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Bush 669 OD 28 DIGITAL TV

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      03.01.2007 22:13

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      Suprisngly good old iDTV with attitude

      Bought a Bush 669 OD when they first appeared around 6 years ago for £399 from Argos. I agree with everything other reviewers say. These were cheap at the time yet the picture and sound was and remains brilliant after 6 years. Badged as "Bush" they were clearly prototypes released a little too early as they have some strange habits as others have noted. The sound on my set also disappears every few months and is only returned by swtching off so this is obviously a common fault. Though you can add channels my TV does not do software updates over the air. It does however take a Top Up TV card without any Conditional Access Module! I am not sure if even Top Up TV know that.

      After abot 4 years the picture collapsed with a pop and with little hope I lugged this monstrously heavy beast to the local repairer, who often takes months on repairs (though is very thorough and traditional - even repairing old valve radios.)

      I was amazed when he had it fixed in 3 days - apparently it was the line output transformer and he found a more resilient replacement. His comment was that he had never seen such a good digital TV picture! Although this repair cost £70 I think this was money well spent as it will probably last me until HDTV and LCD sets become more reliable and cheaper and 10 years high quality viewing will if my luck holds have set me back £50 a year.

      So if you want great sound and a great picture, don't need interactive TV and can cope with the odd suprise, pick up one of these secondhand and enjoy the last glorious days of the cathode ray tube.

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      05.01.2004 18:03
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      The Bush 6690D digital TV provided an excellent chance to step up to the world of digital viewing and at a very competitive price hence when my girlfriend and I decidede we needed a new TV we thought this was the obvious choice. As a TV it produces a very good quality picture and sound and has provided us with all the additional channels originally provided under ONDigital and the short-lived ITV digital. However, whilst we can still view these channels we are not able to make use of the interactive facilites as providede by newer TV's and the Digiboxes which are sold seperately for normal TV's. This seemed minor at first, but there appears to be a whole world of interaetvie viewing which we are missing out on because the TV was never made capabale of making use of this facilty once OnDigital was taken over. Other annoying quirks with the TV are that occasionally the sound doesn't work when it is switched on and it has to be switched on and off again. Also we are currently having problems getting our DVD player to play in colour despite the DVD working on our smaller TV. Nobody as yet has been able to provide an answer as to why this is the case. There is also only one SCART socket in the TV which is annoying if you want to run a DVD and VCR through it - this is a bit archaic in a new TV! At the price however, the TV has provided us with an excellent picture and a is still worth the cash we paid for it.

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        01.06.2002 22:22
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        I bought a Bush 6690D / 7690D Digital Television as a treat having been made redundant (Got some tax back). I thought it would help make viewing DVD's better. The blurb said that it has; improved crystal clear picture, digital stereo, on screen guide, advanced digital text, 4:3 and 16:9 broadcasts, full remote control, scart socket; av in and out, 10 free digital chanels; analogue tuner; a buit in modem (just discovered this), rear mounted card slot and a common interface to allow for future upgrades. I purchased the television at Dixons. It was for the amazing price of £399.00. The fact that it was digital integrated made it a winner. Now we are ready for the government to switch off analogue. We were looking for a widescreen television, but this offers more than the others on the market at the same price. The only point to quibble over is the lack of a second scart socket. There is only space for the DVD player, not the video recorder. This is the minor hassle which gets annoying when you want to record a programme. We will work around this. The clarity of the pictures is brillinat and the sound quality is awsome. Watching "Saving Private Ryan" was a pleasure. Having a screen at 28", as opposed to our old 24", does not sound a lot, but it makes a big difference. If only we could have afforded the 32"? Maybe another time. The television has a card slot which is signed as being Ondigital. If you want to subscribe to their services then there is a card aready there waiting to eb activated. This is optional and can be done when you are ready. In the meantime, so long as Ondigital broadcasts in your area, you can receive the free digital braodcasts (BBC Choice, Knowledge, 24hrs news, STV2 etc. I like the BBC Knowledge channel when I get the chance to watch it. Bush does not seem to rate as a top player
        when I talk to people who are technically minded, but we have not been disappointed so far. At the end of the day it may not carry the logo, but if that is all that is diiferent then I am more than satisfied with the work horse. Reliability rather than logos is all I need. I have been told that I should still get quality, so I took the advice and went for it. What I also liked about it, as you can guess I am no technocrat, it took my wife and I five minutes to set up and tune. Following the instructions was easy and we watched our first programme within the hour (50 minutes to make tea and be disturbed by our visitors). You should give it a good look at. The digital age is upon us and Bush have produced a great television ready for the new era. It is also a great price. Happy viewing.

