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EXPIRED: Topfield TF 5800 PVR T DIGITAL TV RECORDER (250gb) £184.94

£184.94 @ Dixons
Digital TV Receiver - for extra channels 250GB Hard Drive - Record up to 130 Hrs One touch recording & EPG - For ease of use Timeslip - Pause and Rewind live TV Picture in Picture - Watch two … Read More
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9y, 2m agoFound 9 years, 2 months ago
Digital TV Receiver - for extra channels
250GB Hard Drive - Record up to 130 Hrs
One touch recording & EPG - For ease of use
Timeslip - Pause and Rewind live TV
Picture in Picture - Watch two channels
Product code: 522544
If you have an Egg card you can get an additional 5% off
Price includes Standard Delivery of £4.95
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#1
Great price!

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#2
the toppy is a top machine!!

BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY!!!! :thumbsup:
#3
garbage456
is this the twin tuner one?


Twin Tuner - Watch 1 channel record another (some docs also mentions recording 3 channels at once) (just bought one!!)
#4
garbage456;1799696
is this the twin tuner one?


Yes

This amazing Personal Video Recorders offers a massive 250Gb Hard Drive for both Digital recordings as well as MP3s. This digital Freeview receiver has [COLOR=Red]Twin Tuners allowing you to record two channels[/COLOR] and then using the picture in picture function you can watch up to another two channels at the same time, so you never miss anything just because the schedules clash!

Easy to plan recordings is no more difficult than highlighting the onscreen menu (EPG) and pressing the record button, from here you can pre-plan not just an episode but the series using up to 70 pre-record program timers

Compatible for live Pay-per View broadcasts, allowing you to watch even more entertainment channels such as Setanta Sports

Further to this, the TF5800 allows user-developed application programmes - or ''TAPs'' - to be added via USB2, increasing features and functionality beyond the already impressive array on offer, enabling limitless software control possibilities therefore future proving your receiver

Connect your home computer via USB2.0 and transfer your MP3 collection on to the built-in hard drive
#5
Can you copy off recorded programmes like the humax 9200 via USB?
#6
garbage456
is this the twin tuner one?


depending on what channels it is you want, you can acutally watch 2 AND record 2 all at the same time! the second channel is in any corner you want it to be :-D

i've had one for 3 years now and its the best money i've ever spent! i paid £330 for the 160GB!
#7
neilori
Can you copy off recorded programmes like the humax 9200 via USB?


YES - hot buy
#8
neilori
Can you copy off recorded programmes like the humax 9200 via USB?


the main use for the usb though is for firmware updates and for installing taps, little programs that make it even better! the newest firmware also adds freeview playback
#9
Please please please remember to put the price in the thread title. Us "text only" viewers cannot see the price without opening the thread. Thanks.
#10
Nice price. I suppose they are discounting these to clear stock because the new model with HDMI upscaling has been released. Voted hot
#11
Does it have Series Link recording? Cant seem to find it listed anywhere even on Topfields spec sheet (unless I overlooked it).
Too me series link is make or break on this deal as I just cancelled Sky+ and im too used to setting a series too record, to now have to remember week after week.
Would have thought this feature would be a strong marketing point.
#12
I hope they don't all have the Personal Video Recorder and icons printed/stuck on at a slightly drunk angle!! Good price though.
#13
a1
Does it have Series Link recording? Cant seem to find it listed anywhere even on Topfields spec sheet (unless I overlooked it).
Too me series link is make or break on this deal as I just cancelled Sky+ and im too used to setting a series too record, to now have to remember week after week.
Would have thought this feature would be a strong marketing point.


its the new firmware that you can get from toppy.org.uk (or it'll be broadcast OTA soon) that'll allow series link but there are taps that'll do it to.
#14
Voted hot. Love my 250gb topfield, and better value at this price than the newer 5810 at approx £300 imo :)
#15
Do be aware that the replacement for this model is now out - the TF5810, however it's currently about double the price, so this is a much better deal!
#16
what does this record? just regular 5 channel TV & Freeview [or] can it record SKY aswell - doubt it, but that'd be awesome :)
#17
I have this product and it will record all Freeview channels.

It will also record a series using the mystuff TAP which enhances the EPG and adds some functionality. A TAP is a piece of software that you download to the "toppy" to enhance its functionality.

You can also transfer programs to your computer and use software called Projectx to convert them to a dvd (or other) format . However I believe the USB port is 1.1 so transfer rates are slow.

Check out toppy.org,uk to see what you can do with this box.
banned#18
Has anyone any news on how quiet this is? Suitable for a bedroom?
#19
stevenpcurtis;1804895
Has anyone any news on how quiet this is? Suitable for a bedroom?


