Sony VTX-D800U Freeview Digital TV Set Top Box
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- Access all FREEVIEW TV and radio channels through an analogue television (subject to local signal strength and suitable aerial)
- Receive up to 30 digital channels with no additional subscription charges
- Quick easy installation
- Vertical or horizontal installation (stand supplied)
- FastEPG (electronic program guide) 7 day ready
- 2SCART sockets (cable included)
- Digital/analogue audio output
- Near instantaneous interactive services (MHEG)
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Stylish vertical design. Electronic Programme Guide. Auto set-up and tuning. Optical Digital Audio output. 8 favourites lists (4x TV 4x radio). 2 scarts (1x RGB). Smartlink. Can be positioned horizontally or vertically with supplied stand.
The VTXD800U digital set-top box was voted as the best buy in "what Video & TV" magazine november 2003. The VTXD800U has all the latest features and will allow an analogue TV to receive Freeview Digital channels.See all Product description
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Further to the reviewer who only gave it 3/5, you can quite easily deselect channels you do not want to appear on the schedule, through the setup menu.
My God, this is even better. Same picture and sound quality but the speed of this box is fantastic on both channel change and the EPG. (a real problem with the Philips) The EPG is much clearer and easier to use than that of the Philips and smartlink record setup much easier.
Took about a minute from switching it on, for the first time, to watching perfect clear pictures
But the best thing of all is that you have separate buttons on the remote which can be programmed to turn on/off your telly (any make) and change the volume, so you can do away with your old telly remote. Fantastic. It shows that Sony have really thought about this device and I can tell you they have delivered.
My advice : don't buy any other digibox...its worth the extra few quid.
The Sony's feature set is impressive: individual "favourite channel" lists for TV and radio, parental lock, and a very clever timer mode for selecting channels in advance, for feeding to a VCR/DVDR over the SCART cable (9 events can be set). If you're lucky enough to have a recorder with Smartlink, the box will instruct the recorder for you. If you don't have Smartlink, you'll need to set the receiver timer and recorder timer independently of each other.
The remote control can be programmed to operate basic functions (volume, channel up/down, standby) of most modern TV sets, and the control interface itself is nicely intuitive.
Want more? 16:9 or 4:3 viewing mode, automatic software upgrade, EPG, it's all there. There's also a detachable stand for the box, if you prefer to place it in a vertical orientation (how very PS2).
The only downside is that it has no card slot, so it can't support Top-up TV or other subscription services.
It's not the cheapest, but as a basic Freeview receiver it's absolutely outstanding.
Hurrah for Sony! Had it 4 months now, always there, never been re-programmed, VERY fast channel change, and excellent quality vision and sound. Just bought a 2nd one!
Set-up was very simple and took about two minutes - basically, a case of plugging in the leads then letting the unit perform a quick auto-tune scan then off you go! Reception quality is outstanding (as you would expect) and if you have other Sony devices (tv, video,etc) they can all be operated from the single remote control supplied.
The Electronic Program Guide is clear and simple to use (similar to the Sky system) and includes the facility to set up favourite channels, to save time scanning. Both the digital tv and radio stations give onscreen information about what you are watching/listening to.
The unit is small, light and stylish and comes with a vertical stand, so you can stand it next to your PS2 should you have one! This freeview box is the usual top quality/design from Sony and at a good price too. Highly recommended.
What makes it better than most - and worth the highish price-tag - are the audio-out options. Both a stereo 3.5mm Jack (although phono sockets would have been better) and S/PDIF optical out for use with a home cinema. Coupling the audio out into the hi-fi provides very good sound indeed. I compared the Radio Three on freeview with a £250 FM tuner (fed with a five element outdoor aerial) and it was a closer run thing than expected.
Why only four stars? It is expensive compared to the competition and it would be hard to justify for most users. However if you want digital radio services, this could be a practical alternative to a DAB tuner.
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