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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
OK, I don't have an LCD or plasma screen TV, or a cinema system. I have a Toshiba TV...yes quite deep. It does have a scart socket! I also have a Humax freeview box and a DVD player connected.


If I have not sent you to sleep yet, I am looking for a hard drive recorder...I think. Something that records TV and freeview progs without needing DVD's etc. Need on that stores and indexes the progs well because I am hopeless at finding things again.


Does anybody know whether I can get a HD recorder that would suit my current "system" I really don't want to change the TV, if possible. AND any suggestions / makes would be appreciated.

Am I the only person on HUKD with an old TV?
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
we got my dad a philips hard drive recorder for christmas (albeit we have hd tv) but i think from trying to set it up for him it would record off the older tv's as well. the one we got was 250gb but you can get them in smaller sizes depending on how much you want to spend. will try dig out a link for you
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#3
that's a pretty basic and old model that....i'd recommend the topuptv thomson box - you can get it for about 80 quid (from tesco direct etc), it has 2 tuners, 160gb drive, has series link, 14 day EPG, can record 2 things at once and you can optionally subscribe to TUTV or setanta sports if you want as it has a card slot. Note that you don't need to subscribe to use the box...it works with or without TUTV subscription.

For your set up, you'd ditch the freeview box (no longer needed!), route the DVD player through the new set top box and then plug it in via scart....easy peasy :-D
#4
Thanks guys. Definitely don't want any sort of subscriptions.
Nailorman, what is EPG, TUTV, and why would you need 2 tuners.
Aren't Thompson makes a bit like Goodmans, not best quality, although £80 is very reasonable for what I want.

When you say route, do you mean connect by scart?
#5
Why not get a humax pvr?

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/pvr-9200t.asp

Or if you cant stretch to that look out for a second hand humax 8000t.
#6
iglimpse
Thanks guys. Definitely don't want any sort of subscriptions.
Nailorman, what is EPG, TUTV, and why would you need 2 tuners.
Aren't Thompson makes a bit like Goodmans, not best quality, although £80 is very reasonable for what I want.

When you say route, do you mean connect by scart?


I got the Thompson one on Saturday (My Inverto one has stopped recording from freeview), I paid £83.99 for mine. Argos have it on their site for £79.99? I have not seen any availability though.

The twin tuners allow you to record two channels at the same time. You can then watch a 3rd by watching the TV through the normal aerial if needed.
#7
niallmoran
that's a pretty basic and old model that....i'd recommend the topuptv thomson box - you can get it for about 80 quid (from tesco direct etc), it has 2 tuners, 160gb drive, has series link, 14 day EPG, can record 2 things at once and you can optionally subscribe to TUTV or setanta sports if you want as it has a card slot. Note that you don't need to subscribe to use the box...it works with or without TUTV subscription.

For your set up, you'd ditch the freeview box (no longer needed!), route the DVD player through the new set top box and then plug it in via scart....easy peasy :-D


Stay away from that box!, its all a con, only 20 hours recording time! the rest is for topuptv which most dont use!
#8
REDRANGER86
Stay away from that box!, its all a con, only 20 hours recording time! the rest is for topuptv which most dont use!


From what I understand, you can deselect the Top up TV option, so it is all available. :)
#9
I suppose my overall concern was whether a lot of the features that come with a recorder would work with an older TV. I had thought I needed a more up to date TV to be able to use most of the features. Looks like I was wrong.

Have looked at the Humax options (humax recommended by Which). The amount of recording time is important. Each week, will decide what to record then watch when I want.

Nialmoran what does route through DVD mean?
#10
iglimpse
I suppose my overall concern was whether a lot of the features that come with a recorder would work with an older TV. I had thought I needed a more up to date TV to be able to use most of the features. Looks like I was wrong.



I don't think the TV is a problem, I have a Panasonic CRT television that is approx 5 years old.

It only has scart(2) inputs so you should be fine. :)
#11
ummm, basically most digiboxes have 2 scart sockets so you plug a scart lead into your DVD player and plug that into one of the scart sockets on the digibox and then use another lead to go from the digibox to the scart scoket on the telly. When you switch the dvd player on it automatically over rides the digibox output and displays your film :-D

I'm guessing redranger has never used a thomson box as he's talking nonsense....if you don't use the TUTV facility (i don't) you get about 120 hours recording on the 160gb drive and you still have all the nices features of the box (series link, 14 day epg etc etc).

