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    Is the Topfield TF5810 PVR any good?

    Hi,,,Anyone got a Topfield TF5810 pvr,,,Is it any good and have you had any problems with it,,,Thanks in advance,,,1st post so please be gentle with me,,,

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    As far as i am aware the topfields are the best for PVRs, i am personally getting one of these myself after xmas (crosses fingers for january sales) purely because of the customisability that this offers... see toppy.org etc.

    toppy's are great, although there were some issues with the 5810. Have a wee look over here for info:

    toppy.org.uk/ind…php

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    djstrobe4real;3760341

    gadget show review... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tvcZjr3JVxQ


    Not a good review. I'm still swaying towards a Humax 9200T but am put off my potential fan noise problems.

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    The lack of these features puts me off this 5810

    cannot Browse the EPG at the same time as playing back a recording

    No Autopadding

    cannot Search for programmes to record by entering a keyword in the EPG

    no Ad skip button

    hmmm i think im gonna go for the one from dixons... cant remeber the model name, its the older one though... recently had a face lift... bout 170 quid i think

    csiman;3760814

    The lack of these features puts me off this 5810cannot Browse the EPG at … The lack of these features puts me off this 5810cannot Browse the EPG at the same time as playing back a recordingNo Autopaddingcannot Search for programmes to record by entering a keyword in the EPGno Ad skip button



    Where are you reading that?? I've got the older 5800 and loading a couple of taps (which you can only do on the toppy) means you can pretty much get it to do what you want! MyStuff is particularly impressive and a new version is coming along soon...

    Original Poster

    Hi guys,,,Thanks for the help,,,I think I will give the Topfield a miss having done a little research,,,I didn't consider Humax because the wife's got one in the bedroom and I'm not very keen on one for myself,,,She does however like it cause its easy to use,,,At the risk of repeating myself cheers for the help,,,I will have to find a plan B now,,,I did fancy Sky HD originally but was put off by the monthly expense,,,Ah well,,,

    if you're put off by the 5810's slight bugginess, what about the 5800 with the new face? I'm about to get another toppy for the bedroom i like them so much :-D

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    niallmoran;3762100

    Where are you reading that?? I've got the older 5800 and loading a couple … Where are you reading that?? I've got the older 5800 and loading a couple of taps (which you can only do on the toppy) means you can pretty much get it to do what you want! MyStuff is particularly impressive and a new version is coming along soon...


    pvrjunction.co.uk/com…tml

    and none of the taps work with the 5810- at the moment.

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    niallmoran;3764052

    if you're put off by the 5810's slight bugginess, what about the 5800 … if you're put off by the 5810's slight bugginess, what about the 5800 with the new face? I'm about to get another toppy for the bedroom i like them so much :-D



    Is the 5810 buggy because of people modifying the software or is it just temperamental because it's a poor model PVR? I liked the idea of the 5810 because of the HDMI/Upscale facility. Like stated above Sky HD was my first choice but was quickly dismissed due too cost factors. I wanted a PVR with a slot so I could get setanta sports for the footie and boxing. I have a sony projector with a 72ins screen, the freeview box I have at the moment you can see all the inadequacies of the digital tv signal hence the advantage of the HDMI/Upsale facility.

    the 5810 has had problems with slightly buggy firmware but there are now patches etc that solve most of these problems and despite what csiman says many of the taps do work with the 5810 :-D

    Have a wee butchers at toppy.org for the full picture - also gives you some idea what the toppy can do compared to other PVR's which might be easier to use out of the box can't be tweaked and fiddled with in the same way as the toppy.

    The 5810 is a tempting upgrade for me purely for the hdmi socket....would go nicely with the dell 23" monitor that's getting lots of heat at the moment and that i'm trying hard to resist :-D

    csiman;3765699

    http://www.pvrjunction.co.uk/compare/furtherinfo.htmland none of the taps … http://www.pvrjunction.co.uk/compare/furtherinfo.htmland none of the taps work with the 5810- at the moment.



    Just reading the pvrjunction comparison - pretty much all the things (ad skip, epg viewing during playback, padding, series link etc etc) the toppy can do easily. The best tap IMHO is mystuff and that works fine with the 5810 and adds all these features and many many more :-D

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    niallmoran;3768239

    Just reading the pvrjunction comparison - pretty much all the things (ad … Just reading the pvrjunction comparison - pretty much all the things (ad skip, epg viewing during playback, padding, series link etc etc) the toppy can do easily. The best tap IMHO is mystuff and that works fine with the 5810 and adds all these features and many many more :-D



    If I just buy the 5810 will it work ok straight out of the box? or would it be essential too upgrade the system with the TAP-My Stuff before it works correctly. If it worked fine without any intervention from me, then that would be satisfactory allowing me time to become familiar and more confident with the system before messing about with it and messing it up with no way too correct my error. On reading others comments, it appears owners SWEAR by them or SWEAR at them. I do however still like the look and facilities this model offers. :?

    it will work out the box but it's well worth a wee bit fiddling to at least install the latest patched firmware....it's easy peasy and you'll soon become a toppy adict :-D

    If you have a look at the newbies part of the toppy forum it will give you an idea where to start and if it seems like too much hassle (which i can understand!) then the humax box is probably the one to go for...
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