Someone please tell me which Freeview box to buy!


Distinguished Member
Looking for a Freeview box. Requirements as follows:

  • Best possible picture quality via RGB or component
  • UHF video output (not just loop-through)
  • 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).


Distinguished Member
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.............)


Standard Member
The Sony is excellent but does not offer RF modulation of the digital channels. You could always buy a separate modulator like this one.


Distinguished Member
You could always buy a separate modulator
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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