I didn't end up picking one up. I wonder if I can still get one tomorrow?Hi,
I just bought this today.
I have to say, i am really impressed. It's really easy to set-up and use.
The only thing i didn't like was when you press off it stays on although it's off. I mean the display as if the unit is on but it is off.
Apart from this, i can't fault it. Everything is really easy to use.
If there's a specific feature you want to know about let me know, i will let you know.
Everything you describe i see on my LG dvr175.Could it be a fault with Sky?Follow up...
I've had a proper play with this Aldi box now, and I'm getting less and less impressed. Maybe I just have unrealistic expectations given the price!
The colour balance problem has not gone away, despite much tinkering. I've tried two wiring schemes, and used about six different SCART leads (all fully wired, and all known to be good). I've tried it like so:
SCART between Sky box (VCR output) and DVD recorder
SCART between Sky box and TV direct
SCART between DVD recorder and TV
also 'daisychained' Sky >> scart >> DVD rec >> scart >> TV
Whichever way I do it, there is *very* obvious image quality loss from the SCART output of the DVD recorder - text becomes blurred and has visible colour fringing, colour balance is noticeable degraded etc. (This is not just while recording, or playing back recordings - it happens while just passing video from the sky box, i.e. whenever the DVD recorder is 'in the signal path').
The unit also seems to fail to assert the correct voltage on SCART pin 8, so it doesn't set the aspect ratio correctly - when I power the unit on, it always tries to set the TV to a 4:3 aspect, regardless of the format of any video signal.
Ah well. What should I expect for £60-odd quid? On the plus side, my wife doesn't find it too offensive. Maybe spending ten years as a tech support manager for video editing products has made me a bit picky.
The verdict: It's got lots of limitations, and significant corners have been cut, but you can't really expect anything else at the price. I'm going to keep it, on the basis that it will probably pay for itself in a single week of recording movies over Christmas. I just know I'll never be quite happy with it, so it probably won't be long before it gets given to the kids for the play room!
Happy Christmas all,
Interesting. I guess it could be a fault with Sky, or with these recorders in general. I had a thought that maybe this unit *always* encodes the video to MPEG, which may account for the quality loss. Then I discounted that idea, as it seems to be a really dumb way to do things; after all, passing video through directly seems much simpler. But who knows, it may do that, just as some AV amps always process incoming audio (doing an A2D >> D2A process regardless of whether it's needed or wanted).Everything you describe i see on my LG dvr175.Could it be a fault with Sky?
Hi, i personally am using scart to connect my sky digital and record off it.
However you have all these available:
Front AV/IN for camcorder
All 5.1 channels for audio out
Standard Video Out
I'm sure a standard scart should work for SKY+.
This is what i have done:
DVD Recorder - Scart Out To Scart On TV
DVD Recorder - Scart IN To SKY Box Scart OUT.
Then when you turn it on, you keep pressing the source button until you get Scart IN and everything works fine.
Hi I am new too this combination of sky+ and tevion dvd recorder! I have connected the two like this and all works fine picture appears good as it rolls to the left and splits in 4 ! Does anyone have any futher advice PLEASE. I have tried all connection options and many scart leads etc, many thanks, Cyn