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Specification for Topfield TF5800 PVR

Main characteristics
Functionalities: Digital TV ReceiverVideo Recorder
Broadcast Type: Terrestrial
Compatible Service: Freeview
Digital Receiver: DVB
Analog Tuner: PAL
Audio Support: MPEG Audio
TV Resolutions: 576i (625i)
Recorder
HDD Recording Time: 40 Hrs. Maximum
HDD Size: 80 GB
Convenience
Program Guide: Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
Record And Play Features: Chasing PlaybackSimultaneous Record and PlaySimultaneous 2 Programs Recording
OSD: Yes
Additional Features: Letter Box ConversionPan&Scan ConversionSubtitle DecodingParental Lock
Inputs / Outputs
Inputs: RF (TV) x 1
Outputs: Composite x 1S-Video x 1Analog Audio x 1Digital Audio Optical x 1
SCART Connectors: Output x 1Input / Output x 1
Additional Ports: USB x 1
Performance
RAM memory: 64 MB
Flash Memory: 2 MB
Other
Height: 6 cm
Width: 34 cm
Depth: 26.5 cm
Weight: 4.2 kg

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Latest Reviews

★☆☆☆☆
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“abt the seats”

Written on: 02/05/2012

seat comfort waste 3d glasses totally waste,i exchanged it 3 times… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Topfiels TFR5800 ”

Written on: 31/01/2011 by flatcoat2 (3 reviews written)

Topfiels TFR5800
I've had this box for about 3 years and initially thought problems were down to me not being techno savvy and failing to fully understand how to operate it.
Not so however and problems have multiplied as time goes on.
Initially this box would not load channels in order (something even a £5 special out of cheapos'r'us can do with ease)but allocated them all the place in duplicate or triplicate with many not actully receiving said channel and the ones that did beeing numbered… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to flatcoat2's Review

Written on: 20/02/2012

lol at this review i can relate to his

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★★☆☆☆
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“I would say that the Topfield TF5810PVRt is a great...”

Written on: 31/03/2010 by Andrew Evans (1 review written)

I would say that the Topfield TF5810PVRt is a great disappointment, and in no way merits its apparent status as one of the top PVRs. I can say this with confidence having owned a Humax 9200 TB, a TVonics DTR-FP-1600 (odd looking but works really well), and a Thomson DTI-1600 amongst others. In short, I am well positioned to judge from a practical ownership position.

First the good points about the Topfield.
i. It is a nicely made PVR (although case a bit flimsy on the top) with a good… Read Full Review

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Anthoney's Response to Andrew Evans's Review

Written on: 12/04/2010

I found this review not helpful because... it means the Topfield can match or better any of the other offerings for specification. He repeatedly asserts that it is "not the point" and pedantically and lazily insists that it should all be the way he want's it straight out of the box. As far as I know none of the other boxes he mentions can export files to a PC via the USB port. This feature alone makes the box a gemstone on the beach for many users.
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<br/>The simple truth is users have different needs, without having to take a little time to configure the box, completely ignores what other people might want and that this is the only box I know that users can configure so extensively instead of being stuck with whatever best guess the manufacturers come up with. Insisting that is not the point is just throwing your dummy out for no reason.

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Ollsbols's Response to Andrew Evans's Review

Written on: 24/09/2010

You have reviewed a totally different product. You have reviewed the Topfield TF5810PVRt where as this section is for the Tf5800. You might like to get that corrected.
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<br/>Anyway, as far as the 5810 is concerned I would say it is not the product for you. I would suggest that the 5810 is fine, it is that you have different requirments. The idea is that it is open source and people can create apps that will improve its performance and functionality. If you want a plug and go machine then the others you have mentioned are probably more appropriate. That said I would say that the 5810 does have its faults and is no way as good as the 5800.

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Anthoney's Response to Andrew Evans's Review

Written on: 13/04/2010

This was my comment above and I would like to point out it was edited by the moderators without attention to grammar or complete sentences that make sense. Parts of two sentences run together into one means it now appears somewhat self contradicting and nonsensical here and there.
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<br/>I hope you can still make out the valid points being made and take note that I do use complete sentences and it did make sense before it was edited.
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I have no quarrel with the deletions themselves, I was a little too personal and acidic in places and accept that it is reasonable to edit that.

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★★★★★
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Excellent box but only after you have added the TAPs...”

