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Dual Brand Freeview HD Compatible Set Top Box with HDMI - £29 @ Asda (INSTORE)
Dual Brand Freeview HD Compatible Set Top Box with HDMI - £29 @ Asda (INSTORE)

Dual Brand Freeview HD Compatible Set Top Box with HDMI - £29 @ Asda (INSTORE)

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Just picked up a Dual (that's the name of the box, not dual tuners) freeview box with HDMI output transmitting HD quality video and audio to a HDMI ready tv (or so the box states, haven't plugged it in yet to check) for £29 instore at Asda Wigan, reduced from £34.

Description from box:
Output up to 1080i for high quality viewing.
7 day programme planner.
Twin scart sockets.
Remote control with batteries.

Inlcuded in box:
HDMI cable (about 1.5m length)
Scart cable, RF cable, remote with batteries, instruction manual.

Couldn't find any information on asda website or online about the freeview box, but will post back when get chance to try it out.

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would appreciate your views on this box before one dives in..

av forums is best place for advice on if is a good one,

I'm sure most people recomend setting yourTV to upscale the signal but i'm no expert.

freeview isnt HD so unless the box ha an upscaler (like many cheap dvd players do now) I'd say it's pointless.

might work on pc monitor with a dvi to hdmi cable though

bellamy_47

freeview isnt HD so unless the box ha an upscaler (like many cheap dvd … freeview isnt HD so unless the box ha an upscaler (like many cheap dvd players do now) I'd say it's pointless.



Not yet it isn't due to bandwidth, but hopefully it will when they start turning the analogue signals off.

ttocswahs

Not yet it isn't due to bandwidth, but hopefully it will when they start … Not yet it isn't due to bandwidth, but hopefully it will when they start turning the analogue signals off.



The box wouldn't be able to process 1080i/p video anyway, cos HD will be in h264 when they switchover.

ttocswahs

Not yet it isn't due to bandwidth, but hopefully it will when they start … Not yet it isn't due to bandwidth, but hopefully it will when they start turning the analogue signals off.


never will be mate, If there is a digital hd freeview service at some point in the future it will be a different format.

I still pretty sure that it'll give you a better picture than over a skanky scart connection.

On that basis alone, I've voted hot.

p.s. nice to see that it also ships with an HDMI cable in the box. Other manufacturers take note!

thekanester

I still pretty sure that it'll give you a better picture than over a … I still pretty sure that it'll give you a better picture than over a skanky scart connection.On that basis alone, I've voted hot.


my plasma has freeview built in, and upscaling... still not a great signal feed...

If I honestly thought you were right I'd feed my sky+ through one.

Obviously it depends on what's going on inside the box, but in general anything output over HDMI will look better than over Scart.

However, your TV could just be doing a bad job of upscaling the content although IMHO, the bitrate of freeview doesn't appear to be great. My old man has a 37" LCD running on freeview and the pixellation is extremely noticable on a screen of this size. Analogue picture quality is far far less blocky, but suffers from the usual analogue artefacts, such as pixel crawl on static images, ghosting etc.

Ummmm....I'm not sure how you could feed your Sky + though it either. The HDMI output will only be for the freeview output, it won't take in a scart input and convert to HDMI.

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rob585

would appreciate your views on this box before one dives in..


I've had chance to play around with it and it seems pretty good for the money. Improved picture quality on certain channels, ie. sharper, clearer image, inparticular BBC/ITV/C4 channels, but channels showing older shows I can't see any improvement. Easy to setup, connect HDMI and scart to TV, easier to setup using scart channel and select 576p, 720p or 1080i during setup for HDMI output, 2nd scart input for VCR etc. but will only display through scart1 to TV not HDMI, ie. HDMI connection will only display freeview channels.

So far happy with picture and performance. :w00t:

Nice one, MacPhisto, and just what my old man is looking for!

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bellamy_47

my plasma has freeview built in, and upscaling... still not a great … my plasma has freeview built in, and upscaling... still not a great signal feed...If I honestly thought you were right I'd feed my sky+ through one.


Fact - HDMI is far better than a scart!

thekanester

Obviously it depends on what's going on inside the box, but in general … Obviously it depends on what's going on inside the box, but in general anything output over HDMI will look better than over Scart.However, your TV could just be doing a bad job of upscaling the content although IMHO, the bitrate of freeview doesn't appear to be great. My old man has a 37" LCD running on freeview and the pixellation is extremely noticable on a screen of this size. Analogue picture quality is far far less blocky, but suffers from the usual analogue artefacts, such as pixel crawl on static images, ghosting etc.Ummmm....I'm not sure how you could feed your Sky + though it either. The HDMI output will only be for the freeview output, it won't take in a scart input and convert to HDMI.


never said you could... the freeview signal is worse than analogue in that you don't get digital artifacts on analogue like you do on low bitrate freeview channels.
I honestly doubt there would be any visible improvement via hdmi.

only use I can see for this is to feed a pc monitor... may be good for that.
other than that just another freeview box.

as for my tv's upscaling, it's fine thank you.

bbc and itv are looking into a freesat service with free hd content, so I doubt if freeview will get much of an upgrade.

csiman

Fact - HDMI is far better than a scart!


no **** sherlock! but it's a **** feed, think about it.

Just a thought, I have the chance of getting the Panasonic DVD Recorder with Freeview (EZ25) for under £120 - last one.
As we would like to use HD Discs, do these record in that format.

Although it is great to watch HD, better to be able to record in HD.

Still £30 is a good price, though I assume this is as good as Goodmans and Bush boxes. Goodmans have a good rep (don't freeze much etc).

As with anything, prices are falling, so do you need it now? As there are few programmes in HD, you may as well wait for HD to be shown more, and more boxes to have it. And then the price will be lower.

Nope, You can forget you plan. The EZ25 is a normal Standard Definition DVD-Recorder that records on DVD writable discs not HD-DVD and no the EZ25 cannot record HD content on DVD's either. HD-DVD is a different format.

I understand that the bandwidth freed up by the switch over to digital will be given to mobile phone operators and therefore you will have to wait a VERY long time for an HD terestrial service.

This is an interesting one. Is HD Freeview closer than I thought? I know freeview tuners as they stand are mostly capable of HD its just ther lack of HD output that stops them all from being HD. I thought however that freeview in HD was a long way away due to the vast amount of bandwidth it would require. ;-)

arfster

The box wouldn't be able to process 1080i/p video anyway, cos HD will be … The box wouldn't be able to process 1080i/p video anyway, cos HD will be in h264 when they switchover.



I don't believe you are correct. The only content being broadcast in H264 is the BBC HD trial. The BBC are trying to develop their own open source codec for BBC HD proper.

We are quite away off proper FTA HD in the UK

The box will be able to output 1080i. It may need a software update closer to the time but the box simply decodes and outputs whatever signal it gets! That's why all the PCI freeview DVB-T cards u get for pc's are all HD compatible already!

So this is ready for the HUD?

wjohnson12321

The box will be able to output 1080i. It may need a software update … The box will be able to output 1080i. It may need a software update closer to the time but the box simply decodes and outputs whatever signal it gets! That's why all the PCI freeview DVB-T cards u get for pc's are all HD compatible already!



The PCI freeview cards can decode H264 - I don't see that this one can.

The only FTA HD content is the BBC Trial afaik
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