Which Set top boxes work well with Tivo please?

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  1. Apr 5, 2008 #41 of 117
    ericd121

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    As you can see from my sig, I have two Daewoo-DS608P (SetPal) boxes.
    One gave up the ghost, so off I went to Tesco to buy a Sagem ITD68 Setanta Set Top Box for £24.50.
    It's a big yellow box, sadly without Thalia Zucci on it. ;)

    Back home, the setup was a breeze.
    • Put batteries in remote.
    • Plug in.
    • Press OK.
    • Wait 5 minutes.
    • Job done.
    So far (about a week), it's been rock solid.

    I have had an issue with the volume, which was too low, and my higher setting wasn't being remembered. I think I've fixed that by setting the higher volume, then going into the menu, pretending to change something, the hitting OK, which bring up a "Saved" message.

    Note: this box is basic, and doesn't have any favourite channels option, but, luckily, TiVo does. :)
     
  2. Apr 7, 2008 #42 of 117
    timdownie

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    Hi JD, apologies for the delay.

    Ours has the latest hardware/software/loader etc.

    Sometimes it won't change channel & "locks up", other times it loses sound (but not picture) particularly on BBC3. More often than not, it's BBC3 that was the last channel being recorded or used (Family Guy fan) when it either locks up or loses sound.

    Tim
     
  3. Apr 8, 2008 #43 of 117
    regdor

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    regdor: The Tvonics triangle looks good, although I'm confused about the radio functionality. You say it switches radio, but I'm not clear what you mean by that, especially as the manual describes a button on the remote for switching between TV and radio channels.

    How does it behave with regards to updates, interactive gubbins and so on?


    TimL
    Sorry not to get back earlier,
    Tvonics triangle will switch to radio from tv using a Tivo command WITHOUT pressing the radio button on the remote control. Yep i know most boxes with buttons do not but this one does. No problems with any function at all.
    After a power cut i think it goes to BBC1, but at least it comes on.
    The downside of the Tvonics is the quality and volume of sound that it puts out , i put it down to the cheap mini din to scart cable you have to use. No scart on the triangle just a minidin.
    I use QED scarts and the old Philips sounds much better, i also think the picture is better. The picture format also seems ok,just watched West Wing, very strange!
    Only problem now is the radio.
    The dead Tvonics went back to Tesco for a refund.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2008 #44 of 117
    regdor

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    The Tvonics Prism is now being sold directly from the tvonics web site at a bargain price of £14.99 delivered. I have just ordered one.
    Pros; it works perfectly with Tivo. Compact size. Price.Very well made.
    Neat remote.
    Cons; non-standard mini din to scart, low sound output. Will it last longer than the last one?
    At this price why buy a used stb off ebay!
     
  5. Apr 9, 2008 #45 of 117
    Pete77

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    What are they like with a weak Freeview signal? Are they good bad or indifferent in this regard?
     
  6. Apr 10, 2008 #46 of 117
    regdor

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    I live in a very difficult area for reception. We are in a small valley so we cannot "see" Emley Moor, our local transmitter. We have a tall mast and booster but still get a weak signal.
    The Prism works well, weather conditions can cause the odd blocky line and sound drop. About 10 days ago we got a scambled mess for a picture and no sound, i checked cables etc and thought the problem was in the aerial. After some fiddling it all came back on. Not sure why!
    About 2 days after that No signal said Tivo!
    The Prism which is strapped out of sight behind the tv was dead, fiddled with plug etc but no joy, no power. Did not check power transformer for output as unit was under warranty so do not know if it was the power supply or the unit that failed. With the picture loss problem two days earlier i guess it was the unit on its way out. My old stb worked fine when i put it on. No problems since then with any picture breaks.
    The Prism is very solid with a very nice finish and a small remote that all feels very well engineered. I of course do not see the box or use the remote so non of this matters. Just nice to buy good stuff. Hope my failed unit was the exception but at £14.99 for a new one i do not care too much. In fact since my old one cost £33.97 and that has been refunded i have done rather well!!
    As i said only downside is the "plastic" minidin to scart cable which is outperformed by my QED squarts but then they do cost about 50 quid.
    Volume is also very low which means i cannot balance the sound from sky/analogue/prism. Tivo sound out is at its max but i still have to crank up the TV.
     
  7. Apr 10, 2008 #47 of 117
    Tim L

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    Cheers for the reply. It does sound promising, although I'm wary of the dodgy mini-DIN.
     
  8. Apr 11, 2008 #48 of 117
    regdor

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    Prism arrived within 24hrs of my online order, very good service.

