Due to be released in Australia in April 2006 is the beautiful looking Topfield TF7000HT High Definition Set Top Box.
The TF7000HT has a very chic look and comes in both black and silver to fit in with your colour scheme. The controls and VFD display are concealed behind the front tinted pull down cover.
The twin-tuner satellite receiver incorporates an HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector carrying both crystal clear pictures and high quality 5.1 audio through a single cable, whilst other outputs include Component (Y,Pb,Pr), RGB (15pin), S-Video, Composite and both optical and coaxial audio outputs.
With the Topfield HD STB you can use both the HD and SD outputs simultaneously, allowing you to connect directly to a VCR or DVD recorder for easy recording. It is also possible to use 2 HD outputs at the same time (e.g. HDMI to your LCD and RGB to a projector) with no switching required.
The TF7000HT features automatic resolution switching allowing the STB to automatically mirror the transmission resolution (i.e. 1080i, 576p, 576i). This of course can be manually overridden and the STB will convert the format accordingly.
It is not clear at this time whether the box is built around the DVB-S2 standard, but it does not come with a hard disk.
Topfield Australia’s General Manager Jai Kemp said, ‘I am confident that the TF7000HT will add value to the Home Entertainment experience and will back up Topfield’s ongoing goal of providing seamless and reliable technology".
The TF7000HT will carry a recommended retail price of $599 down under, and then allegedly roll out across Asia. A European release date has not yet been announced.