What's a good Freeview Tuner for TiVo I can buy tomorrow?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Mark Ward, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. gadgetgaz

    gadgetgaz New Member

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    Has anyone had any audio issues with the Wharfedale? I get the odd digital noise every now and then that was never there with my Sony box.
     
  2. dponsford

    dponsford New Member

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    I own one and I have to say that other than this minor irritation (Don't record much from these channels) it is a great STB.

    I originally purchased it as I was running on a boosted indoor aerial and my previous Pioneer STB used to be effected by interference from text messages and motor bikes/scooters going past the house.

    I switched to the Sony and never looked back. The interference hardly ever occurred and it seemed to handle the low quality signal far better.
     
  3. AMc

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    No sign of that with my box. When I get interference the sound drops and less frequently parts of the picture pixelate. No nasty noises though...on the DV832BN(2) version that is.
     
  4. gadgetgaz

    gadgetgaz New Member

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    Same version here. I am pretty sure it's not the wharfedale now. It is the scart socket on my tivo that is faulty.
     
  5. achookang

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    Just a quick update for anyone still looking for a Wharfedale. The Argos's in Basildon now have them in (actually had for a few days) and I picked one up today. It is still listed on the website and catalogue as the DV832B but actually it is the DV832BN(2).

    The set up with the Tivo was straightforward and everything seems to be working, no channel change problems using the IR blaster.

    Anyone know if there is a setting to disable the digital graphics for recording (e.g. press red button etc.)

    Thanks
     
  6. b166er

    b166er New Member

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    As a matter of interest (I'll never be using freeview so it's just out of interest) how are you guys finding which IR code to use in TiVo to control these Freeview boxes? None of them existed when the TiVo OS was last changed. Is it trial and error going through all the codes, selecting the right manufacturer where possible ?
     
  7. AMc

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    At Gary's Tivo Portal site http://www.tivoportal.co.uk/
    Click on the link on the left "Supported STB's"

    AFAIK supporting new STBs is fairly straight forward and new codes come with the daily download, it's the remote control codes that are stuck in 2000.
     
  8. Pete77

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    The codes for new Freeview boxes are added to the set held in the Tivo database by people capturing them with a Pronto remote and sending them to Gary who sends them to Tivo to be sent out in the data with the daily call. They are then able to be selected in the Tivo setup options for set top boxes.

    By contrast the codes in the Tivo remote are hard coded and not added to over time so eventually you end up having to use the remote supplied by your new tv manufacturer for volume control and on/off or you can buy an advanced learning remote like a Kameleon to cover both the Tivo remote and your television remote in one fell swoop.
     
  9. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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  10. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    I thought you would be sure to have ordered one online and had it delivered by now. ;)

    Assuming that it won't have the essential Aux and VCR buttons that my black Philips Tivo remote also lacks I don't think I shall be bothering.
     
  11. greenkr

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    When my Daewoo DS608P died in December I bought a Wharfedale DV832BN(2) to replace it – for use with my Tivo. I have had two problems with audio with it. Firstly I would get a complete loss of sound for a second or two – at least once in each recording. Secondly the sound and picture would go out of sync once the box had been on for a few hours. Putting the box into standby and turning it back on would re-synchronise the sound and picture. When they came back into stock last week I exchanged it for another. The same problems are still occurring – and at one point I lost the sound completely until I put it into standby and then back on again. It looks as if I’ll have to get a refund and try a different box – but I really like having the program display.
     
  12. Pete77

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    Go to www.ebay.co.uk, type in the phrase iplayer+ and get one of those instead. No sound loss and very good with weak tv signals.
     
  13. Feb 8, 2007 #153 of 307
    gadgetgaz

    gadgetgaz New Member

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    I have now given up on the Wharfdale due to audio issues. The first lost audio on the left channel and its replacement lost audio competely, just for a second every now and then. I have had it replaced another twice and each one does the same to a greater or lesser extent.

    I may wait a month or so to ensure the current batch are completely gone and give it another try.
     
  14. Feb 8, 2007 #154 of 307
    ColinYounger

    ColinYounger It wasn't me.

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    Sorry, a bit late on this thread

    I've got one of these which I've hooked up to a TiVo that an associate declared dead because the HD died (aren't I evil :p ). It seems to work fine with BBC3 for me, and I'm wondering what the problems are that I should expect. I searched and got thousands of results which all seemed irrelevant.

    Betcha. Pete77 tells me. YMMV. :D
     
  15. Feb 8, 2007 #155 of 307
    Pete77

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    No BBC Three or BBC Four timeshare issue on this box because its not a Sony at all but simply a Digifusion PVR rebadged as a Sony. So far as I know the Digifusions have a fairly good Freeview tuner but were thought to not be up to much as a PVR as this review confirms:-

    www.reviewcentre.com/review231239.html
     
  16. regdor

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    I hoped the Wharfedale sound dropout would have been fixed by now so i bought one from Argos about 4 weeks ago. Unfortunatley the sound problem happened with mine(about once every 2 hours the sound goes off for 2 seconds).Pity as the picture is very good. Anyway back for a refund.
    I would buy the Humax as it seems to be the only "Quality build" box out there.
    but i know it has a switch for radio so i could not record radio from the Tivo. That is you have to manually put the box in radio to listen(record) radio.
    Can anyone confirm this?
    What is the Phillips 210 like? I do not want to buy old boxes from ebay.
     
  17. AMc

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    Have you had any success with any other Freeview boxes on that aerial?

    I get the odd stutter in sound on most channels but put it down to impulse interference.
    2 seconds every 2 hours is pretty normal based on my poor Freeview experiences in 2 London and 1 Norfolk location with 2 different boxes.

    Where I am now Five US and Five Life are particularly poor with some picture breakup too, but the signal is really weak, they use the less reliable modulation (QAM16 IIRC not 64). I have a masthead booster + a secondary booster just to get the Wharfedale to 50% signal :) Almost everything else is 100% so I'm sure its the transmission not the box.
     
  18. regdor

    regdor New Member

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    I have had a Phillips dtr500 for about 18 months and never had the sound dropout problem on that. I only want to replace it because it has a radio/tv switch and Tivo cannot switch to radio for recording, also it zooms the picture on the west wing and frasier (two of our favourite programs) which is annoying.
    I have also had a digifusion fvrt200 on my aerial for about 8 weeks (repaired it for the in-laws, very dodgy discs after about 12 months usage). That did not drop sound either and had a great picture off air and much better than Tivo off record!!
    My reception is poor as i live in a dip that shades us from Emley Moor. I often have picture break up despite a high gain aerial and a mast head amplifier.
    I can live with picture breakup but the sound drops i cannot stand at all!

    The Phillips box has a very bad press from other forums but i have found it reliable and the picture is good, the menu system is clumsy.
    The FVRT has been a nightmare product if you read the posts in digitlspy.

    If only sky transmitted More4 ( west wing/ without a trace) for free i would stick with my sky free package and do without radio recording. I cancelled my sky sub because we did not watch much "sky" product.
     
  19. Vish

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  20. healeydave

    healeydave from tivoland.com

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    If you don't need a modulator output (for a dual source cofiguration), I bought some cheap Echostar T-101-FTA boxes about a 18 months ago which work pretty well, never need resetting, never miss a channel change etc and are only the size of a DVD case & about 2 inches deep.

    Digiboxes with a modulator output are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. The Humax F2-FOX T still have a good reputation.

    I also like this Hauppage DEC 1100-t , this is also a small box and runs off a 12V adapter. Its ideal for a project like this
     

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