    Trouble is there is a hairline crack on the back panel and i seem to have a dodgy power connection so have just rung Tvonics! See what they say.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2008 #49 of 117
    Tim L

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    On general advice I've bought one of the Sony D800s off ebay. Should get it early next week - I'll report back with how well it does.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2008 #50 of 117
    laurence@key2.co

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    How are you getting on with the Sony? I got one a month or two ago - I'm amazed at the pic quality. I view tivo though a projector and Film 4 looks great! Bought it after reading lots of advice on this forum - glad I resisted buying a cheapo. Sony was worth every penny IMO.
     
  11. Apr 14, 2008 #51 of 117
    Tim L

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    It should arrive tomorrow. With luck I'll have time to set it up and test channel changes etc tomorrow.

    Which reminds me - which remote code do you recommend?
     
  12. Apr 15, 2008 #52 of 117
    laurence@key2.co

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    The first one that tivo suggests works fine - whatever that is (short delay between digits, don't need a leading 0 and don't need enter after sending channel).

    When I got my box, I discovered that the previous owner had set up a parental controls password. Which is a pain. If they've done that, you need to put in the factory reset code so you can set up the channels for your area.
    Just in case you get the same problem, you press Left, Right, Yellow, Blue, Menu - then the technical information menu pages show an otherwise hidden reset option. Took me ages to find that out!
     
  13. Apr 15, 2008 #53 of 117
    Tim L

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    Cheers. The box is still on its way. Ah, the wonders of Parcel Farce. ;)
     
  14. Apr 16, 2008 #54 of 117
    regdor

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    Sadly Tvonics did not reply to the message i left. Found the problem, the back panel of the prism does not mate correctly with the circuit board sockets, poor quality control. When i put the power supply in it does not make full contact. Oh well, keep trying Tvonics support line.
     
  15. Apr 16, 2008 #55 of 117
    Pete77

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    Make sure to call 01656 862421 and not their 0870 number. Should be a lot cheaper on many call plans, especially all 01/02 calls at any time free up to 60minutes plans like BT Option 3.
     
  16. Apr 16, 2008 #56 of 117
    Tim L

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    The Sony arrived today. It works a treat so far - picked up all the channels speedily and with good strength, but then again I did have a new aerial fitted back when I had OnDigital so it bloody well better be good. ;) It seems happy enough with the default remote code as advised (cheers!). In fact the biggest hassle was getting behind the TV for some fiendish SCART rearrangement so I can use the Sony for Tivo, but also be able to watch my VM cable box independently. For anyone interested, the Samsung 2110C does in fact pass RGB through its VCR SCART socket. Hooray!
     
  17. Apr 17, 2008 #57 of 117
    regdor

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    Cheers Pete have just tried Tvonics again, left another message. I have the box working ok as i have taken the back panel off! It works very well particlularly on RGB ouput. It is very fast and never any glitches at all. If Tvonics do not get back it will be a shame but at £14.99 i will probably take a drill to the back panel and fix it!!
    Tim glad you got the Sony i have been watching the market. Perfect ones seem to reach about £55 including postage but there is a steady supply so i think prices will drop.
     
  18. Apr 17, 2008 #58 of 117
    Pete77

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    You could always contact Trading Standards. Failing to get back customers about mail order supply of faulty goods is a very clear cut offence under trading standards legislation. I suspect taking a drill to it would invalidate your warranty. Depends whether you care or not for £14.99.

    Do they supply a Mini DIN to Scart lead with this box? If so how long is it?

    But don't forget you will another DTT box when HD television launches on Freeview some time later next year.
     
  19. Apr 17, 2008 #59 of 117
    regdor

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    The Minidin to scart is supplied and is about a metre long. I guess it only has the minimum number of wires connected so it is flexible, unlike my Squarts which could hold a battleship!
    I have never seen a specialist cable maker stock this type of cable so to upgrade it would need to be to order i guess. It is perfectly adequate except in the sound department but even if i put Tivo sound to my hifi it is still very enjoyable. And my hifi is very clean sounding (reveals any nasty distortion) so needs a good source.
    Not too bothered about the warranty, Tvonic website says they have been taken over so that may be the problem. Just the answer machine again today.
     
  20. Apr 17, 2008 #60 of 117
    Pete77

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    See www.tvonics.co.uk

    For further information regarding Contact Holdings please contact:

    Contact Holdings Limited
    Grafton House
    Haigh Avenue
    White Hill Industrial Estate
    Stockport
    Cheshire
    SK4 1NU

    Tel No: 0161 480 3568
    Fax No: 0161 480 8185

    I am sure they can explain to you why Tvonics is not replying to you.
     

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