Samsung BD-DT7800 review

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Samsung BD-DT7800
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  • Samsung BD-DT7800
  • Samsung BD-DT7800

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Lots of features
  • Slick Smart Hub and DLNA functionality
  • Freeview picture quality

Cons

  • Can’t record two channels simultaneously
  • No Scart outputs
  • Editing menu could be easier to access

Key Features

  • Smart Hub internet content
  • 2D-to-3D conversion
  • AllShare DLNA networking
  • Built-in 500GB HDD
  • Dual Freeview HD tuners
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £279.00

‘Make your TV smarter’ is the slogan emblazoned on the box of Samsung’s latest Freeview HD PVR, which means that as well as allowing you to watch and record Freeview programmes it brings you a whole host of extra content from the internet and networked devices around the home. That gives it an advantage over most other Freeview PVRs on the market, and although the price is quite steep, Samsung’s typically generous feature list means you certainly get a lot for your money.

Samsung BD-DT7800

There are two DVB-T2 tuners on-board and a 500GB hard-disk drive, which allows you to record up to 130 hours of hi-def programmes or 208 hours of SD. This may not be enough to satisfy hardened TV fanatics for whom nothing less than 1TB will do, but most users should find it sufficient.

The BD-DT7800’s design is a break from the usual black-box norm, opting for a glitzy brushed silver finish on the fascia, a transparent strip running along the bottom and an eye-catching blue light bang in the centre. Set into the front panel is a row of touch sensitive controls – also a rarity among PVRs – that let you record, stop and change channel, as well as a display panel that shows the time and channel number when you switch over. Overall build quality is superb too.

Samsung BD-DT7800

Under a flap on the right you’ll find a USB port, adding yet another way of watching your digital content, while a CAM slot on the side makes it possible to add pay TV channels. Around the back the connections panel is identical to that of Samsung’s BD-D8500 and D8900 Blu-ray/HDD combis. You get HDMI, component, composite, optical digital audio and analogue stereo outputs, alongside an Ethernet port for your wired networking needs plus RF input and loopthrough.

KMan

August 8, 2011, 7:00 pm

Hi Danny,

I stumbled across this product yesterday and was a little overjoyed that Samsung released a dedicated PVR with twin Tuner.
I downloaded the manual from the Samsung website (which doesn't have a product page at the mo) and was dissappointed to learn it didn't explicitly state recording two channels at once.

1)Do you know if Samsung could/might be able to correct this with a future firmware update?
2) Is the Samsung better than the equally priced Sony SVR-HDT500 or Humax recorder?

I was thinking of purchasing the Samsung 37D6100 with this PVR, but I'm not sure now? Seems an oversight bearing in mind Sky/Virgin have offered a feature for over 12 months.

Seymour Cat

August 8, 2011, 7:21 pm

I'm amazed you gave this product such a glowing review. A PVR that cannot record two channels at once is as much use as a chocolate teapot.

Jon Williamson

August 8, 2011, 8:50 pm

Shouldn't we all be waiting for YouView boxes?

Badger Foot

August 9, 2011, 11:22 am

A twin tuner that can't record 2 programs at once! I didn't get past the list of cons. Not worth reading the review

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