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.