Topfield TF5810PVR 500GB Twin Tuner Upscaling PVR With HDMI £205.98 @ BigPockets - HotUKDeals
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Topfield TF5810PVR 500GB Twin Tuner Upscaling PVR With HDMI £205.98 @ BigPockets

£205.98 @ Big pockets
Topfield TF5810PVR 500GB Twin Tuner Upscaling PVR With HDMI £205.98 Brand new with 2 Years RTB Warranty Specifications: - Massive 500GB hard drive - Over 250 hours' recording time - HDMI outpu…
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7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
Topfield TF5810PVR 500GB Twin Tuner Upscaling PVR With HDMI £205.98

Brand new with 2 Years RTB Warranty

Specifications:
- Massive 500GB hard drive - Over 250 hours' recording time
- HDMI output - upscaling to 720p & 1080i
- Green vacuum fluorescent display
- Digital Terrestrial PVR with CI
- Fully DVB-T compliant
- MHEG5 supported
- Fully Freeview playback compliant
- Twin tuners
- Up to 2000 programmable channel memory
- Multilingual audio/menu text supported
- Service switching time less than 1 second
- Favourites channel editing
- True-color On-Screen Display (OSD)
- Full Picture In Graphic (PIG) function
- 8-day Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen service information
- Subtitle/Teletext supported
- Parental lock facility by service and program event
- Firmware and Data transfer from receiver to receiver
- Exciting games embedded
- Powerful trick mode supported
- Dual Decoding (PIP)
- Dual Recording and Playback simultaneously
- Dual Recording and Time-shifting simultaneously
- USB2.0 supported for fast PC interface
- MP3 decoding
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#1
heat added ............. :thumbsup:
#2
Go have a look at http://www.toppy.org.uk to see what they can do!

I've had the older model, TF5800, for almost 3 years now and without a doubt it's the best gadget I own!
3 Likes #3
You can load your own custom software on there and transfer recordings (not divx format) to and from the recorder using a PC (not a memory stick or hard drive).

This machine is very customisable with an active UK user base at http://www.toppy.org.uk - there are 3 or 4 different program guide display formats available - , but a bit buggy. The older TF5800PVR offers much the same but with less bugs, but no hdmi and more ugliness!

The active user base create their own custom firmware hacks for the older model (not sure about this model) which solves many of the bugs. It is fairly easy to install these firmware updates, they are quite well packaged nowadays.

I've even managed to get mine onto my wireless network (you've got to be computer literate to do that though!) and it fetches 14 days of radio times data from the internet giving fuller program descriptions, film reviews, etc in the program guide.

I've had my toppy TF5800 for nearly 4 years now and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.
#4
guv;4760536
I got the email too!!! (And one from Boffer for the same price)

Anyone know what the USB can do?

Will it play divx and alike from a USB hard drive - or is it just to transfer to/from the recorder?


LOL, I have no idea:oops:, what we need is a Toppy expert, there's a bit of info on the Toppy forums it seems to be very similar to the 5800 but with HDMI..

5810

Online manual for the 5800
#5
barneydog
LOL, I have no idea:oops:, what we need is a Toppy expert, there's a bit of info on the Toppy forums it seems to be very similar to the 5800 but with HDMI..

5810

Online manual for the 5800



look behind you :)


...........cheers rivergold
#6
owlass;4760586
look behind you :)


...........cheers rivergold


LOL, I missed that, cheers rivergold, rep for the info:thumbsup:

guv;4760922
God.... I hate this place! Too damned expensive on my wallet!

So far today, Topfield PVR, USB 2.5" drive and 4 Merlin Annual passes!

Just wished it wasn't from Big Pockets. Don't really trust em after they fobbed me off with 3 used DVD drives as new!


