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Sharp TU-T2 review

Fast and furious Freeview HD, but lacks the versatility other boxes offer

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent interface and EPG
  • HD picture quality

Against

  • Average SD pictures
  • Tiny remote control

With a list price of £189, Sharp's first stab at a Freeview HD set-top box seems vastly over-priced, but look online and the TU-T2 is already discounted – and a good job, too.

A basic, very small and easy to house black box is what you get, but its glossy fascia is interrupted by a rather brave lightbox studded with eight blue LEDs that twinkle and refresh every time a command is issued from the remote control.

There's also a large standby button on the front, which is good (and rather rare) news for those who hate the energy-guzzling 'always on' nature of set-top boxes.

Elsewhere the TU-T2 has all it needs to provide Freeview HD pictures – a single DVB-T2 tuner and a HDMI output. A brace of Scarts adorn the back (one to connect a VCR) alongside an Ethernet LAN port for future iPlayer-type upgrades, an optical digital audio out to hook-up to an amplifier (in Dolby Digital Plus once it comes to Freeview), a software upgrade-only USB slot and the all-important RF (and RF loopthrough) input for the aerial.

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If you fancy something a little more comprehensive, Sharp has an identical-looking step-up called the TU-T2HR32, a £299 Freeview+ HD recorder that boasts a 360GB hard disk and a couple of DVB-T2 tuners, slated for mid-June.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080i
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
SCARTYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Brand NameSharp
FeaturesElectronic Program Guide
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height55 mm
Width300 mm
Depth259 mm
Audio DecodingStereo
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelTUT2HR32
Product NameTUT2HR32 DirecTV Receiver
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberTUT2HR32
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed to receive & record Freeview HD services. DVB-T2/ DVB-T tuner supporting both HD and SD formats. 320GB HDD. Twin tuner support. Record two channels while watching a pre-record channel. Freeview+ HD support including recommendations and trailer booking. Friendly user interface for easy operation. 8 day EPG. HDMI output supports HD resolutions up to 1080p. 1080p50 upscaling for SD programs. Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI or optical digital output. Ethernet port for interactive services and future internet - based services. USB port for software upgrade.

Weight (Approximate)4.10 kg