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First thing you'll notice about the Vantage HD-8000S is that no hard drive is supplied. But rather than relying on external storage, the HD8000S flagship accepts an internal SATA (Serial ATA) drive. We successfully tried a 750GB model, but we've been told that 1TB drives will also work. The other key addition, twin tuners apart, is hardware blind search – which is superior to the software-driven equivalent of the 7100S.
Whatever's going on inside the Goodmans GDB9, it's not great on the outside. The silver and black styling gives it a dated faux-high-tech look, and the illuminated channel controls in the centre are designed to be a focal point, but end up making it look tacky. It also feels a little plasticky, but it is slim enough to slot into your system without much hassle. The Grundig wins the cosmetic clash hands down.
Grundig is still producing a very nice line in Freeview receivers. The GUDSTB2000 is a digital set-top box that really looks the part with a sleek, somewhat esoteric design, dressed in a fetching black ﬁnish with a beautifully curved fascia and no clutter, aside from a DVB logo.
The MFR-300 allows users to convert an ageing analogue TV to digital without the need for a Scart, which explains the absence of such an output on the rear.