Digital Stream DHR8205 500GB Freeview+ HD Recorder - £185 @ John Lewis - HotUKDeals
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John Lewis have the Digital Stream DHR8205 500GB Freeview+ HD TV Recorder for £185 with a 2 year warranty,

The Blurb
Watch and record subscription-free Freeview HD broadcasts through your aerial with the Digital Stream DHR8205 recorder.

This Freeview HD recorder features a large 500GB hard drive which will allow you to record up to 240 hours in standard definition and up to 130 hours in glorious high definition. A twin tuner enables you to record from two channels at the same time.

Regular Freeview channels are also available and you can plan your viewing with the 8 day live electronic programme guide. It also features a CA slot which will enable you to watch pay TV services such as ESPN Sports.

No specialist installation is required - simply connect via a HDMI cable (available separately). You’ll be able to watch BBC HD and ITV1 HD, with Channel 4 HD and S4C in Wales launching soon
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#1
Great machine, Voted hot
#2
It is a great machine..... Paid £199 from JL.
I've had mine for a few months now and its been faultless. The playback PQ is far superior than my old PVR and its great to now get the HD channels.
Hot.
#3
Comes with a HDMI cable as well.
#4
I cannot find any reviews. Any links available?
#5
dooper
I cannot find any reviews. Any links available?

Go to AVForums..... loads of talk on there about this HD PVR, and the consensus is good. Only the Humax beats this this machine, but its over £100 more.
#6
if it is the same as i posted earlier from maplins then its just a bit cheaper at maplins . suit yourself
#7
rimkag
if it is the same as i posted earlier from maplins then its just a bit cheaper at maplins . suit yourself

Your deal at Maplins was more expensive, not cheaper.
#8
Biker Jeff
rimkag
if it is the same as i posted earlier from maplins then its just a bit cheaper at maplins . suit yourself

Your deal at Maplins was more expensive, not cheaper.

so £99.99 less £15 less 7% quidco is more expensive. like I said suit yourself. I know you have to buy something else over 1p but it can easily come to less. And yes I know quidco isnt guaranteed so thats why I say you choose the better deal. Personally I would choose the one that cost less .
#9
great post! £185 plus 12.5% staff discount for the old lady, where's my wallet ........
#10
rimkag
Biker Jeff
rimkag
if it is the same as i posted earlier from maplins then its just a bit cheaper at maplins . suit yourself

Your deal at Maplins was more expensive, not cheaper.

so £99.99 less £15 less 7% quidco is more expensive. like I said suit yourself. I know you have to buy something else over 1p but it can easily come to less. And yes I know quidco isnt guaranteed so thats why I say you choose the better deal. Personally I would choose the one that cost less .

This is a far better deal.... Its £185 with not having to order extra stuff, and the JL two year guarantee is worth more than 7% quidco, and thats even if quidco pays.
#11
Bloody hot deal for a top product:3
#12
Biker Jeff
[Go to AVForums..... loads of talk on there about this HD PVR, and the consensus is good. Only the Humax beats this this machine, but its over £100 more.


Thanks. I browsed AVForums, & also found some interesting info here http://www.whathifi.com/forum/freesat-sky-and-virgin/freeview-hd-pvr-digital-stream-dhr8205u

I was waiting for a <£250 deal on the Humax HDR-Fox T2. But now I've just ordered this DS from John Lewis. Collecting it from my local JL on Saturday.

Hope I'm not going to soon be wishing I'd waited for the Humax! The JL 2 Year Warranty, & their unbeatable returns policy http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/shopping/2011/03/john-lewis-launches-never-ending-refund-policy?utm_source=forum&utm_medium=sidebar&utm_campaign=box gives me some peace of mind.
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I've had about 3 pvrs before this they have all froze at one point or another, this never has. On this you can create folders for your programs and sub folders within folders etc finding finding what you want on the 500gb drive is an absolute doddle. Picture quality on hi def and standard is superb. It's so intuitive to use.
The post says you need an hdmi cable but as biker jeff says it comes with one, a two year guarantee is the icing on the cake. The only drawback for me is the remote control could be better, but you get used to it.
At £185 there really is nothing to touch it. buy it you will not regret it
#14
good deal...voted hot
What is the power consumption, both in standy and in main use?
Cant find anything at all on their website

Edited By: poisondwarf on Apr 22, 2011 09:34: addition
#15
See http://www.avforums.com/forums/13611781-post13.html for links to reviews.

