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Sony VTXD800U

“I have owned this Freeview STB for over 4 years now...”

Written on: 22/12/2009 by captainkremmen (4 reviews written)

I have owned this Freeview STB for over 4 years now and it hasn't let me down once. Excellent quality, very good looking and extremely fast. No delay changing channels and for an older box has features that put most modern Freeview boxes to shame. EPG is fast, never slows down. Digital text works without a hitch, picture quality via RGB scart is fantastic as is the audio quality routed through my AV amplifier. Second scart can be configured for smartlink which means that when you set a timer it… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“The Sony VTXD800U is a GREAT BOX. Only snag i find is...”

Written on: 30/09/2009

The Sony VTXD800U is a GREAT BOX. Only snag i find is dont know & cannot locate manufacturers code for re setting anything… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“The Sony VTXD800U was a present from my son when they...”

Written on: 05/08/2009

The Sony VTXD800U was a present from my son when they first came out, found it easy to set up and its performance has been exceptional throughout, even channels 4 & 5 picture and sound quality much superior to my next door neighbour who has a lesser make. I have since bought 2 more of this model for other TVs in the house with no reservations, the best digi box available. Why did Sony stop production ?… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Sony VTXD800U is easy to set up, easy to use - great...”

Written on: 06/03/2009

Sony VTXD800U is easy to set up, easy to use - great value for money as it's still one of the best freeview boxes even though it's no longer in production Who needs satellite TV at extra cost when you can have a great range of digital channels including radio free for life when you have purchased one of these!… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Where do I start, the Sony VTXD800U is fantastic,...”

Written on: 16/09/2008

Where do I start, the Sony VTXD800U is fantastic, reliable, easy to use, fast response off the remote, cracking picture and sound. I hope sony produce a twin tuner version of this box & include a hard drive. I find it much easier & more reliable the the Humax. At least I don't mis the end of programs. I'm using Smartlink to a VCR… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I found the Sony freeview box really easy to use....”

Written on: 06/02/2008

I found the Sony freeview box really easy to use. However...
In my experience the remote control almost unusable after 18 months though.

Was a good box right up to the point it stopped working… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Had the Sony VTXD800U for 1 year. Excellent, just a...”

Written on: 08/09/2007 by davidgoves (2 reviews written)

Had the Sony VTXD800U for 1 year. Excellent, just a bit expensive… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“The VTXD800U is no longer manufactured by Sony but...”

Written on: 24/08/2007 by riker (77 reviews written)

The VTXD800U is no longer manufactured by Sony but this was given to me by my father. I had read reviews saying how good the box is so I hoped it might be good as I have been unsuccessful with Bush and Wharfedale models.

I was a little disappointed that, even though it was saying the signal strength and quality was good, the picture was breaking up on several channels. We even changed our aerial to a high gain digital aerial but it wasn't much better. At first I could not get ITV or… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I bought this item after having owned a Goodmans. What...”

Written on: 18/12/2006 by martinsheppard43 (10 reviews written)

I bought this item after having owned a Goodmans. What a difference. This box is so much easier to set up; plug in, push a couple of buttons, and hey presto it's ready to use. Once you have set it up you can swap the channels around and put them in whichever order you prefer, and block off all those that you cannot watch without paying to view. Any others that you don't watch you can hide, and retrieve them easily if you change your mind. I even bought one for my father, who has the knowledge… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Buy with confidence. And no, I don't have shares in...”

Written on: 14/12/2006 by Steve Cowley (1 review written)

Buy with confidence. And no, I don't have shares in the company… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I bought this Sony VTXD800U when it first came out,...”

Written on: 22/09/2006 by Gardengirl (1 review written)

I bought this Sony VTXD800U when it first came out, purely on the strength of the brand name. When I needed a second box I had no hesitation in getting another one. I'm now in a position to get a third. Having experienced cheap models at friends' houses, I wouldn't touch any other model than this one. Well worth the higher price… Read Full Review

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Written on: 01/10/2008

The fact this v-short review gets 'expert' status proves that 'expert' status is mearly a random addition & should be ignored.

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Sony VTXD800U

“I bought the Sony VTXD800U freeview box to replace a...”

