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Well decided it was about time I put my own deal on this web site, as it has been benefiting me so much over 18 months. So here is my first deal.

Grundig GUSTB160IV 160Gb Freeview Twin Tuner PVR £89.50 plus get 20% off your first order bringing the price down to £71.60 including free delivery!

Who needs a refurbished one at thai price?

Comet, Laskys & Amazon etc are charging anywhere between £140 to £155 for the same item

Timeshift and simultaneous record facility. Up to 160 hrs recording time. Once, daily, weekly programmable events recordings. Rewind and pause facility. 7 day EPG. Digital text. 2 SCARTS. H2, W15, D11.6ins.

Use the search function when at the Great Universal web site, typing in "Grundig"

Review of 80GB version at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grundig-GUSTB80IV-Personal-Video-Recorder/dp/B000GKBLT8/ref=sr_1_8/026-0544137-3246045?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1182202056&sr=1-8
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#1
Thai price? I'm guessing it will last a 'long time' then?
#2
Nice find gazzgadget :) HOT +++

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#3
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Timeshift and simultaneous record facility. Up to 160 hrs recording time. Once, daily, weekly programmable events recordings. Rewind and pause facility. 7 day EPG. Digital text. 2 SCARTS. H2, W15, D11.6ins.
#4
Has anyone seen any reviews of this box? It's a bit cheap for a twin tuner with 160 gig...
#5
It certainly looks a bargain at that price.
#6
Just noticed that the single tuner 80 gig one is £159... Misprice then?
#7
Thanks for the welcome edi.

davelfc, "thai price" should be "this price", I was a little too quick to post, I suppose at the end of the day everything is now made in China or in that region anyway so only time will tell if it is reliable?

edi, I tried to post a photo of the PVR linked from the Great Universal website but HUKD kept coming up with invalid link any ideas?
#8
gazzgadget
Thanks for the welcome edi.
davelfc, "thai price" should be "this price", I was a little too quick to post, I suppose at the end of the day everything is now made in China or in that region anyway so only time will tell if it is reliable?

My attempt at a joke....


I've ordered one, seemed to good to be true. However while it did mention the 20% it charged me the full amount. The email says We will make any savings for any discounts or offers that you are entitled to and these will be detailed in your statement So am guessing the 20% will be credit later.
#9
b44rch
Just noticed that the single tuner 80 gig one is £159... Misprice then?


Well ordered mine yesterday at £89.50 and have received an email to confirm order, delivery quoted as 26th. Email states that "We will make any savings for any discounts or offers that you are entitled to and these will be detailed in your statement" i.e the 20% off

Good misprice then? Better get your orders in now before they sell out!
#10
looks like the same one that argos sell as DIGIHOME


still - good savings though
#11
Thats a great deal!! and Sounds a lot better than that Digifusion one :thumbsup:
#12
b44rch
Has anyone seen any reviews of this box? It's a bit cheap for a twin tuner with 160 gig...


Two good reviews for the 80GB version on Amazon quote as follows: or follow this link.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grundig-GUSTB80IV-Personal-Video-Recorder/dp/B000GKBLT8/ref=sr_1_8/026-0544137-3246045?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1182202056&sr=1-8

Brilliant - you'll throw your VCR in the dustbin, 10 Mar 2007
By A. Butterfield (UK) - See all my reviews


Despite being a stroke of genius, PVRs have had a shaky introduction to market. Somehow, people seem a bit scared of them, partly because not one seems to be immune from tales of woe about reliability.
And most brands are ones you've never even heard of. So the Grundig has an advantage there at least.
Actually most PVRs of whatever brand are essentially the same collection of bits under the skin (you might be able to get this very machine for less, but perhaps not in black, by checking out near identical units from Digihome or Dual or Goodmans for instance), hardware wise. The differences are in the software usually unless you buy an expensive machine like a Topfield.
This Grundig is near the bottom of the pack for price, but you'd never guess. It looks very slick, with a glossy black front panel behind which glows an alpha-numeric display that shows everything you'd see on a VCR in two colours. It shows the time in standby.
The remote is a cut above too, and this is one thing that distinguishes it from supermarket specials. It's a very responsive and well laid out remote.
The machine feels very responsive too with none of the annoying delays between pushing a button and something happening that very cheap machines suffer from.
Operation is delightfully simple, so you may not need the clear instruction book. It really couldn't be easier to use. And yet it's quite advanced and even customisable.
A feature I like is the picture-in-picture function so you can flip to another channel during the commercial break but keep an eye on when the adverts are over.
You can also check the now/next info for all channels on the info bar at the bottom of the screen without switching away from the channel you're watching. This is a small thing, but it's very useful and not often seen.
You can output audio (via phono sockets) to your sound system and control the volume of that output with the remote. There's a fair selection of socketry on the back, including outputs to let you record onto a DVD recorder or similar.
Picture quality with live TV is very good, better than my previous set-top box. Recordings look identical. There's a 2x - 32x fast forward and reverse when playing back (but it mutes the sound and you have to reset the volume manually), and a handy instant 1 minute skip that's great for whipping through commercial breaks in a flash.
One thing it can't do (and this really the only weakness) is record two channels at the same time. Other machines have had this function added via over-the-air update so it may yet happen.
I haven't had the Grundig very long, but so far it hasn't locked up once. Time will tell on the matter of reliability, but so far so good.
The brilliance of this machine is its simplicity. It's a really unobtrusive addition to your living room that will nonetheless revolutionise the way you watch TV.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
A great piece of kit, 16 Dec 2006
By George (Oxford, United Kingdon) - See all my reviews

