Topfield TRF-2100 PVR set top box

A simple, speedy, bare-bones set top box

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  • Expert Rating

    3.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.00 / 5 (of 8 Reviews)

Pros

  • Simple operation and interface
  • Fast, trouble-free navigation

Cons

  • Comparatively small hard drive
  • Inferior fast forward/rewind speed
  • No Internet capability

Bottom Line

The Topfield TRF-2100 is a basic set top box, with dual TV tuners that let you record one program while you're watching another. It's simple, easy to operate and quick to respond to commands. We wish it had more hard drive capacity though, and the lack of Internet features (included on a cheaper model) is disappointing.

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The Topfield TRF-2100, new to the company’s set top box range, is a personal video recorder with twin digital TV tuners and an internal 320GB hard drive. It’s small and discreet, quiet and quick to operate, but misses out on some features that we would have liked to see.

Topfield TRF-2100: Design and setup

The TRF-2100 is much smaller than its companion TRF-2470, measuring only 260 x 195 x 50mm. It’s able to be hidden out of the way behind any reasonably-sized TV stand, and will fit in discreetly with any other devices in your home entertainment setup.

The three-digit, single-line liquid crystal display on the front of the TRF-2100 is extremely basic, only showing up the channel number of whatever you’re currently watching. Apart from that, the front of the set top box is almost blank — you’ll find a central power button and channel buttons near the screen, but that’s it.

Around the back, the TRF-2100 has connectors for antenna input and output, component video and composite A/V, optical digital audio output, HDMI output, a USB input, and 12V DC power input. We would have liked to see the USB port on the front of the box, but otherwise we’re happy with the TRF-2100’s range and variety of inputs and outputs.

The remote control bundled with the Topfield TRF-2100 is as simple as the set top box itself. A central five-way navigational pad also handles volume and channel changing, there’s a number pad up top and play/stop/pause/rewind/fast forward buttons down the bottom. The labelling is OK, not great; we would have liked to see better descriptions on some of the buttons to save reading the manual for information.

Topfield TRF-2100: Performance and features

The menu system of the Topfield TRF-2100 is the same as the more expensive TRF-2470 — it’s simple, relies largely on text rather than graphics, and is thankfully quick to respond to commands. It’s also logically laid out, and easy to navigate to both common and less common functions.

The twin digital TV tuners of the TRF-2100 mean that you can record one program while still watching another live TV channel, or record two programs while watching something you’ve previously taped.

What you’ll be using most is the Recording menu and its EPG, which makes adding reminders and scheduling recordings a relatively easy process. The TRF-2100’s 320GB internal hard drive can store around about 80 hours of high definition digital TV recordings, and about double that if you’re only recording in standard definition (or if you’re just recording a standard definition channel). This is a fair amount of hard drive space, but it pales in comparison to competing brands’ 500GB models which only cost slightly more.

In terms of its feature-set, the TRF-2100 lags behind the TRF-2470 it was announced alongside, but also behind the cheaper non-recording TBF-7300. Both of these models include access to YouTube and the ABC iView catch-up TV service, but the TRF-2100 isn’t able to connect to the Internet. You can still use the rear USB port to play back compressed audio and picture files (JPEG picture, MP3 audio), but video isn’t supported.

Similarly, the TRF-2100 isn’t able to deliver the same 128x fast forward/rewind speeds that the TRF-2470 can. The cheaper set top box is limited to only 64x — while this might still seem like a lot, if you’re watching a longer video and want to skip ahead, the extra speed is useful.

Topfield TRF-2100: Conclusion

The Topfield TRF-2100 is a very simple personal video recorder, and while its simplicity isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you can find more fully-featured competitors for similar price tags. We do wonder why the TRF-2100 is lacking the Internet capability and iView access of the cheaper TBF-7300, though.

If you’re just looking for a reasonably cheap PVR that’s easy to understand and easy to operate, the Topfield TRF-2100 ticks all your boxes.

