Sony SVR HDT500 Freeview HD+ Box 500GB Hard Drive PVR - £189.95 @ RicherSounds
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The best freeview hd pvr to get is the humax fox t2 HDR you can pick get a grade a direct from humax for £189
And it's a much better box then the Sony

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The best freeview hd pvr to get is the humax fox t2 HDR you can pick get … The best freeview hd pvr to get is the humax fox t2 HDR you can pick get a grade a direct from humax for £189And it's a much better box then the Sony http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10104



I purchased the T2 HDR 6 months ago and sold it on ebay last month. The hard drive was faulty when i unboxed it, Humax took a month to repair it. When i got it back i found the menu system to be very unintuitive and clunky, in short my opinion of Humax is over rated. ps the Sony box is smaller and sexier than the T2 as well
The opinion of someone that's owned the Sony & Humax... avforums.com/for…tml ...

Ok guys, here's the bombshell. As I said on here a few weeks ago, my Sony SVR- HDT500 died from a lethal combination hard disk failure and the botched 'update' that caused the screen to flicker. I returned the Sony box for a full refund (eventually) and I got a Humax T2 Fox HDR 500GB Freeview box instead. Although I used to think the Sony box was fine, this Humax box absolutely blows it out of the water. It's like the difference between a Rover Metro and Porsche. The main differences I've noticed so far are:

1) Much slicker interface. Video and text previews of each programme as you browse the listings
2) Much faster and more responsive
3) You can do other tasks, including watch TV, while files are being deleted
4) Much quicker start-up and shut-down
5) Much better remote that controls my TV, surround sound and PlayStation 3
6) Quieter internal fan
7) The video image is dimmed when browsing menus and media, as opposed to being completely blanked out
Better connectivity, works with MKV files etc
9) Recorded videos have a short preview as their icon, rather than a standard static placeholder
10) It works flawlessly as a media server so I can watch recorded programmes (SD only unfortunately) on my PS3 or my PC
11) Much better iPlayer support that is considerably easier to find (just press TV Portal)
12) Supports YouTube and Flickr

I am absolutely overwhelmed with the quality of this Humax box. The Sony I had was ok, but having used the Humax now, I would never recommend that anyone buys the Sony box instead. I'm really sad to say this as I'm a fan of Sony products normally, but the quality difference speaks for itself.

The main reason I bought the Sony box was that it had Bravia Sync, which would allow me to control all my entertainment devices with one controller (keep the wife happy). However, I was sad to learn that the Sony remote only featured such a basic set of functions that it couldn't be used for my PS3 at all. The amazing thing is that, contrary to my expectations, the Humax remote is able to control my PS3 even though the Sony one couldn't!

Even my wife, who isn't as much of a technology geek, thinks the Humax box is absolutely wonderful and she can't believe we ever put up with the Sony box.

So there you go guys, my experience of the two boxes. I'd love to hear anyone else's experience with the Sony box compared to others.
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The opinion of someone that's owned the Sony & Humax... … The opinion of someone that's owned the Sony & Humax... http://www.avforums.com/forums/15178461-post506.html ...Ok guys, here's the bombshell. As I said on here a few weeks ago, my Sony SVR- HDT500 died from a lethal combination hard disk failure and the botched 'update' that caused the screen to flicker. I returned the Sony box for a full refund (eventually) and I got a Humax T2 Fox HDR 500GB Freeview box instead. Although I used to think the Sony box was fine, this Humax box absolutely blows it out of the water. It's like the difference between a Rover Metro and Porsche. The main differences I've noticed so far are:1) Much slicker interface. Video and text previews of each programme as you browse the listings2) Much faster and more responsive3) You can do other tasks, including watch TV, while files are being deleted4) Much quicker start-up and shut-down5) Much better remote that controls my TV, surround sound and PlayStation 36) Quieter internal fan7) The video image is dimmed when browsing menus and media, as opposed to being completely blanked out8) Better connectivity, works with MKV files etc9) Recorded videos have a short preview as their icon, rather than a standard static placeholder10) It works flawlessly as a media server so I can watch recorded programmes (SD only unfortunately) on my PS3 or my PC11) Much better iPlayer support that is considerably easier to find (just press TV Portal)12) Supports YouTube and FlickrI am absolutely overwhelmed with the quality of this Humax box. The Sony I had was ok, but having used the Humax now, I would never recommend that anyone buys the Sony box instead. I'm really sad to say this as I'm a fan of Sony products normally, but the quality difference speaks for itself.The main reason I bought the Sony box was that it had Bravia Sync, which would allow me to control all my entertainment devices with one controller (keep the wife happy). However, I was sad to learn that the Sony remote only featured such a basic set of functions that it couldn't be used for my PS3 at all. The amazing thing is that, contrary to my expectations, the Humax remote is able to control my PS3 even though the Sony one couldn't!Even my wife, who isn't as much of a technology geek, thinks the Humax box is absolutely wonderful and she can't believe we ever put up with the Sony box.So there you go guys, my experience of the two boxes. I'd love to hear anyone else's experience with the Sony box compared to others.

