Topfield TF5800PVRT 250GB Twin Tuner Freeview PVR £155.73 @ SVP - Offer Ends Noon 05/02/09 - HotUKDeals
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Topfield TF5800PVRT 250GB Twin Tuner Freeview PVR Limited Edition

Features:
- Twin Freeview tuners with independent view and record channel controls
- Connect to your home computer via USB2.0 and transfer your MP3 collection on to the built-in hard drive
- Record entire series - not just one episode - using the easy-programme timers
- Top-Up TV compatible, allowing you to watch even more
- Customise the receiver with your own personal settings using downloadable or home-brewed software
- Throw away your old VCR and watch what you want, when you want

Specifications:
- MPEG-2 digital and fully DVB compliant
- MHEG5 supported
- 2 common interfaces for CONAX, CRYPTOWORKS, IRDETO, NAGRAVISION, SECA & VIACCESS
- 2 tuners
- 2000 services (TV and Radio) programmable
- Multilingual audio support
- Multilingual menu text support
- Service switching time less than 1 second
- Favourite service list editing
- True-color On-Screen Display (OSD)
- Full Picture In Graphic (PIG) function
- 7-day Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen service information
- Subtitle supported
- Teletext supported by VBI insertion and software emulation
- Parental lock facility by service and program event
- Firmware and Data transfer from receiver to receiver
- Exciting games embedded
- S/PDIF for digital audio or Dolby AC-3 bitstream output
- Powerful trick mode supported
- Dual Decoding (PIP)
- Dual Recording and Playback simultaneously
- Dual Recording and Time-shifting simultaneously
- USB 2.0 supported for fast PC interface
- MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer 3) decoding
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1 Like #1
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#2
These Topfield Boxes are great. I bought one the same as this from Dixons just before Xmas (Now sold out) after reading up on freeview recorders. It was a toss up between this and a Humax. I got the Topfield because you can connect it to you PC via USB to add "MyStuff" - a file that makes it compete with SKY+ (but only using freeview channels, obviously). You need a little technical know-how to get "Mystuff " working but dedicated websites are out there to "hold your hand" while you reflash the Firmware and get it working just how you want it. You can drag and drop files and TV shows from/to your PC to view on laptop etc. You don't have to use "Mystuff" either, there are lots of other files available that do weird and wonderful things. You load what you want.
Take a quick look at these sites if you like the sound of it :-
http://www.toppy.org.uk/~mystuff/ - mystuff (free software application)
http://www.toppy.org.uk/ - helpful website, to get the most out of these boxes.

You can use this out of the box , but you would not be benefitting from this boxes full potential. I didn't mind paying £150+ for this box because it can be customised so much (unlike many of the cheaper Freeview recorders available currently).
Heat added :)
#3
I see it's already cooling......:(
Has anyone found one cheaper for this upgraded 250Gb model? I was lucky to have paid only £157 from Dixons in December (but that was after 10% off all DIXONS PVR's + a code for 5% off all orders + free delivery).
Dixons didn't have them listed last time I looked and they don't have those discounts any more?
#4
Agreed - they are really customizable and, with a little effort and knowledge, are much more versatile than anything else out there (except for a media pc).
I have one of these connected to an NSLU network adapter (a mini unix server) via usb. The NSLU reads tv listings from the radio times web site and uploads it to the topfield daily. the software (mystufF) running on the topfield is then able to match using search strings to find all my favorite shows and recdord them automatically.
#5
Buggy as hell, but then most freeview recorders are.

I would say that MyStuff is an absolute must if you get one of these, running the default supplied firmware with no extra software on and you will curse this machine. :thumbsup:
#6
I'm waiting for my Humax PVR800 to die on me so I can upgrade to a twin tuner but it's still going after years ! Mind you, after reading posts about this and the Humax 9150/9200s maybe I'm better off...
#7
fat-pudding;4281148
Buggy as hell, but then most freeview recorders are.