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eamonn

1

how do you record xbox with this pvr

Linda

2

I have had this model for 3 months and really liked it. until today. It has given up the ghost. It keeps going to boot/run/channel then a red light turns on and it goes L101. This just continues and continues. I have rebooted and unplugged. Customer service were no help. They just said to take it back. I have read elsewhere that it is not supported by Topfield.

Linda

Jacob

3

how do you record playstation/xbox with the pvr?

stanley Oakley

4

Hi I would like a full Guide for TRF2100

Lisa

5

http://www.itopfield.com.au/data/download/TRF-2100_Eng_online_version.pdf

marcia ryan

6

i would also like a full guide for TRF-2100. The bookilet is inadequate as there is no trouble shooting page and the photocopied pictures in the book are too dark to see. as yet i cant get the thing to work. am returning it on tuesday to the store to see if they can help me get it started. The book is clear as to connecting the thing but if it does not work and there is no reference booklet you are lost. marcia

Jackie

7

I have tried to download PDF file for manual on TRF-2100 but it's just not there. Can anyone help me!! The booklet that comes with it is shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or can you tell me how to permanently take text off. Every time I turn unit and TV on the text comes on automatically and I have to turn it off all the time.

Joe

8

Hi Jackie, I have the same problem with text coming on autimatically on my TR-2100 so I got into the menue and programmed the PVR to stay on all the time as I now use it as my normal everyday TV viewing and electronic programme guide.

colin

9

can you please tell me where the stop button is on the controller is on a 2100 drives me mad trying to stop it.

ian smith

10

i bought this a trf2100 it is crap channels drop keep getting a no service message and drop outs and scamled message

Susan

11

Just found link that could download manual.
http://www.topfield.co.kr/data/download/TRF-2100_English_UserReference_020713_2013_Feb.pdf

Kaz

12

Can you save a recording that you have on your TRF2100 to a USB stick and if so, how?

Jonmal

13

Can anyone tell me why ' lip sync. ' drifts sometimes and can it be rectified ??

Eva

14

Their website does not work. After lots of hunting, I found a manual on this page: http://www.topfield.co.kr/eng/product/detail.asp?idx=295&page=1&lang=1&tn=satelite&code=p_00001 - after downloading, I had to change the file name because the PDF seemed corrupt, but once I changed the file name to simple name, it opened fine.

Ron

15

Are subtitles rendered correctly? Live added subtitles are normally after the vocal. Ones added by the maker of the program are usually in sync with the vocal. But Toppro and DGTec have subtitles that are ahead of the vocal. Can anyone tell me about the 2100 subtiles?

dappa

16

http://www.topfield.co.kr/data/download/TRF-2100_English_UserReference_020713_2013_Feb.pdf

This PDF file downloads OK. I'm yet to plug and play my new TRF-2100 it all sounds a bit spooky!!
The instruction booklet in the box was crap.

Sabrina

17

Mine doesn't work. It's says menu on the receiver but nothing comes up on the tv. I can't use it

not happy

18

Beside the fact that trf2100 is a heap of crap and if I knew before I was bullshitted to about the unit at jb hi fi but I've learnt my lesson always goggle before buying.My problem is I've lost a station and the crappy manual doesn't tell you anything on how to retune it

frustrating

19

When I record programs it shows that it is recording and when I go to the menu to playback, nothing shows up in the menu...Anyone got any suggestions? It is hit and miss.

elizabeth combes

20

find the lack of instructions inadequate would like a full instruction manual clearly writtene

Anonymous

21

We turned our set off while away and it won't restart. It tells us to boot but don't know how to do that. Can you tell me how to get it back please.

Judith

22

Does Topfield TRF 2100 have Time Padding

help

23

I tape programs ,then later I go to taped menu.it shows the shows are listed,but when I hit the ok.button to play ,message comes up (this file not valid) but it doesn't do it all time.4 shows taped last night all the same message.

Rick

24

When I press the fast forward button, it turns off my tv. A second press turns it back on again.
Very annoying. Is there any way to stop this or does ayone know why this happens?

margaret

25

How do i delete the movies ..It tells me hard drive is full , but i cant delete

Jacob

26

To the people that want to know if you can save recorded programs to a USB stick with the TRF-2100 model, the answer is yes. Format the USB stick to an NTFS system and follow the prompts on the set top box. I tried with the FAT32 file system and it said that the external drive was set to read-only so it wouldn't work. I changed it to NTFS and it worked.