I spent a long time looking for a decent PVR. All of the devices I looked at either had terrible reviews or were out of my price range. The Grundig was the first player I saw that was within my budget and had the features I was looking for, so I took a chance and brought it.

Set-up was easy. All you have to do is plug it in and switch it on. It automatically detects all of the freeview channels. The only snag was that the picture initially had a purple hue to it. I changed the video output from "RGB" and "CVBS", which sorted the problem.

The PVR is easy to use. When you change channel you get a bar at the bottom of the screen saying what is on and what is on next. The guide is available at the touch of a button (I think it's a 7-day guide, but I've only ever checked a day or two in advance). If you want to record something, just highlight it and press the record button. You can record something and watch another program at the same time. You can even set the PVR to start recording a few minutes before and after a program starts and ends, so if it doesn't start on time you won't miss anything. Playback of recorded programs is great.

The picture quality is also great. It is a lot better than the old analog channels and I've never seen it distort. The remote looks a bit cheap, but it is well laid out and it's obvious what each button is for.

I've had the 80GB version for about four months now and it has only frozen once (this is apparently a problem with a lot of other PVRs). I unplugged it and plugged it back in again and it was fine. The only downside I can find (which is minor, but it was a feature I was looking for), is that there is no easy way to get recorded programs off of the device. Some high-end PVRs have USB ports which allow you to copy recorded programs to a PC. The only way to get programs off of the Grundig would be to hook it up to a DVD-recorder or VCR, which is a bit fiddly (plus I don't have a DVD-recorder and a VCR would reduce the quality of the recording).

All in all this is a great device. It's really easy to use and it just works.
#13
Will it record two programmes whilst allowing you to view a previous recording? My Humax 9200T does this and this feature is very worthwhile IMO and worth paying a decent premium for.
#15
SmilingCrow
Will it record two programmes whilst allowing you to view a previous recording? My Humax 9200T does this and this feature is very worthwhile IMO and worth paying a decent premium for.


I believe it will with a firmware update 1v0 availiable on the web. Other wise it is view one program & record a different one. Still not bad for £71 though? How much was the Humax 9200T?
#16
:thumbsup: Pretty darn good for the price, hoping mine will be arriving soon with a 20% discount, though I had to pay on my CC and couldn't pay with either the 20 or 40 weeks free credit (bit of a shame)
#17
gazzgadget
I believe it will with a firmware update 1v0 availiable on the web. Other wise it is view one program & record a different one. Still not bad for £71 though? How much was the Humax 9200T?

Humax PVR9200T Twin Tuner 160GB £172 is the cheapest I can see..
#18
gazzgadget
I believe it will with a firmware update 1v0 availiable on the web. Other wise it is view one program & record a different one. Still not bad for £71 though? How much was the Humax 9200T?

I paid about £200 (£175 now!) when they were first released and the firmware was a shadow of what it is now. My point is that having owned a PVR that was fairly limited and also one that is fully featured, that I personally think the extra £ is worth it. If you don't mind the restriction then I agree it's not worth it just for that feature. The 9200T does also have a USB connection so that you can transfer to a PC and other features so you aren't just paying for the feature that I mentioned.
So I don't think this is a bad deal but for those buying their first PVR I'm just trying to make them aware of some of the issues involved. An extra £100 for a fully featured PVR is a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of many modern TVs and SKY subscriptions.
#19
I was going to buy the Humax, but at £100 cheaper for the same spec, I have just ordered one.

Don't forget 6% via Quidco as well!

dougan
#20
Ive got the Humax but at this price ive ordered one for the bedroom
banned#21
Well that's another Christmas present I have ordered now. At this rate I should have all my Christmas shopping done by July.
#22
Why is this Non-Returnable? Any ideas...

"Non-returnable under our Approval Guarantee, once installed or connected. Your statutory rights are not affected."

