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Should I avoid the 'cheap' Freeview boxes?

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by Jon Weaver, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Jon Weaver

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    I have to buy a cheap Freeview box and have seen a number of sub £70 models in various stores:

    Argos - Pace DT200
    Currys/Dixons - Grundig GDT1500

    I notice that the Grundig has 2 SCARTS (but am not sure if it supports 'loop-thru', so its seems better value.

    But does either of these models represent better value than the other?
     
  2. Fernsehman

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    My experience with price-cutting to the bare minimum is that it's achieved in one of four ways:

    1. Reduce the number of physical features (eg. less sockets etc.) Software is virtually free so they seldom skimp on software features.

    2. Use the cheapest components that Taiwan can make and reduce the reliability -the target lifetime being 12 months and one day (and some manufacturers have gotten this down to a fine art!)

    3. Both the above.

    4. Take a loss in order to shift obsolete stock that can't economically be updated or to make way for a newer model with more contemporary styling.

    Number 4 is usually the best bargain, for obvious reasons.

    Fman
     
  3. Fernsehman

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    I forgot to add number five:

    5. Buy a used box from someone you can trust.
     
  4. MartinImber

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    Good boxes

    Pace DTVA
    The Setpals
    Or jusy get a nice shiney new IDTV:cool:
     

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