I would say that MyStuff is an absolute must if you get one of these, running the default supplied firmware with no extra software on and you will curse this machine. :thumbsup:

agreeed - I could never get the built in series links to work (not sure if it was the topfield or just free view in general). Mystuff is much more reliable for getting your series to record.
#8
Hi, does anyone know if this will record from another source i.e satellite receiver? Or does it just receive the freeview? Thanks
#9
tj9at_jp
Hi, does anyone know if this will record from another source i.e satellite receiver? Or does it just receive the freeview? Thanks


Just freeview .
#10
out of date now..

look to the future get a freesat box
#11
Bargainous, although I'm a Humax man myself....
#12
How easy is to archive off to DVD? I've a Hummy and its a REAL pain. Cheers!
#13
I have the 160GB version... and its brilliant. That cost me approx £160 around October 2008, so £155 for this version with larger HD (and face-lifted fascia by the look of the picture) is a hot deal IMHO.

Admittedly, out of the box it's nothing special (though not too bad), but running MyStuff (and the recommended patched firmware) it's awesome... very feature rich and IMHO very stable.
#14
I have had 1 9200 for 3 and a bit years without any problems. A 8000 (40gb HD) for 5 years.

tallpete33;4281171
I'm waiting for my Humax PVR800 to die on me so I can upgrade to a twin tuner but it's still going after years ! Mind you, after reading posts about this and the Humax 9150/9200s maybe I'm better off...
#15
Musicrab;4282651
How easy is to archive off to DVD? I've a Hummy and its a REAL pain. Cheers!


Looks easy TBH, have a look at the links below :)

Manual

Transfering Programs
#16
fat-pudding
Buggy as hell, but then most freeview recorders are.

I would say that MyStuff is an absolute must if you get one of these, running the default supplied firmware with no extra software on and you will curse this machine. :thumbsup:


As I think I may have said before, these do work out the box, I'm picky and and of course it could be better but what product does not fall into that category.

Have owned a Topfield for a few years now and while MyStuff might improve it, but it is certainly not essential or an absolute must.

We record a fair bit of stuff and never seem to have issues, nor do we find ourselves cursing the machine.

My father is 80 and I got him one, he manages to record every soap and rubbish programme on the go for my mother and don't hear her complaining, again this is out the box with no additions.
#17
good price heat added
#18
Some pretty mixed Amazon reviews:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/product/B000TSEOGE/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?_encoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

As many problems with these as there are with Humax. Why in heaven's name can't Panasonic or Sony get their act together and bring out something which does what the Hummy and Toppy do, but make it work properly?
#19
hallmufc
out of date now..

look to the future get a freesat box


Don't understand that statement. Is terrestrial television going somewhere?
#20
I paid around £230 for the 160gb model around 3 or 4 years ago and it is still running like a dream, it just sits there and does its job without fuss, I'm using mystuff as well.

I'm using an older firmware that is very stable, I understand that if you upgrade to one of the most recent versions you may also need to put some patches on (available from [url]www.toppy.org.uk[/url]) to correct some issues.

Mystuff is better (IMO) than the series link included with freeview.

Voted HOT at this price for what it is, however the only caveats are that it has no HDMI connectivity and won't record from freesat, if that isn't an issue for you then get this box!
#21
This is good price for one of these. I've seen them go for around £200 recently.

Anyway I've just bought one to replace my Tivo that I've had for years. With twin tuners the Topfield is going to be more useful, although the Tivo still has the best user interface.

People have commented that this is an old model. True it is, but the only big difference between this and the new one is HD support. Also I gather that this model supports the TAPs better, ie. more stable, than the new model.
#22
I'd be very careful if ordering from svp,there's plenty of bad press regarding these since steve sold out
#23
toffeeefc
I'd be very careful if ordering from svp,there's plenty of bad press regarding these since steve sold out


Perhaps you could provide a URL or two?
#24
Can you watch Setanta with this ?
#25
Dam it, just what I wanted, but need HDMI output as my LCD looks pants on scart!
Guess I'll have to wait for the new ones to come down in price.
#26
Hammondhammond
Can you watch Setanta with this ?