Written on: 01/02/2010

Excellent box but only after you have added the TAPs and firmware

Have owned 4 PVRs before the Toppy, and this one outshines all of them by a country mile, but there is an important caveat.....

Right out of the box this is a very ordinary PVR, you have to be prepared to devote some time and effort by installing some Topfield Application Programs (TAPs) and associated Firmware upgrades. These TAPs are free and can be downloaded from an independent user group located at Toppy.org.

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Demondean's Comment

Written on: 22/03/2010

I found this review very helpful because...No nonsence staight to the point review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“I have owned my Toppy for more than three years now. ...”

Written on: 11/01/2010 by paulsdunford (2 reviews written)

I have owned my Toppy for more than three years now. In that time I have updated the firmware a few times, and added some of the 'TAPS' which have enhanced its capabilities and added features such as series recording that didn't even exist when I bought the PVR.

Sadly my Toppy just had problems with the power supply - which then caused problems with the hard disk. That's the bad news. The good news is that the repair is easy and is fantastically well documented on the independent 'Toppy'… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“i have owned 3 pvr!s last 1 from tesco for £73.00...”

Written on: 08/12/2009

i have owned 3 pvr!s last 1 from tesco for £73.00 scart plug failed
so i thought i would get a better one top price topfield £215.00
should have saved some money and got another techwood this could
jump the ad!s with 1 or 2 taps of button lot clearer menu better
layout of remote and a clearer telly text i know it is ending but not the point,the remote control is like somthing out of a pound shop tiny little
buttons ,carries on recording even after the channel has closed.
screen closes down… Read Full Review

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G7Mzh's Comment

Written on: 15/12/2012

"screen closes down to 4:3 from 16:9 wide screen for older progs" - it's supposed to do that! 4:3 programmes are shown in 4:3, 16:9 programmes are shown in 16:9. That's the idea.

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★★★★★
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“The Topfield TF5800 PVR is exceptionally reliable -...”

Written on: 30/04/2009 by rupert01 (2 reviews written)

The Topfield TF5800 PVR is exceptionally reliable - looks good; has never failed unlike others I have tried… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Bang on MyStuff+Logos and a few other TAP's and you...”

Written on: 14/11/2008

Bang on MyStuff+Logos and a few other TAP's and you have a dream freeview PVR. Seen some people slating the TF5800, well everyone is entitled to their own option but IMHO this is the best darn freeview PVR on the market. Download the tools available for it and your away!
You will not be disappointed. My wife thinks this is the best darn thing since electricity, she loves hitting one button (skip) during Emmerdale and all the ad break is gone, marvellous!… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“If you can download and unzip a file on your PC then...”

Written on: 13/11/2008

If you can download and unzip a file on your PC then you have the skills necessary to upgrade this beauty. Freeview Play just isn't reliable, a Toppy with pre/post padding and AccurateBookmark wins every time!… Read Full Review

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Digiklutz's Comment

Written on: 29/01/2010

I found this review very helpful because it explaine some of the detail about the TAPs

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★★★★★
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Very quiet - no fan”

Written on: 09/10/2008 by Brian Berry (1 review written)

Very quiet - no fan
Good size not bulky. Can be used with a computer. Equal to the Humax model. Good picture and easy to record. I was able to buy it for £64 from Dixons incl delivery. I like the volume control on the remote. EPG very efficient and now that the models are slightly reduced they make a good buy.
I had to replace my Panasonic pvr where the hard drive packed up. This is a worthy replacement… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“The Topfield TF5800 PVR can record two programmes and...”

Written on: 03/03/2008 by 21neon (1 review written)

The Topfield TF5800 PVR can record two programmes and watch a programme already recorded or live showing. Sometimes the epg only shows two programmes and blank for the rest of the day. Overall good performance and I would recommend… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Everyone is using it and you need to buy two. Its just...”

Written on: 26/12/2007 by bdalley (1 review written)

Everyone is using it and you need to buy two. Its just like a PC. Each person can have a yellow folder to store their films… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Every now and then something comes along that isn't...”

