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Monday Madness Special Offer.. Was £39.99

Go Digital with this Set Top Box with HD Upscaling to 1080i. For those of you who already have HD Ready TVs actual HD content is still hard to come by. Unless you want to pay hefty Sky HD or Virgin Media subscriptions the GDB15HD is the next best thing, sharpening those often blocky, smeared images to a crisp 1080i resolution.
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#1
cheers. just ordered . anyone know what there like? quality wise?
#2
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w302/bucketandbucket/GDB15HD.jpg
#3
Does anyone know the returns policy for Goodman's or a product like this?

Ive tried free view on my TV before and cant get any of the major channels very well but i always wondered if it was due to the free view box i was using (the free view tester says i should have no problems)

Could i order one of these and if it doesn't work as well as id like send it back for a refund?
#4
elecious
Does anyone know the returns policy for Goodman's or a product like this?
...the free view tester says i should have no problems...
Could i order one of these and if it doesn't work as well as id like send it back for a refund?

Distance selling regs means you could reject item within 7 days of receipt under certain circumstances.
Freeview reception quality is based on a number of factors besides your indicated reception area: typically you would need a suitable (read: decent) antenna with equally decent cabling.
As an observation:
it may be questionable to abuse a vendor's offer by rejecting goods due to potentially inadequate customer equipment.
#5
elecious

Ive tried free view on my TV before and cant get any of the major channels very well


Could be a number of things:

A weak signal near your house due to obstruction from buildings/tress etc

Your aerial may not be pointing directly at the transmitter

The cable from the aerial to your freeview box may be damaged or of poor quality.

Might be worth trying a cheap signal booster on your existing box before buying another one
#6
Hi

You can find our returns policy on the website, or link below

http://www.goodmansdirect.co.uk/terms.aspx#11

Thank you
Angela
#7
how much better does this make freeview look?
#8
I can't really see how it would make it look any better, to be honest... doesn't the transmission have to be in HD and standard digital transmission is pretty rubbish in a lot of cases? Or does this box simply clean up a lot of the image artefacts you get on some pictures? The BBC has been particularly ****** of late, I've noticed.
#9
upscaling is normally pretty good,
sky HD is upscaled anyway so will be as good in theory
#10
ReflexReact;1483118
how much better does this make freeview look?


Lots of reviews on Amazon. Average overall is 3 out of 5, some excellent, some appalling
#11
elecious;1482898
Does anyone know the returns policy for Goodman's or a product like this?

Ive tried free view on my TV before and cant get any of the major channels very well but i always wondered if it was due to the free view box i was using (the free view tester says i should have no problems)

Could i order one of these and if it doesn't work as well as id like send it back for a refund?


Welcome to HUKD elecious :)
#12
and that's the kind of upscaling I was wondering about... as the Sky HD box in Currys on the high street in Exeter is just as bad as normal Sky, from what I could see! The only improvement I could see was in a football game on Sky Sports HD and it looked amazing. That makes me think it's more to do with the cameras that are used to shoot the video or something perhaps?

I dunno... all very confusing!
#13
I've got this box and the upscaling isn't bad, but not amazing. It's no better or worse than a RGB SCART picture upscaled by the TV itself. I don't think there's much that can be done to make a freeview picture any better than it is, I'd say the most important factor is the quality of your screen in the first place.
#14
I fell into the Freeview trap by checking the website and it saying i should receive perfect reception. I bought a Sagem box and got no channels, then a Philips box and still no channels. Then, figuring it must be my aerial, i purchased the exact aerial as recommended by Philips and got a small selection of channels that dropped out constantly.

All in all was very dissapointed. Still, thats just my unique experience but dont assume you will get all channels just because the freeview postcode checker says that you will.
#15
same here
bought the prism freeview box from tesco (based on the old and highly regarded sony box?)
0 channels... 1 if used with a portable aerial out the window :)
1 Like #16
I brought one of these before christmas.

I'd brought a sony 26t3000 telly which had got fantastic reviews, and the picture from an xbox 360 (both games and films via vga) is amazing, but compared to our old 28" crt sony, the in-built freeview upscaled picture was nowhere near as good as you'd expect from a sony. I think if we didn't have a big crt on the go in another room I'd have probably put up with it.

It was bugging me though, so got one of these from amazon for £42 and it's very hard to put my finger on why, but the picture is definitely better, blacks blacker and it just doesn't look as compressed as the inbuilt sony freeview. Only downside is that it does take slightly longer to change channel than the inbuilt system (not much at all. worth the small wait and having two remotes though).

