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Reviews seem realy good and it seems easy to upgrade the hard disk if needed. Yes it's grade A product but for £99 you can't go wrong as it still comes with 12 months cover.

Specs:-
# Twin Digital Tuner, can record 2 channels whilst viewing a third (from the same multiplex see http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/support/faq.asp#rc)
# Upgraded for Freeview Playback later in 2007 via an automatically downloaded free Over Air Download
# Pause live TV and rewind live TV
# One touch recording from 8 day programme guide
# Tape-less record and playback (Max 100 hrs on 160GB hard drive)
# USB 2.0 port for connecting to your computer to archive your favourite programmes to DVD
# Dolby 5.1 optical output
# Common interface slot for Pay TV (requires separate CAM (not supplied))
# Automatic software update, to ensure the latest digital features are available
# Records subtitles with the ability to view or hide them during playback
# Auto-padding ensures you never miss the beginning and end of a programme
# Chase play enables you to watch a programme from the beginning whilst still recording the end
# Grade-A remanufactured as new by HUMAX
# 1 year warranty
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#1
Great find - hot
#2
I paid £154 for mine and it's probably the only gadget that SWMBO has approved of without reservation (though she's warming to the TH37PX80 :-D)
#3
Does this only record through the Freeview turner or can you use it to record from cable?
#4
only though freeview
1 Like #5
this is a great deal. mine was about £180 new about a year ago and that was the best price at the time. price has slipped down by about £20 at times so still a great saving. its one if the best freeview pvrs on the market. you can also connect to your pc and copy files back and forth to burn to DVD. it can also be loaded with a few gigs of MP3s like an iPod. you are best to google up third party software and guides if you do want to rip stuff to the pc as the bundled software is **** yet the homegrown freeware is excellent and easy to use.
#6
mycroft jones;2578191
I paid £154 for mine and it's probably the only gadget that SWMBO has approved of without reservation (though she's warming to the TH37PX80 :-D)


Similar story here!
#7
uni;2578483
this is a great deal. mine was about £180 new about a year ago and that was the best price at the time. price has slipped down by about £20 at times so still a great saving. its one if the best freeview pvrs on the market. you can also connect to your pc and copy files back and forth to burn to DVD. it can also be loaded with a few gigs of MP3s like an iPod. you are best to google up third party software and guides if you do want to rip stuff to the pc as the bundled software is **** yet the homegrown freeware is excellent and easy to use.


Didn't realise you could upload stuff to it as well. So you could rip your favourite DVDs to the PC and then put them on this to have instantly available.
Off to google latter ....
#8
uni;2578483
this is a great deal. mine was about £180 new about a year ago and that was the best price at the time. price has slipped down by about £20 at times so still a great saving. its one if the best freeview pvrs on the market. you can also connect to your pc and copy files back and forth to burn to DVD. it can also be loaded with a few gigs of MP3s like an iPod. you are best to google up third party software and guides if you do want to rip stuff to the pc as the bundled software is **** yet the homegrown freeware is excellent and easy to use.


Ola... Can you tell me more about it??? i.e the fact that you can download everything to your computer...
#9
I love mine so very hot!

Wish the beggars at Humax would sort a firmware that stored the EPG to disk though. Having to wait a few minutes after turning on, whilst it populates, before you can set a reservation, is a pain in the backside.
#10
We love ours, wouldn't be without it, reliable and easy to use. A recent update(Jan) gave it a series link function, which works great. At £99 its a complete steal, HOT :)

I very useful forum for the Humax is: - http://www.hummy.org.uk/forums/

Hope this helps
All the best,
Ash
#11
This is a really good machine. It has transformed the way we watch telly. Best part of £200 when I bought it and never regretted a penny!
#12
VDisillusioned;2578522
I love mine so very hot!

Wish the beggars at Humax would sort a firmware that stored the EPG to disk though. Having to wait a few minutes after turning on, whilst it populates, before you can set a reservation, is a pain in the backside.


Ahh, I assume you turn it off at the mains?

The only things that have irritated me about my Humax 8000T (so pretty old now) are:
1. Occasionally 'glitches' and decides to record one channel til it fills the hard disc.
2. Occasionally crashes when it boots to record a scheduled programme and can't reset itself automatically so you miss everything.
3. Mine has no series-link function or record same time on weekdays only.

