When the original digicast lot collapsed a freind- cast his box aside and went Sky -as they do.
When Freeview came along he gave me the original box and said- 'See what you do with that'
So I did and it Does - a whacking great black Nokia sitting under the TV on the VCR. It works fine - it even has a card slot[which I am told] will do for the paid for channels if i was so inclined- but - What extra will the newer ones do that this one cannot - apart from being smaller and prettier that is? j
I have an old Philips one, which was cast aside as when a new channel scan was performed to pick up new channels such as E4 etc, it couldn't find them. A trip to asda and £25 later, a smaller, 'prettier one' was bought.
What I dislike about the new Freeview boxes is the absence of a display panel showing the number of the channel you're tuned to, which was a feature of my old Nokia receiver (along with a card reader.) I now have the Sony VTX-D800U which is a great video performer with superior sound, but to be sure I'm tuned to my intended radio station the TV must be on. ( I have the Sony's audio output connected to the stereo system.) This also enables a direct comparison to be made between DAB and FM radio. I know which I prefer, but that point should have a thread of its own.
To be honest it is better than the cheapo one in many respects, but it refuses for whatever reason to find the channels the new one can. I'll be upgrading my aerial soon so I'll probably dig it back out and see how it does. It is the OnDigital variety, got it when itv digital seemed like a good idea? ;-)
That's an interesting site - I particularly agree with the point about interference. I would much rather have a gentle hiss in the background with FM than the harsh chopping of a weak DAB signal.
I have had a DAB tuner since broadcasts became available in my area (Jan 2001) - quality has got worse as more stations have been added to each multiplex. Now I far prefer FM for sound quality but still appreciate the extra channels (esp BBC7). I'ts a shame we can't have choice AND quality.