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which one to buy (freeview box)

Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by LJF-GTR, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. LJF-GTR

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    Hi
    Im interested in the freewiew boxes as i dont want to pay monthly subscriptions and i dont really know much about them i have a relitivly low budget of around £60-70 but would like a box that allows me to listen to dab radio through my hi-fi via audio out and would also like one which is easy to use and doesn't crash a lot.

    I hope that isn't too much to ask for on a relitivly low budget.

    Oh and is it possible to listen to the DAB radio without having my t.v on.

    thanks a lot Lee
     
  2. Hudson

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    Hi,

    With the rise of the PVR the cost of stand alone freeview boxes is now quiet low, with that kind of cash i think i would try and go on Ebay, i saw the Humax Fox going on there and it had a price of around £40, a very good box. As for the tv off.... yes you can, but on my Phillips DTR1500 there is no way of knowing what station you are listening too as the banner (which shows the station) is not visable (tv switched off !)
     
  3. knightman

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    Buy sony, never crashed and has audi out , though they are about £90
     
  4. LJF-GTR

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    Thanks for your replys. Which model of sony do you recommend. Also i have read a few reviews about the phillips dtr 1500 as i liked them and they apparently crash a lot which put me off them is this true.

    also do all freeview boxes allow me to listen to dab radio

    thanks again Lee
     
  5. Spangle2k5

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    Sony only make one box, the VTX-D800u.

    It is available from Amazon for £80 and I recommend it very highly!

    If you can push your budget up the extra tenner you can get a well built, stylish box with exceptional picture and sound.

    I cannot vouch for any other boxes at this sort of price point, perhaps another member might be able to pass comment.
     
  6. pfd

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    I too have a Sony. It's small, neat, and works well. Only problem is, as others have pointed out on other threads, the PQ on some channels is poor. Garbage in...Garbage out.
     
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    Why would you want to listen to DAB radio when the quality through Freeview is better than DAB ?
     
  8. Richard46

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    Hi Lee

    In fact only one or two Freeview boxes ever had separate DAB tuners and I do not know if any are still available. Freeview STB's cannot receive DAB but some of the Digital radio stations are broadcast on Freeview; if you follow me. The result of this is that all Freeview boxes can receive these stations. (see the drop down box on the left for the Radio list). Apologies if you knew all this anyway. :) Good news is that the Freeview versions are better quality than the DAB ones. (Edit as Nick above has said; posts crossed)

    I listen to Freeview Radio through a 3K amp/speaker set up and it sounds quite good; not as good as FM with perfect reception but pretty good.

    Regards Richard
     
  9. LJF-GTR

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    no no dont appologise that is very helpful because i was wondering if they were the same type thanks everyone for your time
     
  10. MartinImber

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    THe SOny is very closely related to their IDTV tuners
     

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