It has no fan so is as quiet as they come.
#20
One of the best PVR's you can get, once you spend the time customising it with Taps it looks and functions just like sky+ It can also do a lot lot more :thumbsup:

To answer the question of noise, all I can say is that mine is almost silent.

Great Price!
#21
Just look at toppy.org.uk for all the news and enhancements (TAPs) people have written.
#22
Lightbreeze;1804700

It will also record a series using the mystuff TAP which enhances the EPG and adds some functionality. A TAP is a piece of software that you download to the "toppy" to enhance its functionality.

You would think Topfield would add a series link function as standard, if it can be done. I think it is a really integral part of a PVR.
banned#23
Do you need a CAM card to pick up Satanta?
#24
stevenpcurtis
Do you need a CAM card to pick up Satanta?


Yes you need a CAM but they can be had for peanuts, well half the price Setanta charge you, which was £30, not sure if they still charge that
#25
Simply The Best,

Had one for a few years [160gb]. The wife was against one initially but absolutely loves her toppy now and couldnt be without it.

The toppy's vanilla menu's and EPG are a bit, well, **** so please be aware your gonna have to use quite a few TAPS to get the best out of it. BobD's MyStuff is a must as is an epg grabber but I think this now all comes bundled and is a simple .exe file you execute on the toppy by way of "altair" an ftp application.

Record 2 watch another depending on what multiplex your recording.

Transfer of recordings via the USB are possible but painfully slow 15mins for an hour long show!


If you going to get one you MUST go to [url]www.toppy.org.uk[/url] and get the lowdown on this piece of kit and the added functionality possible. It completely blows the competition away.


I now use a MCE machine for my recordings as I cant get near the toppy, the wife has the hard drive almost always permanently full.


Buy One as long as your PC literate.


HTH

PC
#26
pc1962
The toppy's vanilla menu's and EPG are a bit, well, **** so please be aware your gonna have to use quite a few TAPS to get the best out of it.

Transfer of recordings via the USB are possible but painfully slow 15mins for an hour long show!

Buy One as long as your PC literate.



EPG is far better out the box than most PVR's and it is actually useable, I have had this machine for sometime now and haven't bothered changing a thing apart from doing the firmware updates when they were needed.

Times I have transfered via USB, I didn't think it was that slow, right enough I didn't stand and watch it but made sure used a short high quality USB cable and set the machine to transfer in Turbo mode.

No need to be PC literate, my parents have one and my father uses it to record all the junk under the sun for my mother and he is nearly 80 years old
#27
Also if anyone wants one cheaper, get them on eBay from the main UK suppliers, they are doing them for £160 plus £10 post but did have them for around £130 recently and yes it was the 250gb ones.

They did say they might have some minor marks but the one I got was spot on, of course you still get 12 months warranty too.
#28
I can't agree more with the comments. This machine is the best single purchase I ever made. If you are computer literate you can do wonders with TAPS (especially MyStuff) but be warned if they screw up it can take you a while to sort the machine out. For the real geeks I believe they have a way of controlling the machine over the web or via SMS.
#29
gogboy
EPG is far better out the box than most PVR's and it is actually useable, I have had this machine for sometime now and haven't bothered changing a thing apart from doing the firmware updates when they were needed.

Times I have transfered via USB, I didn't think it was that slow, right enough I didn't stand and watch it but made sure used a short high quality USB cable and set the machine to transfer in Turbo mode.

No need to be PC literate, my parents have one and my father uses it to record all the junk under the sun for my mother and he is nearly 80 years old


What are you talking about man! If you havnt changed a thing then you seriously cant compare your only confusing the people on here. Without MyStuff or Jag's epg the vanilla epg is pants. For everybody else Mystuff is equivelent to the Sky+ EPG or near as damn it.

Look---->http://www.bobdsmystuff.co.uk/cgi/Screenshots.cgi

As for the USB transfer times, dont start talking about the turbo transfer times, again will confuse people. I work away from home and used to transfer tv solely from the toppy to laptop IT TOOK DAYS TO TRANSFER. The tranfer time is generally 3 times real time effectively 60min program=20 mins transfer time!

To get the best out of the machine you should install TAPS, this has been made easier by MyStuff now being autoinstalled instead of having to move individual files to specific folders.

Do you like the toppy when the display shows p001 when your watching bbc1 instead of BBC1 or BBC1 rec ITV1 duration left 30mins. Get real man you have no idea what your talking about. Can you skip past adverts with one click, can you setup a control timer for a program so effectively a series link and it will record every episode on a specific channel. Can you select multiple recordings and move to a specific folder or delete multiple recordings. Can you make a recording automatically move to a folder of your choice. Im only scratching the surface here.

Some people honestly!!

My dad asked for advice and as he is visually impaired an not too pc literate I told him to go for the HUMAX.

