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This is one of the better dual tuner freeview PVRs available at the moment. The next brand up would be a Topfield and they cost in excess of £220.

The PVR9200T has a built-in 160GB HDD and 2 freeview tuners. You can record one channel while watching another, record 2 different channels at the same time or record 2 different channels at the same time while watching a 3rd (as long as the 3rd channel is on the same mux as one of the channels being recorded). In addition, it has a USB 2.0 port to allow you to upload saved recordings to a PC.

To get the price down to £163.20, you have to add the item to the basket and then at the checkout, put in the voucher code for free delivery (PRFREEDEL), update the basket (so it shows free delivery) and then input the voucher code for £20 off (PERK20) and then update the basket again.

HTH,

Binary0110

Edit: changed title from "adapter" to "recorder".
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#1
Thanks for your first ever post binary!!! Seems like a really good price when using the discount codes.

Welcome to the forums, hope to see more from you :D

P.S> I'm just adding a pic to your post. Cheers.
#2
emmajk42
Thanks for your first ever post binary!!! Seems like a really good price when using the discount codes.

Welcome to the forums, hope to see more from you :D

P.S> I'm just adding a pic to your post. Cheers.


Thanks! I forgot to add that you can reduce the price to £160 by going through Quidco.
2 Likes #3
I bought this for £170 in May. It has completely changed how we watch TV. We watch what we want when we want and are not limited by the schedules. Easy to use, if has a clear on screen guide. Had a few teathing problems with lock ups that were sorted by an automatic over the air software update and now its just perfect. Looks very stylish too with a polished mirror effect display panel. Being able to pause or rewind live TV is great....what did he say....damn I missed that goal....was that a car behind the Ben Hur Chariot scene...simply rewind it to find watch it again!

I dont use my VCR and dont need a DVD Recorder now. This records in top quality and looks superb on my 32" Samsung LCD. If you use or want to use freeview then get this....you will never look back.

My favourite feature is being able to search by Genre. So you select say Movies and it brings up all the movies on over the next 8 days. You then hit OK for any you want to record and thats it. They will all be recorded for when you want to watch them. Its amazing how many good movies are on in the early hours but we would miss them without doing this.

Sorry for being over the top but it really is that good and has a 2 year warranty!

If you have any questions about it please ask....


Kev
#4
Yeah forget all the cheaper PVRs, if you're going to get one it's worth saving an extra £60 or so to get one of these. The cheaper ones all have software and quality control issues.
#5
Geat personal review from Kevin there, thanks very much for that! It's very encouraging for potential buyers to read such a good experience with an item, from a real person, rather than marketing spiel on a company's website.

Cheers to Kevin and willdashwood. :thumbsup:
#6
Yes, i would also HIGHLY recommend this PVR...it is fantastic. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one.

The software on the unit is really good!

Press guid on the remote to bring up the next 7 days of programmes. Scroll the timeline to find the programme you want to record, press select...hey presto, it is set.

Recording quality is fantastic, and with a 160gb hard drive, you'll never run out of space!

The twin tuner is the major pulling factor for this unit. Record 2 channels at the same time whilst watching something you recorded earlier. TV heaveb :)

Ooooh, and it has picture in picture.

If you want/need/fancy a PVR...GET THIS ONE!!

I just wish i'd seen this deal last week cos i paid £195 for mine.
#7
I've been researching and wondering whether to go for one of these. However one thing that's holding me back is whether you can record onto this from a Sky box? There appears to be no scart loopthrough on the 9200t. Anyone with this box that can give some answers would be appreciated.

2 forums that give great info on these

http://forum.digitalspy.co.uk/board/showthread.php?t=292764
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255382&pp=15

On digitalspy, there is a great feature described
#119
That you can be watching live (but behind your back the last 30 minutes or whatever have been slowly streaming into the rewind buffer on disk). Then 20 minutes into the program you think - wish I'd recorded this. So you press the [start record] button and not only does it start recording everything from now on but it also takes the 20 minutes in the buffer and whacks that on the front so you end up with the entire thing after all.

'Course this falls down if you only have a 30 minute buffer but decide to start recording after 40 minutes. In that case you've lost the first 10.

Good news (I *think*) is that the 9200 has 60 minute buffers so you should be OK with everything but very long dramas or feature films.
#8
Another great recommendation from JayBird! Seems like this is the PVR to go for :thumbsup:
1 Like #9
@ODonnyBoy: i will check at lunch time to see if there is a scart loopthrough. Will report back at about 2 o'clock.

But i doubt there will be becuase most digital terrestrial and satellite receivers with a built in PVR work by simply streaming the incoming MPEG2 channel data to its hard disk, since the data is already encoded in MPEG2 and thus no further encoding process is necessary. However, in order to capture audio and video from an external source such as from a video in port, the PVR will also need to feature an MPEG2 encoder and this is not the case with the Humax i think.

But will double check in a couple of hours.