Yes on the freeview platform obviously, which in a nutshell means you get Setanta 1 and thats it.

For example with Sky you get Setanta 1, 2, 3 ,4, 99 etc.

Well not quite but you get more than the one setanta channel.

Setanta provide a card and a cam to plug in for viewing
#27
Newbold
Some pretty mixed Amazon reviews:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/product/B000TSEOGE/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?_encoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

As many problems with these as there are with Humax. Why in heaven's name can't Panasonic or Sony get their act together and bring out something which does what the Hummy and Toppy do, but make it work properly?


'The Topfield has a bug which wipes and/or corrupts program recordings at random. This bug has been reported by other users since at least March 2005 but so far Topfield have done nothing to fix it'

We have been using Topfield since 2004/5, would need to check receipt in filing cabinet!

We are onto our second one, only reason being I our two year warranty was coming to an end and I got a 250gb with fresh 2 year warranty (incase) for £150 and sold the other.

Parents have one too and with regards to the above quote I can say that none of us have experienced this and believe me we have hammered ours in terms of use.

Some of the other opinions on there smell of bad signal / wrong aerial / poor aerial and cable etc.

With freeview, not just topfield make sure you have the correct aerial, pointing in the right direction with decent cable and voila, stacks of signal and no crashes this end
#28
Now out of stock
#29
gogboy
As I think I may have said before, these do work out the box, I'm picky and and of course it could be better but what product does not fall into that category.

Have owned a Topfield for a few years now and while MyStuff might improve it, but it is certainly not essential or an absolute must.


I disagree entirely with what you are saying and I've had one since 2005. Go and read the homepage of toppy.org.uk and the 2 bits of news are recent problems with the topfield firmware, read the forums for the full list of things that really don't work very well and clever people have fixed.

Certainly if you are using it as it comes out of the box you are missing out on full functionality and people could save lots of money by getting a cheaper box or one of the Humax range that is cheaper out of the box. I'd not be without my toppy but at the same time there is no way I'd use it as is out the box, it really needs 3rd party firmware with patches and extra software which is the main selling point for them compared to other products on the market.
#30
chromosome17
Dam it, just what I wanted, but need HDMI output as my LCD looks pants on scart!
Guess I'll have to wait for the new ones to come down in price.


Topfield tf5800 can do component video output too via the scart socket, you'll need the right cable but I used it for some time when I had an lcd that gave a bad picture via the scart.
#31
i seen this link and bought the topfield TF5800PVR NOT THE PVRT didnt notice until i get home can anyone tell me will i be able to get system link or have i done my money
#32
If it has the USB sockets on the back then you can put mystuff or the latest firmware (or both) on it, however you can't use MyStuff and series link together.

See [url]www.toppy.org.uk[/url] for more info.
#33
OK. If you want to run Mystuff on these you downgrade the firmware to lose the "new" series link function, but you then set "Control Timers" in Mystuff-which are like series links.
Sometimes "Control Timers" can work better than "series links". They don't dissappear and can grab other programs that match key words you ask it to watch out for :-D
#34
so would you say its worth it to lose system link
#35
will65mcmanus
so would you say its worth it to lose system link


Topfield series link is rubbish (and so is the freeview setup for it tbh) and basically doesn't work very well, MyStuff in comparison is much better as it lets you create wildcards on series names if you need to. :thumbsup:
#36
will65mcmanus;4297318
so would you say its worth it to lose system link

I switched from mystuff to use series link for a few months and lost loads of recordings. Not sure if it was the toppy or the freview channels, but many programs didnt record at all and loads got chopped off.
Switching back to the latest mystuff with data from radio times (via rt2mei), I miss far fewer recordings and with paddings activated I dont lose the ends of programs any more.
Series link is a waste of time if you ask me.
Dave.

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