The toppy has incredible potential but to release this potential you MUST install TAPS and dont let anyone tell you different. Its honestly not that hard and theres plenty of help at toppy.org.

PC
#30
pc1962
What are you talking about man! If you havnt changed a thing then you seriously cant compare your only confusing the people on here.

PC


I'm not sure what you're trying to say here. I have a toppy and have installed lots of taps, have it wirelessly connected to my home network, it fetches the radio times into the EPG, I have even set it up to show me my email etc - I use it fully,

However, what the other poster was talking about was reassuring people who, reading this thread so far, might think that fiddling about with a computer is mandatory. It is not, it is there for those who want to.

MyStuff is a superb tap, however the toppy is perfectly usable out of the box for those whose heart sinks every time they have to get involved with a computer, which I believe is what gogboy was trying to say.

pc1962, you are also right in saying that you will need to install lots of things to unlock its complete potential;

However, not everyone likes tinkering and you will not NEED to do so to use the machine in a basic, fit-for-purpose dual recorder that is way more usable out of the box than a DVD recorder.
#31
A good rule of thumb (I have the box and have installed the additional free software taps)...

If you are pc literate and don't mind installing some software (it's not very dificult) then buy this box. It is the best AV piece of kit I have ever bought
If you aren't then get a Humax. You will get the same "out of the box" functionality for a cheaper price.

BTW - I don't use series link because my Topfield (+ mystuff tap) offers a better way to record a complete series. Series link can be quite complicated especialy when the broadcasters show repeats and change the times etc.
#32
preston99
A good rule of thumb (I have the box and have installed the additional free software taps)...

If you are pc literate and don't mind installing some software (it's not very dificult) then buy this box. It is the best AV piece of kit I have ever bought
If you aren't then get a Humax. You will get the same "out of the box" functionality for a cheaper price.


Completely agree with this advice - I thought the same but didn't want to confuse the thread as the toppy is still a good buy at that price. If you're sure you will NEVER want to customise it, then a Humax looks nicer and offers good out-of-the-box features. So long as it can chase play now?

But think long and hard before limiting yourself in this way - it is really easy to install the most basic and easy-to-use of taps - eg to jump forward 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 minutes - without getting into an endless cycle of maintenance. Never say never!

But if money is an issue and customisation is of little interest, the Humax will be a better buy. For those who want this PVR, this thread is a hot deal.
#33
Can I ask a question please as I'm a bit of a nugget when it comes to new technology!

I currently have Sky freeview as we don't get a digital signal down where we live and my terrestrial signal is crud. Will I be able to watch one channel whilst recording another and is it simple to operate once the downloads have been done? (My Husband is very pc literate, and although I'm ok with a computer I always muck things up with our DVD recorder).

Also, can I transfer easily to DVD and wipe stuff off the PVR once I've watched it.

Sorry - told you I'm a nugget!
#34
Guys, I am interested in getting a DVD Recorder with a Hard Drive - This looks a decent bit of kit. I am however concerned that this doesn't upscale to 1080p.

Can anyone give me the heads up on which system to choose with all the above??

Thanks
1 Like #35
MarnieMc
Can I ask a question please as I'm a bit of a nugget when it comes to new technology!

I currently have Sky freeview as we don't get a digital signal down where we live and my terrestrial signal is crud. Will I be able to watch one channel whilst recording another and is it simple to operate once the downloads have been done? (My Husband is very pc literate, and although I'm ok with a computer I always muck things up with our DVD recorder).

Also, can I transfer easily to DVD and wipe stuff off the PVR once I've watched it.

Sorry - told you I'm a nugget!


I don't think the toppy will work with sky free-to-air ...? Just uses a standard terrestrial aerial signal (sorry if I've misunderstood, not familiar with sky technology). Nor will it work with Cable.

Ah, think I understand ... unlike a VHS or DVD recorder, it can't "digitise" an analogue signal, so it cannot record from dvd recorder, set top box, sky box, or cable box. All it can do is grab digital signals from a terrestrial aerial and store them directly on hard disk with no re-encoding, recompression, etc - for playback at broadcast quality.
#36
rivergold
Completely agree with this advice - I thought the same but didn't want to confuse the thread as the toppy is still a good buy at that price. If you're sure you will NEVER want to customise it, then a Humax looks nicer and offers good out-of-the-box features. So long as it can chase play now?

But if money is an issue and customisation is of little interest, the Humax will be a better buy. For those who want this PVR, this thread is a hot deal.


Thats what I said at the end of my post basically, if you dont like to tinker the HUMAX is the better option, thats why my father has one now. Best not to get into the merits of either the toppy or hummy as theres an enormous thread over on digital spy.

