Topfield TF5810PVR 500GB Twin Tuner Freeview PVR - £205.78 @ Bigpockets - HotUKDeals
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To make sure you never miss your favourite program again the 5810 has Series Link and Accurate Recording features. Why watch them in Standard Definition when the Topfield upscales the picture to full 1080 resolution?

Handsomely remodelled the TF5810 has a scrolling Vacuum Fluorescent Display that shows the channel or menu information. The front panel has the buttons needed for basic operation, including Power, Menu and OK as well as a jog wheel for Channel changing and Volume control. There is also a flap for access to the twin CAM slots making the 5810 suitable for Pay TV offerings from Setanta (CAM and active subscription required)

The 5810 also has a variety of connections to make it compatible with almost any home AV setup including twin SCART, HDMI, Composite and S-Video output, SPDIF for connection to an Amplifier, and a USB for file transfer to PC.

* Digital TV Receiver - For Extra Channels
* 500GB Hard Drive - Record Up to 250 Hours
* One Touch Recording & EPG - For Ease of Use
* Timeslip - Pause & Rewind Live TV
* HDMI Upscaling - To 1080i

* Remote Control
* Black Colour
* Digital audio output
* RGB output ability
* Common Interface
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#1
i have the previous model toppy, 5800, and its by far one of the best things i've ever bought!!!!

it can do so much too with taps (little programs that make it do different things). out of the box though you can record 2 channels while watching another 2! a godsend over the weekend for glastonbury/wimbledon!
#2
+1

Toppy's are fab :-D
#4


Such poor ratings would seem to indicate this Topfield TF5810PVR is very poor build quality.

They seem to have built their reputation on the previous 5800 and lost it with this model if those reviews are to be believed. Looking for a good PVR but now not so sure about this model
#5
I've had a 5800 for 4 years now and couldn't live without it, if you get one of these then you *must* visit http://www.toppy.org.uk and use the mystuff installer which can be found at http://www.toppy.org.uk/~mystuff/ to get fixed firmware on the device and some other programs called "taps" which really improve functionality so much so that they are indispensable.

They are 3rd party bits of software but are *really* good, if you don't put them on then you will want to smash the toppy with a hammer. When I first got mine 4 years ago I cursed the purchase for the first few days until I started tinkering with it and getting some of these applications on it which was a bit more of a challenge back then. Since then people have put together installers that will do all of that hard work for you and get the machine setup and the toppy forums are great too. :thumbsup:
#6
I'd be tempted to either wait or look for a cheapo one if I was in the market now. Next year they're going to start broadcasting HD on freeview (in some areas, and only 4 channels) but the current PVR's won't be able to decode them, so they'll soon start selling HD enabled PVR's by the end of the year I suspect, which will be better than an upscaled SD picture. Just hope my trusty old Digifusion can keep going...
#7
I tend to trust the Digital Spy reviews - so [COLOR="Cyan"]FREEZING[/COLOR]

Edit: It's quite funny reading the reviews some sites have for this - for instance Firebox has an impressive 51 customer ratings - but when you read the reviews most date from before this model was released and are clearly for it's excellent predecessor.
#8
wombat6025
I tend to trust the Digital Spy reviews - so [COLOR="Cyan"]FREEZING[/COLOR].



most of the reviews are by people not knowing what they've got or what they are doing. its all down to firmware/software

out of the box its not great, but as others have said visit toppy.org.uk where you'll find loads of help on the best firmware to run and software programs that change it and make it do loads of extra things.

i'd compare it to the recent tesco acer deal that i got. it is a great machine but the linux that came with it is awful! so like the reviewers do you complin about it & do nothing? NO! you research it, change it & make it an amazing netbook!
#9
Are they really worth the extra cost over a Humax?
banned#10
Newbold;5642963
Are they really worth the extra cost over a Humax?

imho - no way!
#11
quidditys_shore
most of the reviews are by people not knowing what they've got or what they are doing. its all down to firmware/software

out of the box its not great, but as others have said visit toppy.org.uk where you'll find loads of help on the best firmware to run and software programs that change it and make it do loads of extra things.

i'd compare it to the recent tesco acer deal that i got. it is a great machine but the linux that came with it is awful! so like the reviewers do you complin about it & do nothing? NO! you research it, change it & make it an amazing netbook!


I don't have an issue with updating the firmware - its the reports about it falling apart, seems build quality is not as good as the previous model.
#12
Mike73
I ............ Next year they're going to start broadcasting HD on freeview (in some areas, and only 4 channels) but the current PVR's won't be able to decode them, so they'll soon start selling HD enabled PVR's ...... .


Good point, I think I will wait for a HD box to appear
banned#13
cosmic48;5643830
Good point, I think I will wait for a HD box to appear

might have a long wait depending on location:-

Viewers will have to wait until analogue TV is switched off in their area before they can see the HD channels.
The last regions to change to all-digital signals, in 2012, will be London, the north-east of England and Northern Ireland.
#14
csiman
might have a long wait depending on location:-

Viewers will have to wait until analogue TV is switched off in their area before they can see the HD channels.
The last regions to change to all-digital signals, in 2012, will be London, the north-east of England and Northern Ireland.


It will be a long wait for some, but apparently they're hoping to be able to broadcast the World Cup next year in HD even to some areas that aren't switched over yet - which if nothing else may help to encourage a few companies to get some boxes out.
#15
the olympics in 2012 will be the big HD driver....
#16
niallmoran
the olympics in 2012 will be the big HD driver....


True, but hopefully the World Cup will ensure there will be a few boxes available for those who can get HD.
#17
quidditys_shore
most of the reviews are by people not knowing what they've got or what they are doing. its all down to firmware/software

out of the box its not great, but as others have said visit toppy.org.uk where you'll find loads of help on the best firmware to run and software programs that change it and make it do loads of extra things.

i'd compare it to the recent tesco acer deal that i got. it is a great machine but the linux that came with it is awful! so like the reviewers do you complin about it & do nothing? NO! you research it, change it & make it an amazing netbook!


Sorry - but the reviewers who had upgraded from previous toppys and were complaining about build quality; and expecially the engineer who'd pulled one apart to find there was no secondary buffer (hence the programs/recordings dropping out when a second started) seemed to know what they were talking about; if they are correct then software /firmware updates won't make up for poorly designed, poorly built and noisy equipment.
On other review sites there were people posting reviews in may last year saying cruddy epg etc. "there will be a patch to fix this" and people still posting this year with the same complaints and hopeful attitude.
Topfields good-name and loyal following will carry them through this - and hopefully Bigpockets having them at bargain prices is an indicator of the old model being dumped ready for a proper replacement.
#18
wombat6025;5648277
Sorry - but the reviewers who had upgraded from previous toppys and were complaining about build quality; and expecially the engineer who'd pulled one apart to find there was no secondary buffer (hence the programs/recordings dropping out when a second started) seemed to know what they were talking about; if they are correct then software /firmware updates won't make up for poorly designed, poorly built and noisy equipment.
On other review sites there were people posting reviews in may last year saying cruddy epg etc. "there will be a patch to fix this" and people still posting this year with the same complaints and hopeful attitude.
Topfields good-name and loyal following will carry them through this - and hopefully Bigpockets having them at bargain prices is an indicator of the old model being dumped ready for a proper replacement.


Thanks. This thread has convinced me that there's nothing to be gained by switching from Humax to Topfield. :thumbsup:

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