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          03.01.2001 22:31
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          I bought a Bush 6690D / 7690D Digital Television as a treat having been made redundant (Got some tax back). I thought it would help make viewing DVD's better. The blurb said that it has; improved crystal clear picture, digital stereo, on screen guide, advanced digital text, 4:3 and 16:9 broadcasts, full remote control, scart socket; av in and out, 10 free digital chanels; analogue tuner; a buit in modem (just discovered this), rear mounted card slot and a common interface to allow for future upgrades. I purchased the television at Dixons. It was for the amazing price of £399.00. The fact that it was digital integrated made it a winner. Now we are ready for the government to switch off analogue. We were looking for a widescreen television, but this offers more than the others on the market at the same price. The only point to quibble over is the lack of a second scart socket. There is only space for the DVD player, not the video recorder. This is the minor hassle which gets annoying when you want to record a programme. We will work around this. The clarity of the pictures is brillinat and the sound quality is awsome. Watching "Saving Private Ryan" was a pleasure. Having a screen at 28", as opposed to our old 24", does not sound a lot, but it makes a big difference. If only we could have afforded the 32"? Maybe another time. The television has a card slot which is signed as being Ondigital. If you want to subscribe to their services then there is a card aready there waiting to eb activated. This is optional and can be done when you are ready. In the meantime, so long as Ondigital broadcasts in your area, you can receive the free digital braodcasts (BBC Choice, Knowledge, 24hrs news, STV2 etc. I like the BBC Knowledge channel when I get the chance to watch it. Bush does not seem to rate as a top player when I talk to peop
          le who are technically minded, but we have not been disappointed so far. At the end of the day it may not carry the logo, but if that is all that is diiferent then I am more than satisfied with the work horse. Reliability rather than logos is all I need. I have been told that I should still get quality, so I took the advice and went for it. What I also liked about it, as you can guess I am no technocrat, it took my wife and I five minutes to set up and tune. Following the instructions was easy and we watched our first programme within the hour (50 minutes to make tea and be disturbed by our visitors). You should give it a good look at. The digital age is upon us and Bush have produced a great television ready for the new era. It is also a great price. Happy viewing.

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            30.11.2000 05:42

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            This is one of Bush’s range of inexpensive widescreen sets that feature a built-in ONdigital decoder. To see pay TV channels like Sky Sports and UK Gold all viewers need do is order a smart card which they place in the set’s slot. It also comes pre-loaded with a year's subscription to six ONdigital channels. The set’s very competitive price means that there are few facilities. In particular it only has one Scart socket, which could prove problematic to people who own both a VCR and a DVD player. It does however boast a facility that lets the user know what programme is currently on and what is coming next. Picture and sound quality are both reasonable.

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            12.09.2000 01:41
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            Oh My God. We have had this telly now for just over a month and its still not working properly. Having ordered it from a catalogue I rang them to see what they could do. They told us to ring Bush. Having rung Bush they said that the problem lay with Ondigital. rang On Digital and they said the problem was with Bush. Cannot get primary channels included with package. Passed this info on to club and they spen two weeks trying to sort it out. they came back and said that because the telly was working fine we could not send it back and they got Bush to ring us again. Spoke to them yet again and they said engineer would call. they also said that they had sent out hundreds of these tellies and nothing like this had happened before. But when the engineer rang he said we needed a module adding to the telly and he had seen this problem before. we are tired of one blaming the other. Soon to have module fitted and hopefully telly will work properly. Never going through this hassle again.

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