I know exactly what you mean, must resist this one
#7
Great price for a Toppy...Hot.
#8
Tempted to buy 4 of these for the family but won't bother because we used to buy a lot from bigpockets and they have always had terrible customer service where they answer 1 out of 10 emails and no phone number. Really stupid.
#9
Does anyone know if you need a satelite dish/receiver for this to work?
#10
Big Kev;4771254
Does anyone know if you need a satelite dish/receiver for this to work?


It is a freeview recorder so just a TV aerial is needed.

This won't record satellite
#11
Bigpockets are known for selling used stock as brand new!
#12
barneydog
It is a freeview recorder so just a TV aerial is needed.

This won't record satellite


Can you watch one channel while recording another?
#13
yid4life
Can you watch one channel while recording another?
Yes it has twin tuners as stated in the description at top.
#14
yid4life
Can you watch one channel while recording another?


There are two Freeview tuners inside the box, which means it's possible to record one programme while watching another on a different channel.
banned#15
cant see any advantage of this compared to a humax which is half the price. The fact you have to put custom firmware on to fix bugs is staggering.
#16
csiman;4771845
cant see any advantage of this compared to a humax which is half the price. The fact you have to put custom firmware on to fix bugs is staggering.


To be fair you can't get the equivalent Humax PVR for £100, the Topfield in the OP has a 500gb HDD and upscales via HDMI, the nearest Humax is the 9300 with 320bg HDD, HDMI and is about £170ish.
banned#17
guv;4771911
Where can you get a 500GB twin Tuner HDMI Humax for £102?

lol - didnt spot the 500gb.

I bought the humax 9150T (160GB) from argos in december for £97

Never even got near to 50% capacity ever so wouldnt need 500gb, especially as it doesnt play divx.
#18
csiman;4771929
lol - didnt spot the 500gb.

I bought the humax 9150T (160GB) from argos in december for £97



Me too, it's a great little machine but I found I just hated it not having a front display. In the end I relegated it to the bedroom and bought a refurb 9200 from Humax direct which is great.

I was looking at this Topfield for it's upscaling ability (the 9300 is surposed to be very poor at upscaling) and I like the idea of adding different firmware on it to make it work like I want.

The main reason I posted it though is as a deal, the price at BigPockets is £40 cheaper than anywhere else I could find.
#19
yid4life
Can you watch one channel while recording another?


A lot of the time you can record two channels and watch a third. It all depends on what combination of channels is involved.

The Topfield is a fantatsic machine if it has the right software loaded onto it. Straight out the box it is rubbish. However with a firmware upgrade and the addition MyStuff software (free) it's excellent.
#20
csiman
lol - didnt spot the 500gb.

I bought the humax 9150T (160GB) from argos in december for £97

Never even got near to 50% capacity ever so wouldnt need 500gb, especially as it doesnt play divx.


They are not exactly perfect either...you only have to look at some AV/techy forums.

The remote is a bit fiddly too, but the perfect PVR does not exist as you would need to mix and match from a few brands.

All said and done we have owned both (5800 and Humax you have) and it was the Humax we got rid off, elderly parents settled on the Topfield too, even though many claim the Humax is easier to use and better out the box and so forth,

I cannot comment for this 5810 though as have never used it but like most things newish there are hiccups, same as XP had for long enough...and now Vista.

Too quick to get the product / software out and not enough testing, way of the world
#21
This was under £200 a few days ago on bigpockets other site boffer and they didn't sell out.
#22
Just a note to anybody thinking of splashing the cash on these, yes they are great little devices I have the Humax and rate it to be one of the best buys I ever made, however ...
When the High Definition Freeview Service launches (starting next year I believe in some areas) these may become obsolete very quickly as you will need to invest in a new box to watch or record any of the HD broadcasts. As I say if you are happy in the knowledge that perhaps 18 months from now you are investing in a new HD PVR then by all means go for it ...
#23
guv
Do you say the same thing to people buying TV sets with Freeview inbuilt?


How is that relevant? The poster is just pointing out to people that if they are looking for HD in the future to give it due thought. Freeview in a telly is standard these days where as a PVR is not.