EDIT: Nope, you won't be able to record Sky. Just found out. It does have a scart pass through, but you can't record from it.
#10
I have this too, it's great!!! :) Got it last christmas paid £200 at the time and and it's the coolest thing. In fact I would pay £200 again and wouldn't bat an eyelid (and believe me I'm tight) it's that good!!!!!

It really does change the way you watch your programs.
Record 2 channels watch a third
pause live TV (fantastic)
Rewind live TV (great if you miss a word or the like)
chase play (start to watch a recording before it has finished recording the whole program)
If you've seen adverts for Sky+ then this is the same but for freeview and no contract etc. This is also Top Up TV Compatible, if that's your thing!

Can't praise it enough!
#11
Ahem, sorry to be picky but should the title of the thread read Humax PVR9200T Digital TV Recorder

I'm just thinking that adapter doesn't really explain what it is, I know it does say PVR but unless you know your acronyms then PVR won't help!

Just a thought :)
#12
Everyone remember to vote on there deals and give some much deserved rep to the original poster as well (I already have!)
#13
I've had one for approx 1 month after using the 20% discount at John Lewis so about the same price paid.

It is a good box although the only gripe I have is with the Scheduler/Guide - it takes a good few minutes to get the list uptodate so if you just want to turn it on and schedule a recording quickly you'll start getting frustrated and just use the old-style manual recording option, (the box is always at least in standby so don't know why the guide is lost every few hours). I'm sure this will be sorted with software updates but something to think about (mine downloaded and installed an update within the 1st week of it being used).

Oh and the remote is a bit big too & not as easy to navigate as Sky+ etc.

Apart from these minor gripes the quality and playback features etc are great, also has a few games installed on the box too.


Oh yeah, you can backup recorded content from the box to your PC via USB cables, the box saves it in a weird format but download a few codecs or Media Player 10 etc and plays fine. Also able to convert to DVD using Sony Architect 2.0 ;)
#14
50p
Ahem, sorry to be picky but should the title of the thread read Humax PVR9200T Digital TV Recorder

I'm just thinking that adapter doesn't really explain what it is, I know it does say PVR but unless you know your acronyms then PVR won't help!

Just a thought :)


I've changed the title to make it more obvious - I originally just copied the title from the Currys website.
#15
WoW, I've never seen such useful and glowing praise about an electrical item post before. Thank you all for your input. darkovo - Can you tell us what file format the files are when you copy them to your PC? Thank you again. X10
#16
X10
WoW, I've never seen such useful and glowing praise about an electrical item post before. Thank you all for your input. darkovo - Can you tell us what file format the files are when you copy them to your PC? Thank you again. X10


The file extension will be something you dont recognise, but the file contents are just a standard MPEG. So just change the file extension and hey presto, it works
#17
MPEG 1 (i.e. .mpg) or MPEG 2, What file extension does it have?
Thanks,
X10
#18
just change file extesion to .mpg
#19
Thanks very much to the OP! I thought £180 was a good deal but £160 after Quidco is amazing!!
#20
Yeah- it's a great price. I got one of these about a month ago when they were in John Lewis for £160 with the 20% off code.:thumbsup:
#21
JayBird
just change file extesion to .mpg

I haven't actually tried this as it plays OK on my PC anyway without messing about, I already installed Codecs etc before buying the Humax.

See this post on AVForums though as I found this on my travels, it's a bit of an old post and I had no problems connecting my PC to the Humax:
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=341277&highlight=humax+pvr9200t

They say it isn't a standard file format so not sure if the file can just be renamed, Jay do you have Codecs already installed on your PC, if so these may sort the file format/use the Codecs to play the downloaded video format too?
Like I said, I had previously installed one of the K-Lite Codec Packs:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm
1 Like #22
Under no circumstances should you install K-Lite Codec Packs. This is bloated and totally uneccassary, and installs a load of rubbish you dont need.

The ONLY codec you need is ffdshow. Install that and you will be able to play anything.

As for the file extension. The only reason i suggested changing it is because this will associate the file with the media player installed on your machine. Renaming the extension obviously doesn't change the file format.

Just makes it easier when double clicking.
#23
JayBird
Yeah, what I really wanted to know was what the ACTUAL file format was. This will be important for transcoding/burning etc.
Anyone know?
X10
#24
Im 99% positive that the file format is standard MPEG 2 IIRC.

I would check for you, but i'm going on holiday for a week straight after work tonight and not going home, so cant double check.
#25
Thanks JayBird, hope you have a nice time wherever you go, lucky you.
X10
1 Like #26
Thanks for all the information in here and for the original post :)

Please everyone vote on ALL deals and leave reputation where it's due! Thanks

Reputation can be left for helpful posts as well as deals by the way ;)
1 Like #27
X10
JayBird
Yeah, what I really wanted to know was what the ACTUAL file format was. This will be important for transcoding/burning etc.
Anyone know?
X10


Hi X10

The file format / extention is .ts (meaning Transport Stream)

I've lifeted the quote below from a FAQ for the Humax thread on digital spy ***See Here*** and is worth a look....... in fact if you get a Humax the whole forum is worth browesing.