This doesn't seem to appear with any of their other electrical products - is it a refurb, or a clearance item?
#23
I think it is a normal product (not refurb)... and that it is similar to Argos warranty where you cannot return certain items if they have been opened. In fact PVRs are one of those items at Argos "Please note that this product is excluded from our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights." It would be returnable in the event of it being faulty but you couldn't return it just because you didn't like it.

dougan - I don't think the Goodmans is the same spec as the Humax. As mentioned - out of the box it appears to be record one program at a time only though the firmware update above may fix that. The hard disk is also 80Gb compared with 160Gb on the Humax and the HUmax comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty. The Humax also has a great deal of support on the internet (as does the Topfield of course). However, the price differential is so big I think I would be tempted to give it a go.
#24
Searcher2
I think it is a normal product (not refurb)... and that it is similar to Argos warranty where you cannot return certain items if they have been opened. In fact PVRs are one of those items at Argos "Please note that this product is excluded from our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights." It would be returnable in the event of it being faulty but you couldn't return it just because you didn't like it.

dougan - I don't think the Goodmans is the same spec as the Humax. As mentioned - out of the box it appears to be record one program at a time only though the firmware update above may fix that. The hard disk is also 80Gb compared with 160Gb on the Humax and the HUmax comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty. The Humax also has a great deal of support on the internet (as does the Topfield of course). However, the price differential is so big I think I would be tempted to give it a go.


No as stated by the OP this is definately a 160GB (a lower 80GB version is available but this is the 160GB version!)so disk size is just the same as Humax . However since the humax has no ability to compress recordings you'd be lucky to get 100 hours on the Humax(more like 80-90hrs in reality). The Grundig advertises as much as 160 hours however this would mean using a lower quality of recording - so you may prefer to record at normal quality giving around 70-100 hours.

~The only difference i can see from tech spec's is that the Humax is a dual tuner whereas this for the time being appears to be a single tuner only.
#25
dancrawley
Is it a refurb, or a clearance item?

No its brand new!
Just make sure you want before buying as you can't give it back unless faulty!
#26
1303
No its brand new!
Just make sure you want before buying as you can't give it back unless faulty!


How is this possible, surely under the distance selling regulations, you have 7 days no matter the company says.
#27
At what stage do you put the 20% off discount code in the OP?
#28
Cheers Gaz - I've been looking for a dwcent sub £100 PVR for ages - Just ordered one - Great Deal
#29
Will this work with Sky? And yes, I am aware of Sky+ before anyone mentions it!!!! :thumbsup:
#30
great find
#31
More info here:

http://www.grundig.co.uk/productdetails.aspx?pid=GUSTB160IV&language=en-GB

I just wish it was my first order - but I ordered some shoes last week! :(
#32
How do you get the 20% discount?

Someone mentioned that it's "view one program & record a different one", i take it that it can record two things at the same time then if not watching anything on it?
#33
freestyle
How do you get the 20% discount?

Someone mentioned that it's "view one program & record a different one", i take it that it can record two things at the same time then if not watching anything on it?



oNLY GET 20% OFF IF ITS YOUR FIRST ORDER. iT WONT SHOW ON THE RECEIPT - ONLY IF YOU PAY VIA CREDIT CARD.

Sorry for caps - couldnt be bothered to retype...
#34
I have had one with the Digihome name on it for about a year and it has given no trouble. What these things seem to need is a very strong signal otherwise you will get jumping and skipping on both the recording and the channel you are watching, so a freeview antenna is a must. I suppose its is something to do with feeding two tuners from one input [no doubt one of the techies on the forum will put me right!]
#35
I had Great Trouble with GUS a year or so back. Anyone remember the Cheap PS1's+games?

They ended up sending just the games and charging full price. First, they refused to refund "cos they are excluded from our approval scheme" then when they finally agreed to accept them back they lost 'em! They accused me of not sending them back and trying to pull a fast one despite the fact I had a postage receipt and the post office had a signature/name. "Well, the package was probably empty when it arrived, Sir."

They refused to confirm in writing the non delivery, meaning I couldn't claim from the post office.

In addition to that they then double charged me, said that I'd have to pay or I'd get a visit from their baliffs!

Only after MONTHS of stress did they refund my money to my account. No apology, just a simple refund.

WHATEVER you do pay by credit card so that your money is (relatively) secure, DON'T opt for their credit account as they will be in full control and you will have no way of disputing transactions or charges.
#36
does anyone know if this has a series link feature?
#37
SneakyD
How is this possible, surely under the distance selling regulations, you have 7 days no matter the company says.


You'll be okay if you don't open the packaging and send it back. Once opened you may be struggling under distance selling regs.

Ooopps for my earlier post re. saying it was 80gb. Must have been too late at night.

Would be interesting to know if it is a rebadged version of any of the PVRs compared here:

http://www.pvrjunction.co.uk/compare/

You can see how all PVRs are not the same from this list
#38
I've got the 80gb Digihome version which is the same box but different badge. Works great and is really reliable, been using for 6 months. The only downsides I can think of is the slow EPG and no series link. The one I bought was a £60 refurb so this represents great value, these cheapo boxes are excellent if you don't have S.
#39
Anyone been billed for this yet or received a delivery date?
Can they confirm if 20% discount is applied for the first order without having to put in a promo.code :oops: ?
#40
Does anyone know if you do not have a DVD-recorder or VCR is there any other way of removing recorded programmes?

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