I will definitely buy my next one from Humax though.
#13
Paid £200 when 160GB Black first came out and is still in use today.

Im sure HUMAX will be working on a HDMI version soon so limited appear. still hot though
#14
siliconbits
Ola... Can you tell me more about it??? i.e the fact that you can download everything to your computer...


I thought I'd use that feature a lot when I first bought it, and yes it can be done... but to be honest I find it a bit of a faff... the whole transfer process is rather hit and miss and even when it works is quite slow. When you finally transfer the file off the Humax in .ts format you then have to convert it to something more useful.

Unless it's something I'm desparate to have archived on DVD, I don't tend to bother.

Not to detract from this offer - the 9200T is a brilliant bit of kit and this deal is red hot.
#15
Does anybody know if you can use smart cards on these? I have a Setanta sports card and would like to use it on this. The Thompson PVR I bought just over a year ago has packed up, I knew I should have gone for one of these instead.
#16
youknowwho
Im sure HUMAX will be working on a HDMI version soon so limited appear. still hot though

Yes, the 9300 will be out soon with HDMI connection and upscaler. I've had the 9200 since it came out, and it's the dogs! Voted hot. :thumbsup:
#17
youknowwho
Paid £200 when 160GB Black first came out and is still in use today.

Im sure HUMAX will be working on a HDMI version soon so limited appear. still hot though


Love my Humax PVR and couldn't live without it. Looks like they're pushing the HDMI functionality as part of the Freesat package.

http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/specifications.asp

Will HDMI come as standard with the normal set-top box? Who knows?
#18
Definately gonna go for this (320 GB version). Was holding out for a freesat pvr but it seems a long way off (reading statements from Humax dev) so this will be excellent as I've been missing the series link option on my old Sky+. Just read on a review it even has a 'ad break skip function' during playback :)

thx op
#19
youknowwho
Paid £200 when 160GB Black first came out and is still in use today.

Im sure HUMAX will be working on a HDMI version soon so limited appear. still hot though


It's almost here already...

http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/pdf/PVR-9300T_leaflet.pdf
#20
Koma Toes
Yes, the 9300 will be out soon with HDMI connection and upscaler. I've had the 9200 since it came out, and it's the dogs! Voted hot. :thumbsup:


renegade007
Love my Humax PVR and couldn't live without it. Looks like they're pushing the HDMI functionality as part of the Freesat package.

http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/specifications.asp

Will HDMI come as standard with the normal set-top box? Who knows?


Sorry... must have posted at the same time.
#21
http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/ is a great source for freesat info as they seem to have good links with both Humax and the PR company (newly) appointed by freesat.
#22
I dont suppose there is a way of playing DivX media on this?
#23
MBeeching
Ahh, I assume you turn it off at the mains?




Nope, we just leave it on standby and turn it on/off by remote. Takes several minutes to load a full epg, as I understand like all 9200s.
banned#24
cosmic-dust
Does anybody know if you can use smart cards on these? I have a Setanta sports card and would like to use it on this. The Thompson PVR I bought just over a year ago has packed up, I knew I should have gone for one of these instead.


The Humax box has a common interface slot, that can take conditional access modules (CAM).
You can pick up a Setanta CAM pack from Empire Direct for £29.99, plus £1.99 delivery.
#25
Seriously great piece of kit. Paid about £190 for mine a couple of years ago.
But, it changed my viewing. Can't imagine watching telly without it.
1 Like #26
http://www.hummy.org.uk/forums/

that's the link to the dedicated forums that explain most things. you can download the free third party software from there. the software that comes with it is very slow, and i couldn't get it to work at all. the trick is to turn the hummy off and on, then onto "game" mode and then rip the files as the HD isn't then recording/buffering. there is a GUI/windows style program thats great, but is limited to moving one program at a time, or the dos based version which is more flexible. it takes about 20 mins to rip an hour

you can copy a program to your pc, delete it from the hummy, and then copy it back from the pc to the hummy as long as you haven't changed the file. you can't rip dvds or upload divx or anything like that to it, so the transfer of video files to the hummy has limited real use

about 5gig of the hummy is partitioned to allow mp3s to be uploaded. if you don't use this function you can't use the 5gig for video use. i uploaded mp3s to mine, but never found a real world case where i wanted to us it

