Goodmans – Freeview Digital TV Receivers

This page contains information on the Goodmand range of Freeview set-top boxes


Goodmans GDB5Goodmans GDB5

Goodmans GDB5Combined digital TV and digital radio

Combined Digital TV and Digital Radio receiver. This set top box receives Freeview and DAB stations. You can discuss the GDB5 in our forum. Has a 5 event timer. Scrolling display for radio text. Became available from May 2004. See below for a full review.

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough, audio phono

Available for £69.99 from Argos (Cat no: 532/0187)


Goodmans GDVD305
Goodmans GDVD305 DVBTDVD Recorder

Freeview with DVD recorder – Supports DVD, DVD-R, DVD+R, CD and JPEG picture CD playback compatible. Region 2 coding.

Outputs: 2 x SCART

Available £139.99 from Argos (Cat no: 085/0229)


Goodmans GDB400
Goodmans GDB400Combined digital TV and DVD player

This is a combined Freeview and DVD player – also supports playback of CD, CDR , MP3 and Kodak picture CD.

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough

Last seen for £122. Know a supplier?


Goodmans GHDD1782 DVBT

PVR

Goodmans GHDD1785 DVBT

Personal Video Recorder (PVR)… to allow recording of Freeview onto hard disk. Released Aug 2005

  • Hard Disk: 80Gig (35 hours)
  • Tuner: Twin
  • Other: 7-day EPG. Pause live TV
  • Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough

Available for £129.99 from Argos


Goodmans GDB7CA
Goodmans GDB7CA

Freeview box with 7-day EPG. Card slot suitable for subscription services. Became available August 2005.

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough

Available for £54.99 from Argos (Cat no: 532/0534)


Goodmans GDB10F2
Goodmans GDB10F2

Twin Tuner. 7-day EPG
.

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough

Available for £79.99 from Argos (Cat no: 5320675)


Goodmans GDB6
Goodmans GDB6

Basic box. Outputs: 2 x SCART.

Available for £37.97 from Tesco.com


Goodmans GDB4
Goodmans GDB4

From what we understand, this is a re-packaged version of the GDB3, with an external power supply, to keep the unit size down.

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough (no modulator), audio phono

Extras: Has a 5 event timer, digital teletext.

Last seen for £59.50 from John Lewis


Goodmans GDB3
Goodmans GDB3

Set-top box that receives Freeview digital TV. Updated version of GDB2

Outputs: 2 x SCART, RF loopthrough (no modulator), audio phono

Extras: Has a 5 event timer, digital teletext.

Last seen for around £50 from Argos ,
Very.co.uk and Tesco.


Goodmans GDB2
Goodmans GDB2

Digital TV set-top box that picks up free-to-air channels.

Outputs: 2 x SCART

Extras: Has a 5 event timer.

No longer available. Last seen at £75


Goodmans GDB1
Goodmans GDB1

One of the first of the Freeview boxes, this was first seen in November 2002 at around £100. Basic box with a timer. User comments can be found on our older comments page.

No longer available. Last seen at £75

For more help with Goodmans products, call their Product Support on 0870 873 0080.

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Goodmans GDB5 Review:

Review of the GDB5 Freeview and DAB Receiver:

The set top box itself is 120x218x30, which is big for a set top box. It has a 2 line LCD display in the front which gives, for example, the URL of the radio channel playing. It has aerial in and out. 2 SCART and 2 phono out. The power supply is absolutely enormous and heavy.

Goodmans GDB5I made sure I had bought an extra RF loop through cable, but due to lack of manuals etc online for the GDB5 had not realised it needed an extra SCART lead – one is supplied in the box but I wanted to go via my HS2 recorder. One SCART goes from the GDB5 to the Hs2, the other from the GDB5 to the TV.

My major problems related to the fact that the supplied SCART lead appeared to be of the lowest possible quality and effectively barely could connect to the GDB5, to the TV or to the Hs2 recorder. Since you always have in any case one less lead than necessary, I now had 2 less than necessary, so a minute house search was needed which yielded two SCART leads which eventually worked. I would say the SCART connection on the back of the GDB5 does not have the robust feel about it in any case. If my poor fortune is repeated make sure you have 2 good SCART leads if you are going via a recorder (only one needed if just using TV).

The remote control looks and feels unattractively, with very small keys, but it does work.