Written on: 01/07/2006 by perfecthost (1 review written)

I bought the Sony VTXD800U freeview box to replace a Goodmans, which kept turning itself off (as found by other reviewers). I bought the Sony solely on the strength of consistent excellent reviews, and it did produce a good picture. However, there were at least three key channels which even the Goodmans could receive, where the Sony was totally unreliable. These included Channel 5. I have now replaced the Sony with a Sagem ITD61G (at almost a third of the price) and this has, so far, been… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“It's hard to find much wrong with the Sony VTXD800U...”

Written on: 30/04/2006 by Ieuanfawr (68 reviews written)

It's hard to find much wrong with the Sony VTXD800U freeview box. It works well with under-strength signal, and perfectly with 100% signal strength and quality.

Everything seems possible via the menu, though I found re-ordering the programmes to my liking lengthy.

The biggest disappointment is absence of the TopUpTV slot. I'm reluctant to get rid of the Sony for a model with a TopUpTV slot as the Sony is so good… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Our Sony VTXD800U has outperformed every other...”

Written on: 15/02/2006 by Tallywadger (1 review written)

Our Sony VTXD800U has outperformed every other freeview box I have had by miles! It is pricey at £80 but well worth the extra cash! No freezes EVER! Full signal strength, great picture quality and an epg that might see me getting rid of my Digiguide on the PC… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I promised to come back after 3 months! ”

Written on: 11/02/2006 by Dave474 (3 reviews written)

I promised to come back after 3 months!
Like many others I was frustrated with poor Freeview set-top boxes and did a lot of research. Curry's box @ £29 is remarkably good value, but freezes up and needs to be re-programmed 2-3 times a week. The Hauppage DEC 1000t despite its high price and mini good looks is rubbish - even after a replacement, it froze every day, and didnt get sound on some channels. Others start off well, but have problems after 6 months or so.
Hurrah for Sony! Had the Sony… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I have tried many STB`s and I think the Sony VTXD800U...”

Written on: 31/01/2006 by Freeky (39 reviews written)

I have tried many STB`s and I think the Sony VTXD800U freeview box is one of the best on the market. It copes very well with poor signals, giving you a perfect picture where others fail.

Channel change is quick, and text services are also very quick (EPG access is instant), the box provides a full 8 day EPG. You can advance 24 hours in the EPG, but only once you discover the option appears after pressing the cycle button. Another bug is if you move any channels around it deletes the timer list… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“I bought this after reading all the reviews on this...”

Written on: 11/08/2005 by Seany (15 reviews written)

I bought this after reading all the reviews on this site and it really is a superb piece of equipment, even if it is a little pricey.
You have full control over what actions it takes, from selecting wide screen or normal , RGB, PAL or Y/C outputs, and using 'Smart Link' or not.
If your DVD/VCR recorder is 'Smart Link' enabled, then Video Plus codes become obsolete.
The VTXD800U sends a signal to the recorder when the programme that you select from the Electronic Programme Guide starts, and… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“Sony VTXD800U - Checked out rest of my family's...”

Written on: 16/07/2005 by d70bv8 (16 reviews written)

Sony VTXD800U - Checked out rest of my family's digiboxes and they were all rubbish (a digifusion, a Panasonic and a brand I can't remember). Looked at reviews and the Sony came out on top. The reviews are correct. It worked straight from the box with no setup and no use of the manual. Better quality by far than the analogue and great sound too. Get one in preference to any other box. Can be placed vertical too… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“The Sony VTXD800U is the best Freeview box at the...”

Written on: 03/07/2005 by Georgian (2 reviews written)

The Sony VTXD800U is the best Freeview box at the moment. Reception is excellant, even off a standard TV aerial. Menus are simple and easy to understand.
Picture and sound are of a good quality from an old TV. The size of the box is small and easy to set up. I've had the Nokia Mediamaster 221T, it packed in after 13 months use, and not of the quality of the Sony by a long way. Stick with the Sony, which is slowly dropping in price… Read Full Review

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Sony VTXD800U

“OK agreed, this is one pricey freeview box. I mean, I...”

Written on: 23/04/2005 by lukewelly (1 review written)

OK agreed, this is one pricey freeview box. I mean, I only brought it purely on the basis that it was Sony and that I have never had any trouble from any of their consumer electronics. The same goes with the VTXD800U. The software used inside is fantastic. According to Sony too, it has a large cache to hold more EPG (Electronic Programming Guide) information. In essence, this gives a faster downtime when selecting beteen channels and should increase stability on A/V. Personally, I have to agree… Read Full Review

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