about the EPG, as far as i understand this issue can't be fixed easily or at all with firmware from what i've read. the issue is that when you turn on the hummy it can take about 10-15 mins for the EPG to fully populate with the program guide. it loads quickest when on one of the main channels like bbc1 or c4, and slower on the freeview only channels. sometimes i have to put it on c5 to populate that, and another issue was a few people had to manually delete and retune c5 to work properly. once you turn the hummy off with the remote control to put it in standby, the EPG info is lost (apart from it knowing the shows to record), so when you turn it back on you have to wait for the EPG to load. normally most people won't turn it on and off more than a couple of times a day so it's not a problem. you could leave it on all the time, but as the HD is continuously buffering it's probably not the best idea. that's the only real niggle with the hummy

about transfering files to dvd, it is a bit of a pain, but if you follow the guides on the forum and do it right you end up burning exactly the same data as broadcast to the dvd, without re-encoding like a standalone dvd player would have to do, so if you do it right the dvd you play back looks exactly like the original broadcast with no loss of quality at all, and it can look pretty damn good. with a standalone dvd recorder you have to convert the digital signal from the pvr to analogue to the dvd recorder, which then converts to digital to burn to disc, which incurs a change of quality. it's only normally pedants and perfectionists that bother about that kind of detail however

personally i just cleared my almost full hummy a month or so ago to an external HD via my laptop and i've just kept the files on that which play on my pc via VLC player or media player classic. videoredo is good for editing out ad's, but it takes time to edit and burn stuff. thing is, not many standalones offer this function, it's something that's normally done on media centre pc's

regarding hdmi, as it's a standard definition player/recorder, the hdmi upscaling isn't really going to improve quality, but it's more a future proof thing as shortly tv's will be made minus scart leads, although at some time in the future freeview will go HD which will make the hummy obsolete. that will take a bit of time yet though, but i wouldn't bother holding off for the more expensive hdmi machine
#27
Just in reference to the 320 GB version - the brand new variant (rather than the A-Grade) is £169 + Del and it seems to include a 3 year, rather than a 1 year, warranty - worth factoring in if you think the extra 2 years warranty is worth £40 :)

http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10055&cat=stb
#28
Hi

I think HDMI is important - especially if you have a hdtv.

The new Humax box released in a few weeks upscales to 720p.

It can be had for £177 here - http://www.martindawes.net/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=PVR9300T&cid=digital_set_top_boxes&language=en-GB

Comes with 320 gig drive as standard.

So only 47 pounds more than this reconditioned old box - (the 360 gig version) and it comes with a 2 year warranty.

Get the new one pre ordered.

You cant compare prices now to what they were 18 months ago - they have fell dramatically.

Dave
#29
The HDMI machine is really only going to benefit the Freesat version. For most people their current or imminent TV's will have plenty of Scart sockets and only 1-3 HDMI sockets. It is fast becoming easier to fill the HDMI's than the Scarts (Upscaling DVD Players, Blueray / HD Players, HD Consoles and Media Centres). If the feed is only a standard definition one then you are better saving the HDMI socket for your next purchase. Most new TV's will upscale the Scart image anyway so it is not going to make much difference to your final image quality (in the case of the best TV's (Panasonic are noted for this) it may even make it worse as they will already have a better upscaler.
#30
I got one of these 2 1/2 years ago, and since then so have my parents, sister and inlaws.

They are great machines and along with others on this thread it has changed the way we watch TV.

Now for the warning - I would really worry about not buying a new machine with a 2yr warranty.

Recently we have seen Harddisk errors occurring on the machines. On my parents machine they had a complete harddisk failure which I have been able to get working again by connecting the harddisk to a PC and reformatting, but not sure how long it will last.

The cost of a new Seagate ACE harddisk (same as in machine today) is around £40 and there aren't too many available now as it is a specialist drive, and not a standard PC IDE drive.