Some of the reviews were published a while ago, since when DS appear to have addressed criticisms.

There's an excellent FAQ at http://www.avforums.com/forums/pvrs-vcrs/1362337-digitalstream-dhr-8205-faq-thread-dhr-8203u-dhr-8206u.html & an owner's thread at http://www.avforums.com/forums/pvrs-vcrs/1362337-digitalstream-dhr-8205-faq-thread-dhr-8203u-dhr-8206u.html
#16
Excellent timing! Ordered and heat added.
#17
poisondwarf
good deal...voted hot
What is the power consumption, both in standy and in main use?
Cant find anything at all on their website


'The Register' review mentions 40W in use & 0.5W in standby.
#18
dooper
poisondwarf
good deal...voted hot
What is the power consumption, both in standy and in main use?
Cant find anything at all on their website


'The Register' review mentions 40W in use & 0.5W in standby.


Thanks for that, appreciated
#19
I bought this from JL 6 months ago for £199 and even with the updated firmware which made it quieter I found it a bit noisy for me. I used it in a small room so probably much less noticeable in a larger one but I wouldn’t recommend it for a bedroom if you are noise sensitive.
JL wouldn’t take it back for a full refund; so much for their supposed wonderful customer care.
Apart from that I generally liked it.

Edited By: Agharta on Apr 22, 2011 10:33
#20
Agharta
I bought this from JL 6 months ago for £199 and even with the updated firmware which made it quieter I found it a bit noisy for me. I used it in a small room so probably much less noticeable in a larger one but I wouldn’t recommend it for a bedroom if you are noise sensitive.
JL wouldn’t take it back for a full refund; so much for their supposed wonderful customer care.
Apart from that I generally liked it.


The unit would be in my lounge and I m sure that my surround sound system will hide any fan noise.
i do appreciate what you mean though, fan noise would get on my nerves if i could hear it all the time

EDIT 10.59.....Just bought it


Edited By: poisondwarf on Apr 22, 2011 10:59: addition
#21
poisondwarf
The unit would be in my lounge and I m sure that my surround sound system will hide any fan noise.i do appreciate what you mean though, fan noise would get on my nerves if i could hear it all the time

To clarify, the fan noise wasn’t noticeable all the time but ramped up at certain times.
If you are watching TV then it’s probably not an issue but if you are in the room in silence and it is on recording it could be an issue.
I’m particularly fussy abut noise so mentioned it for the benefit of others that are also.
#22
Agharta
poisondwarf
The unit would be in my lounge and I m sure that my surround sound system will hide any fan noise.i do appreciate what you mean though, fan noise would get on my nerves if i could hear it all the time

To clarify, the fan noise wasn’t noticeable all the time but ramped up at certain times.
If you are watching TV then it’s probably not an issue but if you are in the room in silence and it is on recording it could be an issue.
I’m particularly fussy abut noise so mentioned it for the benefit of others that are also.


Totally agree with you here
#24
I've heard a few people on AVForums mentioning the fan noise, a few downloaded new firmware and it made it a lot quieter.
I can honestly say i've never heard the fan on mine, and my lounge is not that big. I assumed that the fan noise was corrected on recent models.
#25
Does anybody know if you can you now access iplayer through this?
#26
kramvic
Does anybody know if you can you now access iplayer through this?


Not yet but they are updating the product quite often and take on board customer requests/issues, follow the thread on Avforums for updates(_;)
#27
Thanks for the reply, did see it on another site that it did say it was coming, does this actually have wifi built in it or would you need a dongle?
Treboeth
kramvic
Does anybody know if you can you now access iplayer through this?

Not yet but they are updating the product quite often and take on board customer requests/issues, follow the thread on Avforums for updates(_;)

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