Good quality box with an excellent easy to use guide which updates instantly
18 May 2009
Excerpt: Ive owned this freeview box now for over 2 years. Whilst not the smallest freeview box its 48mmx215mmx240mm, and comes with a stand to allow you to place in a vertical position, but looks fine sat ontop of the DVD player. Allow a good couple of inch's at the back for the scart sockets. It has 2 scart sockets on the back (TV & VCR/DVD) and an tv ariel socket, a power on/off button and channnel +/- button on the front.
Excerpt: Without a doubt, the most reliable freeview box I have owned! This was the first freeview box I ever purchased and paid £92 for it, which was a couple of years ago so I assume pfar cheaper now. Design: The box itself is a great design, it can be stood upright or it can be led sideways (the stand at the bottom can be removed). It's very simplistic with only 3 buttons on the front, channel up/down and the on/off at the bottom.
Excerpt: I bought this product after reading reviews and I have to say that it lives up to it`s reputation. I paid £79 for this unit from Comet which is not the cheapest box but it is reliable. It`s an attractive unit which can be laid on it`s side or upright. I did not realise just how bad my old unit was until I bought this. It actually works without picture freezing.
Excerpt: I'll keep this short, the other guys have summed up and I agree with their comments, just to add: 1) It actually WORKS, i.e. the software (unlike so many other boxes) does NOT crash. 2) Their marketing department should be shot for the idiotic 'vertical' design. What's that all about? 3) For whatever reason My VCR cannot 'see' any freeview channel - but I think that may be more my fault.
Pros: It works ! ! ! Hurrrragh
Cons: A vertical standing design?? Are you serious?
Excerpt: I bought this box to replace a Goodmans, which kept turning itself off (as found by other reviewers). I bought the Sony solely on the strength of consistent excellent reviews and it did produce a good picture. However, there were at least three key channels which even the Goodmans could receive, but where the Sony was totally unreliable. These included Channel 5.
Summary: The picture quality on this freeview box is second to none. I'm sure that the consumer with the complaint saying that this freeview box had inferior picture quality to the one built into the TV is probably because the video output settings are not optimised. Use RGB output and connect to an RGB-enabled scart on the TV and you will not be disappointed. With output set at Video, there will be a slight shimmer as with most AV equipment.
Summary: I live in an area where Freeview is supposed not to be available, but after installing a Televes DAT45 aerial I found that it is possible to receive sufficient signal. I have tried four other set top boxes each of which had its own problems. I finally bought this Sony box which has proved to be the best yet by a big margin. A clear users manual, very easy installation and now the best picture I have seen from either Freeview or Sky.
Summary: We purchased two of these boxes in Dec 2004 for the two TVs in our house. We went for Sony really because we have always used the brand for most of our A/V electronics and find them higher quality and better features generally. This digital freeview box was no exception, flicking between channels is very fast compared to cheaper boxes which take a few seconds to change. The on screen menus are clearly laid out with sharp text and are fast.
Getting up and running with digital freeview was easier than I thought thanks to Sony
19 April 2006
Excerpt: WHAT IS IT? Digital terrestrial receiver (also known as a freeview or set top box) for picking up digital TV programmes and signals from outer space (only joking). WHAT TWISTED MY ARM TO BUY THIS? Whether we like it or not, in several years' time we're all going to have to switch over to digital broadcasting to watch any TV programme. Rather than be forced later on, I decided to take the plunge now.