Based on this, I would not recommend anyone buys one of these warranty machines, but buys a new 9200 or better still waits for a 9300.
#31
Sorry, this is all new to me. Can you record freesat to this via scart etc?
#32
great price but i still prefer my toppy :-D
#33
aajax42
Sorry, this is all new to me. Can you record freesat to this via scart etc?


no. it will only record directly from freeview channels, as essentially it's capturing the digitally broadcast signal and saving it to the harddrive, it's not having to convert anything. the hardware required to change an analogue signal to digital to capture onto the HD is more expensive which is why pvr's don't normally have that function.

it's usually dvd recorders with built in HD's that can record from external sources, but most of them don't have freeview tuners and can't record like a standard pvr

the topfield pvr's are supposed to be the best, but the hummy is a very close second, but usually a fair bit cheaper. certainly this price is half the price of the cheapest toppy i've seen
#34
aajax42
Sorry, this is all new to me. Can you record freesat to this via scart etc?


Edit: Uni beat me to it with a much better explanation...

uni
but the hummy is a very close second

Sorry to appear ignorant - but why is the Hummy rated so highly - is it because of it's recording / reception quality vs. say the Sagem I picked up a while back for £89?
#35
wombat6025
Edit: Uni beat me to it with a much better explanation...


Sorry to appear ignorant - but why is the Hummy rated so highly - is it because of it's recording / reception quality vs. say the Sagem I picked up a while back for £89?


I think it is more to do with it's functionality and customization. The Sagem probably works fine out of the box, but the Humax allows you to do lots of extra things such as back up your programs to PC / DVD
#36
sibeer
I think it is more to do with it's functionality and customization. The Sagem probably works fine out of the box, but the Humax allows you to do lots of extra things such as back up your programs to PC / DVD


Thanks I knew the Topfield was very flexible - but hadn't realised the Hummy was so similar. :thumbsup:
The only thing I really miss on the Sagem is series link recording, you can export programs to USB key and load them on your PC for conversion and burning to DVD; but it's all a bit slow and tedious.
#37
I bought my Thomson DHD4000 around 4 years ago after having a Pace PVR before that. It's perfect except for quite a small hard drive - only 40Gb (but I do have a 160Gb Sony HDD/DVD).

Based on this deal I was just about to 'upgrade' to this Humax but that EPG issue sounds a real pain. I can't tell you how many times I switch on my Thomson, set the timer for a few programmes and switch off again. The thought of having to wait 15 plus minutes when I am just about to go out for a drink, to the cinema or whatever and just remember to 'set the video'...

Does anyone know if the new Humax 9300 has a different system?
#38
I have a thomson, whats the difference between them.

On a slightly different note i'm considering sky +. £75 for the box and half price subscription for 12 months seems a good deal?
#39
I've just come out a sky+ subscription after 12 months (free box and std sub - £17pm) and while I liked the sky+ box itself (minus the freezes etc lol) remember once you stop subscribing it becomes a std stb with no record option, it's probably something you already knew but I missed that point when I considered my PVR options.
#40
i used to have a 40gig thomson, which updated the EPG at 3am overnight and saved it in memory. i broke it whilst upgrading it as i dropped something inside with the power on and the lid off, which is why i got the hummy

i think the reason it's rated so highly is partly because most of the alternate products had various issues and bugs. few would properly record with both tuners out of the box, and many suffered from poor reliabilty and freezing issues. the hummy had all the features and little problems, and humax were good and updating the firmware for free

the thomson was also a great little machine, the hummy just had a bigger HD, but the main thing was that it has the USB socket so you can rip files to your pc without opening it up and invalidating the warranty, or breaking it like i did. i just couldn't get a replacement thomson either, which is the other reason i got the hummy. the thomson has the series link to record any time the same show is on, i don't know if the thomsons got that upgrade or not. having a bigger HD also meant more flexibility with recording lots of **** to keep aside for when the telly really stinks (like a day of the week with an A in it). i found the 40gig was a bit too small for me as i wanted to keep so many music shows. the hummy lets me store plenty of stuff and then rip the pc in bulk when i can be bothered. if the thomson is doing what you want there is no real need to upgrade

one other thing, i think the hummy can output via coax/ariel cable, so if you have an old telly without scart sockets, like they made in the 70s, you can use this unit (double check the specs first, don't take me for granted on that). most freeview boxes and pvrs only output via scart, but this also has composite and svhs outputs. the digital optical supports 5.1 out, but of course no uk broadcasts on freeview have 5.1 so you only get stereo. there are steroe phono sockets to link it to your amp (which i do which is great)

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