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5.0 out of 5 stars Much maligned...., 1 Dec 2010
This review is from: Philips HDT8520 500GB PVR Freeview HD Digital Terrestrial Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
After reading these reviews, their certainly are two camps of thought, however I took the plunge and bought one as the form factor (basically size) dictated that something small was needed. After install, I have to confess the initial software was very counter intuitive with selecting OK from the Guide means you want to record it but not watch it. However I downloaded 5.15 firmware from Philips site, put onto a USB stick and performed the software upgrade, and wham, its done and what a difference.
I had a Sony RDR-HXD860 with 320Gb drive and HDMI out going into my Yamaha soundbar, the standard definition picture with the Sony always had lines in the background and noise. Not too annoying but slightly distracting nevertheless. The SD Freeview picture from the Philips is just lovely, upscaled to 1080i or 720p and no lines, clean as a bell, it looks like HD quite frankly.
As per the guide, recording ease etc, all seems very natural, I use a Logitech Harmony universal remote 555 and it worked first time out of the box, so that was painless also.
Only negatives is that the sound output is slightly quieter than the Sony but not a major problem, changing channels takes 1 second so it isn't instant. But I am splitting hairs, I couldn't be happier and I would strongly recommend this product especially with the new firmware from Philips/Pace.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2010 12:48:05 GMT
X says:
Couldn't agree more about picture quality - I also think it's one of the classiest looking boxes on the market. I spoke to Philips recently and was told it will have a few more updates which will improve performance even more.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2010 19:55:45 GMT
I have just bought one after reading your review so I hope that Philips have none the MOD's that you have talked about. Thanks

Posted on 18 Jun 2011 18:05:30 BDT
T. L. McKee says:
Matt,

Thanks for posting the info on the firware update for the Philips HDT8520. The guide was driving me mad......................sorted, thanks lloydmac from Glasgow.
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