Written on: 06/02/2007 by scarborian (32 reviews written)

Every now and then something comes along that isn't really that good, but it generates such a following from those that do like it, that it developes a kind of 'cult status'. The Citroen 2CV and Daniel O'Donnell both spring to mind!
The Topfield TF5800 PVR is in that category. In its basic form it is a very well specified twin tuner PVR wth a choice of colours and 80 or 160Gb hard drives AND it has a reputation for being a rock solid performer. BUT..when you look at the native 'Toppy' ( as the… Read Full Review

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Garryf's Response to scarborian's Review

Written on: 08/02/2007

I&#039;ve bought some awful equipment in my time- but I never claimed I was buying into a cult status. The 2CV and Daniel O&#039;Donnel I have heard of. But a "Topfield". ?? No.... I think its time to be "Honest to Thyself". Good try though. Garry

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“I did a lot of research before buying this box. The...”

Written on: 20/01/2007 by cdcameron (1 review written)

I did a lot of research before buying this box. The Toppy has the greatest number of features and capabilities, and can even be customised by down loading special software programmes from the web. The ability to record multiple programs at the same time, pause live TV, and automatically record programs, such as each program in a series, revolutionises the way you watch TV. Its simply fantastic… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“Pre-amble: ”

Written on: 27/11/2006 by Ollsbols (14 reviews written)

Pre-amble:
Before buying this I did lots of research online and practical. I spent some time playing around with the Humax my parents own and was very impressed. It was excellent and in the first instance was demonstrated to me by my mother, which shows how easy it is to use. I decided on the Topfield TF5800 250GB instead of the Humax.

Read the review to see why. there is nothing bad about the Humax just loads thats good with the Topfield.

Order & Delivery:
It cost about £275 on-line and… Read Full Review

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Davbay's Response to Ollsbols's Review

Written on: 13/04/2008

I found this review helpful because...it forms added information

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“The Topfield TF5800 PVR will change the way you watch...”

Written on: 23/11/2005 by Andy R (5 reviews written)

The Topfield TF5800 PVR will change the way you watch TV! You can look at a list of programmes for the week ahead on screen, press a button and the box will record that programme - it's as simple as that. The ability to record two channels at once, or playback a recording while recording another channel is fantastic. Also, you can start watching a recording before it's finished.

If you're really techie, there are extra little facilities you can download from the web to add new features, or you… Read Full Review

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“I recorded two programmes on different nights/channels...”

Written on: 16/09/2005 by oldphart (1 review written)

I recorded two programmes on different nights/channels and no sound was recorded on mt Topfield TF5800 PVR hard drive recorder. It would not have been so bad, but they were parts of two series I was following. I hope this is something that can be fixed with a download… Read Full Review

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Andy R's Response to oldphart's Review

Written on: 23/11/2005

This was a known software problem, for which an upgrade has now been issued. All the details are at www.toppy.org.uk.

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Topfield TF5800 PVR

“It is an impressive piece of kit. It has a CAM slot...”

Written on: 29/05/2005 by paulhealy (1 review written)

It is an impressive piece of kit. It has a CAM slot too for a top up TV card (got the CAM but not bothered with TUTV since E4 went freeview). The USB 2 link means you can update the receiver directly with i-topfield web site and strangely enough they do listen and customer service from Topfield is very good. Oh yeah, it's best to have a TV splitter as there are 2 aeriel sockets on the PVR. Not tried transferring recordings to PC DVD drive via USB link yet but will do so with the Liverpool… Read Full Review

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Stanleybaker's Response to paulhealy's Review

Written on: 28/06/2005

i have found this for a lot less than £295.00. ordered on Friday and it arrived this morning. Try www.homecinematv.co.uk

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Chrisray's Response to paulhealy's Review

Written on: 26/12/2006

Have you tried uploading files onto PC? How did it work?

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Wells981's Response to paulhealy's Review

Written on: 23/01/2006

It is possible to watch a recording while it is still being recorded.
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<br>Price is now around £250 for the 160Gb version, and £299 for the 250Gb version. Note however that many users report that the 250Gb version is noisy (HDD spin noise).

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★★★★★
Topfield TF5800 PVR

“PVR (personal video recorders) will revolutionise the...”

Written on: 04/05/2005 by Snick (2 reviews written)

PVR (personal video recorders) will revolutionise the way you watch TV. With the good old VCR's on it's last legs, hard disc recorders (with freeview) are the way forward, and this box - with an Australian pedigree is among the very best. For the money, you get a massive hard drive - which will record up to 88hrs of broadcast quality TV. The user interface is good - and unlike other machines around, it is whisper quiet. I really can't praise this machine enough - it is truely revolutionary… Read Full Review

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Pulledplonker's Response to Snick's Review

Written on: 18/05/2005

I agree, a truly fantastic product, worth every penny

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