Someone please tell me which Freeview box to buy!

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by NicolasB, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. NicolasB

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    Looking for a Freeview box. Requirements as follows:

    Critical
    • Best possible picture quality via RGB or component
    • UHF video output (not just loop-through)
    Desirable
    • Good performance with less-than-perfect signal strength
    • Properly working 7-day EPG
    • Reliable/stable
    • Digital audio output
    • Card slot so I reserve the option of "Top-up TV" later
    Nice but not essential
    • High-quality, RGB-compatible SCART loop-through
    • Convenient and responsive digital teletext and other "interactive" stuff
    • Good quality analogue audio output
    • Component video output
    • Digital video output (e.g. SDI, DVI, HDMI)
    I might consider a Freeview box with built-in hard-disk recorder as well, but only if it costs <£180, meets the above criteria, has two tuners, and has at least 40GB recording capacity (or can easily be upgraded to it).
     
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    DO not buy a Thomson DTI 2300 NASTY NASTY NASTY
    Sony VX800 is supposed to be very good and the HUMAX PVR8000T-40GB seems ideal for you.....(never should have got rid of mine.........Vanity thy name is horny.............)
     
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    The Sony is excellent but does not offer RF modulation of the digital channels. You could always buy a separate modulator like this one.
     
  4. NicolasB

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    I could, but if it's going to cost £30 I'll have to be awfully sure that the UHF-deprived box is a lot better than any UHF-enabled one. :)
     

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