It seems fair to me that is someone considers this a big purchase to last them a few years they might want the full picture??
#24
I dont believe there is a Freeview box , PVR or Intergrated TV out there yet that is capable of handling the new format Freeview HD when it finally arrives, which will be as late as 2012 for many of us. The current standard boxes will still work, I understand, but just wont pick up the very few HD channels that will exist. Most Freeview will still be SD in the old standard transmission.

I'm not holding my breathe for 4 years waiting for obsolete stock. Grab a bargain now!

Personally I prefer the older Humax 9200 as it has an active USB to archive which the newer 9300 and 9150 doesn't. That makes it's smaller 160gb drive less of an issue.
#25
guv
Do you say the same thing to people buying TV sets with Freeview inbuilt?


No why would I say the same thing to people thinking of purchasing a TV??

As I said once the HD Freeview Service starts (next year) you will require a new box to view it and record the channels (aka a PVR) now most people will not buy a new TV to make use of the HD Service they will simply purchase a new PVR or HD Freeview Box. So if you are purchasing a new HD PVR surely this Topfield PVR that you already own will become obsolete ... now do you understand?? :whistling:
#26
But if we all put off buying stuff for what is, or may be around the corner, we would never buy anything.

I would not buy anything from Bigpockets, their reputation for poor service is well documented.
#27
Where did I say DON'T BUY IT??
I merely pointed out that it may be obsolete (to some folk) in about 12-18 months time?? More of a heads up than trying to preach to anybody ... but whatever I will keep my mouth shut from now on.:p
banned#28
barneydog;4772029
Me too, it's a great little machine but I found I just hated it not having a front display. In the end I relegated it to the bedroom and bought a refurb 9200 from Humax direct which is great.

I was looking at this Topfield for it's upscaling ability (the 9300 is surposed to be very poor at upscaling) and I like the idea of adding different firmware on it to make it work like I want.

The main reason I posted it though is as a deal, the price at BigPockets is £40 cheaper than anywhere else I could find.

A decent HDTV should have all the upscaling abilities you'll need. I dont buy into this upscaling dvd / pvr player gimmick.
#29
Just for comparison I purchased the Humax 9300T this week (and am very happy with it) Got it from here for £165.40.

As said earlier in the thread Humax'es are better out of the box but do not provide the customisability that the Topfield's have (and have a smaller hard drive - if 320Gb is not enough)
#30
A bit more info for those interested regarding Freeview HD (BBC ITV CH4 + Another) from here: http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/freeviewhd.html

When will these channels become available?
It won't be until 2012 that all of the proposed four Freeview HD channels become available across the whole UK.

It's expected that the Freeview HD services will start from late Autumn 2009 in the Granada TV region, with the rest of the UK coming on-stream by 2012


How do I get Freeview HD?
You will need a DVB-T2 High Definition Freeview receiver - not yet available.

Will my existing box or TV get Freeview HD?
Freeview HD will use the DVB-T2 High Definition standard. Currently, there are no receivers in the market in the UK.

Set top box: As of 2008, there are no Freeview set-top boxes capable of getting Freeview HD on the market.

TV set with Freeview: If you have an HD TV set with a built-in Freeview receiver, this will NOT be able to receive Freeview HD. You will need to buy a Freeview HD set-top box (with DVB-T2) and connect it to your existing HD TV set.

When Freeview HD becomes available, existing Freeview boxes and TV sets will continue to be able to view standard Freeview channels
#31
crofter
When the High Definition Freeview Service launches (starting next year I believe in [COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="4"]some[/SIZE][/COLOR] areas) these [COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="4"]may[/SIZE][/COLOR] become obsolete very quickly as you will need to invest in a new box to watch or record any of the HD broadcasts. As I say if you are happy in the knowledge that [COLOR="#0000ff"][SIZE="4"]perhaps[/SIZE] [/COLOR]18 months from now you are investing in a new HD PVR then by all means go for it.