This is on a 26" telly, if I'd brought one without inbuilt freeview (looked at loads), I'd definitely recommend this box. Also, on a general crt to lcd change, I've found that cheaply produced telly looks worse and more garishlsh than on a crt, but high quality input like films look much better.

hope that's some help.
#17
Ive got it hooked into a 32@ LCD, the pics definately better with this via HDMI than it is from Sky with a s-video. I use it most when Im recording two programmes on Sky, but for programmes that are visually stunning on Freeview channels then I switch to this 'cos its so much better.
#18
Theres a youtube review here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0EUsmLcsmI

From my understanding, freeviews are best used with outside aerials.
#19
I have one bought it from Amazon for £27 a while ago and use it in my bedroom. Yes the pics are as good as my humax downstairs. The EPG is a bit poor. So I would say its worth £25.
#20
rudey
upscaling is normally pretty good,
sky HD is upscaled anyway so will be as good in theory


I can't see the scaler in a £25 box being any better than what you'd find in a half decent TV. In other words, the upscaling may give you a worse picture than outputting in 576i. Still, uising a HDMI connection over scart should certainley have some benefit.
banned#21
If you get a rubbish signal (must have channels) I found using a gold plated scart lead improved picture quality.
#22
Good if your computer monitor has an HDMI input like my HP,can make a cheap telly for the bedroom.
#23
Would this work ok with the cheapo Argos £199 Beko LCD from a few months ago?!
(32WLA520HD)
#24
HarryB
same here
bought the prism freeview box from tesco (based on the old and highly regarded sony box?)
0 channels... 1 if used with a portable aerial out the window :)


Nothing wrong with the Tesco ones! They work great at my house, its the cheap woolworths ones that dont work (an engineer tested them).

If you are using a portable aerial its unlikely to work, or if you have only average or rather poor anlogue signal at the moment, you can't expect to recieve freeview. You need at least a roof aerial and a booster in most areas otherwise you'll get glitchy / dropout channels or none at all.

I think freeview is great, even if you do have to call someone to fit a new aerial, its not too expensive.
#25
phil001
Would this work ok with the cheapo Argos £199 Beko LCD from a few months ago?!
(32WLA520HD)


Yes it will work fine, it comes with a scart cable to plug into the back of your TV. A scart cable is probably what you use if you have a DVD player at the moment.
#26
Netizen
I've got this box and the upscaling isn't bad, but not amazing. It's no better or worse than a RGB SCART picture upscaled by the TV itself. I don't think there's much that can be done to make a freeview picture any better than it is, I'd say the most important factor is the quality of your screen in the first place.


Did you actually use a HDMI cable? You need one to upscale. Just wandering whether to get one instead of my regular freeview built into my TV.
#27
If you don't already have freeview and you have an HD ready TV then the fact it has an HDMI output makes this worthwhile. Just don't buy an expensive HDMI cable!
#28
I had this the other week as part of the 27" Goodmans LCD - £219 all in.

If you use this box with a HDMI cable it is noticeably better. The artifacts around words such as the BBC News ticker-tape along the bottom is much clearer. As for someones earlier comment about a poor EPG I would have to disagree. There is a daily guide or a 7-day guide and whilst in the guide you can have a small picture of what's currently on. This box will do 576, 720p and 1080i.

Recommended purchase & voted Hot.
banned#29
lumoruk
If you get a rubbish signal (must have channels) I found using a gold plated scart lead improved picture quality.


Thats a wind-up, right?
#30
I've owned this box myself and did a lot of tests on it, and I highly recommend it 'if' you connect it with HDMI. The picture quality upscaled at 720p is extremely good. 1080i is even better, but 1080i not as fluid with motion.

(Tested on my Panasonic Plasma '06 model TV, and Panasonic has one of the best in-built TV picture quality)

I also tested on a 37" TV, the results were not 'as' noticable, but I think this was more due to the limitation of LCD while comparing to Plasma.

(I also tried with SCART on Plasma and LCD, and the results were horrible)
#31
Double post
#32
elecious
Does anyone know the returns policy for Goodman's or a product like this?

Ive tried free view on my TV before and cant get any of the major channels very well but i always wondered if it was due to the free view box i was using (the free view tester says i should have no problems)

Could i order one of these and if it doesn't work as well as id like send it back for a refund?


I had the same problem with my digibox, I got an aerial booster and now can get all the digital channels.
#33
Nice find, looks quite nice as well... but already got a HDD digital receiver.
#34
adgloride
I had the same problem with my digibox, I got an aerial booster and now can get all the digital channels.


That's nothing to do with the product... because the country is gonna be fully digital soon, they have had to turn the signal down a little bit. So that sounds like ur signal not the box... cos I never got all the channels, then randomly one day I did, and have since.
#35
Thanks for the link. Just about to order one, my other box keeps crashing on me. v.annoying
#36
Does this have sound out ports aswell?
I'm thinking of connecting the hdmi to dvi on my monitor and then using a scart output to get the sound to my speakers - would that work?
#37
anyone recommend a freeview box that records, one that wont break the bank
#38
icookalot4u;1484854
anyone recommend a freeview box that records, one that wont break the bank


I bought a Humax PVR recently on the recommendation of lot's of user groups and it's great. I find myself wanting to pat it when I go to bed and say hello when I wake up :)
It's far user friendly than the wife and performs perfectly even when I have a headache.:whistling:
It may cost a bit more but you won't be disappointed.
#39
Need something like this but with a HD Drive but for a good price?? any idears?? seems you can only get HDMI or a HD Drive for Sub 100 quid... if you want both looking at 150..... Bahhh!
banned#40
babylon
Good if your computer monitor has an HDMI input like my HP,can make a cheap telly for the bedroom.


Doesn't work, the Monitor expects a computer signal, you have to buy a £30 device that converts the signal.

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