I hope i didnt upset anyone, Im just an avid toppy user :)

Agreed Hot Deal...unfortunately after reading this thread I've became aware that there is a newer version with an upscaling HDMI port and a 500GB drive :(
#37
rivergold
I don't think the toppy will work with sky free-to-air ...? Just uses a standard terrestrial aerial signal (sorry if I've misunderstood, not familiar with sky technology). Nor will it work with Cable.

Ah, think I understand ... unlike a VHS or DVD recorder, it can't "digitise" an analogue signal, so it cannot record from dvd recorder, set top box, sky box, or cable box. All it can do is grab digital signals from a terrestrial aerial and store them directly on hard disk with no re-encoding, recompression, etc - for playback at broadcast quality.


Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:. I'll have to think about the dreaded sky plus again:x
#38
pc1962
What are you talking about man! If you havnt changed a thing then you seriously cant compare your only confusing the people on here. Without MyStuff or Jag's epg the vanilla epg is pants. For everybody else Mystuff is equivelent to the Sky+ EPG or near as damn it.

Look---->http://www.bobdsmystuff.co.uk/cgi/Screenshots.cgi

As for the USB transfer times, dont start talking about the turbo transfer times, again will confuse people. I work away from home and used to transfer tv solely from the toppy to laptop IT TOOK DAYS TO TRANSFER. The tranfer time is generally 3 times real time effectively 60min program=20 mins transfer time!

To get the best out of the machine you should install TAPS, this has been made easier by MyStuff now being autoinstalled instead of having to move individual files to specific folders.

Do you like the toppy when the display shows p001 when your watching bbc1 instead of BBC1 or BBC1 rec ITV1 duration left 30mins. Get real man you have no idea what your talking about. Can you skip past adverts with one click, can you setup a control timer for a program so effectively a series link and it will record every episode on a specific channel. Can you select multiple recordings and move to a specific folder or delete multiple recordings. Can you make a recording automatically move to a folder of your choice. Im only scratching the surface here.

Some people honestly!!

My dad asked for advice and as he is visually impaired an not too pc literate I told him to go for the HUMAX.

The toppy has incredible potential but to release this potential you MUST install TAPS and dont let anyone tell you different. Its honestly not that hard and theres plenty of help at toppy.org.

PC


What am I talking about, well read Rivergolds post and that should half explain it!!

I can compare with other PVR's that I have owned and like I said out the box its still far useable!

Ever thought that someone might not know what the Sky+ epg is like? I dont have Sky, never have done and never will, a lot of people buying this Topfield might have either owned a lesser PVR or no PVR so either way what they get out the box is very useable, not at any point did I say it could NOT be improved but it certainly isn't essential if all you want to do is point and shoot!

Turbo times will confuse, you will with all you EPG's and ad skips etc will do a far better job there, I mean all your doing is selecting Turbo mode and not touching your control afterwards, I used to work away and I moved Gigs and gigs of Programmes and like I said I didn't stand and watch it but didn't find it that slow given what you are moving.

I dont pay too much attention to the display as all I'm interested in is recording stuff and watching whats been recorded back whenever, like plenty others would only be interested in.

P001 = BBC1, P002 = BBC2 and so forth, big deal? Maybe your in the habit of forgetting what channel you are viewing? Press 'i' for info on the control. Just becasue you need it to say BBC1 on a display doesn't mean it going to hit hard with everyone else and they will collapse if they dont get that all important TAP to modify it!

Not got a clue what your on about BBC1 rec ITV1 duration left 30 mins? Get real...that blurb doesn't sound very real.

Skipping adverts takes a few quick clicks of the yellow button, you telling me you can do it every time with one click and one click only?

From the Toppy website you speak of...'Foolproof detection of all adverts is a bit of a holy grail'

As for every episode, you can do that without a TAP, my father does it with every rubbish soap in the world for my Mother.

Your only scratching 'your' personal surface, like said not everyone needs what you need.

We know it has potential but the potential does not need released if you just wants to record and watch and a good bit more, so dont get on your high horse, no one is saying anything different, that has never been in question.

I am letting people know that you dont need to do a thing to still make it very useable, wheras the way you talk its as if you need a TAP to make it function!
#39
Andyrolfe666
Guys, I am interested in getting a DVD Recorder with a Hard Drive - This looks a decent bit of kit. I am however concerned that this doesn't upscale to 1080p.

Can anyone give me the heads up on which system to choose with all the above??

Thanks


This machine doesn't have a built in DVD recorder. You can download content to a PC/laptop and burn the disk there but it can be quite slow.

The new model (TF5810) offers upscaling via HDMI but I'm not convinced it will make much difference to picture quality for current standard def broadcasts. I'm prepared to be corrected though.

HTH
#40
MarnieMc;1806547
Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:. I'll have to think about the dreaded sky plus again:x
Or wait until Freesat (the real one - not Sky's attempts at confusion).

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