2,305
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Ratings:
    +100
    Sony is my bet too. Super box, always functional. Very easy to use.
    Sound and pic is brill altho' I still say a Nokia is better in both departments but unfortunately they are insensitive and prone to crashing.... far to often.

    Also pinching a bit of this thread :oops: Anyone own a Sony box and a Panny PD30/50 TV? I've got terrible RGB issues with this box.


    EDIT: A Sony VTX800 can be had for just under £80 now.
     
  7. Ray

    Ray
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2002
    Messages:
    855
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +23
  8. PhilipL

    PhilipL
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2002
    Messages:
    3,855
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Ratings:
    +461
    Hi

    Thanks, I do know that but good to make it clear about the 16 day guarantee.

    When I say "if it doesn't work properly" I was referring to "faults" for thins like software/hardware crashes, having to be reset, losing all the channels after a few days, that sort of thing common of cheaper boxes and not reception problems or "I just don't like the colour" returns.

    Regards

    Phil
     

Share This Page

Loading...