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Philips HDT8520

Philips HDT8520
alaScore 79

142 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and value for money also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Philips HDT8520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 142 reviews)

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Philips HDT8520 review

 

A difficult birth, but this Pace/Philips Freeview HD PVR is now as able bodied as any

Usability ; Hi-def & SD ictures ; 128x seed scanning

Searate EPG ; Lo-res grahics ; Not To-U TV comatible

A solid performer, but there's nothing flash about the HDT8520. And though it comes with no extras, if you're after fairly advanced Freeview HD recording functionality it's a good option. As a bonus, its poor rep pre-software update would appear to be...

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Philips HDT8520

 

Stylish and feature-laden, the Philips is an excellent Freeview HD+ box

Great styling and display; detailed, vibrant HD and SD pictures; solid sound; 500GB HDD

EPG could have more features; the Digital Stream DHR8205U has an even better picture

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Philips HDT8520 Dual HD TV Recorder

 

This Pace unit (badged Philips) was the first HD unit I saw in a presentation in the spring, here now the production unit. If you need HD recording then this 500GB digital unit may just tick all the boxes on your wish list.

A nice unit with good sound and picture quality even in standard definition in HD it is truly excellent, it is virtually silent in use

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Philips HDT 8520 Freeview HD Recorder

 

The Philips HDT 8520 was the first Freeview HD Recorder to be released in the UK, but at the time there was a general feeling that it had been a little rushed onto the market in the Spring, to capitalise on the World Cup during the summer.

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Review of Philips HDT8520 PVR

 

Good points: Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means...

Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means you can...

Slight lag when channel surfing

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Amazon review summary for Philips HDT8520

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 122 user reviews of Philips HDT8520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Satellite Receivers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, design, reliability, size

52% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips HDT8520 500GB PVR Freeview HD Digital Terrestrial Recorder

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Excellent value for money

 

I found the Philips easy to set-up and use, the picture quality is excellent; upscaled standard-defintion looks almost as good as the high-definition channels.

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Brilliant

 

fast Delivery, easy set up, everything you need in the box.....recording tv programmes has never been so easy,,,Recomended ;)

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Superb STB

 

Had mine for a month now and I can't fault it at all. Had to upgrade the firmware when I first received it, which is well documented on the Internet. Once that's done, you'll be able to sit back and use a flawless unit!

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Excellent but only after firmware upgrade

 

Bought this unit to upgrade my Philips TV to HD and to record programmes for when not at home.

easy firmware upgrade, ease of booking recordings after update, free hd tv from bbc itv and channel 4

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Product Specifications

Configuration

1080p Upscaling: No
Built-In Modem: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HDTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes

Connectivity

DLNA certified: No
Ethernet: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Category:Receiver
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG4)
Reception Standard:Digital
Table / Portable:Table
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