Dave

27

Have to agree this model has a big problem in that it seems to be very hit and miss in saving recorded programmes...I purchased from Good Guys and noticed this happening ... took photos of the unit recording , reserved , etc to prove it was doing it Topfield suggested I download an upgrade file which they emailed me, that didnt change things .. tried all their sugestions to transfer my recorded files onto a portable HD which was formatted to NTFS according to Good Guys who also could not transfer .. end result they gave me a replacement 2100 which is doing exactly the same!!!..So have lost previously recorded movies etc i nhadnt got around to watching and now another lot... will never buy another Topfield whilst my Bot Bot pointing to the ground . Any suggestions for another Brand, model?

Jr

28

This model is crap! Do not buy it. The remote is terrible and you have to press the buttons on the remote control multiple times to get the to work. Or you have to Change the angle of arm to make sure the reciever gets the remote signal. I'm not sure if it's the remote of the reciever. Either way it's frustrating as hell and I would not recommend it.

Anyone had this issue? If so has changing to a generic remote (e.g Logitech) work better?

Kathryn

29

This machine is crap!! It is a week old and has not worked properly once. Well maybe once! Keep getting some annoying signal scrambled message. All channels keep disapearing. Records programs but when you hit play the message is still the same. Goodguys said it was suffering "interference with something"" but could not advise how to fix it. Rang Topfield who told salesmen know nothing and to to download some upgrade. Well that made it worse! TV screamed so loud I thought it was going to explode. All stations died. Someone suggested re-tuning in all the stations again. Every time I tried I would end up loosing , 7 7 Two, 7 Mate. So tried again and this time had 7s but lost all the channel 9 stations. I went from tuning in anywhere between 5 and 25 stations. GRRR. Moved the TV - didnt work. Hooked it up to another TV. Same stupid signal message. Eventually got it to work. Set it up to record two programs one after the other. The first one worked, the second one the signal message appeared. Extremely annoying. Goodguys would not take machine back. Going to ring Topfield tomorrow to see what they say. Stay away from this machine!!!!

Oldtimer (very)

30

Have to agree with comments about the enclosed manual being crap, as I am now 80 I find the black illustrations with very shadowy directions impossible to follow. Also, lack of instructions on how to delete incorrectly timer programs a bleeding menace.

John

31

I have had a Topfield TRF2100 for a couple of months since we got our new Digital antenna & amplifier

While watching the ABC last night the picture & sound froze for quite a few seconds & the message 'service not running or scrambled' appeared several times around the screen then it went & the picture & sound was back as normal, a little while later we watched 2 programs I had recorded one Ch10 the other on the ABC with no problem then we started to watch a 3rd recorded program ( off the ABC) we were only about 5 minutes into it & the picture & sound froze & I couldn't F/Fwd or Play or anything in the end after trying from the beginning again with the same result I gave up & just deleted the recorded program, can anyone tell me what the problem might be

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Leroy Brown

0.0

1

Pros
Nothing
Cons
All recordings are corrupted
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Do not buy this rubbish. I am now on second unit after exchange from Good Guys. All the recordings are corrupted. You can only watch part of any recording before it freezes and then gives message "Service scrambled!".I will repeat this is my second Topfield TRF 2100 and both have corrupted recording files that are not watchable. Avoid this product.

SP

3.0

2

Pros
Easy to use
Cons
Subtitles when turning it on
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Does anyone know how to turn the subtitles off permanently when you turn the unit on?

Adam W

0.0

3

Pros
Price
Cons
Topfield-2100
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Purchased this unit and it has not worked properly from day one. It does not pick up signals dispite having all our antennas upgraded and approved and all our TVs work perfectly. When this unit is operational, picture is distorted with screeching noises and just will not record. I can not stress strongly enough to give this product a miss. Can not get any support from company that sells this.

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