Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:33 AM
Thanks for the info on the Topfield, and now my next question is where do I buy one of these beauties from? I live in Sydney and have noted the topic has been brought up with the Strong box ie should we buy on line or is it better to find a local store and therefore have the benefit of face to face help. Also does anyone know of retailers who are offering good deals? I see that most retail at $1099.
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:37 AM
Sydney HiFi now stocks them too apparently.
Posted 07 February 2004 - 08:54 PM
Posted 08 February 2004 - 07:16 PM
Posted 09 February 2004 - 09:11 PM
Posted 09 February 2004 - 09:39 PM
440 BRIDGE RD, RICHMOND
I paid $990 last Thursday (6/2/2004). I tried the $949 price on them, but they wouldn't do it. They had only just got the model in for the first time that day.
Posted 11 February 2004 - 06:42 AM
Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:55 AM
Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:04 PM
I rang Melbourne Satellites to see if they could even come close, mainly because their factory is not that far from my house but they wouldn't even budge from the rrp.
Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:10 PM
Posted 11 February 2004 - 09:23 PM
So for those with this pvr a couple of questions.
In the pdf on the topfield site it says
Dual decoding (PIP)
Dual recording and playback simultaneously
Dual time-shifting & dual recording simultaneously
Whats this trick mode?
"Dual decoding (pip)" = picture in picture. easy enough.
"Dual recording and playback simultaneously" = recording 2 live shows to hd and playing a previous one back right?
"Dual time-shifting & dual recording simultaneously" ... hmmm I don't quite understand this one. I somewhat understand timeshifting but I am unsure as to how this last feature would actually work. Can someone please explain it?
Thanks for your patience
Posted 11 February 2004 - 10:37 PM
I think they got a bit enthusiastic with their duals....one too many!!!....Unless someone knows any different...
You can only timeshift the channel you are watching.
You can record on 2 tuners and watch and timeshift one of those channels at the same time, flipping between those 2 channels with PIP....also you can bookmark at anytime so that you can go to that spot again if you do flip channels.
Posted 12 February 2004 - 11:14 AM
I'm starting to come around back to the Toppy.
Was originally going to get one, but after hearing bad consumer reports on the glitching decided against it. As mentioned above, almost picked up the Strong 5390 last weekend, but wasn't in stock so held off. Now I'm pretty interested in the Toppy once again as you all seem to be fairly happy with your boxes (on the whole) I am trying to decide whether to fork out the extra $350 (over the price of a Strong) for one. Two tuners would be handy.
As was asked above, what is this "trick mode" that the Toppy brochure mentions?
Tell me how much you love your Toppy's! Would you swap it for any other box on the market today?
PS. Does the Toppy come with a Scart or optical cable or neither?
Posted 12 February 2004 - 11:59 AM
If the Topmeistre is anything like the Strong (including the "Manuel"), then the term "trick mode" simply means FF/REW/PAUSE/JUMP etc. So the "powerful" trick mode means lots of jumping options. Correct me if I'm wrong! I think "trick mode/trick play" is a bizzare way of describing the most commonly used video functions! Maybe with the reliability/glitzyness of some of these units, they really are using magic and crossed fingers...
I'll leave price discussions to my next post...
Bless you, my son.
Posted 12 February 2004 - 12:20 PM
Lots of people on this forum have purchased from hantrex, I have a few boxes from them and I have never been disappointed with the service, including the after sales service. They say somewhere on the site that they respond to all emails in 24 hours...but it's usually 24 minutes.
Also, just as a courtesy, they send out emails to all customers when their box has an update patch available...I got a Toppy and they sent me one just the other day. You don't get that from the big stores - so I'm happy to recommend Hantrex.
Fox, the toppy comes with a scart to s-vhs and rca calbe and a loop cable and an antenna cable. Oh, and a power cable too!
Posted 12 February 2004 - 02:12 PM
Hopefully it should show up tomorrow for delivery in the melbourne cbd.
Posted 12 February 2004 - 06:13 PM
Posted 21 February 2004 - 05:47 PM
The Topfield guy was in there demonstrating to staff - pretty impressive.
Any other good prices in Perth?
Posted 22 February 2004 - 01:23 PM
Posted 22 February 2004 - 01:30 PM
hornblower, on Feb 12 2004, 07:13 PM, said:
Posted 22 February 2004 - 05:46 PM
JasonBB, on Feb 22 2004, 01:30 PM, said:
hornblower, on Feb 12 2004, 07:13 PM, said:
Posted 24 February 2004 - 08:40 PM
My advice for people in Melbourne, try Sydney until the retailers here realise there are other places to get the Toppy.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 10:04 PM
Posted 24 February 2004 - 10:38 PM
To keep this on topic - I got the Topfield PVR from NAPF at West Ryde for $879 - had to fight for it though (he didn't want to go below $900). Also he said they sell them as quickly as they get them, and most people are paying $949 (which is the price they have on the tag instore).
Oh also FYI, mine had the latest firmware in it as of today (24th Feb 2004) and there are no glitches in record/playback, even when recording simultaneously on both tuners. Signal strength on Tuner 2 with supplied loop back cable seems as good as Tuner 1 - so the big complaints seem to not exist on my machine.
Posted 25 February 2004 - 05:56 AM
scritch, on Feb 24 2004, 10:38 PM, said: