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Topfield TF5810PVRT Set-top Box

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  • High Definition Digital Terrestrial Set Top Box with PVR and Common Interface
  • 2000 services (TV and Radio) programmable
  • Service switching time less than 1 second - In addition to other outputs also has HDMI output
  • Full Picture In Picture / Picture In Graphic (PIG) function
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen service information
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.6 Kg
  • ASIN: B0015NWTX2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Mar. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,907 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description The TF 5810 allows you to view and record digital TV channels easily, via an ordinary television aerial. You can receive all the Freeview channels broadcast in your area, which includes a range of digital radio stations too. In addition, with a small subscription module, you can access many additional channels from pay TV broadcasters. With a Hard Disk this PVR allows you to record two different programmes simultaneously, and even to play back existing recordings while you're making new ones. With a large hard drive, there's plenty of space for all the shows you want to watch, and the built in electronic programme guide (EPG) makes it easy to find programmes and schedule automatic recordings. As well as recording and playback of TV programmes, it has plenty of other features. You can pause TV when the phone rings, for example, or rewind a sports match to watch someone score a second time. Channels can be arranged into groups of 'favourites,' and there are other useful features like picture in picture, MP3 playback, interactive services and even a link to your home computer via USB

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PJ Online on 14 Mar. 2010
I got a Toppy because my much loved Tivo could only record the basic analogue channels (connecting a freeview box is asking for trouble!) UPDATE 3 cont. The Series 1 Tivo is no more as the contract to supply EPG data went to Virgin and they will no longer support the older units, plus Freeview has replaced analogue, so RIP TiVo series 1.

The good.

If you are PC literate, and by that I mean you understand software installation and configuration, then the Toppy is a dream come true. You can download TAPs (Topfield Application Programs) that extend the functionality of the box, especially the user interface. I run MyStuff which gives similar functionality to Tivo giving me the option to record everything that has a word or phrase in it, so "star t" would record Star Trek, Star trek the next generation, Star trek the movie etc no matter what the channel, time, day, date. I have loads of these set up to record and file Series into thier own folders and films into a film library. This means we hardly ever watch live TV and there is always something on Toppy that I, and even my wife!!! wish to watch.

It has a hugh 500Gb drive and will save more than you can possibly watch. We have problems keeping up and the day will come when we will have to delete older stuff we need to abandon.

Twin tuners allow you to record up to 2 programs at once and watch another on the same multiplex as one being recorded. Sounds complicated but is not likely to cause you a problem, especially if you have a freeview TV as you wouldn't turn Toppy on to watch live TV if it was recording 2 other channels... How often are there 3 things on at once that you want to watch???

Picture and sound quality are excellent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Nov. 2008
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As far as I can tell the issues identified by other reviewers have been sorted. It's easy to use, easy to upgrade and a pleasure to own.

A quick tip regarding the issue with not being able to turn off the box without losing a ongoing recording. You can simply set the timer to turn off the box automatically, just use 10 minutes. If the 10 minutes elapses and the recording hasn't finished it simply waits until it has before turning off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DebbieG on 8 May 2009
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If i can i will start with a couple of small negatives. For me the back-light around the power button is too bright and focused making it distracting, especialy in low light. I live in a weak signal area for freeview no matter what transmitter i point the arial at but only 2 channels seem affected by this...ITV1 and CH4 give a jumpy but watchable picture all the rest are fine.
The good stuff: Lots of features, easy to use, looks good, i like the feel of the buttons on the remote control.
The USB transfer between the recorder and PC works a treat although to watch a programme on the PC takes 3rd party software as the recorder uses the ".REC" format, easily found by Google though.Still with USB...The firmware is easily updated too.
I WOULD recommend this to anyone that is thinking about going for freeview and/or needing to replace a worn out VHS machine.
I would have given it 4.5 stars but the rating wouldn't let me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Beard on 13 April 2010
I purchased a 5810 in Feb 09, with a view to eventually adding some of the TAPS offered on the Toppy website. I "upgraded" from a plain old VCR, so the improvement in picture quality and multi channel recording was greatly looked forward to and initially it didn't disappoint.

To say I'm disappointed now is an understatement. From day 1, the 5810 failed to record, or decided to apparently record a full programme for the timer to zip through at 4 times normal speed on replay and I only had 25% of the programme recorded. It also starts late and ends early, which can't be padded if it's a series (one-off programmes can be).

It's now taken to freezing constantly. Any attempt to access my recordings and play causes a freeze and the machine has to be hard booted. I've just disconnected it and reconnected my old Panasonic VCR.

Those users who like tinkering and adding their own TAPs software will no doubt decry my lack of ambition in using this product. Yes the remote is rubbish and the EPG is a disaster (white on grey - brilliant!). But why should I have to muck around with a consumer product and treat it like a PC - it's just supposed to record and let me watch the programmes - how difficult can that be?

I'll call the Topfield HD, but other posts about this product don't fill me with much confidence. In summary, this is a terrible product and should withdrawn from sale.

UPDATE: 01 May 10: PVR now back from Turbosat (Tech Dept), with a brand new hard drive as the old one had apparently expired. It remains to be seen if it lasts another 12 months
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leon Kowalski on 9 Dec. 2009
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After 24 hrs I can honestly say that I am impressed with this machine. However, to be critical, I do have 1 issue and that is the remote control. It is quite a generic one, with small rubber buttons, and a lot of them. The icing on the cake would have been to have a remote like the Sky+ or Thompson machines; obvious buttons which are large and tactile.

On a very good point, I was concerned with reports that the machine has a loud fan. I can say that this is not the case at all. It is detectable, but only just and then only if there is little background noise and what is being viewed has been muted. For those concerned with power and leaving it on, It uses 28w max and 18w in standby. Once recordings have been set up, you can safely switch to standby and it will record as required.

Finally, Transfer to PC is very simple once the 'Altair' software is downloaded from the toppy.org website. In my opinion, 'mystuff' is an absolute must as the machine's firmware is not very nice or as functional as 'Mystuff 6.1'. I use VLC Media Player to watch transferred native .REC files on my PC. This program also converts to various formats, inc MP4 Video.

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09 Dec 09: This is by far the best PVR I have ever had. I suggest anyone first look around the web for reviews on it before purchasing. It can get technical once you decide to upgrade with the downloadable TAPs, which is probably the main reason for buying it as the Humax is a very good machine also but does not have the functionality of this one.
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