The unit’s picture quality is as good as any other Freeview receiver we’ve seen in this sort of price range. Obviously it can’t compete with the growing number of Freeview-equipped recorders and PVRs with HDMI outputs, which offer an extra pinch of sharpness and colour depth, but the RGB images on offer here are solid.
There’s real warmth in the reds that dominate the captions of ”BBC News 24” and ”Sky News”, and the Grundig keeps them tightly contained within the edges. But this potent colour reproduction isn’t achieved at the expense of other more subtle areas of the picture like skin tones, which look natural at all times.
Inevitably, you’ll find block and mosquito noise in big doses on some of the lower-quality channels, and even the better quality ones from the BBC can’t escape it entirely, but on the whole the Grundig delivers perfectly watchable and consistently stable pictures.
But if for any reason you have to view the second SCART socket on your TV, we doubt you’ll be happy with the results – the composite signals make colours look watered down and edges look scruffy, and sadly these artefacts are passed on when making an external recording. However there are no complaints over the unit’s sound quality, which is clean and sharp whether you’re using your TV’s speakers or running the digital signal through your AV receiver.
Grundig has delivered a competent Freeview box that performs reasonably well in terms of operating speed and picture quality. Its stylish looks belie its low price tag (even if its build quality doesn’t) and the no-nonsense onscreen menus make it a good choice for digital TV newcomers. On a negative note, the EPG needs improving and the remote is a bit fiddly, but overall we reckon the GUDSTB2000 provides a decent way to get digital TV for a minimal outlay.
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