Sharp TU-T2 review

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

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The BBC HD channel looks simply awesome through the TU-T2, with loads of close-up detail and some stunning, pristine colours. Motion is handled immaculately and fast-moving objects and camera pans don't interrupt a permanently crisp image.

There's little more to say than that; the TU-T2 puts in a faultless performance with high definition. A blast of ITV reveals that the TU-T2 doesn't have quality 1080p upscaling in its arsenal.

It's not bad – there are few jagged edges and there's little picture noise, so it must be up-rezzing to some degree – but we've seen much better. Pictures do feature blocking, while moving objects can present some problems – we spotted some mosquito noise around people, particularly during close-ups.

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The TU-T2 also struggles to resolve finely detailed objects; in this case, David Dickinson's pin stripe black suit seems to have a life of its own.There's also a fine sheen over some of the lower-resolution channels that rounds-off a very average performance with standard definition fare.

This low point doesn't necessarily need to be a deal-breaker. The TU-T2 will work fine with a relatively small (sub-32-inch) LCD TV. And without wishing to be controversial, the SD pictures look a lot tighter and cleaner when sent into a plasma TV (and a 37-inch one, at that). But it's worth knowing that there are better upscalers at work in other Freeview HD boxes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080i
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 Address
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