Our Verdict Cutting-edge performance for those with a Sky subscription – but it comes at a hefty price For Improves on the standard Sky+ box in almost every way Against There’s no getting around that price Reviewed on 20th April 2011 Those who want the best from their Sky subscription service should take note of the modified Amstrad DRX895 from Russ Andrews. Pay the princely sum of £611 and you get an Olympic athlete of an Amstrad box – with upgraded components in the power supply, optical digital output section, tuner and HDMI circuitry. The 1TB HD box and upgrades are guaranteed for two years. Obvious improvements – at a priceThe modified box’s picture is cleaner, crisper and far more vividly coloured than standard. The improvements are as obvious with the News on BBC HD as they are with Top Gear reruns on lower resolution channels such as Dave. The box’s sound quality takes a significant jump too. More after the break It gains refinement, subtlety and dynamic expression making listening to music stations far more enjoyable. The only thing standing in the way of a whole-hearted recommendation is that massive price tag. Charging £611 seems mighty steep when Sky asks just £250 for the standard version. If you’ve got that sort of money to spend, though, you won’t get a better picture from your satellite dish. See all our satellite TV box Best Buys Follow whathifi on Twitter Join whathifi on Facebook Related News Sky Q voice control allows you to search by famous movie quotes Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 08:43am Sky is showing every F1 race of the new season in 4K Ultra HD Fri, 17 Mar 2017, 03:48pm Dolby Atmos and voice control coming to Sky Q Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 10:46pm Sky Q TV service won't require a satellite dish from 2018 Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 08:31am Sky agrees takeover by 21st Century Fox Fri, 09 Dec 2016, 04:55pm + HD 1TB Box (Russ Andrews upgrade) Digital TV boxes Satellite TV Sky Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.