Hope all the stuff below helps...... :thumbsup:


Few FAQ.

Q0090: What software can I use to convert & create DVD's from recorded programs?

A0090: (Source: 07JAN2006 - Post 497 by Roy22 from 'Using the Humax PVR-9200T with a PC' thread)
Here is a free and fast converter for turning the Humax's Transport Stream format into the Program Stream wanted by most media players and DVD authoring software, which I don't think anyones posted here before. It's HDTVtoMPEG2 and you can download it here:
[COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~balazer/...EG2_1.11.83.zip[/COLOR]
A mere 0.5Mb download, it converts a 1 hour program from TS to PS format in a couple of minutes, as well as having some other functions I haven't messed with yet.
Just 'Add' your chosen file (I added the '.ts' extension first), select the Output File Type as 'Mpeg2' and tick the 'Channel' box it offers you, then select 'Process'.
A couple of minutes later you have a nice PS format file which Windows Media Player likes, and which you can edit and burn to DVD as you wish with Nero 7, and no doubt many other packages too.

(Source: 17JAN2006 - Post 8 by aps2011 from 'Does anyone have the definitive guide to PC transfer and DVD authoring?' thread)
I use a similar process for the PVR transport stream to DVD with Project X, DVD AuthorGUI and Nero 5.5. Occasionally I use Muxman to re-multiplex and Ifoedit to set the proper colours for subtitles (see later). All but Nero are free and Nero was bundled with the PC a couple of years ago.
Perhaps I am one of a small minority that wants to keep subtitles on the DVD. I looked at VideoReDo and whilst some of the features were nice, it didn't appear to handle the subtitle stream.
Project X allows for setting cut points for adverts, start, & stop. Finding them doesn't take too long with a bit of practice. (Say 2 or 3 minutes for a 90 min. film.) Processing to video, sound and subtitles streams is quick - average 7 minutes for 90 minute film. (2 Ghz Pentium 4.) With a bit more set-up time Project X can be used to set chapters for the DVD to make navigation a bit smarter. (For use with Muxman; not used with DVDAuthorGui which has its own method.)
DVDAuthorGui is very straightforward. (It is a graphical interface to a set of DOS exe files.) Select the video, the sound, the subtitle file (if required), state the language and press 'author'. It takes about 8 minutes for the standard 90 min film. The program also lets you create menus - especially useful if you put several programmes on one DVD. The output is a folder with the correct DVD structure (AUDEO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders). This is suitable for reviewing with a PC based DVD player such as WinDVD.
It may be possible to use Project X's post processing facility to run DVDAuthor. I haven't tried as it is so quick and easy to get going from the GUI.
With Nero it is simply a matter of selecting a 'new' video DVD, dragging the video files into Nero's VIDEO_TS folder and burning. Time taken depends on size of file and DVD write speed.
As I mentioned above, I like to keep subtitles (I am severly deaf) and having them selectable via the DVD control let me follow the film but my wife can view the same film at another time and see the whole picture. This is much better than the result that would occur if using real-time output to a DVD recorder.
I haven't had any problems with sound going out of sync - I use a combination of residual hearing and lip reading so I am quite sensitive to sync errors.
In summary, the freeware solution isn't too demanding, is reasonable quick and lets you check quality during the process, thus also saves on otherwise wasted DVDs.

(Source: 17JAN2006 - Post 9 by Caoimhghin from 'Does anyone have the definitive guide to PC transfer and DVD authoring?' thread)
DVR Studio Pro (commercial)
Results in video/audio synchronisation errors in cases where the original transport stream file has any transmission/ interference glitches.
VideoReDoPlus (commercial)
Better than DVR Studio Pro with no synchronisation errors. However, I have found video/audio breakup where it has "over" compensated for synchronisation errors.
HDTVtoMPEG2 (freeware)
Does not correct all synchronisation errors. Does not produce a "standard" MPEG2 file which may prove problematical when converting further down the chain to DVD.
ProjectX (freeware)
This is, in my opinion, the best program for converting TS files to MPEG2, whether you are de-muxing or producing a re-muxed M2P (MPEG2) it results in the closest quality to the original file.
#28
Excellent 50p, just what I wanted to know.
Thank you.
X10
#29
Your welcome :)
#30
Still available!
#31
Just so you know, I have found VLC Media Player to work very well with unusual file types (ie *.TS)

It seems to play other avi files that have sync problems with WMP with ease, and almost plays any file, very clever indeed - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
#32
^ Been using it for years, it will even play files that are inside a compressed file.
#33
Damn looks like the price done back upto £199.99 :( and just when i was gonna get one!
#34
if anyone still wants one but isn't prepared to go to £200, it is available for £186 including delivery from here or £186.90 from here

Not the greatest savings in the world but it's still around £14 off the current currys price and here's a bigger picture for you

http://www.superfi.co.uk/images/main/PVR-9200T-1800x467.jpg

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