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Old 21-12-2006, 18:37
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what are the best digiboxes?
which digiboxes are the worst?
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Old 21-12-2006, 18:39
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You really do ask some dozy questions.

In this case you need to define best and worst at what, otherwise the question is meaningless.

The best doorstop is the biggest and heaviest one (Amstrad DRX 100??)
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Old 21-12-2006, 18:41
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The Pace DS440N is the worst digibox at the moment, and the Pace DS430N is the best one, although no longer sold.
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Old 21-12-2006, 18:48
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Originally Posted by digitalsatman
Pace DS430N is the best one, although no longer sold.
It's sold alright - but not new.

I'd still trust a second hand one.
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Old 22-12-2006, 06:53
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Hi All.
The worst models are the Grundig range as the PSUs overheat and fail on a regular rate.
Sonys have tuner and PSU failures.
Pace 2500 range have zif tuners fail, also the latest model has PSU problems.
Panasonic recievers were very reliable but are now failing, also some models will not update the softwear without new memory chips.
Amstrad had tuner problems from the first models onwards.
I must admit to using a Amstrad DRX100 made up from faulty receivers in the workshop and since the tuner replacement it has worked for several years with no problems!
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Old 22-12-2006, 12:35
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You'll get as many different replies as there are respondents, as what is good for one person isn't for the other.

The best? The Pace 2600 C1 without a doubt; the key to good reception in fringe areas.

The worst? For me, The Amstrad DRX280 Sky + box - never had a good one yet.

I disagree with bilsat - apart from the PSU problem, which can be fixed, the Grundigs are reliable and have very sensitive tuners, second only to the 2600 C1. In fact, some of my clients acually prefer the Grundig 3000 over anything else.
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Old 22-12-2006, 15:48
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I have a square Thomson (the last model before the curvy ones) which I use for Freesat in the bedroom, and that seems OK (he says touching wood quickly!!!)
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Old 22-12-2006, 15:56
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I had quite an old black grundig, which did fail and become very slow over time. A family member gave us a newer silver one, which now at least twice a day loses signal completely on all channels, requiring a complete reset, sometimes twice before it starts to work again.
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Old 22-12-2006, 16:21
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Originally Posted by Chrismcfall
I had quite an old black grundig, which did fail and become very slow over time. A family member gave us a newer silver one, which now at least twice a day loses signal completely on all channels, requiring a complete reset, sometimes twice before it starts to work again.
Is that a PSU symptom?
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Old 22-12-2006, 16:32
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They are all bad, none of them is good. They all are too limited, bad quality boxes.
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Old 23-12-2006, 11:08
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all Sky boxes are crap, no CI slots, no Diseq capabilities, obviously all these boxes made on the cheap, it's even slow when making channel changes!
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Old 23-12-2006, 11:16
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Exactly - though as they are made on the cheap, it amazes me what they actually Retail for new, especially compared to good quality non-Sky Boxes with CI slots etc eg TM1500, Kaons etc.
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Old 23-12-2006, 23:01
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I believe the OP was asking which were the best and worst Sky boxes.
You dont need Diseq or CI slots on a Sky box, and even the best non Sky receiver is useless as a Sky box
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Old 24-12-2006, 12:51
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The Worst Sky Box i think is Amstreds the Best is Pace.
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Old 24-12-2006, 12:55
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Why are they still so big and ugly looking ?
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Old 24-12-2006, 13:03
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The old ones were, as a lot was needed, but as technology progresses, boxes can be made smaller and quicker, and better looking.
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Old 24-12-2006, 22:12
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ive had the same Panasonic Sky box since 2000, still works as new and ive never had a single fault with it. brilliant.
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Old 25-12-2006, 17:09
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Amstrad are the worst , Thomson are OK but I think Pace are the best. No comment about Grundig.
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Old 25-12-2006, 17:32
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Best sky digital box i ever had was the panasonic dsb30.

This was a replacement by sky for a 8 month old faulty dsb20.

When it died after 5 years faultless service i replaced it with a second hand one off ebay which i used for 6 months before moving to sky+ then i sold it for what i paid for it on ebay.
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Old 25-12-2006, 17:59
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Originally Posted by smartbuy
Best sky digital box i ever had was the panasonic dsb30.
For their time, the dsb30's were the best box you could get - but there have been better boxes since, and the 30's are failing in large numbers now - mostly due to overheating through poor design. There's a large BGA (Ball Gate Array) chip that runs absolutely red hot - if that had been fitted with a heatsink (like the Amstrad ones were) it would have improved reliability massively!.
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Old 26-12-2006, 23:44
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Originally Posted by Nigel Goodwin
For their time, the dsb30's were the best box you could get - but there have been better boxes since, and the 30's are failing in large numbers now - mostly due to overheating through poor design. There's a large BGA (Ball Gate Array) chip that runs absolutely red hot - if that had been fitted with a heatsink (like the Amstrad ones were) it would have improved reliability massively!.
Our Panasonic TU-DSB40 in our living room runs red hot, and has never been able to be set on RGB due to it causing the picture to constantly keep breaking-up. Unfortunately, we found out it was the RGB setting causing the problem out of warranty. A good box, but fatally flawed, and the heat coming out of the top of it, especially during hot summers can be very concerning.

Back to the current crop of Sky boxes though, can someone please list all the problems with the new Pace DS440N, and are they still giving that high-pitch noise?

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Old 27-12-2006, 00:20
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My DS440N isn't giving any problems, been in a month. Don't have the details to hand.
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Old 27-12-2006, 09:27
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Originally Posted by Dung hole Dave
I believe the OP was asking which were the best and worst Sky boxes.
You dont need Diseq or CI slots on a Sky box, and even the best non Sky receiver is useless as a Sky box
Patently - but my Post is pointing out the poor design and build quality of Sky Digiboxes.

The issue of the best non-Sky Receiver being useless as a Sky Box is perfectly true, but contentious - as it has often been argued that in the free market it should be possible to buy non-Sky equipment which can be fitted with an NDS CAM.

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Old 27-12-2006, 09:51
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What about those boxes currnently being installed, their foibles and quirks?
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Old 27-12-2006, 19:38
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The Pace's DS440N are terrible, the Amstrad DRX550 is the best, and the Thomson DSI4214 is in the middle

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