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I Found this today, I feel that it is a good bargain if your in the market for a TV recorder. This has a very good spec and well worth the money if you compare what Amazon are charging for it - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000GVZAC6/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
£226.22- Its good but not worth that much.

Anyhow for £99 + Delivery you cant be bad to that. (Oh there is a £10 off voucher on this site somewhere, if someone wants to add it please feel free. That makes it even cheaper!!
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#1
http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/images/products/imagesp/4_Final/SHA-TUR160HA/c01.jpg

Looks like a good price for a branded dual tuner PVR

£104.99 delivered
#2
I don't know that the Amazon model referred to is the same model - since the Amazon reviews say it cannot record two channel while the Sharp Web site and Empire say it can:
Simultaneous 2 channel recording - whilst watching another! This product features a 160GB HDD providing up to 80 hours recording capacity, Series recording and an 8 day Electronic Programme Guide. Series Recording. Split Recording, Multiple/Alternative Recording when supported by broadcasters.

Unfortunately I wouldn't want to chance having to return it for a refund at Empire if it doesn't do all it claims whilst you can buy Thomson, sagem etc. cheaper in the high street.
#3
wombat6025
I don't know that the Amazon model referred to is the same model - since the Amazon reviews say it cannot record two channel while the Sharp Web site and Empire say it can:

Unfortunately I wouldn't want to chance having to return it for a refund at Empire if it doesn't do all it claims whilst you can buy Thomson, sagem etc. cheaper in the high street.


From that spec write-up above....

"Simultaneous 2 channel recording - whilst watching another!"

Surely that would need 3 tuners???

That PVR looks like a revised version of the Digihome/Dual one that was sold at Asda a while back, and sharp did brand their own version of the older box as well - I own an 80GB version of the digihome home - and while they have two tuners to record one channel while you watch another, they are NOT true twin tuners like the Sky+/BT Vision/Humax/Topfield which will record two seperate channels while you either watch one of them, or watch soemthing else that is recorded on the hard disk.
#4
I bought one of these at the weekend from Empire.
It does exactly what it says, records from two channels at the same time while letting you watch a pre-recorded show, and unlike a lot of other Freeview PVR's this also features a series link funcion one of the main reason I chose it.

I tried the Thompson TopUp TV box before buying this, and although it does work well and has a nice easy to use interface it suffered from one major problem, it does NOT switch off. Even on standby the hard drive is still spinning, as are all the cooling fans. I thought this was a fault with the first one I bought so had it replaced only to find out that the replacement was exactly the same. On calling the technical support line I was told that it was a feature of the box. Even if you can put up with the noise (and believe me it isn't quiet ) just think of your carbon footprint (or your electricity bill) and avoid the Thompson box.

I quickly returned the Thompson and bought the Sharp, which I am completely happy with, it starts up quickly, the set-up features do everything for you, and the hard drive sleeps when not in use.
#5
could this take the place of sky + for recording etc.
#6
johnson293
From that spec write-up above....

"Simultaneous 2 channel recording - whilst watching another!"

Surely that would need 3 tuners???



The Humax has 2 tuners and you can record 2 channels whilst watching another ..... but the other channel has to be on the same MUX as the recorded channel e.g. if recording BBC1 then you can watch BBC2 and any other channels on that MUX.
#7
Does this have a card slot for Setanta?
#8
chocolatepennyfa
could this take the place of sky + for recording etc.


No, it's a Freeview PVR not a Sky PVR

Passenger57
Does this have a card slot for Setanta?


No
#9
Tesco are giving away a Sharp 160gb HDD PVR free when you buy a 42" Sharp LCD, unfortunately I can't remember what model the PVR is.
#10
Here is the £10-00 off offer that is referred to above - and it still works - I have just tried it myself :-
Get 10% any purchase at Empire Direct FOR A VERY SHORT TIME ONLY. Click to visit their site to activate the code and then add the product to your basket. On the basket page, in the voucher ID box enter - EM3974 - and in the Username/Email box enter - EDSAVE . Once these 2 codes have been entered, click the - Empire Direct Secure Checkout - button at the top right of the page. On the next page click - Proceed to Checkout - and then you will see your product with a 10% discount ready for purchase! OFFER ENDS SHORTLY."
#11
This is a VERY good price, I bought `Home Cinema Choice` magazine a few days ago, and this very model is in there and received 4/5 overall. Just to add the reviewed price was £180 too!! Bargain then I`d say, and yes the above codes DO work, delivered for £94.98!!:thumbsup:(Rep+Heat added)
#12
Ordered one for the parents for Xmas, hope it comes with 24 hour support line!
#13
P.S. 2% quidco too!
#14
Dunno whether to go for this or the Humax 9200 (@ £159 thru John Lewis)???!

Im attracted by series link and know that it will soon be available on the Humax.

Can anyone help? Is this a hot deal or just an inferior product?
#15
That's a difficult one Shaversport. The problem is that there is little experience of the Sharp. With the Humax you know you will be getting a solid performer. The Sharp has Series Link but it could be argued this is of limited use at the moment. The Humax will have it in future.... plus 'Actual Recording' which will change the time of a recording if it starts late/early.

A couple of things I find useful on the Humax are : 'Find' facility on the EPG - including by Genre and text search. User defined padding (say how much before and after the recording should start/stop). Are these on the Sharp?
#16
shaversport
Dunno whether to go for this or the Humax 9200 (@ £159 thru John Lewis)???!

Im attracted by series link and know that it will soon be available on the Humax.

Can anyone help? Is this a hot deal or just an inferior product?


The Humax does have PC connectivity to archive footage, and a card slot for Setanta, or whatever. Personally, neither of these things would bother me, and I`d save some cash and get the Sharp.
#17
Searcher2
A couple of things I find useful on the Humax are : 'Find' facility on the EPG - including by Genre and text search. User defined padding (say how much before and after the recording should start/stop). Are these on the Sharp?


Genre search is on the Sharp, but no mention of user defined padding in a review.
#18
Passenger57
Does this have a card slot for Setanta?


Unfortunately the model that Empire sell doesn't have a card slot or an adapter slot. There is a drop down panel to the left with hides indents where these would go. But they are not punched out making me think this has been done for future development on later models, or as it is exactly the same casing as the Hitachi box, some manufacturers add card readers and others don't.

If you are wanting to use the box to access Sentana I'd definitely go for the Humax, it's getting close to twice the price but always comes out top in all the reviews. There's a lot of choice on the market for these kind of boxes but you generally get what you pay for, £100 is fine for a basic box but if you want a card reader as well you really need to be looking at spending around £150. Try to avoid anything that offers everything for £100 as you will be sacrificing quality, and end up with sub-standard components, not all Freeview tuners are the same, generally the more you pay the better quality the image is you will receive.

Try to look for a box that advertises Freeview Playback http://www.freeviewplayback.co.uk/ this means that they have met a required standard and also have feature either in place or in development so that you can accurately series link programs and not miss the ends if start times are delayed.

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