Philips HDT8520 review

A difficult birth, but this Pace/Philips Freeview HD PVR is now as able bodied as any

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In a simple act of synergy we reviewed the all-new HDT8520 with a Philips LED TV. During testing the HDT8520 lost a few channels despite being in our usual reviewing position, which could be a cause for a concern (we had a similar issue on its little brother, the DTR5520), though its picture performance is otherwise excellent.

Highly detailed broadcasts from BBC HD were presented crisply and with plenty of life, while SD channels hold up well. Sure, there's the odd wobbly edge and a touch of picture noise in backgrounds, but there's some decent upscaling going on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Maximum Recording Time125 Hour
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Composite VideoYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Brand NamePhilips
Video FormatsMPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height70 mm
Width235 mm
Depth210 mm
Video SystemPAL, DVB-T
Audio FormatsAAC
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product ModelHDT8520
Product NameHDT8520 Digital Video Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberHDT852005
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Watch and record your favourite TV shows in HD
Pause and resume live TV. Don't miss a thing with the Philips Freeview+ HD PVR! It not only integrates the top audio-visual technology, but also boasts remarkably low power consumption in both active and standby modes and has been designed to function almost silently.

Package Contents
  • HDT8520 Digital Video Recorder
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • RF Antenna Cable
  • Mains Cord
  • Mains Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
Weight (Approximate)1.75 kg