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Thomson DHD4000 40GB Twin Tuner DVR. £99.00

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[mod] 1d, 4m agoFound 1 decade, 4 months ago
UPDATE:Argos shops still have these but you have to go in person and enter the code into the checker instore to see if they have stock, the number isnt recognised on line.
Canterbury Argos had 3 in stock today.

With the new catalogue out on 29th and the special offers mainly ending on 28th, this could be the last chance to buy this from Argos at this price.
Its a freeview hard disc recorder that allows you to record 2 channels at the same time and watch a recorded programme while that all happening, pretty much like a sky plus box but for freeview, so no fee's to pay.
You can dump the recordings to DVD and edit while on the hard drive to remove adverts etc. If you dont value the warranty you can also increase the hard drive size if 20hrs isnt enough for you
If it wasnt for the style of the casing I guess they would just fly off the shelves, they do look a bit like an engineering sample, but a bargain at £99.99

Black/Silver * 40Gb Hard Disc Drive * 20 hours of recording time * Digitally interactive * Digital text * RF loop * Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) * Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available * Auto setup * Now and next electronic programme guide * 14 day electronic programme guide (EPG) * Not Top Up TV compatible * Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (supplied) * 2 SCART sockets * 1 SCART lead supplied * Size (H)5.5, (W)36, (D)26cm * Weight 2.44kg.
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[mod]#1
Lots of techi info here
#2
Does look a bit of a block, but other images from Amazon, it doesn't look that bad :)

There are plenty of good reviews about, mostly around 8/10

Thanks for this Mike!
#3
i got one of these when they became available in-store.
fantastic machine. i followed the forum-advice, and replaced the internal fan/ repositioned the hdd, so it runs cooler and smoother.
the twin tuner makes double recording very simple to use.
10/10 IMHO
#4
Thanks for the extra info and feedback mcek :)
#5
Does anyone know if I could I put a Sky feed into this box (rather than use the Freeview tuner) and still be able to record to the hard disk? (I appreciate that the EPG wouldn't be much use either.)

Any help appreciated . . .
#6
[SIZE=2][COLOR=navy]I don't know if that's possible nlackjane but there's a good review here:[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue]Thomson DHD4000 Review[/COLOR][/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2][COLOR=navy]Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way :)[/COLOR][/SIZE]
#7
None of the freeview PVRs allow you to record anything other than the freeview signal. The only PVR that I know of that can do this is the Tivo.

Dave.
#8
Excellent box, easy to use, loads of great features and good picture.

Only shortcoming is the lack of "series links"...you have to manually set up repeat recordings.

It's amazing how quickly the 15 hours gets used up. We seem to fill ours on two or three days!

Well worth £99, imo.

(The boxes do tend to crash if they are given a poor signal to work with. A lot of people have blamed this on the boxes being faulty but I have confirmed with Thomson that it's down to corrupt data confusing the software and causing a crash.)
#9
I've had this box for about 6 weeks now without any problem. It's completely changed my viewing habits. I guess any PVR could have done this but this one was nice and cheap and I'd got some Argos vouchers from cashing in my old mobile phones (at [url]www.envirofone.com)[/url]. The fact it has 2 tuners mean that you can record 2 channels and watch something you've already recorded at the same time (not many other PVRs have this and I don't think any others have at this price). I've done this a couple of times.

The one slight down-side to this is that it's a bit noisy. You get used to it after a while but it was a bit of a shock when I first plugged it in.

I've had no regrets buying this. If you've got a bit more money to spend then I'm sure there are better ones out there (bigger hard disk, nicer looks) but
I reckon this is a bit of a bargain.
#10
[SIZE=2]I can honestly say, this would be in the category 'The best £99 I've ever spent'...[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]It doesn't happen often. Last time was my BT (Siemens) DECT phone, which also fits in this category since I can yabber for hours and the battery meter never moves.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Anway. I bought one of these when they first came out and can't live without it. Yes, like any other Hi-Tech product, it has small qwirks every now and then. Power off at the mains resolves most problems.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]If you think about how much it must be doing, when you record 2 different channels and watch a recording all at the same time, you appreciate how stable it is 99% of the time. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]No more rushing to make tea before programmes start. Hit pause and watch programmes when you want to.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Highly recomended, especially since it 50% cheaper than I bought mine for ;)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]As far as apperances go, I think its fine. Not tacky cheap looking, but simple enough to blend in.[/SIZE]
#11
Picked this up in Argos about 2 months ago.

I had been a Sky viewer on the top package (now £43) for ten years.

The only reason I did not want freeview was because of Sky One.

What a fool I was, the machine is the best value item I have EVER bought.

My missus was gutted when we knocked Sky on the head, as were the kids, but we are all now in agreement, Freeview rocks (FREE) Sky (£43) sucks.

Amazing how we all get programmed into watching certain programmes, we have now discovered UK History, brilliant.

Take a chance on this offer, the box is well made, works very well, and afrfter a few days becomes second nature.

Freeview is the best value you can get, and this box only enhances this.

I hope that helps.

Cheers.

happydude742...:thumbsup:
#12
I have had one for 3 months and never had a fault. It is easy to use even Mrs T can work it.
#13
Film Four is now Free on FREEVIEW; if that tempts anyone... :-D
#14
For what it's worth it's a simple procedure to fit a larger hard drive and thus increase recording time.

Whilst in theory it invalidates your warranty, the anti-tamper label can be easily peeled off and replaced so there is no evidence that the disk drive has been removed.
#15
edi
Film Four is now Free on FREEVIEW; if that tempts anyone... :-D

Sorry to hijack this thread but i can't seem to get filmfour through my box or my digital tv.I have tried adding channels and reinstalling.Any suggestions.(Bilsdale transmitter):(
#16
Film4 hasn't relaunched yet [I think].
#17
rayman
Film4 hasn't relaunched yet [I think].


It came to freeview on sunday. It is fine here in leeds too.

It is in the place of what was more4 +1 I think or a channel like thay. After doing a re scan it put the channel name to film4 when I did it last night.

Simon.
#18
Thanks for the info waj1234 :)
#19
AndyToys
For what it's worth it's a simple procedure to fit a larger hard drive and thus increase recording time.
If a larger hard drive is preferred,an 80GB Technosonic pvr can be bought for the same price at Lidl (see post by Paddy_o_furniture).The only drawback is that although it has 2 tuners,only 1 can record.
#20
bazr
If a larger hard drive is preferred,an 80GB Technosonic pvr can be bought for the same price at Lidl (see post by Paddy_o_furniture).The only drawback is that although it has 2 tuners,only 1 can record.


Do not waste your time. I have taken back 3 of the Technosonic PVRs due to faults and now have the Thomson. It is far, far superior to the Technosonic and very reliable. It is also much more useable. It automatically continuously records up to 2 hours of the 2 channels selected as well as being able to timer record 2 channels at the same time.
#21
Take a look at MikeT's helful link:
Lots of techi info here
#22
It even explains how to add a larger hard drive :)
#23
Ooooh. This does look very tempting.

If only it could record from other inputs and had a better way of outputting to DVD as surely SCART is not lossless?
[mod]#24
It wont record from other inputs, but I believe it does have rgb out in the scart for better quality recordings. Check out my "techi stuff" link in post 2.
#25
waj1234
It came to freeview on sunday. It is fine here in leeds too.

It is in the place of what was more4 +1 I think or a channel like thay. After doing a re scan it put the channel name to film4 when I did it last night.

Simon.


I've got a digifusion box (which, as far as I can remember, uses the same EPG as the Thomson & Inverto models) and although you can actually view film4 on channel 31 the EPG still shows the more4+1 details, even after a couple of overnight EPG downloads. Same thing happened when Sky Travel became Sky 3 and it took almost a week to sort itself out.
#26
i took a look at this site http://www.apsi86.dsl.pipex.com/dhd4000/ and it really sorted out some problems.
if you replace the fan, i fitted a quiter pc fan, and connect it to the hdd power connection as described, you need to also go to the secret engineer menu (from technical info menu type 1004) and disable the fan-idle instruction, as the thomsom can no longer talk to the fan.

various forum sites also provide pc programs to extract hdd recordings for burning to dvd, etc, etc. and thomson do provide a system program update now and then, so any bugs/gripes that exist now may be sorted in the future. there's even a schematic out there for adding a usb connection.

i had bought this for my parents, and if 2 pensioners can use it, anyone can :-D
#27
Renark Jon
I've got a digifusion box (which, as far as I can remember, uses the same EPG as the Thomson & Inverto models) and although you can actually view film4 on channel 31 the EPG still shows the more4+1 details, even after a couple of overnight EPG downloads. Same thing happened when Sky Travel became Sky 3 and it took almost a week to sort itself out.


Welcome to HUKD Renark Jon. Thanks for your first post.
#28
Welcome to HotUKDeals Renark John, thanks for the info on Film4. EPG downloads :)

Thanks for the extra info mcek too, useful to know about the secret engineer stuff!
[mod]#29
Sadly this is not listed in the new Argos catalogue out today.

But it is available from Tribaluk.com for £102 delivered Quickfind: 62800059

Also Curry's have it listed but are out of stock at £99
#30
I have just gone for the Humax PVR 9200T 160GB version with the John Lewis 20% discount so comes to £160 ish then a bit more knocked off with Quidco.
http://www.johnlewis.com/Gifts+and+Flowers/Gifts+for+Him/Technology/Audio_2c+TV+and+Photography/230221324/Product.aspx

Better than quite a few others on the market and got good reviews on AVForums etc (especially with the new Firmware update applied).

OK more expensive but I thought it was worth it and definately the best price I could find - also with the John Lewis 2 Year Guarantee it makes it a good buy.
[mod]#31
Thanks for the info darkovo, let us know how you get on with it.

I'm holding on in case my local Argos put the DHD4000 stock I know they have on managers special ;)
[mod] 1 Like #32
Just got back from Argos, they still had stock but it couldnt be checked on line only instore. So if you still want one go to your local Argos and enter the code in the checker to see if they have stock 532-0840
The price is the same.
[mod]#33
If your into gadgets you just have to go get one of these, the picture quality compaired with my Panasonic dvd ram es20D digital freeview recorder is just plain amazing, makes my Pany look like a vhs on long play.
I have yet to read the manual ;) but its so intuitive I had it up and running in around 10 mins inc scanning for the channel list, the epg will populate itself within the next 24hrs so for now I just have whats on now listed.
Its quite happy to record 2 channels while I watch a previous recording with no visible picture quality degridation.
I live in a no freeview area btw and the tuners must be pretty sensitive as I am using a 20yr old grid aerial with masthead pre amp thats pointed towards Bluebell Hill (35miles) and Crystal Palace is directly behind BH from my location so I also get channels listed from there (100 miles) Both transmitters are giving all green 8+ signals in setup.

Go get one while you can, you wont regret it. ;)
#34
I'd second that.

It ain't perfect but you won't regret buying it. Try it for a month and it'll change your viewing habits.
#35
Excellent box! Thanks so much for flagging this one. A great bit of kit, and excellent quality picture. Perfect for me as I'm always out of the country and miss out on TV.

Anyone upgraded the Hard Drive recently? I've looked at the pages recommended, but a lot of the drives mentioned are now unavailable, and the Samsung drive may require firmware downgrading... I'm on a mac, and whilst I have access to a PC, I'd rather buy an off the shelf 160gb drive than mess around.

Thanks in advance.

Dr Deal
#36
The only problem is the maximum Hard Drive size you can put into it is 120Gb, which with my 'viewing habits' would be way too little. And given that a 300Gb HDD is only £60 these days I'd far prefer to have something that can be upgraded to that capacity.

Thanks for this post though, and the extra information about getting this instore at Argos.

X10
#37
I bought one a while back.
The standard hard disk is too small really.
I have put in a 160GB Samsung SV1604N 5200rpm bought from Aria (£38 but about £55 once VAT & delivery added).
It is almost impossible to find these disks though.
Very easy to swap over, worked straight away, no problems at all.
The standard disk only gave about 15 hours record time, the new one gives about 60 hours but you can compress to LP or archive to DVD recorder to free up space.
Personally I never get anywhere near this.

This is the best bit of kit I have bought for years.

I set it up on a Saturday for all the programmes I might want to watch that week & leave it to it. Then watch them whenever I feel like it. There is always something to watch now. 5 star :thumbsup:
#38
I bought one of these last week but since we have relied on NTL for years our roof aerial has been neglected and now seems to be useless. I bought a settop aerial from Argos but that will only pick up half the channels.

*sigh*
[mod]#39
You really do need a quality external aerial and new downlead for these to work as intended.
I have a very old aerial which picks up all the channels fine but does suffer sometimes from induced noise from passing motorbikes, this causes picture breakup and sure enough I had mine set to record trauma and holby city last night and just got nowt, the picture broke up just as the recording started and that was the end of that, other recordings last evening were fine.
I fortunately do have another digital aerial on another chimney so will have to route the downlead to serve the Thomson. If you read other forums on this set it does have problems when given a less than good quality signal.
Loving mine though ;)
#40
Thanks for the further info. I think I'm going to get hold of a samsung SP1614N from ebay and then do the firmware downgrade (if required...). Just don't like fiddling around with stuff like that, but for 4x the record time it will be worth it.

Great box as everyone says. Just bought another one for my old folks.

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