Just received a press release from Topfield. It has now released its TF7000HDPVRt. That string of letters at the end have meaning: t=terrestrial (ie, as opposed to satellite), PVR=Personal Video Recorder, and HD=High Definition.
The natural competitor to this is the Strong SRT 5490 HD PVR. Obviously I shall be seeking to get ahold of the Topfield, but in the mean time here’s the obvious differences:
|Feature||Strong SRT-5490 HD PVR||Topfield TF7000PVRt||Comment|
|Digital output||DVI + coax and optical audio||HDMI + coax and optical audio||Since the Topfield will send its audio via HDMI, it wins here|
|Video output switching||Must choose via remote key or setup menu||Several (all?) available at the same time||Topfield is a winner here as well.|
|Computer connectivity||USB (apparently 1.1 speed) and Ethernet||USB 2.0||I love the Strong’s Ethernet capabilities, I score this one to it|
|Media features||Can show JPEG and play MP3, or transfer out recordings, via Ethernet or USB||Can tranfer out recordings via USB||Both the JPEG and MP3 functions of the Strong being fairly worthwhile, so I think Strong wins this one|
|Tuners||Two, record two and play back a third, PIP||Two, record two and play back a third, PIP|
|Navigation||Excellent||Looks the same on paper|
|File editing||No||Not stated, so I assume no|
|Time shifting||Yes, but has to be explicitly selected||Yes, but how it works I don’t know. Hopefully like the TF5000PVRt|
|Reliability||Excellent with the 2.0.5 firmware||Topfield’s reputation is excellent, but we’ll have to wait and see|
Looks like another exciting product.