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Black Topfield TF5800PVR 250GB Twin Tuner Freeview PVR £200.97 Delivered

£200.97 @ SVP
99p delivery using economy delivery for mainland UK. £3% Quido available too! The Topfield TF5800PVR (or "Toppy" as it is affectionately known) is a uniquely specified Freeview PVR (Personal Video … Read More
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The Topfield TF5800PVR (or "Toppy" as it is affectionately known) is a uniquely specified Freeview PVR (Personal Video Recorder). Twin Freeview tuners enable you to watch and record two channels at once and it will output two different programmes (including recordings and live transmissions) simultaneously via its RF outputs and SCART socket. You can record/pause/rewind/fast-forward live television and edit recordings on the hard disk for later playback or output to your PC.

Further, the TF5800 allows user-developed application programmes (TAPs) to be added via USB2.0, increasing features and functionality beyond the already impressive array on offer, enabling limitless software control possibilities. Yet, with all that functionality, it is a sprightly performer - channels change in under a second, bringing an end to frustratingly slow Freeview surfing.
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#1
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#2
Just out of curiosity which is better this, or the humax one?
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coolestaj;1410844
Just out of curiosity which is better this, or the humax one?


Probably the Toppy. You can read up lots on this subject (check AVForums). What I think you will find is that the Humax is better out of the box and the Topfield is better once you have applied the user defined changes (TAPS) to it which you can get off the internet. So if you like fiddling then the Topfield is probably for you. In addition the Topfield can output component which may be important to you. The new Topfield due out soon will output HDMI. The Topfield is silent too as it has no fan, though the Humax fan only operates when it is out of standby (i.e. in operation). I just bought the Humax for my Dad a) because it was less than £140 and b) he won't be able to load TAPS onto it.
#4
Searcher2
Probably the Toppy. You can read up lots on this subject (check AVForums). What I think you will find is that the Humax is better out of the box and the Topfield is better once you have applied the user defined changes (TAPS) to it which you can get off the internet. So if you like fiddling then the Topfield is probably for you. In addition the Topfield can output component which may be important to you. The new Topfield due out soon will output HDMI. The Topfield is silent too as it has no fan, though the Humax fan only operates when it is out of standby (i.e. in operation). I just bought the Humax for my Dad a) because it was less than £140 and b) he won't be able to load TAPS onto it.


Thanks for that, think I will do the research but as I want to output via component then it looks like the toopfield one is for me.
#5
coolestaj;1410911
Thanks for that, think I will do the research but as I want to output via component then it looks like the toopfield one is for me.

I think you will find that both Humax and Topfield users are generally very happy with their machines. Having said that the Topfield can output component I did read of one bloke who reckoned that he got a better picture using RGB via SCART than by component via SCART!! At least you have the option with it.
The one annoying this on the Humax for me is the EPG takes ages to populate (it is empty when you take it out of standby). I presume the Topfield has a TAP that enables retention of the EPG after switching off. I know there is a TAP for the Topfield that allows you to record all programs with certain text in it - which means you can set it recording programs which are not even in the EPG at the time of setting the recording.
I would think that your dilemma will be between this Topfield and waiting for the new one.
#6
I would add to the above the Topfield has a dreadful out of the box EPG (just displays 4 channels at a time) & functionality. While you can use it like this, quite a few people do, it would be wise to at least put one of the many EPG taps on it. They all work very well & are always populated.

If you want a more out of the box ready PVR the Humax is it.

The component despite being fed via scart is very good indeed. You may prefer the brighter/shinyer output of RGB tho'
#7
Geez I was gonna post a deal on this Topfield today too until I saw this thread. £15 cheaper than my deal!!!

HUKDs come to the rescue again!
#8
Great price, but bear in mind that a new model of the topfield is due for release very soon now, although a new firmware release for this version will be relelsed for the 5800 which will bring many if not all the features of the newer model.
#9
Topfield is fine out the box, perfectly useable and does all you really need.

Obviously not going to please all when your dealing with TV buffs and techy anoraks.

Very user friendly too, my father is near 80 and he doesn't have an issue with it.

Edit, its also for sale at Empire Direct at £199.99 with free delivery, think they on Quidco too..used to have some join up fee for about £15 to increase warranty if its still on and available.

Also about £229 at JL, will be vouchers out there to bring down and comes with 2yr warranty.
#10
Searcher2
I presume the Topfield has a TAP that enables retention of the EPG after switching off.


We have nil Taps and it doesn't seem to lose the EPG
#11
the humax while is good unfortunately its last update for series link is naff.
#12
This is a great PVR and a great price. It's £229 +3% quidco at John lewis plus yould should be able to get at least £10 off with a voucher if you want to get the longer warrenty period John Lewis offers. It's a complicated bit of kit so the extra might well be worth it.

Nice find though
#13
gogboy
Topfield is fine out the box, perfectly useable and does all you really need.

Obviously not going to please all when your dealing with TV buffs and techy anoraks.


I was bitterly dismayed when I switched it on. I liked quite a few of it's features but it's annoyances quickly picked up steam. For me tho' it passed it's main criteria of being quiet, sensitive & very good picture & sound quality (had to compare very favourably with the Sony box). Without any of that i would've considered it a pile of junk :p
#14
Can't be bothered to do the maths properly (math for all those crazy Yanks out there!) but it could work out about the same price at Firebox (£219.95 - £5 voucher(always a few of these knocking about) + £3.95 postage = £218.90, but with 10% Quidco on the pre VAT price it should be about the same.

To be honest though, I'd wait and see how much the new model is, as that's supposedly got HDMI and HD upscaling so should give a nicer picture!
#15
Is there anything this good but MUCH cheaper? Say something in the region of £100?

Requirements would be:

twin tuner
hard drive
good reliability & make
#16
Mike73
To be honest though, I'd wait and see how much the new model is, as that's supposedly got HDMI and HD upscaling so should give a nicer picture!


Crazy to buy anything near the 200 notes mark that isn't HDMI out with upscaling.
#17
Mike73
To be honest though, I'd wait and see how much the new model is, as that's supposedly got HDMI and HD upscaling so should give a nicer picture!


Crazy to buy anything near the 200 notes mark that isn't HDMI without upscaling.
#18
Mmmm, Topfield with HDMI out and upscaling. Was thinking about going for one of these as a replacement for a Thomson (which is annoying me these days), but now that I know a new one's on the way I reckon I'll hang on for a bit.

Is there a good website which explains more about these TAPs things, and has a good selection of them for downloading?
#19
i have had my toppy for over a year now and can honestly say that out of all my gadgets (toys according to mrs c)
this is the best and most useful kit i have ever owned
cannot recommend it highly enough-
there is a massive support community and loads of extras you can add to it to make it operate how you want it to

go to [url]www.toppy.org.uk/[/url]

for more info - support and downloads
#20
I have owned a Topfield 5800 for several years now.

It is one of the best items I have ever bought. Really would miss having one.

For those used to Sky Plus. The Topfield actually is better as you can record (depending on channels) three programmes at the same time, or record two at the same timeand watch a previous recording.

It costs a little more than other twin tuner models out there. But the functionality is far greater.
Only the humax 9200 is comparable.

You could wait for the new model but I would expect that to cost quite a lot of money when it first gets released. The 5800 will do what you need.
#21
ive stuck with digifusion boxes for three years and nothing ive seen has come close to em.....also there only around the 100 / 150 mark.....two channels recording at once and watching something in ur library at the same time is awesome...quality epg as well....tried a humax one and took it back straight away
#22
Surely its worth waiting now for freesat from the bbc/itv? HD is going to be available through that aswell for no extra charge.
#23
Searcher2
The one annoying this on the Humax for me is the EPG takes ages to populate (it is empty when you take it out of standby).

It's a lot better in the latest firmware (should be going OTA in next 2 weeks) - .20

There may well be a fan in the Hummy. But, if there is, I've never heard it.
The new series link feature (in .20) shows promise, but it's just not quite there. That isn't the fault of Humax. It's the fault of the TV companies for not ensuring their programme data is updated correctly.

Been a happy Humax 9200T owner for 2yrs now. Changed my viewing habits completely.
#24
mercurystar999;1412358
Surely its worth waiting now for freesat from the bbc/itv? HD is going to be available through that aswell for no extra charge.

I am waiting for Freesat HD... but I have had a Humax for little over 6 months and it was worth buying just for that time alone. Freesat HD will need a satellite dish which some people do not want. I have one but do not know yet how it will impact the current channels I am receiving (will I need another dish etc.). I don't expect there to be many programs on Freesat HD when it starts up either. A lot of programs I record are on Film 4, BBC3, ITV4 etc. I am not sure these will be available.
For £140 the Humax was a bit of a no-brainer. I had 2 attempts at the above mentioned Digifusion both of which did not even switch on out of the box. My mate's lasted 12 months before he lost all his kids recordings on it. There is a reason Digifusion prices plumetted over the last 18 months and that is reliability.
Humax and Topfield are the best for reliability and picture quality. Others are entering the market but these two are well established and stable.
#25
Out of stock.
#26
Out of stock at SVP - but £209.99 incl. delivery here
#27
i have one of these, and it was the best thing i ever bought, its navigation speed is excellent, and that is something that has annoyed me since we were sold down the river of "digital is better"... box speeds have beed dreadful, this one however is excellent.
it's useable out of the box, no problems really, but start adding taps and it will really come to life :) ... dont like the EPG ? ... then load a new one via a TAP ... gotta love that flexibility :) and thats a good price too
#28
These are being discounted due to the imminent release of the TF5810 - with HDMI and 500GB hard drive.

Still a good price for a great piece of kit.
#29
SilverBlack
Out of stock.


£200 delivered @ Empire Direct
#30
If they are being discounted, hopefully there'll drop even further once the new unit is available. Actually am I bothered?? Do I really want 2?
#31
Anyone have any idea when the TF5810 is realistically expected to hit the shops?
#32
Does anyone know if - or how - you can use codes when paying with paypal at SVP?

Ta!


Edit: Just sussed it... Was going direct to PP before viewing cart. Panic stations over!

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