well said that man
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WTF, google, copy, paste and told well said!?! This effort is very one sided, i am open to questions but first i will shoot down most of the comments quoted having actually owed and used both for min 4 months each.

1) Much slicker interface. Video and text previews of each programme as you browse the listings
No way a slicker interface, clunky and just plain odd in places. Yes there is a preview, there was one on the old version of the Sony, it was removed as i believe it serves no purpose other than a gimmick and an annoying one at that.

2) Much faster and more responsive
Again unfounded, menus on the Sony are responsive and instant.

3) You can do other tasks, including watch TV, while files are being deleted
Deleting a file takes at most 10 seconds, this is for a film recorded in full HD. Most things take 3-5 seconds to delete.

4) Much quicker start-up and shut-down
They take roughly the same time to do both jobs on both machines

5) Much better remote that controls my TV, surround sound and PlayStation 3
Could be true, don't have a PS3, XBOX for me and i can stick to it using the sony remote so i am happy before i pick up my xbox controller.

6) Quieter internal fan
They are both quiet, currently watching hunt for red october off an attached HDD, cannot hear it.

7) The video image is dimmed when browsing menus and media, as opposed to being completely blanked out
Better connectivity, works with MKV files etc
Who cares, i prefer blacked out if i could choose. Sony records .trp files which can be converted on a laptop to avi,mpeg4 etc

9) Recorded videos have a short preview as their icon, rather than a standard static placeholder
Repeat of previous point, who watches a preview the size of a postage stamp chopped up?? Simply annoying with the sound channel changing from the channel you were watching.

10) It works flawlessly as a media server so I can watch recorded programmes (SD only unfortunately) on my PS3 or my PC
May do, i don't get why you would set your rig up this way to watch SD TV.

11) Much better iPlayer support that is considerably easier to find (just press TV Portal)
They are as bad as one another, use your ps3 or xbox. One button to enter each.

12) Supports YouTube and Flickr
Again, very poor. PS3 and XBOX do this properly as does an Apple TV really well.

My partner experience the Humax and hated it, she much prefers the Sony for ease of use.

I could go on about the advantages the Sony has over the Humax however the main point is there is very little in it between the two, it is a question of preference of very minor features an, a 4p difference in price and Sony support v's Humax support which was my reason for the choose i made.
Nice post lunchbox, adds some balance. I have the Humax HDR Fox T2 and am considering returning it as it has an "incompatibility" (as Humax support put it) with my Yamaha amp which means I have to connect it directly to the TV and feed the audio to the amp via optical cable. It also has no support for CEC-HDMI; in other words if you switch the PVR on, the TV won't automatically switch to the correct HDMI input.

I have a 2010 model Sony TV, so I'm seriously considering switching to the Sony SVR HDT500 to allow the two to connect 'properly' using CEC-HDMI (Bravia Sync).

I've previously used a Humax 9200T for many years and been happy with it, but rather disappointed with the connectivity of the Humax HDR-Fox T2. Otherwise the Humax is a very nice box.
The anecdotal reports of failing Sony hardware is the biggest thing putting me off though.
Edited by: "BigAde" 15th May 2012
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