I am new to Freeview so had to come to terms with that as much as the GDB5. Once the connections were correctly made, a blue setup screen appeared and pressing OK kicked off the search for TV and DAB channels. It treats the radio part of Freeview as “TV” – DAB has a separate icon in the menu, and there are two others for setup and for timer record. I needed the setup as the preset was to wide screen letter box.

You can move your favourite channels to the top of the programme guides for easier access.

The first thing I had not realised (at least using the configuration I have used) was that although Freeview is on my TV channel 0 – AV – it takes over all the other channels as well, so I cannot press 1 on the old TV remote control to get BBC 1 – I just get Freeview again.

The programme guide shows 41 channels, 3 teletext and 4 which seem to be under development. 11 of these, irritatingly shown already in the main programme guide, will not at all available except by paying 7.99 a month to topuptv. Needless to say these include channels such as Discovery, E4, UK Gold etc.

Many of the channels shown double up – obviously the children’s channels are allocated to something else at night. BBC3, BBC4, BBCi, ITV2, ITV news and Sky News and Sky Sports News look OK for me.

On the radio front, there are 21 channels shown under Freeview. 18 of these are duplicated with DAB in my area, 3 are unique to Freeview – 5Live Sports Extra, Q and MOJO.

The DAB has a further 33 stations unique to it. By my maths that makes 18+3+33 or 54 radio stations in all. I definitely wanted some of the DAB stations such as Classic FM. I am in a poor reception area for radio and listen to it mostly on small portable radios. Having these 54 is a huge step forward.

I would have liked a digital output from the GDB5 to the receiver, but phono does well enough for me.

Now it is all working, I feel it does exactly what I expected it to do. The TV cannot be better than the TV side of Freeview without paying for the extra channels – these are well documented so you will know if you want them. The point of buying this box is to get at the DAB in addition to what I will call Freeview Radio. In the London area there is a very good choice of channels, and I am happy with the reception, not least compared to the very poor radio I have had up to now.

The look and feel of the GDB5 components is not up to the standard of a Sony or Panasonic, but then neither is the price. I can live with a massively oversized power supply and probably live with the small keys on the remote. I paid the price in time for the unusable SCART lead – my advice unless I have just been unlucky is to have these and the RF loop all ready waiting before you get your GDB5.

Thanks to Clive Holtham for this review posted to our Freeview forum May 2004

 

 

Goodmans GDB2 comments:

Comments: Just bought two Goodmans GDB2s, one for my Parents’ and one for myself.

Overall they seem good (but I do find on both the signal strength only seems about 1/3 up the white bar, and signal quality about 2/3 up the green bar – is this correct ?).

BUT – GOODMANS TECHNICAL – PLEASE READ

There are two bad bugs:

1/ When connected to the video recorder, it is not possible to switch in and out of standby. So if one’s video is on (not standby) and the GDB2 in standby, one cannot use the terrestrial until one standbys the video – ridiculous. Also if the GDB2 is on, one cannot standby it unless one puts the video into standby first. — This is completely confusing my Parents who are around 80, even I find it aggravating, originally thinking the box kept locking up.

2/ When one pushes the TV/DTV button it turns off the output to the video recorder as well as to the TV. I therefore cannot record terrestrial and watch analogue (my Hitachi TV decides to take the syncs from the SCART even when overridden to an analogue channel if the GDB2 is set to DTV, and the VCR has nothing fed to it if I select TV). The GDB2 should really only switch it’s TV output on and off with the TV/DTV button, and leave the signals on to (or from) the video.

Submitted by: PeterB (sdcpuk@yahoo.com)

Received on: Wed May 7 13:28:42 2003 from IP address: 62.173.97.50


Comments: I BOUGHT THE BOX FROM MACRO £71 VERY CHEAP WORKS A TREAT BUT SEE WHAT YOU ALL MEAN ABOUT THE REMOTE BUT NOT A BIG PROBLEM READ ALL THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE SOFTWARE BUT MINE HAS THE NEW 2.1.5V ON IT BUT HAVE JUST LOST THE SOUND TO CBEEBIES CHANNEL PHONED GOODMANS AND GOT THROUGH QUITE QUICK 15MIS AND WAS TOLD TO PRESS THE RESET BUTTON ON THE BACK AND FIRST TIME INSTALL AGAIN. HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM. AND HOW DO I FIND OUT WHEN THEY SEND NEWS SOFTWARE THROUGH

Submitted by: GARY (biggaza1@yahoo.co.uk)

Received on: Thu May 1 11:51:44 2003 from IP address: 192.18.1.9

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