So are you suggesting that people don’t bother recording TV for the next 18 month or so due to the possibility of them receiving HD Freeview at some undefined point? If you need a PVR NOW then this sounds a good deal to me. Hot.
#32
Agharta
So are you suggesting that people don’t bother recording TV for the next 18 month or so due to the possibility of them receiving HD Freeview at some undefined point? If you need a PVR NOW then this sounds a good deal to me. Hot.


Missing the point I think (by a wide margin) ... what I am suggesting is that if you invest £205.98 on this box you may be disappointed to find out in a years time that to record/view the HD Channels that are coming online then this box won't work as it only will work with the existing channels. Now if you don't wish to view/record these HD channels when they come online then fine nobody is forcing you ... As I mentioned I have a Humax PVR and have had a great couple of years use out of it but when the HD channels start to appear it will be out the door sharpish.
#33
guv
Not really. You're suggesting the device is obsolete because of new HD services which the tuner won't be able to receive. The same thing applies to TV sets. Not sure why you think purchasers of a TV would be happy about buying another box to receive HD channels they would expect their TV to receive out of the box. (After all - its what they paid for!)

BTW - where do you get this info HD freeview starts next year? I looked and only saw mention of 2012.


How did they pay to view HD services exactly on these TV's?? (do you think all LCD/Plasma Manufacturers will say oops we mucked up here and forgot to put a DVB-T2 Tuner in our TV's we best start getting refunds arranged). Are you saying that all TV's should be bundled with HD Freesat as that is the only FREE HD service in the UK??

Freeview HD will be optional nobody is forcing you to purchase anything and you can carry on watching Standard Digital TV as normal ...

I think you are being a bit silly to think that you will need to purchase a new TV once this service starts as all you will do is plug in an External Decoder much like a freeview box or dare I say it a PVR ... but you knew this.:whistling:
#34
crofter
Missing the point I think (by a wide margin) ... what I am suggesting is that if you invest £205.98 on this box you may be disappointed to find out in a years time that to record/view the HD Channels that are coming online then this box won't work as it only will work with the existing channels.

I see your point clearly. I’m simply saying that people who need a PVR [COLOR="#0000ff"][SIZE="4"]NOW[/SIZE][/COLOR] are hardly likely to postpone buying for 18 months to 3 years for what is to many an essential item just to wait for HD. Do you actually see my point now?
banned#35
guv;4775685
We've been down this road before.

Upscaling in TVs is not as good as the upscaling done on external devices.

hense why i mentioned 'dedent hdtv'.

you cant tell me a goodmans / topfield /humax upscaler will do a better job than a panny / pioneer tv will ;-)
#36
Agharta
I see your point clearly. I’m simply saying that people who need a PVR [COLOR="#0000ff"][SIZE="4"]NOW[/SIZE][/COLOR] are hardly likely to postpone buying for 18 months to 3 years for what is to many an essential item just to wait for HD. Do you actually see my point now?


Yes I see your point Agharta however I still wouldn't be shelling out over 200 quid on a top of the range PVR for the reasons I have explained.;-)
#37
dumbrill
A lot of the time you can record two channels and watch a third. It all depends on what combination of channels is involved.

The Topfield is a fantatsic machine if it has the right software loaded onto it. Straight out the box it is rubbish. However with a firmware upgrade and the addition MyStuff software (free) it's excellent.


Some of the tweakers have actually managed to record 8 channels at once so long as they are on the same "mux". The toppy can tune into two muxes (8 channels) at once, once tuned in you have access to all 4 channels on each mux. Normally this means record two, watch a third, and even monitor a fourth using picture-in-picture. But with some custom software you can actually record all 8 channels (never tried it myself!!).

Edit - the reason I never tried it is because it would consume too much of my 160Gb disk space. Not such a problemwith this 500Gb model!

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