Product Type: Philips set top boxes
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Philips DTR220 - consigned to the scrapheap, no longer cutting edge technology.
Member Name: danny691
Advantages: Allows digital TV on non-digital sets, sleek design, affordable, easy to set up.
Disadvantages: Bulky remote control, cheap feeling box, no longer needed due to new technology.
Although we have a good range of the latest technology in our household we do also still have an old CRT TV built long before the new digital era. Due to this it was never designed for the digital switchover and therefore we needed a digital reciever for it to be compatible with the new channels.
The Philips DTR220 was available at the time for around £40, although it can be bought for anything from under £20 to around £40 at the time of writing this review. With such a broad pricing I would suggest you shop around, if you even need this product. With the new digital age upon us and this technology fading away with the non-digital TV's I would expect sales are drying up for such products.
The reason I bought this digital reciever was a culmination of a number of details. The first was price, £40 was very reasonable and it was a small price to pay for such a large number of additional channels. The looks also sold the DTR220 to me. The sleek black design and lack of clutter on the box meant it were an instant hit visually.
Although the features of the DTR220 won't excite you, they were impressive things at the time! The seven day electronic programme guide meant you wouldn't miss your favourite shows. There are two SCART sockets on the back of the DTR220, allowing you to connect your TV and then an additional source if you wish.
Set-up is simple due to the fast installation feature. The DTR220 will automatically scan for channels once prompted, and once up and running you can scan for new channels easily. Although there is an instruction manula included, the diagram for plugging it in was all I required as the set-up was simple to follow on-screen for tuning it.
Although the digital reciever has a high-gloss black finish it is lightweight and feels cheap because of this. The remote control is also pretty bulky and doesn't have the same quality look as the reciever.
Overall I would say the Philips DTR220 is consigned to the past as far as digital technology is concerned. If you do still have an old CRT TV then this digital reciever should definately be considered.
Summary: Has served me well but with the CRT TV making way for digital tv it is no longer needed.
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