Also, don't believe the hype about digital tv's and the digital tick....basically if you've got a tv with a scart socket you are good to go :-D
#12
[quote=thesaint;1481951]I don't think the TV is a problem, I have a Panasonic CRT television that is approx 5 years old. /quote]

Feel better that I am not the only one without LCD / plasma. Going to get recorder this week.
#13
TESCO Thomson DTI6300-16 Digital Television Recorder £99
out of stock.........shucks
#15
This is the one I got, it was from Lasky's

http://www.laskys.com/tv_and_dvd/free_view/digital_tv_recorders/thomson_dti6300_16.html

Quidco has tracked @ £2.10 :)

£83.99 inc delivery - £2.10 quidco = £81.89

edit:Temporarily out of stock. Contact them, and they may have an idea of when they are getting more stock in.
#16


Some harsh reviews on the Amazon site. Will need time to look at this. Cheers
#17
iglimpse
Some harsh reviews on the Amazon site. Will need time to look at this. Cheers


I originally got my Inverto one because I heard that the Thomson one was noisy.

I have only had the Thomson since Saturday, but I can not hear it at all.
I haven't had a proper play with it, but like it up to now. There are things that the iInverto has that would be good one the Thomson, and vice/versa.

Like you say, read the reviews. :)
#18
The thomson one is a wee bit noisy if you have a silent room as the hard drive spins all the time....however most PVR do make some noise, either the cooling fan or the actual drive - the only one i've had that was very quiet was the pace twin (great machine!) as it was passively cooled and used a laptop drive.

Lots of the reviews of the Thomo box are based on the older (and very buggy!) firmware....the latest version is very stable with only a couple of annoying bugs that are due to be fixed in the next release.

Because the Thomo forms the backbone of the TUTV service it is actively updated - many of the other PVR's out there only get updated once in a blue moon.

To be honest, the only other freeview PVR that i was considering was the Topfield one as it is far more "tweakable" but the Thomo was less than half the price and offered good features (especially the series link which is great!)
#19
niallmoran;1482325
The thomson one is a wee bit noisy if you have a silent room as the hard drive spins all the time....however most PVR do make some noise, either the cooling fan or the actual drive - the only one i've had that was very quiet was the pace twin (great machine!) as it was passively cooled and used a laptop drive. Lots of the reviews of the Thomo box are based on the older (and very buggy!) firmware....the latest version is very stable with only a couple of annoying bugs that are due to be fixed in the next release. Because the Thomo forms the backbone of the TUTV service it is actively updated - many of the other PVR's out there only get updated once in a blue moon. To be honest, the only other freeview PVR that i was considering was the Topfield one as it is far more "tweakable" but the Thomo was less than half the price and offered good features (especially the series link which is great!)

To me for less than half the price it is worth a go. When you say updated, how?

Hope you will stick around 'cause I am likely to have more questions for you, once it arrives....:whistling:
#20
They update it over the air - basically it downloads the new firmware through your aerial and installs it automatically....quick and painless :-D

Fire away with any questions....just nudge me via PM if i stop posting on this thread.

Oh, meant to say i'll post a link from another forum later on (can't get access from work) that has all the latest prices for the Thomo box...it's also a really good forum for advice and questions on the Thomo box and the TUTV service (if you use it).
#21
Another one has just popped up, never heard of the brand though. Similar price. Does not mention FForward or rewind.
Maplins:-
"Twin Tuner 250GB Freeview PVR
Manufacturer: Vaova Umax
• Twin-receiver, so you can watch one Freeview channel and record another
• Up to 160 hours of recording time
• Time-shift - pause live TV
• 7-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
• OSD languages: English, French, German and Spanish
• Terrestrial channel autoscan and manual scan
• Supports up to 600 channels
• Dual SCART
• 5.1 digital audio output (coaxial)
• Analogue stereo audio output
• Remote control
#22
Not really got good reviews, check here.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=717457
Laskys looks the best deal for the Thomson box.
#23
iglimpse
Not really got good reviews, check here.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=717457
Laskys looks the best deal for the Thomson box.


I e-mailed Lasky's yesterday, here is their response:

Thankyou for your e-mail.

We are due to recieve more stock of this item on the 22nd of this month. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Kind Regards
Laskys Customer Service
#24
I'd go for the Humax 9200TB
http://www.johnlewis.com/Technology/DVD+and+Digital+Viewing/DVD+and+Digital+Viewing/Freeview+Boxes/98/230427639/Product.aspx

I got one and the recent over air upgrade makes it very hot product IMO

Two tuners - record two channels at same time (sometimes even lets you watch a third - if on same channel range BBC/ITV)

So at 179 - £20 voucher code (SHE851PCH445) for 1st time buyers - 3% quidco
comes out at £154.23 delivered

I bought a cheap one to start with (sagem) took it straight back the Humax is quality, you won't look back:whistling:!!
#25
with reference to bad reveiws on net

the quick cup has bad reviews saying its noisy - imo i think this item is fab so I would say see for yourself (you can always send it back if not satified)
#26
noise from AV gear is quite a touchy subject for some people...doesn't bother is since we've got a big external fish tank pump/filter running 24/7 that would drown out anything! Personally, i think the Thomo would be a bit of a pain in the bedroom...for there you would be hard pushed to beat an old Pace Twin which is pretty much silent and you can pick 'em up for probably 30 quid on ebay!

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