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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
I'm after a joint present for my parents, my dad keeps moaning about not being able to record stuff that's on freeview ....

Just wanting to know the cheapest place to get a freeview recorder with a hard drive. If it can burn to dvd too, that would be helpul.

I have seen them for £170 but that was in a specialist shop, anyone know of anything cheaper?

It can be online or offline, probably looking at sub £70 prices.

cheers guys / gals
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]
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vibeone
[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]


What is a Humax 1600?
banned#3
Inactive
What is a Humax 1600?


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]It's a model I invented.

I mean the 9150 or the 9300 :)[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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vibeone
[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]


Ahhh a humax, I just want something cheap that will stop my dad from moaning constantly :lol:
#5
faevilangel
Ahhh a humax, I just want something cheap that will stop my dad from moaning constantly :lol:


Anything less than a Humax will have him moaning constantly.. take a look here;

http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/
banned#6
vibeone;6976781
[COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]

I disagree that they are ALL really poor.

My Humax is excellent and always has been. The others brands are rubbish though

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/528505/humax-freeview-playback-digital-tv-
banned#7
csiman
I disagree that they are ALL really poor.

My Humax is excellent and always has been. The others brands are rubbish though

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/528505/humax-freeview-playback-digital-tv-


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]I've had a humax die, and that coupled with the fan issues on the early firmwares doesn't help the perception though.

I agree in the main though - calling Humax poor was a little over the top.

Get the 9150 for £130 and save a bit of money - its far better than more expensive other brands, and far far far better than cheaper other brands - even big names like Hitachi are poor in this market for some reason.

If you want something decent, you don't have any other option than Humax.
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#8
Another vote for the Humax 9300T, you just can't go wrong with it, changes the way you watch tv forever!
#9
About three years ago I bought a Sharp 160GB HDR or PVR. I have never looked back since. Current ones are better spec'ed and I am almost hoping my current one breaks down so I can get one of the new ones. It's the only way I can justify buying a new one to my wife! But, the old one just keeps going (PVR that is).

The Sharp site here - http://www.sharp.co.uk/For-your-home/Digital-TV-Recorders-DTRs/icat/digitaltvrecorders - is where you can buy direct. You can take the model numbers and surf about for deals. I did see COMET selling them when I was in there on Sunday.

It is easy to use. My wife can use it no problem; my 14 & 9 yo girls can use it easy; my dad (74 yo) loves it, he bought one 6 months after I got mine; my dads neighbour (72 yo lady) got one too and she thinks it is great; and finally I can even understand the very simple set up and user modes. The GUI is not the most attractive - I had a Netgem freeview recever before - but it is no complication and faster then some I have see - even the HUMAX. Some of these boxes can take a few seconds to think about what they have been asked to do, before they actually do it. Sharp is not in that league.

The Sharp models have Twin Tuners - which means you can record one Freeview Channel and watch another. Reading the specs of the current Sharp models it says you can now record two Freeview channels and watch a pre-recorded programme at the same time.

If you get any of these models with a DVD recorder you only generally get one Freeview Tuner - so can only record the channel you are watching. To get a Twin Tuner and a DVD recorder and all working at the same time - you pay a lot of money.

Panasonic have introduced the first Blu-Ray recorder and HDD/PVR with twin tuners. That is about £700 from Comet - but that is much more than what your dad needs.

For me - SHARP wins because I have one that is good, easy to use, easy for a 74yo dad to use too.

Hope this helps.

D - in Edinburgh
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vibeone
[COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]Basically they are all really poor... but the least worse are Humax.

Humax 1600 is £130ish and theres a bigger one for about your budget.[/COLOR]


Totally Disagree - my SHARP is excellent and works well after 3 years. See my posting below.
banned#11
i use a philips dvd player / recorder , -dics record only but easy peasy to use and you dont get the very noisy fan problem you get with many hard drives , the constant drone put me off.
banned#12
loughray
Totally Disagree - my SHARP is excellent and works well after 3 years. See my posting below.


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]so you disagree because you happen to have got lucky despite buying a model (if its the one i think it is) which gets shocking reviews? OK.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
#13
vibeone
[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]so you disagree because you happen to have got lucky despite buying a model (if its the one i think it is) which gets shocking reviews? OK.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


You believe all the reviews? Well - I have a SHARP, it's worked great fro three years. My dad bought the same, it's worked great for over 2 years; his neighbour the same, it has also worked great for 2 years.

No fan noise (as a previous posting said) - is that not review enough?

I prefer SHARP

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